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Learn to Ski

17 December 2018

PistenBully North America and Utah dealer, Peterson Equipment, team up to sponsor Ski Utah's Learn to Ski & Ride Program.

The Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting the state of Utah's ski and snowboard industry.  With this goal in mind, Ski Utah has put a tremendous effort into getting children on snow, skiing and snowboarding.  In 1989/90, Ski Utah introduced its community outreach, Learn to Ski & Ride program.  The program is designed to introduce children to the sports of skiing and snowboarding.  PistenBully and Peterson Equipment have proudly teamed up to cover the costs of the Learn to Ski & Ride Program for the 2018-19 season.

Learn to Ski & Ride Program

Ski Utah's Learn to Ski & Ride Program targets fourth graders throughout the state of Utah.  It is designed to teach the fundamentals of the sport in a physical education setting before it brings participants to the ski slopes.  The program was designed by Jo Garuccio, B.S. Physical Education and M.S. Health Fitness.  It focuses on physically and aerobically preparing each child for the end goal, a two hour on snow lesson at a Utah resort. 

Participation

Each year upwards of 7,000 Utah fourth graders and some fifth graders participate in the program.  The cost is $28 per child, with scholarship availability for any family unable to pay.  The price includes equipment rental, transportation and a two-hour ski or snowboard lesson.  Any elementary school in the state of Utah is eligible for the program.  There is no cost to the school and Ski Utah assists in training instructors to facilitate the program.

Learn to Ski and Ride Day

Friday, January 11,2019 marks National Learn to Ski and Ride Day.  PistenBully and Peterson Equipment will collaborate with Ski Utah and Brighton Resort to put on a ski lesson for a group of Learn to Ski & Ride program participants.  Close to 100 students will be transported to Brighton Resort, outfitted in ski gear and taught how to ski.  All involved are very excited to participated in an event that will hopefully excite some new, young snow sports enthusiasts!

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