January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month for Colorado Ski Country USA members, which include the Aspen-Snowmass foursome and Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs. Those resorts are among the state’s areas offering special deals on tickets, lessons and gear rentals to attract newcomers this month, according to a recent announcement.

“With more terrain opening across Colorado throughout December and professional instructors across the state ready to create lifelong skiers and snowboarders, January is the perfect time to hit the slopes for the first time or to introduce a friend or family member to Colorado Ski Country,” it continued.

The following are some of the deals now available:

• The 5th and 6th grade passport coupons are an excellent value but require some planning. Those who register for the Passport Program, www.coloradoski.com/passport, may receive three days of free skiing at the 22 CSCUSA member resorts for 5th graders, while 6th graders may receive four days of skiing at those same 22 resorts for $125 until Jan. 31.

• Aspen Skiing Co. has two specials this month: Adult Beginner’s Magic, which is available at Snowmass and Buttermilk, includes a full-day lesson, rental equipment and a beginner-area lift ticket. Rates, which depend on date of purchase and the number of lessons, start at $234 for the first lesson if booked at least seven days in advance, according to the press release. 

There’s also the option of Buttermilk Deluxe. Between now and Feb. 2, guests may “celebrate Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with a special private lesson at Buttermilk. Up to four guests can experience a full-day private lesson starting at $420, according to the release. For more information on either of the programs, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.

• Sunlight Mountain Resort is touting its Learn-to-Shine 3-pack, which includes three half-day lessons in Sunlight's Pump Haus Progression Park, according to CSCUSA. In addition, the Learn-to-Shine 3-pack features an additional five-day pass for guests to use “after they’ve aced their skills in the park.”

Also, Sunlight offers Sunny Sessions, a multi-week ski and snowboard session for kids which meets on four consecutive weeks. For more information on pricing and the schedules, visit www.sunlightmtn.com.

Across the state, the 22-member ski country resorts are offering deals of all kinds, some of which, including at Winter Park, Eldora and Monarch Mountain, include lunch and/or a snack. For a comprehensive list of January learn to ski and ride deals, go to www.coloradoski.com .