Like grizzly bear chauffeurs or a WiFi-enabled beard, mountain resorts combine rugged charm with modern amenities. Get back to nature from a safe distance with today's Groupon: for $69, you get a 90-minute private lesson for up to four people (up to a $127.50 value) plus one thermal drink container (a $20 value; a $147.50 total value) from Mohan Skiing & Boarding at The Summit at Snoqualmie resort in Redmond.
Mohan Skiing & Boarding's skilled instructors instill time-honored snow-sport skills by educating pupils of all ages and skill levels at a 51-year-old school. During private lessons, highly trained ski savants ensure that learning stays engaging, doling out personalized instruction and rewarding foursomes with pins and ribbons for demonstrated dominion over the slopes or possession of the plumpest pig on the mountain. Skiers practice plowing to a stop and building speed, and boarders perfect graceful turns through numerous techniques. Participants also nab a thermal drink container, perfect for keeping beverages warm or incubating unhatched chicken eggs.