N.Y. rolls out latest ski program

NEW YORK -- New York State introduced the latest version of its Learn to Ski 1-2-3 program.

Jointly sponsored by the Empire State Development's Division of Tourism and the Ski Areas of New York (SANY), the program, according to an official, has been used by more than 9,000 people to learn downhill and cross-country skiing and snowboarding since it debuted two years ago.

snowboardingAt costs of $59.95 for downhill skiing and snowboarding and $39.95 for cross-country skiing, participants receive lessons, lift tickets and equipment rentals for three days at any of the 34 downhill and 16 cross-country ski centers participating in the program.

Participants also receive certificates worth $1,000 in discounts for ski and snowboard lift tickets, ski apparel and savings at lodgings, shops and restaurants.

Kids ages 12 and younger who participate in the program and successfully complete their third lesson receive a Governor's Gold Medal.

The program's first lesson must be taken by March 1 (any day, excluding holidays); the second lesson can be scheduled for any time after March 1 at the same mountain, and the third lesson can be scheduled at any of the participating resorts.

Skiing is big business in New York, with more than $250 million pumped into the state's coffers by area ski resorts.

New York State Tourism Division
Phone: (800) CALL-NYS
Ski Areas of New York
Phone: (315) 696-6550
Web: www.sanyips.com/sany

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