Lift tickets for less

Go cross-country skiing for $15 or snowboarding and downhill skiing for less than $40 with an offer that benefits students in the Lake Tahoe area.

A limited number of tickets are available for the nonprofit Excellence in Education Foundation's "Skiing for Schools" promotion.

Sugar Bowl and Royal Gorge are the designated December resorts. Northstar, Tahoe Donner and Homewood are on tap for selected January dates.

Tickets must be purchased in the week before each resort's valid period; only cash and checks are accepted. Buy skiing/riding tickets at Porters Sports locations in Truckee and Tahoe City. Buy cross-country tickets at Paco's in Truckee and Alpenglow in Tahoe City.

Find a full list of dates and resorts at www.exined.org.

Learn to snowboard

Six North Lake Tahoe resorts will participate in the annual learn-to-ski-and-snowboard weekend, during which novices pay $30 for a lift ticket, lesson and gear rental.

The event takes place Dec. 8-9 at Alpine Meadows, Boreal, Granlibakken, Homewood, Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl.

Details: www.gotahoenorth.com.

Lanterns in the rain

The second annual Global Winter Wonderland is offering "Rainy Days" pricing through Dec. 2.

General admission will be $6 before 6 p.m. The gates open at 4 p.m.


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The festival, which features hundreds of illuminated lanterns, entertainment, children's activities and a food court, is located inside the Great America theme park, 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara. Details: www.globalwonderland.org.

Prices do not include taxes, surcharges or other fees unless noted. Deal availability may be limited. Restrictions such as blackout dates and advance-purchase requirements may apply.

-- Linda Zavoral, travel@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/buh_byeTravel.