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Squaw and Alpine celebrate learn to ski and snowboard month

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; Calling all beginner skiers and riders and#8212; January is national learn to ski and snowboard month. Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows are celebrating Jan. 8 and 29 by offering beginner learn-to-ski and ride packages for $39, including a half-day lesson, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., lift ticket and equipment rentals.

and#8220;Whether youand#8217;re a first-time skier or rider or simply looking to advance your skills, this is a great time to get out on the hill when the crowds have died down after the holidays,and#8221; said Dee Byrne, director of snow sports. and#8220;Our experienced instructors will provide the foundation you need to develop proper technique and will have you falling in love with the sport.and#8221;

For those who find they are hooked after just one lesson, there is the option to upgrade for $130 to Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadowsand#8217; learn to ski/ride three-day progression package, which includes three days of lessons, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., ages 13 plus, lift tickets, rental equipment and a learn-to-turn guarantee. Lessons can be taken consecutively or spread throughout the season. This package is offered daily throughout the season for $289.

Try the first time skier/rider package for $159, an introduction to the basics, teaching students to learn to turn, stop and ride lifts at a comfortable pace. This package includes lessons, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., ages 13 plus, lift ticket and rental equipment. There is also an afternoon option, 1:30-3:30 p.m. with the afternoon first time skier/rider package for $119.- For an additional $130, an upgrade is available to the learn to ski/ride three-day progression package for anyone who decides they would like an additional two days of lessons.

Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows recently joined forces, bringing the two ski resorts under common ownership. Visit squaw.com or skialpine.com.

and#8212; Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.com