B$Z: Learn to Ski and Snowboard Initiative, U.S. Forest Service Team Up to Encourage Winter Activity
The nonprofit Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service to help encourage skiing and snowboarding on National Forest lands, including the chance to establish a world record for the largest single day for ski and snowboard lessons.
The world-record attempt
and a “Bring a Friend” promotion are ways to help promote the benefits of
outdoor recreation in the winter and to highlight the availability to
world-class winter sports on lands managed by the Forest Service.
About 25 percent –
122 of 473 – of ski/snowboard areas in the U.S. are on all or part of national
forests, according to agency statistics. Downhill skiing is the second most
popular activity visitors participate in on national forests, with walking and
hiking the No. 1 activity. This winter season, the Forest Service is
encouraging the public to get outside and play on their national Forests by
learning how to ski or snowboard.
The Forest Service
has a long history with the snow sports industry. Today, those federal lands
account for 23 million skier visits on 180,000 skiable acres. Skiing on Forest
Service-managed lands also contributes $3 billion in local communities.
“We are excited to
once again partner with Learn to Ski and Snowboard to encourage people of all
ages and backgrounds to get out and enjoy national forests as much during the
winter as they do in the summer,” said Sean Wetterberg, manager of the Winter
Sports Program for the Forest Service.
The Forest Service
and partners like Learn to Ski and Snowboard work together reach people who
might not ordinarily venture to the national forests in winter. The agency’s Junior Snow Ranger is designed to
introduce children in the fourth and fifth grades to a life-long relationship
with outdoor winter activities and become the next generation of land stewards.
Cornerstone of the program is a colorful publication that highlights safety,
wildlife, winter ecology, recreation, and the sheer joy of being outside in the
Learn to Ski and
Snowboard month has to kicked off a series of programs designed to encourage
everyone to get out and enjoy winter on their national forest:
a Friend & #FirstDayFaces:
The Bring a Friend initiative encourages newcomers to take lessons from trained professionals and rewards those who help them. First Day Faces encourages newcomers to post photos of their “first day face” to social media using the hashtag #FirstDayFaces.
Book of World Records for the Largest Ski and Snowboard Lesson:
This event is for those who want their chance to be a part of making history. During January, many locations throughout the U.S. will offer special learning deals for beginners. This year, the effort includes a unique event at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, that could set a Guinness Book of World Records for the Largest Number of Ski and Largest Snowboard Lessons taught in one day. The focus will be on beginner lessons. Of the 160-plus locations signed up to participate, many are on a National Forest.
Participating in the event is easy at many resorts located on National Forests throughout the west. California boasts of 24 ski areas located on National Forests - more ski/snowboard areas on than any other state. Sixteen of these 24 are hosting a World’s Largest Lesson event. Terrain also spills over into Nevada at three locations.
Colorado ranks a close second with 22 ski/snowboard areas on Forest Service land. Twelve of these areas are hosting a World’s Largest Lesson event. Nine of those are in the White River National Forest, location for the 2015 FIS World Alpine Ski Championships. Seven other states with FS ski/snowboard areas are hosting the World’s Largest Lesson and are listed below.
For more information
on Learn to Ski and Snowboard month go to http://www.learntoskiandsnowboard.org.
For more information on the Forest Service, visit www.recreation.gov The
National Forest Foundation has a campaign to promote Forest Service recreation
activities. For more information, go to http://www.itsallyours.us.
List of ski/snowboard
areas on FS land that have signed up so far to host a World’s Largest Lesson
Bear Mountain, Bear Valley. Boreal, Heavenly, Homewood, June Mountain,
Kirkwood, Mammoth, Sierra-at-Tahoe, Mt Shasta, Mountain High, Snow Summit, Snow
Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Buttermilk, Copper, Keystone, Powderhorn, Snowmass,
Steamboat, Sunlight, Vail, Winter Park
Waterville Valley, Wildcat
Mt Ashland, Mt
Bachelor, Mt Hood Meadows, Mt Hood Ski Bowl
Brian Head, Brighton, Solitude, Alta
49 Degrees North,
Lookout Pass, Mission Ridge, Ski Bluewood, Stevens Pass, Summit-at-Snoqualmie,