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Best Beginner Mountain

post #1 of 64
Thread Starter 
My girlfriend wants to learn how to ski, so I will be taking her skiing somewhere this winter. I will not be teaching her, I will get a Level3/4 instructor to do so. Which resort is best suited for the beginner skier? I am looking for a resort that would have a fair amount of beginner terrain and excellent instructors, as well, since I am going along, there should be plenty of expert terrrain as well, because I don't want to get bored skiing intermediate or low expert terrrain for a couple of days to a week. This resort can be either on the east coast or in the rockies and west coast, Canada or USA. I am able to travel anywhere in North America. Thanks in advance for your advice.
post #2 of 64
Whistler. From the top of almost every lift on Whistler mountain there is a fairly easy way down. They have a huge amount of beginner terrain lower on the mountain, and lots of nice folks from Australia and New Zealand who are just dying to be your instructor.
Look at the trail map - there are a number of lifts where you can ride up together and you can go down some fairly challenging terrain while she sticks to a green.
post #3 of 64
I haven't got a clue about the lessons, but the terrain is good.

There's nice beginner runs, and plenty of intermediates, which she should be able to handle in a couple of days. And lots of black runs for you. Bonus: the snow is soft for when she falls.
post #4 of 64
If you want The East, then definitely go for Smuggs!

If you want The West (the Rockies to the west coast), than pretty much 50% of places I assume would be good.
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post #6 of 64
Originally Posted by epl View Post
I assume that was a joke?
post #7 of 64
Thread Starter 
Salt Lake City area would be a good suggestion, as she could go skiing at Park City/Deer Valley/The Canyons and I could go to Snowbird/Alta.
post #8 of 64
alta actually has a lot of really easy terrain and a good ski school. the beginner terrain can become impassable during a dump though. there's also not a lot between easy and hard there.
post #9 of 64
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire. Even the blacks are like beginner runs.
post #10 of 64
Silverton, CO. Book your flight now, and ignore anyone who tells you otherwise--they're just trying to keep it for themselves. You'll have no trouble finding an instructor once you're there.

If not, your only other good option is La Grave, France. Novice paradise.
post #11 of 64
Why don't you go where u want to go and then just put her in ski school, truthfully the only place I would not want to learn is jackson. Other than that a lot of resorts have good green runs. I would say any summit county resort, with the exception of a basin.
post #12 of 64
Definitely get a level 4 instructor. Don't waste your time with a level 3. When you call the ski school, be sure to tell them that when they book the reservation so they can get the proper instructor scheduled in advance. Insist on getting a level 4 - don't take no for an answer.
post #13 of 64
Copper Mountain in Colorado has divided terrain so the greens and beginner area are away from the rest of the more advanced skiers.

Also in CO Ski Cooper is the best bang for your buck for a beginner IMO, it's a pretty mellow hill with some wide open groomers, but it's never crowded, and you can get a package of a rental, ticket, and half day group lesson (group size is usually 2 or 3) for $60. It's a great family hill and where I take anyone I know that is skiing for the first time.
post #14 of 64

Learning to ski

I have skied quite a few resorts on 4 different continents and the best Beginner Ski area I have ever seen is at Schweitzer Mt. Resort in Sandpoint Idaho. Magic carpet and then a long beginners double chair that she can learn on. The Beginners area is really long and gentle really nice for a newbie, best I have ever seen anywhere.

You skiing, take a look at the trailmap and decide. Been harder places.
post #15 of 64
Big White in Kelowna is a great place for beginnners.

There is some challenge, but it's not a great place for experts.
post #16 of 64
Originally Posted by saudan's boudoir View Post
Silverton, CO. ..
Right! By the end of her first run, she would be a very experienced skier!
post #17 of 64
My kids were never-evers when we took them to Keystone. Lots of greatr beginner and low-intermediate terrain and we found the ski school there to be top notch, but that was 10 years ago.

