January being National Learn a Snowsports Month

Posted: January 20, 2010 in 1

January being National Learn a Snowsports Month

Watch the Olympics or do it yourself?  I love to watch the Olympics and my BFF Deirdre Fitzpatrick has covered the Games all over the world.  (blog link)  I covered the Salt Lake Winter Games.  Watching the Luge and ski jump in person is as Johnny Mosely would say sic.  I loved the bobsled and that ssssss   (I also the Atlanta Summer Games but love the Winter Olympics more!) I actually met the most entertaining entertainment reporter in the world at the Salt Lake Games, Brad Blanks and we remain great friends today.  Needless to say, I love being at the games and watching them on tv can be fun too…. but wasn’t it Britney that said there are those who observe and those who entertain?  Maybe its time you tried some Olympic sports yourself — maybe hold off on the competition– but just test out the sports to see if you’ve got the skillz.

Below is all you need to know about January being National Learn a Snowsports Month… when and where you can try out a snow sport — and it won’t hurt that you’re testing the waters on the Greatest Snow on Earth.

PS I took snowboarding lessons at Copper Mountain in Denver.  HARD
PSS I took ski lessons at Park City and Deer Valley and I can ski BLUEs… see you on the slopes.
PSSS I’m the very best at tubing at Soldier Hollow, did you know they drag you up the moutain these days?

PARK CITY, UTAH (January 15, 2010) – Since hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Park City, Utah continues to thrive with year-round winter recreational opportunities for athletes and visitors alike. The 2010 Winter Games are quickly approaching, and people of all ages can indulge their inner Olympian in Park City with snow-related activities open to the public of all ages and abilities. Park City offers introductory courses in nearly all Olympic disciplines, and with January being National Learn a Snowsports Month, it’s never been easier to train like an Olympic Gold Medalist.

Snowboarding – Learn to snowboard with professional instruction at The Canyons Resort. The Canyons” Burton Learn to Ride (LTR) program offers beginner-specific equipment and instruction to help novices easily carve down the mountain on the first day. Beginner snowboarders, ages 15 and up, receive a lift ticket, full day lesson and equipment rental for $99. Lessons are available daily. http://thecanyons.com/ltr.html

Skiing – Perfect your slalom turns with a lesson at Deer Valley Resort with the Mahre Training Center Ski Camp. This three-day session, conducted in part by Olympic medal winners Phil and Steve Mahre, provides skiing fundamentals for all ability levels. Participants ages 12 or older receive six hours of daily instruction by Deer Valley’s top ski coaches, indoor sessions and video analysis. The cost of the clinic is $712, including lift tickets, and runs February 5-7. Additional specialty ski development lessons run through the winter. http://www.deervalley.com/activities_skiing/skiing/adult_ski_instruction.html

Freestyle Snowboarding – Test your halfpipe and slopestyle skills with a freestyle snowboard lesson at Park City Mountain Resort. Adults ages 21 and older can learn the techniques of basic freestyle snowboarding through this three-day camp, taught by Park City Mountain Resort’s terrain park coaches. The Learn to Freestyle Camp costs $495, including lift tickets, and runs January 28-31. Individual and group freestyle single-day lessons are offered daily through the winter. http://www.parkcitymountain.com/winter/school/special_programs/Adult_Colleges_Camps_and_Academies

Adaptive Skiing and Snowboarding – The National Ability Center’s ski and snowboard program provides outdoor recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. As one of the largest adaptive winter programs in the world, the National Ability Center’s ski facility, located at Park City Mountain Resort, modifies traditional ski and snowboard equipment to assist individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities. Full-day and two-hour ski and snowboard lessons are available on a daily basis to students, and prices are based on a sliding scale.

