Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month – January 2023

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month takes place throughout January. We’ve all dreamt of hitting the slopes like pros at some point. But it may have never happened. Sometimes, life gets in the way. The fear of winter sports can be terrifyingly real, too. And of course, there’s always the niggling matter of embarrassment. We automatically assume people will make fun of us.

The snow sports industry wants to help change that. All of January, different ski resorts around the country offer beginners the chance to take that first step. The classes are affordable and fun. Learners at all levels are welcome. The idea is to experience the magic of winter sports in a fun and safe environment.
Imagine the joy of discovering that you love snow sports. You might even be great at it. But you’ll never know until you try.

History of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

With Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, people across age groups can take up a new winter sport with much more ease. Admit it: most of us tend to have reservations. Am I too old to try? It’s too expensive. There’s too much planning involved.

Every January, the snow sports industry helps people overcome these challenges. So, it’s time to ditch those excuses and join in the fun instead.

If you’ve ever considered learning snowboarding or skiing but didn’t know where to start, this is the month to take the first step. Ski resorts around the country typically come on board. They offer special packages that make it easy and affordable for beginners.

Plus, there’s no place for judgment here. From first-timers to anyone looking to improve their skills — learn in a supportive and comfortable environment. The idea is for everyone to love these sports. Maybe people will love their first experience enough to make it a lifelong activity. Who knows.

Across the United States, January is the perfect month to start. It’s the beginning of winter sports season, which means ample time for everyone to practice or take on new lessons.

For perspective, picture an entire month of fun and learning outdoors. Challenging yourself in the new year, making new friends — now that’s what new beginnings are all about. We think that Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month can completely transform our outlook on winter. Those days of winter dread may soon be things of the past.

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month timeline

6000 B.C.
The Oldest Ski Artefacts

People in Northern Russia first use skis to cross marshes and wetlands that freeze over in the winter.

1860s
The First Ski Race

Norway holds the first national ski race in Oslo, featuring competitors racing downhill.

1965
The Origins Of Modern-Day Snowboarding

Sherman Poppen invents a toy for his daughters by fastening together two skis, with an attached rope on one end for control when riding downhill.

1998
Snowboarding in the Olympics

Snowboarding becomes an Olympic Sport for the first time.

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month FAQs

What are snowboarding and skiing?

Snowboarding and skiing involve moving on snow with boards attached to the feet. Skiing uses a pair of skis to travel over snow, while snowboarding takes inspiration from skateboarding, surfing, and skiing.

What should I learn first, skiing or snowboarding?

As a general rule, skiing is easier to learn but much more difficult to master. On the other hand, getting the hang of snowboarding is challenging, initially. But once done, reaching an advanced level is faster. You can factor this in when deciding to learn either of them.

What month do you go skiing?

The main ski season in resorts is between December and April every year. Each month, the slopes offer something unique for skiers.

Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month Activities

  1. Learn how to snowboard or ski

    There’s no time like now to try something new. Find events or ski resorts near you. There are amazing, affordable events that cater to all levels. Don’t hesitate — just sign up!

  2. Bring a Friend

    Some places also have the Bring a Friend Initiative. If you’re already into snow sports, introduce someone else to this exciting world. If you’re new to it all, a friend for company is always a good idea.

  3. Read, watch, learn

    Need some inspiration? Watch documentaries and films on snow sports. Take courage from the stories of incredible athletes — all of them started somewhere.

5 Facts About Yukigassen That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. It's the ultimate snowball fight

    Pronounced 'you-key-goss-en,' the Japanese sport has two teams of seven that throw readymade snowballs at each other.

  2. The objective?

    Teams must capture the opponent’s flag without getting hit by snowballs.

  3. The mother of all snowball fights

    Yukigassen can best be described as a mix of capture-the-flag, paintball, rugby, dodgeball, and cutting-edge snowball tech!

  4. There’s special gear involved

    To ensure safety, players wear specially-designed helmets with face shields.

  5. Snowballs made to the tee

    Machines manufacture every snowball to specific measurements so that the game is safe and fair at all times.

Why We Love Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

  1. In pursuit of new adventures

    Since we’re all preparing to set new goals for the year, learning a new sport is a great one to have. We can’t think of a better way to start January, can you?

  2. Off the couch we go

    Our January usually looks like this: wake, work, eat, sleep, and repeat. With Learn to Ski and Snowboard month, we may finally have something to show for the first month of the new year.

  3. An excuse to travel

    Instead of escaping the snow, January is all about embracing it. It’s a month of learning and fun, amid stunning mountain vistas and beautiful resorts. Let’s not forget those mugs of decadent hot chocolate. If that isn’t reason enough, we don’t know what i

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