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Eastern recommendations for 15 y/o beginner

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi Everyone,

 

I've taken my daughter skiing a few times in the past couple of years, each time taking a beginner lesson.  She has been on skis once or twice per season, but has not really developed any skills or confidence.  This year we have the opportunity to head to New England for 4 days.  I'm looking for a location that has a good ski school and beginner terrain that would allow her to enjoy the mountain and feel like she accomplished something.

 

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 11
Hi Trombird--

My first thought is that it is less important which resort you go to, than that you are going to spend four days in a row there. That should be the difference that gets your daughter "over the hump," I would think. If you can afford to get her into private lessons, that would be ideal. But four days of group lessons should also work well. If you can find a ski school that has a "teens" program of some sort, it might be perfect for her, as she'd be skiing with others in her age category.

You know her best. Fifteen can be a fragile age, with self-consciousness sometimes a very big issue. That may or may not be a concern for your daughter. Every lesson type (private, regular group, teen program, etc.) has a different dynamic, so consider what would be best for her. It would certainly be too bad if she ended up having a bad experience.

Best of luck. I hope you and your daughter have a great time!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #3 of 11
Thread Starter 

Bob, 

 

Thanks for your comments.  Yes, I have been thinking the same thing that 4 days in a row will help get "over the hump."  I'm also familiar with how self conscious a 15 y/o can be (that is the understatement of all time).  So, with that in mind, let me add to the question:

 

What ski area in the NE has a good ski program for beginners and possibly a program specifically designed for teens?

 

Thanks again,

 

Charles

post #4 of 11

Smuggler's Notch has built a legendary reputation on being family / kids-of-all-ages friendly.  I don't have personal experience with the place, but a quick glance at their web-site shows various programs for kids-of-all-ages.  http://www.smuggs.com/

 

Just a quick note regarding Smuggs.  MapQuest, etc. shows that Smuggs is about 3 miles away from Stowe.  However, the road between Stowe and Smuggs is closed in the winter, so in reality they are about an hour apart.  Something to keep in mind should you be looking for lodging, etc. in the Smuggs region.

post #5 of 11

Trombird, What time frame are you looking at? Anytime over the winter or a long holiday weekend or Xmas/ school vacation week? This can really make a difference in where she will get the best results. Some places are just horrible to be at during Xmas/ New Years especially if low on the snow and limited trail openings. Available beginner terrain and potential crowd size to me is the most important factor to get the best results, i.e. have a great time.  I'll give out  some recommendations  with regard to your time frame.

 

Another thing you will probably find is that there are very few 14-18 year olds who will be taking lessons. Most beginner lessons tend to be younger kids 6-9 yrs then right to adults, maybe young adults twenties on up. I think Bob suggested and I'll second it that private lessons would be they way to go especially because there could be a huge age swing in either a children's beginner class or an adults beginner class. Maybe take 1/2 day privates then let her show you what she learned and take a run or two afterward together on terrain that is appropriate for her.

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Smuggler's Notch has built a legendary reputation on being family / kids-of-all-ages friendly.  I don't have personal experience with the place, but a quick glance at their web-site shows various programs for kids-of-all-ages.  http://www.smuggs.com/


+1 for Smuggs. It's certainly my kids' favorite and they grew up attending that program once a year. Their instruction will tailor to individual skill level and age group. Their adult programs are very good as well. Even though the place is known for its children programs, there is something for every level and interest. Sign her up for 5 days if you can for the best result.

post #7 of 11
Thread Starter 

The timeframe is February 18-21.  Thanks for your ideas!

post #8 of 11

Ok , you have picked probably the busiest weekend in skiing,  Presidents day.Buit the good thing is usually everyplace in the northeast is at 100% open at that time of the year so there is a lot of great places to choose from. In this order I would go for Sugarloaf in Me., Pico in Vt., Stowe in Vt., Bretton Woods in N.H.

 

Sugarloaf has some very good beginner terrain right at the base area, they have a lift system that spreads out the crowds and you can stay on slope and ski right to your door. It is one of the furthest away places so crowds might be a bit less than other areas but again its Presidents weekend. Their big thing is the ability to spread out the crowds over a large area and have the lift system to accomandate that. After skiing the beginner area around the base try the Whiffle tree quad and the trails off that lift for more green and very easy blue trails. Stay off the Superquad and Spillway chairs.

