January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

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More than 120 ski and snowboard areas across the United States and nearly 60 percent of all winter resorts throughout the West are located on national forests. 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 your trip to celebrate winter with a friend or the whole family. Take lessons from professional instructors and learn how to ski, snowboard or master your techniques.

Learn to ski or snowboard on a National Forest near you

Throughout the country, kids can learn to ski and snowboard for free! The “Free 4 Kids” program offers both free and affordable lessons. From Mt. Abram in Maine to the Colorado Rockies to snow-covered mountains in the western U.S. and places in between, find a program location near you and introduce a youngster to winter snow sports.

If you are booking a stay at a resort on a national forest, check to see if it is a partner in the National Forest Foundation’s Ski Conservation Fund program. Donations through this program are invested in restoration projects on the forest where the resort operates. Learn more about this program.



A group celebrate their mountain experience.

Mountain High Winter Resort, California (Sam Rufo)

Bring a Friend Challenge

Bring a friend! By helping a newcomer enroll in a skiing or snowboarding lesson with a professional instructor, you have a chance to win some great prizes. Register for the Bring a Friend Challenge.


Take your first lesson and snap a selfie! Tag your image with #firstdayfaces to share the fun of skiing and snowboarding on social media. Enter to win a gift certificate and gift vouchers from several sponsors just for sharing your experience!


Where do I go for a lesson? What should I wear? How do I stay warm? Who are the instructors? What in the world does “shred” mean? Find helpful hints, safety advice and tips to get you started skiing or snowboarding this winter.

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