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    Advice: beginner ski lessons near Boston

    Hi! I'm new to skiing and would like to take some beginner ski lesson packages this season. Looking for something that is within 90 mins drive from Boston. Was considering Pat's Peak (since they have a 4-lesson beginner package) or Wachusett, but I can't find the lesson prices for Wachusett so I was wondering if anyone knows, or have other recommendations for affordable beginner packages? I don't have my own equipment so I'd have to take rental costs into consideration as well. Thanks a lot!

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    Not exactly near Boston but afaik most places in VT participate. $129 for 3 lessons, can be at same resort or different, includes rentals and a ticket for the beginner lift once you're done with the lesson.

    Nashoba Valley offers 6 lessons on 6 consecutive weeks for $235. Small hill and very beginner friendly, it's a pretty fun place to explore for beginners. 3 weeks is $170 so the 6 week is a pretty good deal if you actually use it.

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    Peak Resorts did three lessons for $100 on sale in the fall. Looks like the price increases to $130 after a bit. Here is a link to last year's program. You could use any lesson at any resort.

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    January is learn to ski month; every year virtually all resorts have amazing deals that all include lift, rentals, and lesson for absurdly cheap. You could hit a different mountain each weekend in January taking advantage of their L.T.S. deals.
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    MA & Fayston, VT
    Wachusett beginner lesson package info:

    Looks like you need to call for pricing

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    Near Springfield, Mass
    Don't forget Blue Hills south of Boston in Milton.

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    Nashoba Valley (in Westford, MA) has a 3 or 6 week adult program (one lesson a week), for $170 or $235 (includes lessons and lift tickets, rentals extra) that can be done evenings or days, and might work for you:

    Some good options that are a bit further away, but worth considering,

    Ski Vermont's Beginner Deal: $129 gets you three days of lessons, rentals, and beginner lift tickets: Redeemable at a lot of resorts in VT.

    Loon is a bit over your 90 minute radius, but they have what they call a "First Class" beginner's weekend. $399 gets you on the slopes with lessons for two days, and you get your own pair of skis, boots and bindings, plus you get coffee, lunch, and an apres party on Saturday. Worth checking out:

    Sunapee is a similar distance to Loon, and they have a program called "Start here and Love it": The pricing isn't posted yet, but it's three days of instruction, rentals, and lift tickets, and it might be a good fit.
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    Sunapee is about 90 min to Boston on dry roads, with a fairly large, segregated learning area.

    Once you progress a bit, Wachusett’s mid mountain chair gives you some more interesting terrain a good bit closer to home.

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    For beginners in NH, Pats Peak >>>>>> Loon > Sunapee. All are good for beginners.
    Loon and Sunapee are much better for intermediate and above skiers.

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    Ragged Mountain is 98 miles from Boston and offers 3 learn-to-ski lessons, including equipment and lift ticket for free:

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