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January is National Learn a Snowsport Month

By Alicia Dziak

It’s a brand new year, full of possibilities and opportunities! If diving right into something new is your kind of resolution for 2016, why not learn a snowsport? Whether you’ve always wanted to try it, but never found the time, or you’ve always skied, but now want to try snowboarding, now’s your chance. January is National Learn a Snowsport month, and EVL’s famous resorts are the perfect spots to learn a new sport and learn to love the snow.

Holiday Valley kicked off the month by participating in an attempt to break the Guinness world record for largest beginner lesson on Friday, Jan. 8. Holiday Valley joined in with resorts across the country to introduce the great sports of skiing and snowboarding to as many people as possible by inviting anyone ages 6 and over to be a part of the record book by taking a free Learn to Ski or Learn to Snowboard Lesson at Holiday Valley. Stay tuned to next week’s Ellicottville Times for the results!

If you didn’t make it down for that special event, no worries. Holiday Valley is celebrating with great deals on Learn to Ski or Ride packages all month long.

According to Jane Eshbaugh, Holiday Valley’s marketing director, “This year we’re offering half priced learn-to-ski or learn-to-ride packages for ages 12 and up during the month of January.” The daytime package is $30, and the nighttime package is $20.

“This package includes beginner area lift ticket, beginner lesson and rental equipment,” she said. “When you complete your first lesson, you receive a ‘You Rip’ card, which entitles you to an unlimited number of adult Learn to Ski and Snowboard Better programs (all area lift, lesson and rental) at the discounted price of $65 each for a full year.” (These packages are normally $99 each.) Beginners also receive a coupon for 20 percent off a helmet purchase at the Holiday Valley Mountain Shop and a half priced appetizer (nachos or kettle chips) at John Harvard’s Restaurant.

In addition, “We’re offering up to two free learn to ski or snowboard packages for beginners with a midweek stay at the Inn at Holiday Valley,” Eshbaugh said.

A third notable offer, which is actually offered all season long, is the “Bring a Friend Challenge.”  When a skier or rider brings a new person who purchases a learn to ski or snowboard package, the “ambassador” receives a 50 percent discount coupon for an adult 8-hour, all-area lift ticket for their next visit to Holiday Valley. The ambassador can also enter the national promotion at www.bringafriend.org to win great prizes.

At HoliMont, the public is welcome Monday-Friday to take advantage of lessons and specials, while members can do so any time the resort is open. According to Wendy Frank, HoliMont’s snowsports school director, HoliMont is offering “Learn to Ski and Ride group or private lessons during the week and Learn to Ski Private lessons on the weekends, with 10 percent off in January.”

Lessons at both resorts are offered for all ages and abilities, so even if you already know how to ski or ride, you can still learn something new.

For more information, visit www.holidayvalley.com or www.holimont.com.

Why wait any longer to be part of the winter fun on the slopes? You’re never too old to learn something new. Dress warm, pack a smile and join in a lesson—you won’t regret it!

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