+1 on Copper for terrain. Not only is it divided, but there is low beginner terrain in their high alpine area. First-timers can get the big mountain experience without fearing for their lives. Very cool IMO.
post #18 of 64
Buttermilk. You ski Highlands. Everyone happy
post #19 of 64
If you are picking east coast I would say Sugarloaf, great beginner terrain and excellent advanced terrain to keep you happy. Stay on slope.
post #20 of 64
Alta is pretty good. So is deer valley.

The beav here in Logan is also a very cool place for beginners.
post #21 of 64
Alta is number 1 IMO for a beginner skier. the thing I would do to have a sunnyside and cecert lift put in at every ski resort in the country.

Only thing against is it is a high elevation.

smuggs is great and stand out to me on the east coast....and I happen to know a good instructor working there

but in all honesty if you can swing it go to alta.
post #22 of 64
Do this poor woman a favor. Dump her now and save her the agony of dumping you later.

Sounds like a pretty crummy vacation for both of you and a total waste of money.

Imagine what it's going to be like after a few days of lessons when she wants to ski on of those boring, lame, gay, beginner green trails.

Think of the agony you will be in. You will have to keep her company and all.

Yech, who would want that? Just take an inflatable doll with you.
post #23 of 64
I think the biggest thing to take into consideration is COST. First time skier it would be a poor investment to fork out thousands on ski trip that will consist of you skiing by yourself and her learning. Which could mean her being quite sore, frustrated, etc. after the first day which means you don't enjoy yourself's off or on the slopes. Many ski resorts big and small have excellent teachers. To say one place is heads above the rest I'm not sure would be a 100% accurate.

My suggestion would be go to a local cheap hill get some lessons going so she can at least ski first and get the hang of it. Then book your vacation. Then she can continue lessons and at least have some fun on vacation. I'm sure it would work out better for both of you on and off the hill.
post #24 of 64
Originally Posted by Yuki View Post
Yech, who would want that? Just take an inflatable doll with you.
Oh, c'mon Yuki. I find it hard to believe to never chased some tail on a ski slope and spent a few days on the green circles so you could experience a double black in the bedroom.

For his sake, I just hope it's not a powder day.
post #25 of 64
Who me?
post #26 of 64
i would say if you live in the east, dont bother spending the big money to go out west. if your going to just take lessons, i would stay in the east. easy mountains, lots of varying terrain, and lots of small very family oriented mountains.

You dont want to end up learning in the middle of a huge pow day out west... cuz you wont be able to learn to actually ski well. in the east, its consistent conditions. save those perfect pow days for when you know what your doing. In the east, i suggest you stay away from White Face, for a beginner, the greens are pretty challenging, and theres a lot of ice (although you would find ice everywhere).
post #27 of 64
How about this, go by yourself. Ski hard for 4 or 5 days straight. Then take her to a beach in the Caribbean for a week.
post #28 of 64
If you're on the least coast, you have Bromley, Stratton and Okemo that are all completely beginner runs. Don't pay attention to the signage (honest), they're just all large bunny hills.
post #29 of 64
Thread Starter 
If I was to stay on the east coast, I would probably take her up to Mont Tremblant or Stowe, as they both have good little towns with lots of other activities to keep her busy if skiing doesn't suit her.
post #30 of 64
Originally Posted by robruf View Post
If I was to stay on the east coast, I would probably take her up to Mont Tremblant or Stowe, as they both have good little towns with lots of other activities to keep her busy if skiing doesn't suit her.
Stowe maybe. But, don't do Mont Tremblant. It is a fun mountain with lots to do but their ski school is subpar for what they charge as compared to other areas known for good instruction. Also, it gets very cold and it's very crowded -- not something you want for your SO as a first skiing experience.

Another vote for Smuggs if you're from the East. They have an entire mountain dedicated to beginners and lower intermediates. Another bonus is that most of their condos are ski-in-ski-out -- a very nice touch for an adult who is taking a learn-to-ski trip.

Good luck.
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