Time to Hit the Slopes! Enjoy These Ski & Board Activities

     Belleayre Mountain (www.belleayre.com), Highmount, NY is hosting the "Wall St. Adaptive Skiing Awareness Day" on Jan. 6. This special event is to thank all the people from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) generously donated 6 new adaptive ski sleds to Belleayre Mountain's new adaptive ski school. Belleayre Mountain's snowsports school has been working behind the scenes for the past two years to certify instructors to teach adaptive skiing lessons and to acquire the necessary equipment. The Wall St. Adaptive Awareness Skiing Day at Belleayre will feature a Nastar race, an apres-ski party and plenty of adaptive skiers showing their talents. For more info visit the website.

Windham Mountain's Annual Ski-A-Thon is Jan. 19. Get outside for the day and enjoy the mountain air! All you have to do is get a few of your friends to sponsor you for the day or per number of runs. $150 minimum must be raised to enter, then ski, snowboard or snowshoe your heart out! Day includes lift ticket, prizes and apres ski party. All proceeds benefit the Adaptive Sports Foundation. For more info, visit www.windhammountain.com

Mountain Creek, NJ is offering a "Girls Learn to Ride" snowboarding workshop Saturday, Jan. 20. Girls Learn to Ride is a program designed to give women  the basic skills and confidence necessary to participate in snowboarding.  Mountain Creek's professionals will provide hands-on training emphasizing both safety and skill development, so to ensure your snowboarding experience is the best. The cost is $59 and includes rental equipment (board & boots), two-hour lesson with a female instructor and one lift ticket. For more info, www.mountaincreek.com or www.girlslearntoride.com

Hunter Mountain offers 1 & 2-Day Slalom Workshops for skiers age 19+ on the following Fridays: Jan. 12, Feb. 2, Feb. 16, and on the weekend of Mar. 10 & 11. These Alpine race training workshops will focus on skill development, with a special emphasis on building strong gates techniques and tactics. Hunter also offers a 1 & 2-Day Moguls Workshop for skiers age 19+ on the weekends of Feb. 3 & 4 and Mar. 3 & 4. This workshop is open to skiers who are comfortable on blue square terrain or better and is designed to improve bump skill confidence through a variety of drills that enhance short turns and mogul skiing ability. Learn how to pick the best line and use different tactics to navigate even the toughest of bump fields. Both slalom and moguls workshops meet in Goldye's of the Learning Center and run from 8 am-4 pm. Cost for either of these workshop for 1 day without lift tickets is $105; 2 days without lift tickets, $210. For more info, visit www.huntermtn.com

Okemo Mountain Resort's Women's Alpine Adventures in Ludlow, VT has women returning year after year to take part in the programs designed exclusively for women and led by some of the best female ski and snowboard coaches in the business. Their goal is to take skiing and snowboarding women to the next level in any snow conditions and on any terrain. Participants quickly overcome fear, boost their confidence and meet new friends in a supportive and social environment. A long weekend can make all the difference. The complete 3-day program includes personalized instruction and coaching, on-snow videotaping and personalized analysis, indoor exercises, presentations, stretch sessions, a lift ticket for all days of the workshop (2, 3 and 5 day packages are available), a welcome party, breakfast and lunch served daily. Skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels are welcome. Call 802-228-1600, email learning@okemo.com or visit www.okemo.com for more info.

Jack Frost in the Poconos is offering a women's ski seminar Jan. 20 & 21 which focuses on much more than just the secrets to better skiing. Attendees discover the physiological, psychological and equipment-related secrets that will allow women to realize their full potential as skiers. Instruction on the slopes with women instructors provide a supportive and relaxed learning experience. This comprehensive 2-day program is geared for intermediate and advanced skiers ages 18 and over and includes a 2-day lift ticket, continental breakfast, and a wine and cheese reception Saturday night for $145. The seminar begins at 9:00am and ends at 4:00pm each day. You will need to rent your own equipment and accommodations are not included. Advanced reservations are required; please call 570-443-8425 ext., 2501 for an application, e-mail: jfskischool@jfbb.com, or visit www.jfbb.com.

Split Rock Resort in the Poconos has a Learn2Ski Package that includes: Deluxe accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, skiing at Camelback, equipment rental & a group lesson, access to all mountain activities, use of indoor swimming pools, whirlpools and fitness center amenities. Cost is: $149 - $189* Sun-Thurs; $159 - $199* Fri, Sat & Holidays; childrens' rates are $89 daily & weekends (*Plus 6% sales tax & 17% service charge) per person, per night, double occupancy 2 night minimum. Split Rock Resort is located at Lake Harmony, PA. For more info, visit www.splitrockresort.com

Photo courtesy of Jack Frost/Big Boulder Poconos (www.jfbb.com)