Maine ski areas to give out free lessons

One of the 250 Santas participating in a fundraising event takes a run at Sunday River Ski Resort on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Newry, Maine. To qualify for a free lift ticket each Santa had to wear a full red Santa costume, complete with beard,  and donate at least $10 to the Bethel Rotary Club's annual drive to provide gifts for the area's needy children.
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One of the 250 Santas participating in a fundraising event takes a run at Sunday River Ski Resort on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, in Newry, Maine. To qualify for a free lift ticket each Santa had to wear a full red Santa costume, complete with beard, and donate at least $10 to the Bethel Rotary Club's annual drive to provide gifts for the area's needy children.
Posted Dec. 23, 2011, at 5:34 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 23, 2011, at 4:29 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Ski Maine Association is kicking off its third annual “Learn to Ski and Snowboard for Free Week.”

Nine ski areas are taking part in the program, held from Jan. 8 through Jan. 13.

The ski areas are donating a total of 141 ski and snowboard packages that are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants get ski or snowboard equipment, lessons and limited beginner lift access.

In the past, the openings have filled up within days of the announcement.

The participating ski areas are Bigrock Ski Area, Black Mountain, Camden Snow Bowl, Lost Valley, Mount Abram, Saddleback, Shawnee Peak, Sugarloaf and Sunday River.

Interested people can sign up on the Ski Maine website, www.skimaine.com.

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