This is the "place to be" to learn to to ski or snowboard!!!
My husband and I went to big bear and skied snow summit for the first time this year. I hadn't been in over 12 years and it was his "first time". We both took ski school courses which were great. The instructors take the fear out of it all by breaking things down into simple lessons. By the end of his first day my husband was making his first slow parallel turns without wedging- way cool. It seemed like over 1/2 the mountain was learning in the ski/snowboard school classes...overall a very welcoming atmosphere for all ages, and anyone wanting to learn or re-fresh after a long hiatus. The runs are not too difficult ~ we are headed back this weekend. FYI: the mountain really is 80% snowboard/20% skiers but we all get along just fine.