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.
At 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
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