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DESNEWS SKI SCHOOL WILL GET UNDER WAY FOR THE 42ND TIME

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Ski Utah! The Greatest Snow on Earth.

This motto on the state's license plates is practiced by thousands of out-of-town skiers each year, but there are many Utahns who have never experienced this exciting sport.Now residents may learn how to ski with low-cost quality instruction as registration gets under way for the 42nd annual Deseret News Ski School. The first of four Saturday sessions will be held at Sugarhouse Park on Nov. 11 followed by three classes at Alta.

And it's open to anyone between the ages of 8 and 80.

The ski school begins each year with an introductory "dryland" lesson in the park when the students learn the fundamentals of walking, turning and other basic skiing techniques along with ski safety. The lessons, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., are provided by qualified instructors.

Lessons are offered in cross country or downhill with approximately a dozen students in each class. Total cost for all four sessions and lift rides when part of the lesson is only $10.

However, students must provide their own ski equipment, including skis, poles and boots.

Following the first dryland session on Nov. 11 at Sugarhouse Park, located at 13th East and 21st South, classes are scheduled Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 at Alta, snow conditions permitting.

No classes are held Nov. 25 during the Thanksgiving weekend.

Purpose of the ski school is to introduce Utahns to the same winter sport that attracts thousands of out-of-town skiers, and to encourage safety and controlled skiing at all times.

Ski equipment may be borrowed, rented or purchased, but students are urged to try on boots and skis at home before attending the first lesson, because they may not be compatible with the ski bindings.

Bus service, for those without private transportation, is available at an additional cost. Buses leave park 'n' ride lots at Olympus Hills and Cottonwood Mall at 8:30 a.m. and leave Alta for the return trip at 1 p.m.

Students may register by mailing the registration form to the Deseret News (including a self-addressed, stamped envelope to receive clinic materials and identification tag) or register at the newspaper office, 30 E. First South, or the Lift House Sports Shop, 3698 E. 7000 South.