Learn to ski for free at Okemo

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 29, 2010 5:29 pm

First-time skiers and snowboarders visiting Okemo Mountain Resort now through Dec. 24, 2010, are invited to take part in a learn-to-ski or learn-to-snowboard program at no cost.

Okemo’s Learn-to Ski/Snowboard Free Program is designed to generate excitement for snow sports and encourage trial at the start of the winter season. Okemo’s beginner package includes a free combination lower-mountain lift ticket, a free level 1 beginner group lesson at 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., and free special introductory-level rental equipment (skis, boots, poles, or boots and snowboard). The Learn to Ski or Snowboard FREE Program is available for ages 7 and up, at no charge every day, Monday, Nov. 29 through Friday, Dec. 24, 2010.

The FREE Learn-to-Ski/Snowboard program will also run all season long, as a benefit of Okemo’s Midweek Madness Ski and Stay Package, for guests staying multiple nights in an Okemo-managed lodging property.

“About 1,500 people learn how to ski or snowboard through this program every year, and we’re expecting to introduce more beginners to snowsports this year,” says Okemo Ski + Ride School Director Dan Bergeron. “There’s no time like early season, to try skiing or snowboarding for the first time.”

Reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling (802) 228-1600. Those without reservations may participate on a space-available basis. Program attendees should plan to arrive at the Okemo Express Rental Shop, located in the Okemo Clock Tower base area, about an hour before lesson time. This allows time for program registration and equipment fitting. Although free of charge, a beginner-package ticket is required to participate and a credit card deposit is required for rental equipment.

Okemo Mountain Resort offers an ideal setting for beginners. The resort is renowned for snow quality, surface conditions and learn-to-ski programs. In its annual Top 50 Reader Resort Survey, SKI Magazine named Okemo Mountain Resort one of the top ten resorts in the East.