Lehi youth enjoy ski school at Alta Ski Area.

Utah has the greatest snow on earth and Lehi is less than an hour away from several premier ski resorts. January is a great month to take advantage of locals-only programs and learn how to ski or snowboard. Utah ski resorts are full of families enjoying the spiritual experience of being in a black and white wonderland; silent, crisp, and exhilarating.

On skiutah.com under the “deals” tab there is a long list of Learn to Ski programs for locals at every Utah resort for $49. The programs are for first-time skiers only and some have minimum age requirements. Alta Ski Area offers four two-hour lessons for $50 each with free equipment rentals and there is no minimum age requirement. The lessons take place on Fridays and Saturdays and there are holiday blackout dates. The registration deadline for Alta’s program is January 31.

The Lehi Legacy Center offers ski and snowboard lessons that include transportation to Brighton Ski Resort, a two-hour lesson, and all night lift passes. The lessons take place every Saturday in January and the cost for all four lessons is $215 (equipment rental not included).

Brighton Ski Resort also has a Scout Snow Day on March 28, 2017, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Boy Scouts can earn their Snow Sports merit badge for 50% off lift ticket prices that day ($36 for ages 13 and up, $18.50 for ages 8-12, ages 7 and under are free.) To get a registration form, go to www.saltlakescouts.org/brighton.

It’s too late to register for this year, but something to plan on for next winter is the Epic Schoolkids Utah Pack. Children in kindergarten to 5th grade can get five days of skiing and a first-timer ski lesson with equipment rental, all for free at Park City Mountain Resort. The ski lesson is from 9:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. with free lunch. The registration for this program is in September and requires verification of enrollment in school and proof of residency.

The best deal for young skiers is definitely the 5th and 6th grade passports. For $35, 5th graders in Utah can visit each of the 14 ski resorts in Utah three times. The 6th graders get one free pass to each of the ski resorts for $35. Go to www.skiutah.com/passes/passports to apply for a passport.

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