Make the best of the winter weather by learning how to ski and snowboard at Wachusett Mountain this Friday.
The mountain at 499 Mountain Road in Princeton is holding the Salvadore Auto Learn to Ski & Snowboard Day on Friday at noon.
“This particular day is based on a national day program all across the country,” said Tom Meyer, director of marketing for Wachusett Mountain. “The Learn to Ski and Snowboard Day appeals to everybody.”
Wachusett Mountain already has a $99 learn-to-ski or learn-to-ride package. It includes a beginner lesson, rental equipment and a beginner lift ticket. This Friday, that price drops from $99 to $30.
In December 2017, January was declared by Gov. Charlie Baker as Massachusetts Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month -- the first time an official proclamation has been made recognizing Massachusetts’ 12 alpine-ski areas.
The proclamation reads, in part: “Introducing new kids and adults to learn to ski or snowboard through the ski areas’ numerous instructional programs is important to inspire families to learn the sport and engage in new experiences together to share adventures that will last a lifetime.”
Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month began in 2009 in a handful of states. Massachusetts is now one of more than 30 states that have special programs in January offering deals for beginners.
“Ski areas across the country support trying to get more people to learn to ski and snowboard,” Meyer said. “The reason is that, on a national level, less than 3 percent of the population in the U.S. skis or snowboards. It is much lower than people would imagine.”
He said that in New England, and Massachusetts in particular, the number could be as high as 10 percent but Wachusett Mountain, along with the other ski areas in the state, is trying to get more people to learn the sport.
Wachusett Mountain has three big teaching areas for beginners.
“We want to get more people locally up here to learn how to ski and snowboard,” Meyer said.
Tickets can be bought online at Wachusett.com . If you are already a regular on the slopes and want to introduce a friend to the sport, you can purchase the Bring a Friend for Fun package for $60 instead of $110. The package includes a lift ticket for you and a beginner package for your friend.
On Saturday, Wachusett will host the sixth annual International Women’s Snow Day. Pricing is $60 for a lift ticket, $70 for learn to ski/ride ticket and $30 for rentals. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., and groups can ski and ride until 3 p.m.
“We’re always trying to add new events. This one especially supports women snowboarding and skiing,” Meyer said. “We’re trying to add value to our customers and provide fun things for them to do while they’re here.
“It’s winter in New England,” he added, “and it’s a great way to learn and get outside and have fun and embrace the season.”
Also, on Sunday, the United States of America Snowboard and Freeski Association slopestyle competition will be held in the mountain’s terrain park.
Meyers said people should check the mountain’s website for a live webcam of snow conditions and future discounts and events.
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