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Novice Skiiers

Original post made by Sandra on Mar 29, 2010

I'm a single parent and I would like to take my two teenagers skiing this month. They have never skiied before. (Is that the past tense of 'ski'?) Does anyone have a recommendation for a good place for beginners, and that is a good deal, money-wise? Thank you!

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Posted by OhlonePar, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm

It's "skied" and "skier". There are a lot of decent choices--main thing is to pick one of the smaller resorts that specialize in family skiing. In other words, you don't need to be at Heavenly or Squaw.

I like ease of access myself--so Bear Valley and Dodge Ridge are fairly easy to get to from here. Badger Pass is small, friendly and next to Yosemite. Look online for discounts and look at ski packages that combine equipment rentals with lessons.

By the way, the first time you ski can be amazingly unfun, give it a couple a shots before you make up your mind about it.

Posted by Yosemite rules, a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I agree that Yosemite is a great place for beginner skiers. During the winter, Yosemite is uncrowded and very beautiful, so there is lots to do besides skiing.

Posted by VoxPop, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 29, 2010 at 7:45 pm

It's important to start with a couple of basic lessons so they get off on the right foot, so to say. Lessons can make a great deal of difference in how much fun a beginner has and also lay a good foundation if they want to continue.

I started without lessons and really never became terribly proficient because of that lack.

Posted by VoxPop, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 29, 2010 at 7:46 pm

And bad habits I developed in the absence of proper instruction were hard to overcome.

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