Knee-Deep Novices: Ten Great Ski Resorts for Beginners

Park City, Mount Snow, Stratton

Park City
The size and diversity of this facility means there's ideal skiing for everyone—even those working out of their wedge turns—at Park City, Utah (800.222.7275. www.parkcity-mountain.com). With 3,100 feet of vertical drop, Park City can seem like an experts' resort, but the open intermediate runs allows easy traversing if things get a bit steep. Several new lifts have left more of the central runs free for entry-level skiers.

Mount Snow
The broad and smooth lower slopes of Mount Snow, Vermont (802.464.3333. www.mountsnow.com), constitute one of the best areas in the East for skiers who want to move out of the rank of novice. Unlike some resorts that lavish their hardware budgets on lifts for advanced runs, Mount Snow features a wide variety of fast lifts on its gentler trails. The facility's fine cruising runs will keep the better skiers in your party happy as well.

Stratton
Although snow conditions can get a bit icy, the gentle slopes and wide-as-can-be trails beckon novice skiers to Stratton, Vermont (800.843.6867. www.stratton.com). Let the hot dogs head to Killington while you take advantage of the space here—including a 45-acre section reserved for beginners—to practice your skills. The gondola and pleasant ski village are lagniappes that will appeal to all levels of skiers. You'll find excellent nordic skiing nearby as well.


Paul McMenamin is the author, editor, and photo director of the original Ultimate Adventure Sourcebook.

Published: 20 Aug 2001 | Last Updated: 14 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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