Though we hate to think about it, winter is just around the corner, and before we know it, the skiers and snowboarders will be taking to the slopes for the season. If you are someone (like me) who has often thought about wanting to ski or snowboard, but don't quite now how or where to start, the Town of Poughkeepsie has you covered this winter.

Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash
Photo by Karsten Winegeart on Unsplash

Town of Poughkeepsie Recreation Offers Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Unfortunately, it looks like we are in for quite a winter this year, with forecasters saying to be prepared for lots of snow this winter season.

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While some ski areas rely on artificial snow in order to extend their seasons, it seems like winter 2023/2024 will have plenty of fresh powder on the slopes for your sport of choice.

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Both adults and children can sign up for lessons through the Town of Poughkeepsie Recreation Department to enhance their ski and snowboarding skills, and though this is offered to 'out-of-towners,' Town of Poughkeepsie residents do receive a discount when registering.

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Noting that the weekend spots do fill up fast, and that space is limited to a first come/first serve basis, there are a number of different lesson options for those who'd like to get some practice in on the slopes. There are programs for ages 8 and up (adults included), as well as a freestyle program for upper and intermediate levels.

Low angle view of a skier throwing up snow while skiing on a mountain
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Registration will take place in person at the Town of Poughkeepsie Recreation Office on Overocker Road, with a December 1st deadline, and the complete rundown of details about the program offerings, costs, and schedule can be found on the rec website here.

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