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    Teaching the girlfriend to ski. Where to go for a first timer?

    My girlfriend wants to learn to ski. I'm horrified to try and teach her myself mostly because I have been skiing so long that I don't remember what it was like to learn. Seems best to just let the professionals handle it. So I am curious if anyone here learned to ski as an adult or has recently put a first timer adult on the hill and can recommend a good mountain/program to set her up in? I'm thinking we'll probably make a long weekend of it and set her up with her first lesson on a Friday to avoid crowds. Then if all goes well she can get back out there for day 2 on either Saturday or Sunday. I figure this way even if she hates the skiing part she can at least enjoy a rental house with a fire place and a hot tub for the weekend.

    I know a lot of places run specials in January for "learn to ski month". So I am starting to look into those. I also just came across the Bebe Wood program at Ragged. The price is certainly right on that, does anyone have experience with them?



    I appreciate any advice that anyone can give

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    Skivermont.com has $49 one day packages and $129 3 day learner packages, those are definitely your best value. Almost every resort has learner programs, so go where you want to ski.


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    Don't make her ski three days in a row as a first-timer. She'll be super sore after the first day. And just doing one lesson on Friday isn't going to get her off the bunny hill so if you go the long weekend route you'll be regulated to that all weekend.

    I can't vouch on specific programs...but I do teach...and Killington's learning area on Snowshed has always really impressed me as far as terrain. https://www.killington.com/plan-your...-timers/adults

    Similar offering from Ski VT if you want to try a different place- https://skivermont.com/take-3

    All this is assuming she isn't a 25yo ice skater, body builder, and professional water skier. If she's in great shape, has demonstrated balance, and is athletic the best route would be a beginner group lesson followed by a private lesson so she's not being bogged down by a group.
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    You're doing the right thing by going with a ski school and taking advantage of the many introductory programs out there. Now add in a candle lit dinner.

    In January it can be as cheap as $30 for the first day, non peak.

    Killington offers a discovery program where you get 4 days of lifts, lessons, and equipment for $399. Go any 4 days, doesn't need to be consecutive. Then you get a free pair of brand new skis. It usually sells out.

    https://www.killington.com/plan-your...-timers/adults scroll to the bottom.

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    4-DAY DISCOVERY PROGRAM, AGES 16+

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    Take her to a smaller area. Might be less intimidating!

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    I learned as an adult and did it totally wrong. Girlfriend paid for a beginner group lesson at Hunter and said "you're ready". Two weeks later I'm at Sugarbush trying to pizza stop down sheets of ice. It did not end well and I wanted to throw the skis in the garbage and give up. I finally took a half day private lesson and learned how to stop and turn properly. Best money ever spent. I would recommend going to smaller, local places for the first few times They are cheaper and not as intimidating. I've tried to teach some people at K, but the beginner areas tend to be crowded and a little steep for first timers once you get away from the magic carpet area. Good Luck!

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    First off, DO NOT try to teach her yourself. She will take what you say as criticism more than instructions. My Dad taught, and would not teach my kids for that reason.

    Second, it depends on where you are coming from as to where the best learning programs are. Bigger mountains may or may not be the best. I do know Sunday River in Maine has a good program. The learn to ski area is very gently sloped, and then the South Ridge are in a good progression. As you are located in north eastern Mass, you can go to Ski Bradford, a very small family run area with a 250 vertical in Haverhill. Other nearby small areas are Nashoba Valley, and for a big bigger, Wachesset. These are day trips and as other posters have noted, she will be too tired for even two days in a row. Once she has been out for two days and you can judge what she can now handle, then you would be able to plan a weekend at a bigger resort.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrec10 View Post
    Take her to a smaller area. Might be less intimidating!
    This....no need to go to a big expensive resort to learn to ski. She will be on the bunny hill all day so go to your closest local hill for the first few days out.....less money, less crowds, less travel time.....make it fun for her, if it feels like a chore she isn't going to enjoy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skiur View Post
    This....no need to go to a big expensive resort to learn to ski. She will be on the bunny hill all day so go to your closest local hill for the first few days out.....less money, less crowds, less travel time.....make it fun for her, if it feels like a chore she isn't going to enjoy it.
    Not necessarily...these big resorts have first-time packages that are running parallel to the smaller hills from a price standpoint.
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