Bobsledding – Feel the rush on The Comet bobsled ride as you speed down the 2002 Olympic ice track in a 4-person sled at the Utah Olympic Park. Open to the pubic, a trained pilot will drive three passengers, ages 16 and older, through 15 curves, reaching speeds up to 80mph and pulling nearly 5 G’s of force. Close to one minute in length, this ride is a glimpse into the life on an Olympic bobsled athlete. Bobsled rides are $200 per person. Dates and times vary but are usually offered Tuesday – Saturday. http://olyparks.com/uop/rides.asp

Skeleton – Slide head-first down the Olympic track with the Utah Olympic Park’s public skeleton ride. Receive instruction by the world’s top skeleton coaches and before taking to the track individually. Participants ages 14 and older require no prior experience, and equipment is provided. Skeleton rides are $50 per person and are available on various Saturdays through March. http://olyparks.com/uop/rides.asp

Luge – Youth, ages 9 to 13, can experience sliding feet-first down the 2002 Olympic track in an introductory luge program at the Utah Olympic Park. This single-day event offers participants two hours of ice time and up to four runs on the track. This Single Session Beginner Youth Luge program is a low-impact, investigative opportunity with a minimal time commitment. Athletes are instructed on the basics of controlling a luge sled, basic body position and driving tips. The youth luge program is offered at $50 per session and are offered on various Saturdays through January. http://olyparks.com/uop/luge.asp

Nordic Jumping – Learn to fly through the air with the VISA Learn to Ski Jump Camps, recommended for children ages 6-11. This two-hour, one-day session offers an introductory look for children interested in Nordic Jumping. Some basic alpine skiing skills are recommended, and equipment is provided with prior notice. Learn to Ski Jump Camps are $45 per session and are offered once a month through March. http://olyparks.com/uop/nordic_learn_to_fly.asp

Nordic Skiing – Learn the proper fundamentals of skate-skiing with the expert staff at White Pine Touring. This high-intensity sport combines agility and stamina to cover endless miles of groomed cross country ski trails in Park City. Adult and children skate skiing lessons are offered daily by White Pine Touring throughout the winter beginning at $80. http://whitepinetouring.com/programs-and-classes/xc-skate-skiing-classes/adult.jsp

Curling – In two hours, participants of all ages can master the art of curling with Park City Ice Arena’s Learn to Curl clinic. The $11 class includes equipment, practice time and games.  Learn to Curl clinics are available on various Saturdays through April. http://www.parkcity.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=866

Ice Skating – Lace up a pair of figure or hockey skates and learn to glide over Park City’s public ice skating rink. Participants may sign up for a Learn to Skate clinic or private lesson at the Park City Ice Arena and master basic skills such as stopping, staking backwards, crossovers and more. Learn to Skate clinics are offered on various Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays through February. http://www.parkcity.org/index.aspx?page=435

Speed Skating & Hockey – Athletes who already participate in speed skating and ice hockey are encouraged to stop by the Park City Ice Arena for drop-in races and games, offered weekly throughout the winter. http://www.parkcity.org/index.aspx?page=190

Olympic Calendar of Events in Park City
The Park City Chamber/Bureau will launch an Olympic page, dedicated to pre-Olympic training events and activities available to the public, on its Website. A few of the pre-Games events open to the public are listed below. For additional information, please visit http://www.parkcityinfo.com/olympic_events.

**Note: most listed events are free and/or open to the public**
January 14-16, 2010, VISA Freestyle International Moguls & Aerials, Deer Valley Resort
January 18-24, 2010, FIBT Skeleton Intercontinental Cup, Utah Olympic Park
January 20-23, 2010, Luc Robitaille Celebrity Shoot-Out, Park City Ice Arena
January 20-23, 2010, US Snowboarding Grand Prix, Park City Mountain Resort
January 23-24, 2010, Intermountain Freestyle, Deer Valley Resort
February 1-7, 2010, Pre-Olympic Training, Utah Olympic Park
February 11, 2010, Winter Sports School’s “Vancouver 2010 Night before the Opening Ceremonies” party, Jupiter Bowl

Craig McCarthy                         Stephanie Nitsch
Communications Manager          Communications Coordinator
Park City Chamber/Bureau        Park City Chamber/Bureau
Craig@parkcityinfo.com            Stephanie@parkcityinfo.com
(435) 658-9611                        (435) 658-9609

  1. Ryan says:

    Thanks for including the National Ability Center in your post. We will be hosting a group from Chicago with Camp One Step at a Time the 21-26 of February. Each year, the camp comes to the NAC to teach young cancer survivors how to ski and snowboard. One of the camp’s participants recently joined us in Park City and works as a volunteer at the NAC teaching the same ski and snowboard lessons she once received as a two-time cancer survivor!

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