Learn to Ski and Snowboard

This program is not currently active. Stay tuned for the upcoming 2018-19 Learn to Ski & Snowboard season.

Last winter, the Vermont Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports sponsored 125 Vermont children with Ski Vermont’s Take 3 Beginner Package.

The subsidized $49 package encouraged our youth to get out and experience the mountains in their backyard while adopting a healthy and active lifestyle that they can carry with them through the years.

Each package included three full days on the mountain with a beginner ski or snowboard lesson, rentals, and a beginner lift ticket. Children can choose to use all three days at the same resort, or travel around the state and discover new participating mountains.

Participating Vermont Resorts:

Bolton Valley
Burke Mountain
Jay Peak Resort
Killington Resort
Magic Mountain
Mount Snow Resort                    
Okemo Mountain Resort
Pico Mountain 
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Stratton Mountain Resort
Sugarbush Resort

Interested in learning yourself or not eligible for the $49 children’s deal? The Governor’s Council is proud to work with Ski Vermont to provide these packages and is a supporter of the national Learn to Ski and Snowboard efforts in January. Ski Vermont offers learn-to packages throughout the month of January for $49 – for adults, kids and anyone in between! They also offer the Take 3 Beginner Package, with 3 lessons over the entire season for just $129. Learn more at skivermont.com.

Looking to slide on snow another way? January is also Winter Trails Months when folks can enjoy free Nordic skiing and snowshoeing for beginners. Winter Trails Month is a national program endorsed Ski Vermont and the Governor’s Council; it encourages children and adults to discover the great fitness and social benefits of these fun, easy-to-learn winter sports. Learn more at http://www.wintertrails.org/.

Olympic Nordic skier and Vermonter Andy Newell also supports the Winter Trails initiative, so check out his video.

Here’s Sam (8) and Eli (6) Here’s Sam (8) and Eli (6) trying snowboarding for the first time at Smugglers Notch today with their coupons. They are both veteran skiers and were excited to try something new!

Their mom, Lori Kraemer said:

“Sam decided he likes skiing better, but was glad he tried it out. Eli said that he can’t wait to do snowboarding again!!! After their lesson both boys (along with younger brother Ian(4)) spent the rest of the day skiing on the fresh powder in absolutely perfect conditions. It was a wonderful day- thanks!!! “

Putra - September 26, 2015 - 5:19 am

Teresa – Jackie!!! Omg!! This is amazing! Looking at these befaituul photos was like reliving that amazing day. Thank you so much for everything! You are such a great photographer! I can’t wait to see ALL the photos.

Michelle - December 12, 2018 - 1:09 pm

Is the Learn to Ski and Snowboard program running this winter? 2018-2019?

janet - December 12, 2018 - 2:49 pm

Yes! We just opened up the application this week. The council is partnering with Ski Vermont “Take 3” to offer subsidized lessons-lift ticket-equipment rental. Act fast because spots are limited. It’s on the council website: http://www.vermontfitness.org/2018/young-vermonters-learn-to-ski-and-snowboard-with-take-3/

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