Teaching a friend to ski or snowboard can send your relationship downhill, fast! We've all seen it - the boyfriend teaching his gal to ski, and she's crying. The parents yelling at their kids on the ski slopes. The snowboarder dude laughing at his buddy floundering on the bunny slopes, without a clue.
The best-friend thing to do is to give your friend proper instruction, therefore reducing the risk of injury, shortening their learning curve, and improving their enjoyment of the snow sport you want to share with them. Not to mention, keeping your friendship intact. January 2014 is "Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month", a great program now in its sixth year thanks to the National Ski Areas Association, the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the National Ski Patrol, with great incentives, deals and rewards for sharing skiing and snowboarding with friends.
Throughout New England you will find Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month ski and snowboard lesson deals at resorts. As a bonus, you can enter to win prizes as the ambassador that brings new friends to the sport of skiing.
Wachusett has a BFF special, Bring a Friend for Fun in January. For $100, your friend gets a Learn to Turn package including lessons, rentals and a special lift ticket, and you get a lift ticket too! You must book this great deal online at Wachusett.
If you can steal away for a Vermont ski and stay deal, go to Stowe for this learn to ski or snowboard package. Topnotch Resort and Spa, a beautiful resort near Stowe Mountain Resort, has a "Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month" lodging package starting at $278 per person, age 13 and older, including lodging for two, daily 90-minute Stowe Mountain Resort ski or board clinics and Stowe Mountain Resort lift tickets, equipment rental package (skis/boots/pole or board/boots), Topnotch Concierge services, complimentary Topnotch shuttle to Stowe Mountain, and Thursday night stays include a $10 après ski credit at Roost. If you purchased this a la carte, it would be over $357 per person. Book this Topnotch offer any day in January, subject to availability.
So don't break your friendship with a bad intro to the sport you love, bring a friend to a lesson in January and you will both win. See all the ski resorts offering Bring a Friend deals in January.
Happy New Year, see you on the slopes!
Photos by Greg Burke, Stowe Mountain Resort
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.