Learn a Snow Sport Month officially kicked off Jan. 1, 2010, with free or discounted learning programs offered by resorts throughout the U.S. Governors from 14 states, including New Mexico's Gov. Bill Richardson, have issued proclamations urging children and adults to get outside for some exercise during January.

Nine New Mexico resorts (Angel Fire Resort, Pajarito Mt., Red River Ski Area, Ski Santa Fe, Sandia Peak, Ski Apache, Sipapu Ski Resort, Taos Ski Valley, and Nordic area - Enchanted Forest) joined the nationwide efforts and combined it with the KOAT-TV Kids Learn to Ski & Ride Program. The program runs through Jan. 31. The program has limited space available and is by reservation only.

If you'd rather drag the kids out on your own, kids under 12 can ski, eat, and stay for free when they stay at the Lodge at Angel Fire Resort with an accompanying paying parent. Fifth graders are also eligible for a free full-season Angel Fire ski pass.

Kids under six ski free at Taos Ski Valley and the resort is offering adult Ski Weeks for $99; that's six days of lessons, Sunday through Friday, Jan. 17, 24, and 31.  The price covers the lessons only. You must purchase a six-day lift ticket, have a season pass or a Taos Card.

This is the second year for Learn a Snow Sport Month. It is an industry effort to make learning a snow sport affordable throughout the U.S. 

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