Shawnee Mountain is a nice, family-friendly resort. The ski school is great, especially for the kids. My 8-yr old daughter took her 1st lesson (full day) on the 1st day she ever got on skis 2 weeks ago. She loved the whole experience and wanted to come back the very next day. The ski instructor was wonderful - she was patient, warm, and instructive. My daughter has taken 2 more lessons since and can now ski down (doing wedge turns)all the green, blue, and even couple of the black trails. She loves the terrain park. The mountain offers good beginner and intermediate trails to practice some techniques on. I hope the rest of the trails will be open soon. The mountain hasn't been too crowded the few times we've been there which allowed us to ski more. We will be coming back.