Bliss, that aha moment when skiing or riding just feels right. Whether it's a white-knuckle steep or placid green circle, mogul field or fresh groomer. When you really nail it on skis or a board, all is right with the world. Every one of Utah's 14 resorts staff enthusiastic, PSIA-certified instructors waiting to show you how to make it happen. Programs and clinics run the gamut from silly-fun kids' lessons where belly laughs are as important as changing pizza turns into French fries, to specialized clinics and camps that both work on skills and explore coveted nooks and crannies as well as secret powder stashes. Taking a ski or snowboard lesson is about a whole lot more than improving technique. Line cutting, access to insider's info about the best places to eat and après, and touring the mountain with someone who knows it like the back of their hand are just a few of the perks you'll enjoy with an instructor. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month in Utah, celebrated with a boatload of deals and discounts. So what are you waiting for? Find your bliss. See how much fun taking a ski or snowboard lesson can truly be.
DAIN'S HOW TO SERIES
Dain Craig Photo Brighton Resort's Dain Craig is not only a certified PSIA ski instructor but he also teaches ski instructors how to teach.
Dain's How To: Get your legs/body in shape for the ski season. 6 quick exercises to start the tune-up.
- One of the best exercises is to simply hike mountains trails, then run the trails.
- Biking. Either road biking, spinning and especially mountain biking.
- Lateral hops. Both feet and one foot at a time.
- Jump rope progressing to high hops, pulling your knees to your chest.
- Yoga. One of the best things any skier can do is develop great balance.
- My personal favorite. Jogging. Start slow but build up to 3-5 miles several times a week.
Use this guide to find the right ski school for you.
Alta Resort Hone your deep powder skills with Alta's Alf Engen Ski School afternoon two-and-a-half-hour advanced and expert skier's workshop, limited to five skiers per instructor.
Beaver Mountain Resort Thanks to the addition of the new Little Beaver Triple Chairlift, PSIA-certified instructors show newbies the ropes on Beaver Mountain's expanded beginner terrain.
Brian Head Resort An entire mountain at Brian Head Resort is dedicated beginner and intermediate terrain, making this southern Utah oasis the ideal venue for first timers, families and those getting back into snow sliding.
Brighton Resort Why limit learning time to the daylight hours? Brighton offers night skiing and riding lessons on more than 200 acres Monday through Saturday, early December through early April.
Canyons Resort Have a world class experience at Canyons Ski and Snowboard School! Our instructors, who come to us from all over the globe, are passionate about teaching Skiing and Snowboarding, and their enthusiasm is contagious! Whatever lesson you chose, you are sure to have a day of fun while enjoying the “Greatest Snow on Earth®
Deer Valley Resort Skiers of all levels hit the slopes at Deer Valley Resort for the three- or five-day Mahre Training Center Ski Camps, conducted in part by Olympic medalists Phil and Steve Mahre.
Eagle Point Resort Tushar Mountain Tours offers guided ski excursion into the pristine backcountry surrounding the resort. Tour options include an overnight in one of two backcountry yurts.
Park City Mountain Resort Park City Mountain Resort's Kids Signature programs combine instruction with off-slope activities creating the perfect mix of fun and learning. Classes are limited to five or three kids per instructor.
Powder Mountain Resort Grab your girlfriends and head to Powder Mountain—northern Utah's intermediate paradise—for the Tuesday SheSkis and Boards Women's Clinic, open to all ability levels.
Snowbasin Resort dedicated Grizzly Club instructors show the youngest shredders basic fundamentals through well-developed activities that are fun, exciting and adventurous.
Snowbird Resort veteran instructors average over 20 years experience and know every square inch of the mountain. Let one of them help you experience everything NOT on the trail map.
Solitude Resort Find and ride Big Cottonwood Canyon's secret stashes days after a storm with a seasoned instructor from Solitude's Snowsports Academy. Two-hour morning powder lessons begin at just $90.
Sundance Resort In addition to lift-assisted alpine skiing and riding, Sundance Resort's Nordic center offers 15K of daily groomed trails, available for skating and classic cross country skiing and lessons.
Wolf Mountain Resort Dominated by beginner and intermediate terrain, Wolf Mountain offers affordable ski and snowboard programs for all skills and sizes