A new social media campaign called "#FirstDayFaces" is underway to find the posterchild for beginning skiing and boarding. Learn to ski at your local hill, then take a trip to Utah…on the house. All you or your friends have to do is take a beginner lesson then share your (positive-you’re smiling right?) experience on Twitter, Instragram, Facebook and anywhere else that uses hashtags. Your photo or video enters you to win a four-day trip for two including lodging, lifts, airfare and LESSONS at some of Utah's infamous resorts.
"Taking lessons from professional instructors is the best way to learn," said Matt Neren, Account Service Director for Cultivator Advertising and Design, the Denver-based agency that created First Day Faces. "In this campaign, we wanted to capture the joy and feeling of accomplishment in the faces of people after learning a snow sport."
Newcomers simply need to first register at LearnToSkiAndSnowboard.org by clicking on the ‘Submit a Photo’ tab; answer a couple of questions and share their positive experiences about learning how to ski or snowboard via lessons from a pro (winner will need proof of a paid lesson) using #firstdayfaces with their posts. The contest runs now through Feb. 28, 2015 with weekly winners posted on the learntoskiandsnowboard.org web site so even if you don’t win the Grand Prize you still have a shot at some killer swag.
Skiing is an expensive sport but not for beginners. Ski and snowboard areas throughout the U.S. provide some of the best opportunities for newbies to learn all season long.
Alta Take a 2-Hour beginner group class with lift access for $60. Two or three of these and you’ll be off on the blue runs in no time.
Brighton 3-day learn-to-slide package for ages 13 and up can be used on any day throughout the 2014/15 season. For $225 you’ll get three, two-hour lessons with rentals and learner lift tickets. Reservations are not required and days do not need to be consecutive.
Canyons The 3 out of 4 day, learn-to program includes ski/snowboard rental package, lift tickets and full-day lessons. $399
Park City Mountain Resort PCMR has their signature StartNow program. The $199 package included full-day rentals, four afternoon lessons and five lift tickets. Plus, Utah residents could spread the five sessions out throughout the entire season.
Powder Mountain Lifts, rentals and a three-hour lesson all for $120.
Snowbasin Beginners have all the luck with SB’s Learn & Earn Ski or Snowboard Program. You have only until December 14, 2014, to purchase the five lift ticket, five half-day lessons, five-day rental package that comes with a season pass upon completion of the program; all for just $299.
Snowbird Get a Learner’s Permit for the Bird for $110. That’s one, two-hour morning group lesson, rentals and a ticket for Chickadee. With the graduate photopass, you’ll get five more regular lessons for $65 (instead of $110) and five days of half-price lift tickets.
Solitude $125 gets you rentals, lifts and a beginner morning lesson.
FYI- January is “Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month”. Look for resorts around the country to offer their best deals for children and adults who want to learn.