This is for the first year skiier and boarder out there. Nervous about the accumulative speed? Scared to death of a face-plant down the hill?
Thinking "How in the world does someone get on and off that chairlift?" Go to Chestnut Mountain. Their beginner hill, 'Rookie's Ridge' is the best around, the slope is gentle, but sloped enough so that you can move. Lose control, sit down! Most bunny hills are driven by rope-tows or magic carpets (what a great, no arm-torturing thing that is!). So, once up and down a few times, beginners are encouraged to go to the next step of green run with a chairlift. Sometimes, too fast a move at other resorts. Chestnut's 'Rookie's Ridge' is the solution. And, don't be afraid of the chairlift. It's seat is low, goes slow and the helpful attendants are very conscious of beginners. You'll not regret the ride. Do not confuse 'Old Main' with the bunny hill. It is a great, much longer, beginner run, but only after you're bored with the chairlift at 'Rookie's' and have some control. Ask ski patrol for directions if you're not sure. Beginners, take a lesson. The instuctors are great and will save you from a lot of sitting, or injury. You'll enjoy the snow much more. Welcome to the sport. It's an addicting world of it's own. Relax and remember you can only fall from your butt to the snow. Just stay in control. Go to Chestnut, meet snow and have some real fun.
For the more advanced, Chestnut's a great midwest snow hill. The downhill is fun for where we're at. Tune here before the bigger slopes or when you can only take a day or weekend trip. Sometimes crowded because of the awesome beginner areas and terrain park. They keep lift lines moving and more importantly, people are not allowed to line up across a run and just 'sit' tripping-up everyone coming around the turn. Best job that I've seen! (And I start snow hunting everywhere in the Midwest from Thanksgiving to April! Been to most of the resorts for comparison). SKI PATROL, GREAT WORK! See you out there. Snowmaking's great here, but natural's the best. Everyone wish for SNOW!