Alpine Meadows Ski Resort

Beginners learn to snowboard at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe. (Alpine Meadows Ski Resort)

Don't know how to ski but want to learn? You're in luck. January is Learn a Snowsport Month, and some California ski resorts are toasting first-timers with lessons for as low as $49. Here are five worth checking out.

Alpine Meadows in Tahoe City: The "Learn to Ski & Ride Special" costs $49 for adults and children at least 8 years old. It includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and a two-and-a-half hour lesson. Discounted lessons are offered Tuesdays through Thursdays only through the end of January. Info: Alpine Meadows, (800) 403-0206

Squaw Valley in Olympic Valley: The resort that was the 1960 Winter Olympics site is offering "2-for-1 Specialty Clinics" for $49. The offer includes clinics for women, older skiers and boarders as well as those who want to learn jibs and jumps. The offer is good through Sunday. Info: Squaw Valley, (800) 403-0206

Homewood Mountain Ski Resort in Homewood: The resort's "Learn to Ski/Ride" offer costs $49 for adults and children 13 and older. It includes a half-day lesson and equipment rentals and lift tickets that are good all day. It's available Sundays to Fridays (non-holiday weekends) until the end of the season. Info: Homewood Mountain Ski Resort, (530) 525-2900

Northstar California in Truckee: Beginners can learn to ski or snowboard for $139, an offer that includes a lift ticket, equipment rental and instruction. Opt for three days and the package costs $279. The offer is good daily through the end of January. Info: Northstar California,  (855) 663-1350

Bear Mountain/Snow Summit in Big Bear Lake: Newcomers receive free equipment rental with a beginner lesson package daily until the end of January. Reservations are required at least one day in advance, and the promotion isn't available on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. Info: Bear Mountain and Snow Summit; (909) 866-5841

Mary.Forgione@latimes.com

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