Before freeskiing, try free lessons at area resorts |

Before freeskiing, try free lessons at area resorts

Lake Tahoe ski resorts Alpine Meadows, Boreal, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Bowl will partner Dec. 9 and 10 for the region’s inaugural Free for First-Timers weekend. For two days, each resort will offer free ski and snowboard lesson packages to children and adults new to skiing and snowboarding. The lesson packages will include a beginner group lesson, use of rental equipment and a beginner-access lift ticket.

The purpose of Free for First-Timers is to introduce new skiers/snowboarders to the fun of each winter sport. The region’s intention is also to demonstrate that lessons are a valuable tool in learning to ski and snowboard. People new to skiing or snowboarding often underestimate the value of a lesson and attempt to learn the sport on their own. The result is typically a frustrated person who chooses not to try skiing or snowboarding again. When taught by a professionally certified instructor, new skiers/snowboarders will learn skills at their own pace in a safe and comfortable environment.

Free for First-Timers lessons will be offered at varied times throughout each day Dec. 9 and 10 at Alpine Meadows, Boreal, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Bowl. Private lessons and full- and half-day children’s ski school/day care programs are excluded from the Free for First-Timers weekend.

For more information, visit or call one of the participating resorts: Alpine Meadows, 583-4232; Boreal, 426-3666; Northstar-at-Tahoe, 800/466-6784; Squaw Valley, 583-6985; Sugar Bowl, 426-9000.

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