Learn to Turn: Vermont’s Ski and Snowboard Lesson Packages
Learning to ski and snowboard in Vermont is as much about mastering the basic skill set as it is about experiencing the serene yet adventurous nature of the sport. When visitors young and old come to the Green Mountain State and embark on a lesson, whether it’s for the first time or the fiftieth time, the mentality is the same, it’s about enjoying the outdoors, relishing in the delight of personal triumph and doing so with friends and family. This is why Vermont resorts take careful consideration when creating learn to turn programs and lesson packages. Some focus solely on beginners, others on age ranges, and some, serve as refreshers for those who have been out on the slopes for years. Whatever it is, a lesson in Vermont is sure to be worthwhile.
Ski Vermont Learn-To-Turn Programs
Ski Vermont’s Learn-to-Turn programs allow beginner skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to take lessons all throughout the state. Not only that, but packages like the Take 3, which includes three separate days of lessons, lift tickets and rentals at participating resorts, is only $129- making the early days on the slope affordable and fun. During the month of January, Vermont participates in the nationwide initiative, Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, where Ski Vermont offers a $49 package for beginners that includes a lift ticket, lesson and gear rental.
Bolton Valley’s 3-Day Learn To Love It Program includes three days of beginner lessons, giving guests a solid start on 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 2017-2018 season.
Kids rule (and learn!) at Bromley Mountain in 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. Six Packs and Three Packs of lessons may be available at certain times of year, and all beginners – kids and adults – enjoy learning to ski and ride in the specially crafted Terrain Based Learning Zone. Bromley combines carefully sculpted slopes, rollers and banked turns for faster and easier fun.
Jay Peak Resort
Want to know what it’s like to surrender to gravity? Jay Peak’s Learn-to-Turn Guarantee appropriately enough guarantees they’ll have you “comfortably making turns” by the end of your third lesson. Be sure though to ask what “comfortably” means though as this is Jay Peak and they’ve been known to turn people into powder addicts.
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. Skiers and riders can also introduce a friend or family member to skiing and riding and earn a FREE lift ticket for themselves through the Bring-A-Friend promotion.
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.
Magic is launching its new Nelson Family Learning Center Area in a beautifully manicured beginner slope set away from high traffic areas so beginners can relax and enjoy the personal instruction by PSIA-certified school professionals. A new magic carpet style conveyor lift will be installed this fall to create the easiest way to access the beginner and learning slope. Magic has special lesson deals for firsttime skiers such as its “Never Ever” Kids Learn-to-Ski with 3 half day lessons for only $189 and “First-Timers” for adults at $199 which includes Learning Zone tickets, lessons and rentals for the 3 days.
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.
Mountain Top Inn and Resort
Mountain Top Inn & Resort offers group lessons, semi private lessons and private lessons for all cross country ski levels. Check out their Learn to Ski package (available mid-week only) for $50 per person (includes trail pass, rental & group lesson. Offered to guests ages 6 years and older).
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 $100, 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 $190. A same-day additional third lesson for Double Tracks participants may be added for $55.
The Quechee Club
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 www.QuecheeClub.com for more information.
Smugglers’ Notch Resort
At Smugglers’ Notch Resort, first turns on skis or snowboards 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 is 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 19-28, 2018 - 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.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Stowe Mountain Resort’s Children’s Adventure Program is the ultimate learn to ski and 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 and trails, a kids only rental shop and gear store and more.
Stratton Mountain Resort
Skiers and riders can enhance and perfect their skills during a private lesson with a Snow Sport professional for an hour, a day or the whole season. The Learn to Ski and Ride program 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.
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 Programs – multiple programs designed to introduce first-timers to skiing and riding. Graduates may receive a free season pass and a pair of Elan skis or a Rome snowboard. Lessons focus on equipment fitting, getting comfortable with the gear, sliding on snow for the first time, making turns and using lifts.
Suicide Six Ski Area
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 private lessons only 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 and lessons must be reserved in advanced. (48 hours). Holiday Rate $199 (based on availability).