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7 Resorts to Learn to Ski & Ride at in 2021

Smuggler's Notch offers a variety of learning programs for all ages.

Smuggler's Notch offers a variety of learning programs for all ages.

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January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard month! Here’s the top 7 resorts with the best beginner terrain and top rated ski schools, as rated by OntheSnow users.  


1. Smuggler’s Notch Resort 

Dubbed Ski Magazine’s #1 family resort, our user reviews agree that Smugglers’ Notch offers an idyllic Vermont escape with a variety of kid-centric amenities. Smuggs offers nearly 10 learning programs for all ages, including adaptive skiing and riding learning options.  Note: Vermont has special guidelines for out-of-state travelers. Visit our Know Before You Go Guide for more. 

“Our family of five has been going for four years now. The family events and ski instruction are second to none. The instructors are absolutely the best and have a way to teach the kids the love for skiing or boarding at all levels.” Read more Smuggler's Notch reviews.  

2. Keystone Ski Resort  

Book a family lesson for a fun day on the mountain and Keystone instructors will individually cater to each group member, no matter the ability level. It’s like a private ski lesson, but with your loved ones! Group lessons are maxed out at 5 people.  

Keystone has been my favorite resort for years. It is very family friendly. I am a blue/green skier that skiis with black diamond skiers. The thing I like best is that on almost any lift there I can ski a blue/green run and meet my black diamond friends/family back at the bottom. At least I get to spend some time riding the lift with them! Read more Keystone Reviews.  

The variety of terrain at Keystone makes it a great place to learn to ski.   - © Keystone Resort

The variety of terrain at Keystone makes it a great place to learn to ski.

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3. Attitash Mountain Resort  

Book your lesson in advance to take advantage of Attitash’s healthy mix of beginner and intermediate terrain. OntheSnow user’s love the ability to progress on the variety of New England terrain.  

“I couldn't have found a better way to learn than at Attitash! The staff are wonderfully friendly and helpful as were the ski instructors who were patient and challenged you. After a couple days of teaching, I was able to enjoy the wind racing by. By the end of the trip, I was already on black slopes, thanks to private 1 on 1 lessons." Read more Attitash reviews.  

4. Steamboat Ski Resort 

Steamboat offers a variety of lessons from half day to adaptive programs. Diverse terrain means skiers and riders of all ability levels can enjoy the famous champagne powder or cruise on top-notch groomers. Steamboat requires health screening prior to lessons to keep everyone safe during the 20/21 season.  

For beginners, the lower mountain (gondola down) is great. Plenty of rolling groomers, as well as a couple of easier mogul runs. Plenty of blues and greens for beginners and early intermediates.” Read more Steamboat reviews.   

5. Sun Valley, Idaho 

Sun Valley’s Snow Sports School offers top-notch instruction whether you’re interested in group, private or specialty lessons 

We have had good luck with the ski school and they even have a kids hill where they take the beginners to learn in comfort. People here are very friendly and a smile and directions are just a question away. I may be sorry for telling you all this but I think Sun Valley really is America's oldest best kept secret. Read more Sun Valley Reviews.  

Kid-friendly Okemo makes a great place for the whole family to learn a new sport in the new year.   - © Okemo Mountain Resort

Kid-friendly Okemo makes a great place for the whole family to learn a new sport in the new year.

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 6. Okemo Mountain Resort 

 With 33% beginner terrain, Okemo has plenty of beginner-friendly trails to test out. Pick from 1:1 instruction to group lessons with a max of 6 people. Note: Vermont has special guidelines for out-of-state travelers. Visit our Know Before You Go Guide for more 

Ideal for family skiing. Plenty of terrain choices for beginners and experts alike. Trails are groomed and snowmaking excellent. Plenty of accommodation choices although on resort rooms are pricey. Great food options on the resort as well as in Ludlow. I recommend lunch on resort at Solitude and Coleman Brook Tavern. Lots of large ski shops nearby as well. Lines can get long on the weekends and holidays. Really no nigh life, which is fine if your main objective is family skiing. Read more Okemo reviews.  

Big Sky offers kids camp lessons.  - © Lonnie Ball/Big Sky Resort

Big Sky offers kids camp lessons.

Copyright: Lonnie Ball/Big Sky Resort

 7. Big Sky Resort 

While there’s no shortage of challenging terrain at Big Sky, the mountain offers over 20 lesson options to cater to everyone from first timers to those looking to sharpen their skill. Out of all the Big Sky OntheSnow reviews, the common theme is “terrain for everyone.”  

We had a great experience over the holidays with ski school for our family. We had a great family vacation and everyone left better skiers. Because we were in the village, we had a lot of wonderful times together. Read more Big Sky reviews here. 

 

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