First Time Turns: A Guide for Beginner Skiers

Welcome to the club! You’re a first-time skier and hey, you’re not alone. I’m going to take you through the beginning steps of learning how to ski. Whether you’ve got a weekend trip coming up or you’ve bought a pass and are committed to being a pro by the end of the season – I’m going to help walk you through a few essentials you’ll want to know.

What to Prepare Ahead of Time

Yes, you’ve got to do a little homework before setting to the mountain for the first time. But don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Besides coming prepared and layered up to keep warm when you’re up on the lifts, you’ll need a pass. If you’re looking to get a season pass, the Sugarbush Value Pass is a great option to avoid weekend crowds. Otherwise, the Beginner Lift Ticket will be your best bet! This will grant you access at the Village Quad, Welcome Mat, and Sunshine Quad Lifts. With this ticket, you’ll avoid overpaying when you won’t need access to the entire mountain.

Lessons and Rentals

If you’re truly a first-time skier, it’s a good idea to learn the ropes before heading to the lift on your own. Pizza and french fries (you’ll understand this soon) can only get you so far in life. To up your confidence, and keep yourself and others safe, it’s a good idea to get a lesson under your belt. This December save on lessons during Valley Ski and Ride week. It’s a great opportunity to learn the basics or polish off any skills you already have! Don’t forget you can reserve rentals as well, so don’t worry about knowing what gear you’ll need – our experts are here to help! And if it’s truly your first time hitting the snow, you’ll want to check out our First Timer to Life Timer Program. Get three lessons, rental equipment, and become eligible for a free Sugarbush Premium Pass!

Trust Your Instincts

When you’re out on the mountain it can be intimidating. From people trying to rush through lift lines, to looking down from the top of the mountain, to seeing pros whiz right by you, trust me I get it! It’s too easy to let those outside factors affect your confidence, but the more you brush that off, the better off you’ll be. As a beginner skier, I’ve never felt more comfortable on the trails than I have at Sugarbush. Remember, you’re out there to have fun! You’ll immediately feel a sense of camaraderie with your lift buddies and anyone who lends a helping hand when you fall (yes, it’ll happen and it’ll be okay).

Ignite the stoke and remember, when you’ve had enough of the mountain there’s always time for a little apres ski.

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