No Excuses ??“ Learning to Ski Is Free at Okemo

By AlpineZone News |
Nov 30 2007 - 11:11 AM

LUDLOW, Vermont — Snowsports neophytes and potential first-timers have just run out of reasons for not learning how to ski or snowboard. From now through Dec. 21, Okemo Mountain Resort is offering complimentary learn-to-ski and learn-to-snowboard group lesson packages. It may sound too good to be true but there really isn’t a catch. The folks at Okemo are passionate about skiing and snowboarding and they want to share that passion with people who have never tried sliding on snow before, and with those who are still new to the sport.

First-time or beginner skiers and snowboarders visiting Okemo Mountain Resort early this season are welcome to take part in a complimentary beginner program to learn to ski or snowboard absolutely free. This unique offer is designed to generate excitement for snow sports and encourage beginners to broaden their experience at the start of the winter season.

Okemo’s complimentary package includes a combination lower-mountain lift ticket, a level 1 or 2 beginner group lesson, offered daily at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and introductory-level rental equipment (skis, boots and poles, or boots and snowboard). This program is available for ages 7 and up at no charge every day, Monday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Dec. 21, 2007. Beginners should arrive at the Okemo Express Rental Shop, located in the Okemo Clock Tower base area, about an hour before lesson time to register and for equipment fitting. A credit card will be required to secure free rental gear and anyone under the age of 18 must have a guardian present to sign a rental waiver form.

As an added bonus, participants in Okemo’s free learn-to-ski or learn-to-snowboard program will receive a free First Tracks Plus card, entitling them to continued discounts and benefits all season long on group lessons, lift tickets and rental equipment.

Okemo Mountain Resort is renowned for snow quality, surface conditions and learn-to-ski programs. In its annual Top 50 Reader Resort Survey, SKI magazine named Okemo one of the top ten resorts in the East, and one of the best in North America for grooming. The popular southern Vermont resort also made the top-ten list in eight of the Reader Resort Survey’s categories: snow, grooming, lifts, service, weather, on-mountain food, family programs and terrain parks.

Okemo’s professional teaching staff shows a true commitment to fun instruction while building confidence and encouragement to help conquer on-snow challenges. Additional ski and snowboard instructional programs are available, at a reasonable fee, for every age and ability level.

To learn more about Okemo Mountain Resort, call (802) 228-1600 or visit