LOON MOUNTAIN OFFERS LEARN TO SKI & RIDE FREE WEEK JANUARY 3-9

$99 Learn-to-Ski/Ride Packages also Available Throughout January

Lincoln, NH, January 2, 2011 – Loon Mountain kicks off January’s “Learn a Snowsport Month,” by offering complimentary Learn to Ski and Ride Packages from Monday, January 3 through Sunday, January 9.  Learn a Snowsport Month is a community outreach initiative organized by national, regional and local associations in the winter sports industry that put an emphasis on an enjoyable learning experience. Loon’s Learn to Ski/Ride Package includes an all-day novice area lift ticket, all-day equipment rental and three-hour group lesson.  The package is offered for anyone age seven and older and participants must register with Ski NH and download a Learn to Ski & Ride coupon before making a reservation at Loon.   Registration information can be found at  http://www.skinh.com/ski-central/JanuaryLearnToSki.cfm

For those who can’t make it to the Resort during the first week of January, but are still looking to learn a new sport, Loon will offer a discounted $99 Learn to Ski or Ride Package January 10-31, excluding 1/15-17.  The $99 package is also for those seven and older and includes an all-day novice area lift ticket, all-day equipment rental and a five-hour group lesson from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., which includes a half-hour for lunch.

“Skiing and snowboarding are great forms of exercise in the winter, and even better family activities,” said Booie Alward, Loon Mountain’s director of snowsports.  “Loon is excited to be a part of this national campaign and we hope these offers will get more people excited about the winter sports that we are so passionate about. Or if you already have a passion for skiing or snowboarding, here’s a great opportunity to get a friend involved or to crossover and try the snow sport you don’t love – yet!”

Loon’s variety of beginner terrain helps new skiers and riders progress smoothly through the learning process.  All first-timers begin on the Sarsaparilla trail, which is gentle slope accessed by a slow-moving carpet lift.  From there, they move over to Snubber, another green-circle trail that is especially great for kids and is designed with some mild turns and a steady slope.

Once beginners have mastered the lower-mountain novice trails, they can head to the summit of the Gondola and make their way down Bear Claw, a top-to-bottom green-circle trail designated a “Slow Skiing Area.”  Adults love Bear Claw because of its easy-going terrain.  Kids love Bear Claw because they can follow the “claws” posted on the trees down trail.

“One thing I know is that snow sports – whether you’re talking alpine skiing, snowboarding, cross country skiing or snowshoeing – are FUN. The better you are at them the more you will enjoy them,” said Glen Plake, extreme skier and national spokesperson for Learn a Snowsports Month.  Additional information about Learn a Snow Sports Month can be found online at http://www.winterfeelsgood.com .

In addition to Learn-to Packages, Loon’s Customized Private Lessons are a nice fit for those looking to improve skills or for those who would rather learn in a smaller group.  All of Loon’s lesson options can be found at http://loonmtn.com/info/winter/learn-to-ski.aspx.  For more information on all of Loon’s specialty clinics, visit www.loonmtn.com or call 1-800-229-LOON (5666) to make a reservation.