###Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface and GoreMountain ski areas; the Olympic Sports Complex at Mt. Van Hoevenberg; the Olympic speedskating oval, Olympic jumping complex and Olympic arena. As host to international and national championships, the Authority has brought millions of athletes, spectator and participants to the region, resulting in significant economic development. CONTACT: Jon Lundin, ORDA public relations coordinator, (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (518) 523-1655 ext. 5313
$59 Learn to Ski and Snowboard Packages Wilmington, N.Y. - There's never been a better time to learn to ski or ride than January, during the National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month. The first 31 days of the new year are dedicated as the national month to learn a new snow sport and hundreds of alpine and Nordic ski resorts in 22 states, will be offering discounts and specials on lessons, rentals and lift tickets. The goal of the Learn to Ski and Snowboard month is to get American families on the slopes and enjoy a healthy winter lifestyle. Organizers are hoping that more than 150,000 children and adults will take ski and snowboard lessons from a professional instructor. Last January an estimated 75,000 children and adults participated in the program. "No matter what your age, January is a great time to get outside, hit the slopes and enjoy this fun and healthy outdoor activity," remarked Aleks Smith, Whiteface Mountain's snowsports director. "Whether it's your first time ever on skis, or you haven't skied in a few years, or maybe you're just looking to improve your skiing or riding, here's your chance to take an affordable lesson. Skiing and riding are sports to enjoy for a lifetime." During the National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month, Whiteface will be offering a mid-week special for just $59. This includes lessons, rentals and a lower-mountain lift ticket. Lessons begin at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and are available for skiers and riders 13 and older. Learning to ski and ride at Whiteface has never been easier thanks to Whiteface's ski school pros and to the new Rossignol Experience range of rockered all mountain skis available at the Olympic mountain. Utilizing this innovative technology, Whiteface ski instructors will help to ease a beginner's fear of failure and falling. The Rossi rockered grows along with the skier's skill and input level. So, novice skiers benefit from the ease with which these skis glide, steer and stop. And, when skiers begin to roll the ski up on edge and increase speed, the skis carve on-demand, control speed and maneuver easily for all skier levels. To learn more about the January Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month, log onto http://www.skiandsnowboardmonth.org/ or http://www.whitefacelakeplacid/.