My wife and I spent our wedding anniversary skiing at Bear Mountain - she took her first lessons, and for me it was a refresher after learning to ski 10 years ago. Instructors were patient and very positive towards all students. Staff at the chalet and food service areas were terrific and polite, even right before the Christmas rush. Only drawback was the number of snowboarders to skiers - didn't see too many accidents, but with more people at the resort, I could see things getting out of control. We plan on going back in January to hone our skills in our newest sport.