Skiing and Snowboarding Summit County: Lesson Deals at "Colorado Gems"

Summit County, Colorado Skiing and Riding: Montezuma Bowl, Arapahoe Basin

Summit County, Colorado: Skiing and Snowboarding in Montezuma Bowl, Arapahoe Basin

“Just turn!” says boyfriend.

Tears well up in girlfriend’s eyes.

“Just turn … like this,” says boyfriend, who proceeds to demo the move.

Anyone who skis or snowboards in Summit County (or anywhere in Colorado) has probably witnessed this scenario more than a few times. They’ve watched the scene explode into tears, yelling and possibly a call to ski patrol. Maybe they’ve even been part of it.

Summit County, Colorado Skiing and Riding: Montezuma Bowl, Arapahoe Basin

Learn to conquer powder with hot lesson deals at Summit County's two Colorado Gems.

Whatever the case, ski and snowboard lessons are worth the investment. Several of the big boys offered unlimited lesson packages to early-bird buyers, but Summit County’s two Colorado Gems – Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area – have long cornered the market on unbeatable ski and snowboard lesson packages. The real reason it’s a deal? Prices include SEASON passes.

The Colorado Gems, a product/term created by Colorado Ski Country, U.S.A., refers to nine of the state’s smaller ski areas, which generally cater to families and lower budgets, thus creating the “Lift Line? What lift line?” mentality. This isn’t to say you can’t find big terrain at the Gems. Just ask the regulars at A-Basin.

Arapahoe Basin: Guaranteed to Succeed – For a mere $339 A-Basin offers a season pass, three half-day lessons and three full-day gear rentals. The kicker: anyone not skiing/riding blue terrain after the third session gets lessons until they tackle blues.

Loveland Ski Area: 3 Class Pass – When kids or beginner/intermediate adults complete three lesson packages (which includes rental equipment and a lift ticket) the bonus prize is a free or low-cost Loveland season pass. Totals average $255-$370 per person for the classes, rentals and season pass.