Skiing101Hey Gang,

Did you know January is National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month?

Yep, that’s right. A whole entire month dedicated to learning a fun winter sport that so many people enjoy up here at the highest ski resort east of the Rockies.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to ski (or snowboard), but have never known how to go about it, the folks at Beech Mountain Resort have made it easy breezy. A few years ago they came up with Skiing 101, an idea so good it won an award from the National Ski Areas Association!

Skiing 101 at Beech is a program that provides one night’s lodging, equipment rental, helmet rental, full-day lift ticket, and a beginner ski or snowboard lesson at Beech Mountain Resort. And best of all, it’s just $101 per person, double occupancy.

The month-long program is available Monday-Friday to anyone age eight or older. I’ve watched a ton of lessons from my nest high in the trees, and I can assure you the instructors are really, really good at making non-skiers feel comfortable.

“Skiing or snowboarding can be intimidating if you haven’t tried them before, so we offer a learning experience that’s easy, safe and fun,” says my pal Talia Freeman, marketing director for Beech Mountain Resort. “We take you though each step. Everything is covered from equipment rental to lift tickets to the proper way to carry skis. We make all the rounds and ensure you arrive at the lesson on time and prepared.”

Registering for Skiing 101 at Beech is simple. Just contact any of the participating lodging options listed on the Skiing 101 page at: and ask for the Skiing 101 package. The accommodation will book you a cozy room and provide a voucher at check-in to be redeemed at the ski resort for a lesson, equipment rental, helmet rental, and lift ticket.

Lodging is available Sunday through Thursday nights. Ski and snowboard lessons are available Monday through Friday.

Skiing 101 is in its fourth year. It debuted in January 2013 and received an award from the National Ski Areas Association as the top campaign to promote learn-to-ski month.

So grab a friend or family member – remembers eight years of age and older – and take advantage of this opportunity to venture into a new sport during National Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

Further details are available at:, or by calling (800) 468-5506.

See ya soon in the resort village or on the slopes!

Yours truly,
Boomer the Squirrel