Skiing has been around for approximately 8,000 years and was likely invented by the Sami people of Northern Scandinavia. Skiing was created as a means of efficiently getting from point A to point B; however it would later become much more than a means of transportation. It became a respected sport that brings together some of the world’s best competitors.
It is also became a wildly popular leisure activity. In the United States alone, there are over 9.5 million people ski enthusiasts. Skiing can be a difficult and dangerous activity so it’s important to take precautions when selecting the mountains and runs to ski on.
If you’re relatively new to the sport, visit these two ideal ski resorts for novice skiers first. And when you’re confident enough, take on the blue or black runs.
Crested Butte, Colorado
The popular resort town of Crested Butte sits in the southwest region of Colorado, four hours by rental car from Denver. It’s popular with skiers, both downhill and Nordic, and it’s a great ski resort for novice skiers.
As a novice skier, you will want to take lessons before hitting the slopes. The ski school at Crested Butte offers ski lessons starting at $122 for a half-day and $135 for a full day. The lessons are with a group and based on the assessed skill level of the participant as determined by the instructor.
Once you’ve completed the group lesson, you can hit the slopes! Some of the best runs for beginners include Peachtree Lift and Lower Twister. It is recommended that lift tickets be purchased a week in advance. They can be purchased by day or multiple day groupings at a discounted rate. The prices range from $112 to $623.
If you’re looking for a place to stay, consider the Grand Lodge Crested Butte. This scenic lodge is great for any beginner skier looking to get away. Not only is the ski school a few steps away, it’s also right in the heart of town – perfect for après ski activities. Make sure you try the famous high altitude rum.
Smuggler’s Notch, Vermont
Ski Magazine dubbed Smuggler’s Notch Resort the best ski resort in the East. Smuggs, as it’s known locally, is made up of three mountains. Morse, the lowest of the three, is where the ski schools sit and where all of the beginner runs are. Snow Sport University is the resort’s ski school. It offers a number of ski lesson packages, particularly for children. You can choose from group or private lessons and one- or multiple-day packages that also include lift tickets and ski rentals. Lesson rates begin at $85 for adults.
Smuggs prides itself as “America’s Family Resort” because of the number of activities available for the whole family all year long. In winter, while parents hit the slopes, their teenage kids can take part in dodge ball tournaments, laser tag, or teen Jeopardy after going on a few runs; while the younglings can spend the day at ski or snowboard camp, complete with lessons and other snow-related activities.
Whichever side of the country you choose, these two ski resorts for novice skiers will make an expert skier out of you!