Learn to Ski & Ride

Tahoe makes winter sports accessible for beginners

January is Learn to Ski & Ride month in Tahoe-thirty-one days dedicated to encouraging newbies to take to the slopes, free of intimidation. Resorts will be offering special packages throughout the month to coax new riders out on the mountain including equipment rentals and lessons. Want to take advantage? Here are some tips for making the most of your first ride.

Choose the right resort.

There are more ski resorts in Tahoe per square mile than any other place in the U.S. but just like every other ski location in the world, not all resorts are created equal. Similarly to the Sant Moritz apartments in Andorra, you can just rent an apartment or chalet and sort the skiing element of your trip out separately or you can stay in a resort where everything is included. Homewood Mountain Resort and Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort both offer beginner terrain from the top of the mountain all the way down, so those new to skiing and snowboarding can enjoy great views and not be stuck at the base area when they’re just starting out.

Take a lesson.

On January 6-9 and 13-16 at Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Resort, you can learn to ski or snowboard for just $39 at the resort’s New Learning Center and Ski School. Diamond Peak Ski Resort has a reputation for one of the best ski/ride schools for young learners. If you’re looking for a specialized academy with a more luxury experience consider Northstar California Resort. Here, the Burton Academy offers custom fittings, Burton demo gear, a Go-Pro Movement Analysis program, and access to the Burton Lounge while the platinum guide program has private experiences customized for each skier and snowboarders’ skill level.

Pick a bundle.

During January some resorts will be offering specials to help new riders save money on their experiences. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe has first time packages for kids and adults 10+ as well as lessons for kids 4-9. Sugar Bowl Resort and Soda Springs Winter Resort have their own first time skier bundles, too.


Want to give it your all this season? Commit to spending the winter learning to ski or snowboard. Those who book three lessons through Boreal Mountain California or Homewood will get a free season pass so they can practice their new craft until the mountain closes.

Event Alert!

Homewood will host the Very Best Day to Learn How to Ski or Ride event on January 20, cultivating a day full of activities for those new to the slopes. Participants can take advantage of ski lesson specials while also enjoying free hot chocolate, s’mores, live music, giveaways, and more.