One of the nation's oldest ski schools opens its 43rd season at Sugarhouse Park Saturday morning.

The first of four sessions in the Deseret News Ski School will be a dry-land clinic at the park, 2100 South and 1300 East, to acquaint the beginning skiers with walking and turning on skis before tackling the snow-covered slopes at Alta.The two-hour session begins at 9:30 a.m. in an area south of the lake. Registration will be accepted at the first session Saturday and students must have their ski equipment for the class.

The newspaper-sponsored ski school, open to anyone 8 or older, offers four sessions for only $10. Students may sign up for either downhill or cross-country instruction and the fee includes lift rides when part of the lesson. Other sessions will be held Saturdays, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, at Alta.

Ski school officials said students must have the right equipment for the course they select, because the skis, boots and poles are different for cross-country than for downhill skiing.

Thousands of Utahns have learned how to ski in the Deseret News-sponsored program since it was organized in 1948.