Pair up for skiing and snowboarding

One of the best things about living in New Hampshire is the easy access residents have to ski areas and resorts. No matter what part of the state you are driving from, skiing is never far away.

But, wait. You say that you don’t know how to ski? No problem. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, which makes this a great time to steal away your partner, or a few friends, for a day or a weekend to finally learn the difference between packed powder and crud.

Many of the Granite State’s ski areas are offering deals and discounts specifically for those who have never skied. It’s $39 for a lift, lesson and rentals beginner package for downhill skiing and riding, and a $19 for a trail pass, lesson, and rentals beginner package at cross-country ski areas.

Call the resort you are interested in to see its availability, make your plans then check out the SkiNH's First-Time Skiier/Rider Guide to get tips on what to wear and what to expect at your first lesson. You’ll also find a list of participating alpine and cross-country ski areas.

Private lessons: If you are looking for a more intimate experience, or if you are self-conscious or learn better one-on-one, you can also opt for private lessons. Private lessons are not just for beginners, but also those who are trying to improve and learn new skills.

Wildcat Mountain in Pinkham Notch offers private and semi-private lessons (for two to five people) with similar abilities. If you live in the southern part of the state, McIntyre Ski Area in Manchester, a short drive away for many, has private, semi-private, and group lessons for adults on Saturdays and Sundays, and multi-week programs that run during the week.

King Pine at Purity Spring Resort also offers private lessons for skiing, snowboarding, terrain park or Nordic skiing.

When you aren’t skiing: New Hampshire’s resorts offer a lot more than skiing. For example, Waterville Valley offers snowshoeing and fat biking; Gunstock in Laconia has skijoring, a hands-free experience where you can be pulled by your canine companion; and you can go snow tubing or try out the winter zipline at Loon Mountain in Lincoln.

Of course, after a day outdoors you’ll want to take part in the après-ski experience, whether that is sitting by the fire with an adult beverage at the lodge or relaxing at a spa as part of a Ski & Stay package.

It’s up to you what experience you want to have, but be sure to make the most of it learning, laughing, and maybe falling down a few times, with your loved ones.  

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