Learn to Ski Month – Learn the Basics

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. If you’ve never tried to ski or snowboard, take this month to get out of your comfort zone and onto Wisconsin’s snowy slopes. Here are a few tips, safety rules and deals to get you started:


When starting a new sport, safety is key. Here are a few basic tips to keep in mind, brought to you by the National Ski Patrol’s Safety Quiz:

  • When you get off the chairlift, make sure to stand up and start skiing away from the chair.
  • Listen to your body. If you feel tired, take a break, drink some water and rest a little.
  • Use a helmet designed for snowsports when skiing or snowboarding. A bicycle or motorcycle helmet will not suffice.
  • Stay within the designated areas when skiing or snowboarding. Areas outside of this could be unsafe.

Read more about skier safety by the National Ski Patrol before hitting the slopes, and if you’re planning to do any cross-country skiing, consult the Wisconsin DNR’s tricks of the trade.


Here are some of the tips provided by Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month:

  • Before you begin to ski, take a lesson from a professional instructor. You can visit the Midwest Ski Areas Association’s website (MSAA) to find a ski resort and instructor near you.
  • Reach out to friends and family who have experience in skiing and snowboarding before you go out. See what their favorite spots are to catch some powder and what they wish they knew on their first time out.
  • Rent equipment before you decide to buy. Rent from the resort and get sized for skis, boots and boards. Then, if you decide that you want to ski or snowboard long-term, make the purchase that will lead to perennial recreation and healthy living.


Tyrol Basin – Mt. Horeb, WI Three ski lessons are offered for beginners over a variety of dates, plus ticket, ski or snowboard rental, and a helmet provided. A season pass will be awarded after completing a third lesson. Cost is $129.

Cascade Mountain – Portage, WI Cascade will be hosting their Learn a Lifetime Sport program in January and February. Participants will be enrolled in a four-session learn-to-ski or snowboard program meeting one day per week. The fourth week will be a make-up week or a free ski night. The price is $49 for grades 2-12 and $99 for adults, which includes four night lift tickets, four rental packages with a helmet and three lessons.

Many resorts around Wisconsin post ski deals to Liftopia, so check often to get the best bang for your buck. Check back often on the Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month website for any other deals during the course of the month.

Where are you planning on skiing or snowboarding this year? What advice would you give those new to the snow? Comment with your tips!

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