The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


January 12, 2013

No child left indoors: Snow sports month

Humans are not meant to hibernate. January is a great month to get outdoors.

It’s National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month and there are special programs at ski slopes and resorts nearby and all around the country.

Pennsylvania’s resorts and slopes have an association that hosts a great website that is packed with information and discounts. You really should visit the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association website at

By heading to the slopes you and your family can join the tens of thousands of winter enthusiasts who migrate to our mountains every week to ski and snowboard.

Skiing and snowboarding is now easier and more affordable than ever. During the entire month of January, the 22 member resorts of the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association are offering a $5 discount on already low midweek “Learn a Snow Sport” packages. Special ticket prices include your ski lesson, rental equipment, either skis or a snowboard and a lift ticket.  

Here are some questions often asked by first-time skiers and snowboarders.

1. Is skiing safe?

Statistically, skiing or snowboarding are about as safe as bicycling or tennis. Today’s modern equipment is designed with safety as a top priority.

2. Is skiing expensive?

Skiing, snowboarding, tubing and most of the other winter sports at ski areas are not as expensive as you may think. With just a little planning it’s possible to ski on a budget and spend a lot of time on the slopes. Rent your equipment; you probably already have the clothes that you’ll need to stay warm. Please keep in mind that it’s “Learn to Ski” month and most ski areas have great “starter” packages available.

3. Will I be good right away?

No. However, your skills will develop quickly. By the end of your first day you’ll be able to turn, slow down, stop and ride the lifts. Take a lesson early on your first day and commit to regular lessons. You’ll be pleasantly surprised how natural skiing becomes. My experience is that snowboarding is a bit more difficult to learn.

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