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The Worlds Largest Ski Lessons is ready to rock and roll
On January 6, 2017, thousands of beginner skiers and snowboarders will have the chance to take a ski or snowboard lesson and help set a record for the world’s largest lesson.

It’s not that every beginner taking a lesson that day will be in one place for one massive lesson. Instead, the World’s Largest Lesson is a series of events at nearly 80 ski areas and resorts from Newfoundland to Alaska. Lessons are staggered within each time zone to take place simultaneously.

This is the second attempt at setting a world record. Last season, almost 6,000 people took a simultaneous lesson on January 8, 2016. However, because the Guinness Book of World Records has strict record-keeping requirements, the event could not be verified.

This year, organizers better understand the process and know exactly what to do.

“We have had some experience with this in the past and we are working diligently with our partners to make sure that we have the documentation necessary to officially set a new record,” explains Hugh Reynolds, the marketing director for SNOW Operating and founder of the event.

And while setting a world record is a fun goal in and of itself, the more important aspect is introducing children and adults to the excitement of winter sports.

Learn With Friends and Family

Skiing and snowboarding are social sports: a good part of each ski day is spent on chairlifts with friends and it’s always best to ski with a buddy, both for safety and fun.

The social aspect is especially important when learning to ski or snowboard, as many lessons are taught in groups.

One of the goals of the World’s Largest Lesson is to provide beginners with a low-stress, enjoyable introduction to these sports. Organizers also hope that groups of friends, siblings or even entire families will choose January 6, 2017 as the day they begin a lifetime of skiing or riding.

At most resorts, the lessons will include a lift ticket, rental equipment and a beginner lesson for a nominal fee.

Last year, Powderhorn Mountain Resort in western Colorado had a very successful World’s Largest Lesson event with approximately 170 kids and adults taking beginner skiing and snowboarding lessons. Their offering is typical of what most resorts are offering: a full day lesson with a lift ticket and rental equipment for just $50.

According to Ski and Ride School Director Stephanie Reynolds, “after four hours of skiing or snowboarding, most people are confident in linking turns on easy terrain. This means they can come back and ski or ride independently on easy terrain, practicing what they’ve learned and setting the stage for a lifetime of winter fun.”

Two Lessons, Two Records

While the events on January 6 are bundled under the name World’s Largest Lesson, the world record attempt actually is two attempts — one for beginner ski lessons and one for beginner snowboard lessons.

“It’s a very fun-filled day and a great way to be part of making history,” explains event sponsor Mary Jo Tarallo of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.

“The fact that all lessons will take place simultaneously from coast-to-coast is an amazing feat in and of itself. But the most important thing is to have fun as you introduce yourself to skiing and snowboarding.”

To find a lesson near you hit the links below.

A Full Season of Fun

While the focus in North America is currently on January 6, beginners can have fun and learn to ski and snowboard all winter long.

January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in the US and many resorts offer their best beginner deals during this month. For example, Snow Valley Resort near Los Angeles offers midweek Buy One/Get One Free lessons for the entire month of January.

Other ski areas, like Loveland in Colorado, offer a series of lessons for children and adults. After completing all of the lessons, participants get a season pass so that they can continue learning and enjoying their new skills throughout the winter.

If you’re not in North America, you can still get in on the action.

World Snow Day, an initiative of FIS, takes place on January 15, 2017 with over 500 events to introduce kids to winter sports in 38 countries, while SnowKidz events will take place throughout the winter.

Enjoy!

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