Originally Posted by viking kaj
Mad River Glen, and since he is a beginner, an early night with a glass of warm milk and some analgesics.
You may or may not realize it, you made a really good point.
Why is everyone so eager in pushing nightlife? It is either every one here started already as a sports jog or everyone totally forgot about his/her time (just to add: on a driving trip) as a beginner. So, how many of you actually lasted more than 3-4 hours on your first day ever on skis (and progressively less throughout the week) and still feel like pulling an all-nighter around town? At the end of the day, there is nothing better than a cozy accommodation with a comfortable bed. Soaking in a hot tub with a glass of wine/beer definitely helps.
Secondly, no matter how good and appropriate a terrain is for a beginner. A crowded slope is never good for a never ever. It presents a very stressful first time experience to the skier (particularly for a woman). Stress=overwork=stiffness=pain.
With these being said, I think Killington is a terrible place to start unless you are going during a really calm week. I have never skied Killington myself but have heard plenty about it and have skied other Catskill mountains.
My suggestion... The quieter the hill the better. The better the service the better. The more comfortable the room/bed the better.