Choosing a Ski Resort

When you're starting out on skis, you don't need to a top level ski resort. Alternatively, you will be good at a smaller mountain with plenty of trails for beginner skiers. Smaller ski areas are often less crowded than the larger resorts, which means that your ski day will run more smoothly. You won't have to worry about finding a parking spot or taking a shuttle to the slopes. There will be shorter waits for ski lifts and shorter lines for lunch in the ski lodge.

Avoid the Weekend

If you can ski mid week, you will not only avoid the multitude, you also will be able to get a discounted mid week lift ticket. Mid week specials are usually offered from Tuesday - Thursday. If you're staying over, check on ski and stay packages that include a hotel room and lift tickets.

Look a better resort

Find for a resort with a dedicated area for new skiers, including a slow, easy means of transport to the top of the learning hill. You will be able to ski more comfortably on a hill that isn't full of expert skiers moving fast.

Getting a Ski Lesson Package

The package should have an all day elevator ticket for the learning area, beginner skis, boots, and poles, and at least a two hour small group lesson. If the resort doesn't include equipment, choose a ski resort that has an on-site ski rental shop.