 

Pico ( not Killington ) good size mountain, good lift system, crowds will not be heavy due to Killington being right next door.Not on the size of Sugarloaf in terms of acreage and green/blue trails but if you pick Vermont I would go for this one because of the smaller more mello crowd you will find.

 

Stowe great new facilities over at Spruce, wide open learning terrain, good lift system over there, probably will be crowded. On this site  epic and BWPA can give a lot more advice on Stowe, check with them about lessons. Stay over at Spruce don't bother with the Mt Mansfield side.

 

Bretton Woods, I have not been there in years but I do remember it as very easy going terrain, lots of lifts low crowds for it is one of the furtherst north on Rte 93 most people go to Waterville Valley, Loon or Cannon w2hich are all before Bretton Woods on the highway.

 

I'll plug my area for a different feel. Middlebury College Snowbowl in Vt. Small area,very affordable, limited amounts of terrain compared to the above places but there will be no crowds, even if the parking lot looks full you will not stand in line at a lift for more than about 2 -5 minutes , I know some really good instructors there that can work with your daughter on her skiing. heres the web site www.middlebury.edu/snowbowl      have a great vacation

post #9 of 11

Drive a couple of more hours & go somewhere in Quebec. They don't celebrate presidents week up there & is usually less crowded.

 

The Eastern Township region is right over the border or if you don't mind driving a little further the Quebec City region has some excellent skiing.

 

I've gone to the Quebec City region several times over the presidents week holiday & never encountered crowds. Besides their winter carnival is the week before presidents week & the place empties out after that. It can get cold sometimes but it's usually cold everywhere in Feb.

 

I'm sure they all have excellent ski schools & you & your daughter might enjoy the French flavor without ever leaving the continent.  I never had a problem with the language barrier as most people speak both French & English.

post #10 of 11

For posterity's sake:



I will have to disagree with the Pico recommendation for a "beginner".  It is a great mountain, but I am a beginner and I find that there are few runs that I feel comfortable on.  Maybe I'm just a wimp, but I feel like many of the greens are equivalent to other mountain's blues.

 

But it is a great, lesser-known destination.  In fact I am going next week since I bought an express pass, which is a fantastic deal.

 

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Pico ( not Killington ) good size mountain, good lift system, crowds will not be heavy due to Killington being right next door.Not on the size of Sugarloaf in terms of acreage and green/blue trails but if you pick Vermont I would go for this one because of the smaller more mello crowd you will find.

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For posterity's sake:



I will have to disagree with the Pico recommendation for a "beginner".  It is a great mountain, but I am a beginner and I find that there are few runs that I feel comfortable on.  Maybe I'm just a wimp, but I feel like many of the greens are equivalent to other mountain's blues.

 

But it is a great, lesser-known destination.  In fact I am going next week since I bought an express pass, which is a fantastic deal.

 


joachimm, I try to pick areas for a number of reasons when people ask for places to ski. From my perspective 20+ years instructing what I like about Pico and ,there are other areas that fit this requirement, is the crowd size and the access to what I think is fairly mellow greens and blue trails. Mello meaning to me slope and width of trail along with traffic. I would much rather ski with a beginner on a slightly steeper but wider run vs a flatter but narrower access road/ cat track. When beginners are doing all they can to control themselves having people zoom by on cat tracks doesn't help their confidence.

Now I'm not a beginner skier anymore but about 5 years ago I was a beginner snowboarder and I can remember the feeling of loss of control and no confidence. I found Pico to have a great set up for me to learn. I had about 3-5 hours on a board at my home area and went to Pico one day. The best thing I found from a new boarder perspective at Pico was the high speed quad. The lift makes loading and unloading very easy. It was nice to have the lift slow down as it comes off its cable to go around the bull wheel and the unload ramp was very low angle making descent easy also. I feel one of the hardest parts to learning to board is the unloading of the lift. The trails also to me were quite user friendly in that I was able to maneuver down at a slow pace due to the wider trails. Maybe there is not enough of these trails to suit your purpose but I find most beginners are quite happy on one or two nice trails to learn and get confidence before they are ready to head out and explore. Have fun out there skiing.

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