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January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

January is National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

Sixty percent of the country's downhill skiing capacity is located in National Forests. Start planning your trip!

Ski Ski and Snowboard Month Ambassador Heidi Ettlinger. Photo courtesy of skiandsnowboardmonth.org

Did you know there are 122 ski and snowboard areas located on national forests across the United States? Besides alpine skiing and snowboarding, many of these locations also offer cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, dog sledding and educational Junior Snow Ranger programs. January is "Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month" so plan a trip to celebrate winter and bring a friend or the whole family. Take lessons from professional instructors and learn how to ski, snowboard or master your techniques.

This winter, throughout the country, kids can learn to ski and snowboard for free! The “Free 4 Kids” program offers both free and affordable lessons. Find a location near you and introduce a youngster to winter snow sports.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for what will assuredly be the best winter fun—ever! Wear the right gear—including a helmet. Take actions to stay warm, stay hydrated and keep your muscles fueled. There is no need to stay inside when there are hundreds of great winter adventures for everyone of all ages and all skill levels.

Check out our Downhill Thrills Go List for a complete list of National Forest Ski areas, or our Tranquil Winter Escapes Go List for a relaxing winter experience!