CONWAY — Ski and snowboard areas throughout the U.S. offer special learning programs for beginners during “January - Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.” Lessons are available from professional instructors all winter long. Some of the programs take place all winter.
According to Ski NH, most New Hampshire ski areas are offering $29 alpine and $19 cross-country packages (rentals, lesson, limited lift ticket or trail pass). The offer extends throughout January. Those interested are directed to contact individual venues (either by phone or on the web) to find out what lesson times are available and sign up directly. Local members of Ski NH include Black (383-4490; Black is offering this program all season long but with limited availability); Bretton Woods (278-3320), Cannon (823-8800), Cranmore (356-5543) and King Pine (367-8896), all of which offer learn-to-ski programs all season long. Details abut National Learn to Ski Month for the Granite State will be posted at
Attitash and Wildcat are not members of Ski NH but offer their own learn-to-ski programs all season long. Both are offering a $29 Learn2Ski January Special, Jan. 1-31 (excluding Jan. 17-19). Space is limited, so call to reserve. The package includes includes a three-hour lesson, rental equipment, and lift ticket.. They may be contacted at and
A national Winter Trails Day is set for Jan. 10, with more than 100 events around the country.
According to the website,, Winter Trails is a free one-day event where people new to snow sports can try snowshoeing and/or cross-country skiing. Simple events and demos are happening at many locations around the country and will help beginners discover the great fitness and social benefits of these easy to learn winter sports.
Local participants include:
• Bear Notch Ski Touring, Route 302, Bartlett; 374-2277 Free rentals, lessons and ticket Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Bretton Woods Nordic Center, Route 302; Bretton Woods;  278-3322; Free rentals Jan. 10, on a first-come, first-served basis. Introduction to cross country skiing will be given throughout the afternoon.
• Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, Route 16, Pinkham Notch; 466-2333 Time: Jan. 10, 1 to 4 p.m.: Free to first time Nordic skiers and snowshoers. Includes trail pass and rentals. Free 45-minute cross country clinic by reservation. Call Great Glen Trails to book.
• Jackson Cross Country, Route 16-A, Jackson; 383-9355., Space is very limited. Offer on Jan. 10 includes rentals and guided tour.  Call ahead for space availability.
For information on other local programs, contact: King Pine Nordic Reserve (367-8896) in East Madison, or Mount Washington Valley Ski Touring and Snowshoe Center (356-9920) in Intervale.

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