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Loon Launches New Learn-To-Ski Program

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

For immediate release

LINCOLN, NH (Dec. 29, 2015) - Learning to ski or snowboard at Loon Mountain Resort this winter is easier and more exciting than ever. In addition to participating in the nationwide Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month in January, the resort has launched its new First Class Beginner's Weekends, two-day learning experiences that equip beginners with all the skills - and the gear - they need to become lifelong skiers.

NEW First Class Beginner's Weekends

This winter, beginners who enroll in a new First Class Beginner's Weekend will be treated to an immersive weekend-long learning experience that includes their own FREE pair of HEAD skis, bindings and boots and use of a private slopeside learning lounge. Coaches will ensure the proper fit of learners' boots and gear to get them started off on the right foot.

"A weekend-long program gives beginners a solid foundation to enjoy a lifelong sport, and our coaches help smooth the way," said Rob Bevier, Loon's Ski & Snowboard School director. "And, since proper boot fit is so important for a positive learning experience and can often be overlooked, we made sure to incorporate it here."

Participants will build camaraderie on and off the mountain as they spend the weekend with coaches and others in the program. In addition to the equipment and instruction, the program also includes morning coffee and lunch each day, plus an après gathering at the end of the first day, so participants can share their experiences and get a taste of the winter sports lifestyle.

First Class Beginner's Weekends are scheduled for January 9-10; January 30-31; March 5-6; and March 19-20. This program is for beginners ages 13 and up, space is limited, and advance reservations are required. More information can be found at LoonMtn.com and reservations can be made by calling 1-800-229-LOON.

Learner's Club Card

Beginners who can't commit to an entire weekend will receive a Learner's Passport when they complete a Learn-to-Ski or Snowboard package, which includes novice lift ticket, lesson and equipment rentals. When they return and complete a second package, their Passport will be upgraded to a Learner's Club Card, which entitles them to free use of rental equipment at Loon all season long, and savings of up to $25 a day on lift tickets for the rest of the season, plus other resort savings.

January Learn To Ski & Snowboard Month

Humans were never meant to hibernate, which is why Loon is participating in the nationwide Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month this January. From January 10-15, Loon will offer a limited number of packages each day for beginners ages 13 and up for just $39. Each package includes a half-day learn-to-ski and snowboard lesson, full-day equipment rental and a novice lift ticket. Reservations are required and can be made beginning Sunday, January 3 by calling 800-229-5666. More information is available on LoonMtn.com.

World's Largest Ski & Snowboard Lesson

As part of Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month, Loon will take part in a national attempt to break the record for the largest multi-venue ski and snowboard lesson ever taught. More than 120 venues across the country will teach ski and snowboard lessons simultaneously at 10 a.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016. At Loon, multiple group lessons will be taught at this time and will cost $10 per person, with packages including lesson, all-day rental equipment and novice lift ticket available for just $39 on that day. These lessons and packages are for ages 13 and up and space is limited. Reservations are required and can be made starting Sunday, January 3 by calling 800-229-5666. More information is available on LoonMtn.com.

Specialty Camps

Learning is a lifelong process. That's why Loon continues to offer innovative camps and clinics for advanced skiers and snowboarders, including:

• Women's Performance Camp presented by K2 Ski Alliance - Intermediate and advanced skiers will love these two-day clinics featuring women-to-women coaching and video review. Jan. 23-24 and Feb. 25-26. Ages 18 & up.

• Salomon Ski Test presented by Salomon - This first-of-its-kind camp lets guys demo next year's Salomon skis long before their buddies. In addition to testing select 2016/17 models alongside Salomon reps and Loon's coaches, guys will learn the finer points of DIY tuning and boot fitting. Feb. 20-21. Ages 18 & up.

• Droppin' In: Women's Freestyle Camp presented by Oakley - This camp is an excellent opportunity for women to take their park and pipe skills to the next level. Campers work with pro coaches, hone their new skills in a private park, and even get to build their own Oakley goggles. March 26-27. Ages 13 & up.

To learn more about any of Loon's camps and clinics, visit LoonMtn.com/book/camps. To reserve a spot in a camp or clinic, call 800-229-5666 x5540.