Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Kicks Off With World’s Largest Lesson

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Eaglecrest Ski Area.

AKontheGO has supported Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month since it started nine years ago (how is that POSSIBLE?). The ski industry’s big idea that anyone can learn to ski or ride came at a time when many families were unsure about investing in a sport they weren’t sure would stick with their kids. It also happened when many were wondering what happened to the “anyone can do it” attitudes of the 1980’s and ’90’s, when it really didn’t matter how you hit the slopes, you just did. 

With the advent of more and better-equipped learning environments on more hills around the nation, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month became one of the best platforms for teaching kids and adults the basics of schussing and sliding down a snowy slope. It’s exercise, it’s family time, and it’s a great way to promote a sport that for many has seemed out of reach. 

Eaglecrest Ski Area in Juneau is one of two areas in Alaska (the other is Alyeska Resort in Girdwood) participating in Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Things have already kicked off, but will really go into high gear this Friday (yes, the day after tomorrow) with the World’s Largest Lesson. 

Attempted last year but stymied a bit by a school day, Eaglecrest nonetheless had a ton of kids and adults hit the mountain for LSSM’s signature event, and 2017 looks to be even bigger. With school still out, and kids itching to try out new equipment or clothing, World’s Largest Lesson on January 6 is all fired up and ready for action. 

Image courtesy Eaglecrest Ski Area

Here’s how it works: NOTE: First-time skiers or riders, this is just for YOU. 

  • Register NOW for the last spots. It ends in just a few minutes. This will enable the Eaglecrest staff to take stock of numbers and instructors, and the all-important world record attempt. 
  • Show up at Eaglecrest Friday, January 6. Check-in begins at 6:30 a.m. to get everyone checked in and geared up. The cost is $10/participant and includes a ticket for Porcupine lift, equipment, and a two-hour lesson. 
  • Lessons begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 11 a.m. 

This is your chance to be part of something HUGE! And here are the other benefits to spending a ski day at Eaglecrest: 

  • 86 inches of fluffy pow up top; 47 at the bottom right now. Far better than last year. 
  • A rental shop that truly pays attention to your beginner skiers or riders in the family. They will also rent helmets and take care of minor repairs in their ski shop. 
  • Two places are now available for snacks and coffee. Chicken strips and fries, anyone? How about a latte? Go HERE for hours and a menu. 
  • Nordic trails and some amazing views for those wanting to try out cross-country skiing while the kids go crazy on the mountain in their lesson. Win. 
  • A true sense of community and commitment to Alaska kids through a host of incentive programs and opportunities that make young people feel valued and encouraged, in school, on the hill, and at home. 

Get out there, ski or ride for us, and be part of something big. 

~EK 

 

 

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