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Learn to Turn: Vermont's Ski and Snowboard Beginner Packages

Little ones explore Yellow Cat's Lair, a beginner glade, at Smugglers' Notch Resort
Take a lesson at Bolton Valley's Ski School

Get out on the slopes this season with Vermont’s learn-to-turn beginner packages. Each resort offers a variety of lessons, clinics and rental packages for all ages and ability levels. Can’t decide which resort to try? Take a peek at Ski Vermont’s Learn-to-Turn programs like Take 3, Bring a Friend VT and the Fifth Grade Passport, or the nationwide initiative, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in January.

Learn more about resort beginner offerings below:

Mount Snow Resort

Mount Snow realizes that when it comes to learning to ski and snowboard, or simply working on basic skills, one size certainly does not fit all. That’s why they offer a variety of packages designed specifically for the needs of everyone from beginners to experts and in between. From toddlers just starting out, to ski and snowboard camps for kids and teens, to private and group lessons for adults, their team of 400+ instructors are ready and waiting to help skiers and riders feel more confident and comfortable on the slopes. For more information visit:

Stratton Mountain Resort

Skiers and riders can enhance and perfect skills during a private lesson with a Snow Sport professional for an hour, a day or the whole season. Learn to Ski and Ride programming is available every day and includes newly tuned rental equipment, “Learning Zone” lift access and a 1 ¾ hour lesson with a Snow Sport Professional starting at just $109. Book in advance for the #go5 Lesson experience, which guarantees there are no more than 5 skiers per group lesson.

Magic Mountain

The Snowsports Learning Center at Magic believes in affordability and personalized instruction. Lessons are all generally under $100 except for some full day programs which top out at just $120 and rental packages only $25, with the size of classes generally under 5 skiers.

Bromley Mountain Resort

Kids learn at Bromley Mountain in the Kidsrule Mountain Camps. Perfect for absolute beginners to bump fiends, the all day program for ages 5-14 combines safety, education and fun to get  kids started off on the right boot. It’s just $159 per day with lift ticket, lunch and snacks included.

6-Packs and 3-Packs of lessons may be available at certain times of year. Adults enjoy great first timer packages, too, especially during January’s Learn to Ski & Ride month with learn-to packages on sale for just $49. Bromley’s Get Skiing and Get Riding programs focus on getting new skiers and rider sliding on snow and having fun on day one. All beginners – kids and adults – enjoy learning to ski & ride in the specially crafted Terrain Based Learning Zone. Bromley combines carefully sculpted slopes, rollers and banked turns for faster and easier fun.

Okemo Mountain Resort

Okemo’s First Tracks learning package is offered daily for first-time skiers and snowboarders 7 and older. A great value at $85, it includes a complete equipment rental package, a group lesson and unlimited use of Okemo's lower mountain lifts for the day. Okemo’s Double Tracks learning program builds on the skills learned in the first lesson by offering more instruction during another lesson the next day for $170. A same-day additional third lesson for Double Tracks participants may be added for $45.

Quechee Ski Area

The Quechee Club is home to one of Vermont's best learn to ski areas and it’s their mission to get you started on the mountain. Children under 7 get a free lift ticket with any regularly priced ski lesson. Lessons start at $75.00. Some limitations apply. Blackout dates include holiday vacation weeks. Rentals are not included but are available on site. Visit for more information.

Suicide Six Ski Area/ Woodstock Inn

The Snowsports School at Suicide Six is one of the oldest continually operated schools in the nation. Offering private ski and snowboard lessons, they invite you to learn a new sport. Offering only private lessons to First Timers this personalized instruction allows the student to progress at a comfortable pace without the pressure of a group dynamic. Experience the First Time on Skis/Snowboard “Adult” Offer in a 2 hour private lesson with rentals & JBar pass all for $159. Must be first time Adult (over 18). Space is limited and based on availability. Must be advance reservation (48 hours). Holiday Rate $199 (based on availability).

Killington Resort

Back by popular demand, Killington’s 4-Day Learn to Ski/Learn to Ride Discovery Program gets new skiers and rider free gear to ensure they become lifelong skiers or snowboarders after lessons are complete. Skiers receive Elan E-Rise skis and snowboarders get a board and bindings from our Vermont neighbors at Burton Snowboards.

Middlebury College Snow Bowl

The Snow Bowl “Discover package” for first timers offers a 1.5 hour lesson and rentals for only $108. Book five private lessons for the price of four and save. Check out all our Snow School offerings at

Sugarbush Resort

Sugarbush knows that once a skier or rider gets the feel for sliding on snow, they’ll be hooked. Those looking to learn can try the First Timer to Life Timer program with three lessons for just $255 and a free season pass when you complete the program (available for guests 13 and older). Lessons focus on equipment fitting, getting comfortable with the gear, sliding on snow for the first time, making turns and using lifts.

Mad River Glen

Specifically designed for adult first time skiers, Mad River Glen has a package that includes a beginner lift ticket, equipment rental and a two-hour group lesson. For an ideal learning scenario, beginners might consider doing a private lesson and getting one-on-one attention. This package is available for Alpine or Telemark skiing and the cost is $80 for the package and $50 for the second two-hour clinic.

Bolton Valley

Bolton Valley’s 3-Day Learn To Love It Program includes three days of beginner lessons, giving guests a solid start at skiing or riding. Upon completion of the third lesson, skiers will receive the Learn To Love It card which entitles the cardholder to 50% off of full day lift tickets, lessons and full day rentals for the remainder of the 2016-2017 Season.

Stowe Mountain Resort

Stowe Mountain Resorts Children’s Adventure program is the ultimate learn to ski & ride experience for kids ages 3 to 14. The programs, designed for every level from beginner to expert are based out of a brand new $80 million dollar Adventure Center. This ‘home-base’ is a state of the art facility equipped with everything a kid or parent could ever want in a winter resort amenity, including an indoor climbing center, kids specific restaurant, movie theater, daycare, age specific program areas, ski-in ski-out access to designated learning lifts & trails, a kids only rental shop & gear store and more.

Smugglers’ Notch Resort

At Smugglers’ Notch Resort, first turns start at age 2 ½ in the resort’s slope side nursery -  the resort’s Snow Sport University supports the entire family! Ski or snowboard instruction for kids are included in the FamilyFest package, while the Summit package supports comprehensive instruction for kids as well as adults. Smugglers’ learn-to-ski or snowboard week - January 1-8, 2017 - includes rental equipment and group lessons for entry level or beginner skiers or riders staying three nights or longer on the resort’s ski and stay package priced at $129 per adult and $99 per child 3-17 years old per night.


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