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Posted: December 12, 2014

This is the year you’re going to learn to ski: $29 lessons (w/rentals & lift ticket) at Sunday River

Written by: Shannon Bryan
Perfect Turn Ski School at Sunday River. Courtesy photo

Perfect Turn Ski School at Sunday River. Courtesy photo


Lucky are those mountain-confident Mainers who learned to ski when they were four. They can ski down the steepest of trails with the ease of a cold winter breeze. The rest of us? We need help.

But learning to ski as a grown-up is possible. Sure, your calves might be a bit sore for a few days and sure, your pride might take a knocking, but you’re an adult now, which means you can apres ski with a beer. Win.

Most of Maine’s downhill ski areas offer lessons – even the smaller mountains. And the prices listed here include lesson, lift ticket (usually limited to beginner trails, which will help keep you out of trouble) and equipment rentals. But the deal at Sunday River is worth paying attention to.

Through January 31, you can learn to ski or snowboard for only $29. Yep. $29. Novices over the age of 15 can sign up for a three-hour lesson with the Perfect Turn Clinic and get all rental equipment and a full-day beginner lift ticket. (Note: This deal isn’t available Dec. 26 to Jan. 1 or Jan. 17 to 18.)

If you’re still a novice but don’t need another lesson, you can buy a full-day beginner lift ticket for $39. It’ll give you access to the South Ridge Express and 17 beginner trails, which is all you need when you’re just getting started. No beginner skier wants to unwittingly end up at the top of an expert trail anyway. I have nightmares about things like that.

Sunday River

Learn to ski/ride package: $29 (through January 31. After that it’s $80).
Includes lesson, rentals, lift ticket.

And for lessons elsewhere around the state:

Bigrock Mountain, Mars Hill

Adult learn to ski package: $69.
Includes lift ticket, rental, and 1/2-hour group lesson

Black Mountain, Rumford

Adult Learn To Ski & Ride for ages 18+ (ski and snowboard): $75.
Lessons are offered on Saturday, Sunday, and holiday weeks from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. The package includes one 2.5-hour lesson, rentals and lift ticket

Camden Snow Bowl, Camden

Beginners Special Group lesson: $ 60
Includes lesson, rentals & lift ticket

Hermon Mountain, Hermon

Learn to ski: $15 hour group lesson or $30 hour private, but you’ll need to buy a lift ticket ($27 full day, $22 half day) and rent equipment ($20 full day $15 half day).

Lost Valley, Auburn

Learn to Ski or Ride Lesson: $60
Includes lift ticket, lesson and rentals
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Mt. Abram, Greenwood

Group learn-to-ski lesson: $72
Includes 1.5-hour lesson (lessons offered daily 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.), rental equipment and a Westside day lift ticket.

Saddleback, Rangeley

Learn to ski: $75
Includes two-hour lesson, rentals and South Branch lift ticket. Go back a second time for another lesson, rentals and lift ticket for $75 and then get a third lesson, lift ticket and rentals for free – and you don’t have to go on consecutive days.

Shawnee Peak, Bridgton

Learn to ski/ride: $80
Includes two-hour lesson, rentals and beginner lift ticket.

Sugarloaf, Carrabassett Valley

Learn to ski/ride: $80
Includes 90-minute lesson, lift ticket (limited to the trails you can safely handle) and rentals.

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