January is National Learn a Snowsport Month


Glen Plake, (pictured left) is the national spokesperson for Learn a Snow Sport Month.   Glen is quoted in the winterfeelsgood.com website as saying, "Most people know me as an extreme skier and I admit I have done some pretty crazy things on snow. I’ve worked hard to be able to do some things most people can’t do or shouldn’t do. One thing I’ve learned during my career is that, first and foremost, snow sports are FUN! You can enjoy being outside in winter, have a great time with family or friends and get some exercise."

That is what National Learn a Snow Sport month is all about. Glen and all of the ski areas of the Southeast and Mid Atlantic would invite you to come out and try something new. Skiing and Snowboarding is fun, easy and great exercise.

Many states and state ski associations are part of Learn a Snow Sport Month and we’re doing our part to help get the word out – AND to help get you guys off the couch and onto the slopes! We invite you to pick a ski area, contact their ski and snowboarding instruction department and get a lesson.


Snow sports icon Glen Plake appeared on NBC’s Today Show on January 4 to talk about learning a snow sport during January Learn a Snow Sport Month. Plake filmed a segment December 15 at Camelback Resort in Pennsylvania teaching show co-anchor Hoda Kotb how to ski.

Hoda caught on so quickly that she was able to join Plake for a little fun in the terrain park.

More than 300 Alpine resorts and Nordic Centers in 32 states are offering prgrams ranging from FREE to very affordable during the month of January, 2010.

On Winter Trails day, January 9, children and adults can try snowshoeing and/or cross country skiing free at 80 venues throughout the U.S. Details are at www.learnasnowsport.org .

Learn a Snow Sport Month is supported by SkiSoutheast.com,  the West Virginia Ski Areas Association, the Southeast Ski Areas Association, SnowSports Industries America(SIA), Professional Ski Instructors of America –American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI), National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) and Cross Country Ski Areas Association (CCSAA).

Cataloochee’s Tammy Brown adds, "Learn a Snowsport Month Lasts All Season Long at Cataloochee! "

She added, "At Cataloochee Ski Area, we don’t limit January’s Learn a Snowsport Month to just a short one month span of time…we keep the fun going all season long! New this season is Cataloochee’s FREE Intro to Skiing or Riding Lesson, given with any Cataloochee ski or snowboard rental any non-holiday Monday through Thursday! That’s right…we make learning to ski or ride fun AND inexpensive with a FREE one hour lesson when you rent your equipment from us! Lessons are offered every hour and 1/2 from 9am until 2pm on non-holiday Mondays and from 9am until 7pm every Tuesday through Thursday. Cataloochee is now on its regular schedule with skiing on Monday from 9am-4:30pm Mondays, 9am-10pm Tuesday through Friday, 8:30am-10pm, Saturdays and 8:30am-4:30pm, Sundays. Visit our website at www.cataloochee.com for more information this and other programs such as Kids Ski and Stay Free and Family Days!"

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Mike Doble
Mike is the Editor and founder of SkiSoutheast.com, SkiNC.com and ResortCams.com. Since September 1996 he has posted more than 13,000 posts, articles, photos and videos promoting all of the ski areas of North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.Mike is the father of four daughters, is an avid skier and enjoys golf, tennis, kayaking and hiking in the mountains. Winter snowsports and Summer boating on Watauga Lake are among his favorite pastimes.