The First-Timer-to-Life-Timer program at Sugarbush, Vt. is part of the resort’s continuum of programs that allows them to custom tailor each guest’s learning experiences to meet their needs and goals.
The three-lesson, all-inclusive program for “never-evers”—those who have never been on skis or snowboard before—is the resort’s recipe for welcoming new guests into snow sports. For $255, guests ages 13 and over are given equipment, lift tickets, and a series of three group lessons to introduce them into the sport. Once the guest has completed the program, he or she is rewarded with a free, unrestricted All-Mountain season pass for the remainder of the season. An adult All Mountain season pass retails for $1679.
Sugarbush has “graduated” 53 First-Timer-to-Life Timers already this season.
“Every resort has their blue ribbon first-timer program, but what separates us is our ability to offer programs and terrain that keep skiers and riders coming back to Sugarbush, Russ Kauff, Director of the Ski & Ride School told SnoCountry.com. "The First-Timer-to-Life Timer program at Sugarbush is special because of how it fits into all our Ski & Ride School programs.”
“As aspirations continue to evolve, we offer programs as your skiing and riding grows,” Kauff told us. “The mountain presents us with an opportunity to cater to a wide range of abilities. This is why staff and guests become so devoted to Sugarbush.” Essential Elements, Women’s Discovery Camps, On-Snow Film Camp for Youth, and pro-skier John Egan’s Bush Pilots are just some of the innovative programs to be found at Sugarbush as skiers and riders look to expand their repertoire on the mountain.
Kauff added that expert skiers can find legendary steeps on piste, bumps, and wilderness terrain, and their programs build on each other through the progression of confidence and ability. “This is meaningful to us as coaches, because the best guests are ones that stay with us as they grow. They start with us as kids, and then as adults we can look back and laugh at how they’ve grown over the years.”
Sugarbush kicked off National Learn to Ski and Ride Month earlier this month, teaming up with Ski Vermont to offer a $29 first-timer ski or snowboard lesson. Participants who take advantage of the $29 lesson can apply that lesson toward the First-Timer-to-Life Timer three-lesson program. The $29 first timer lesson is a two-hour group lesson that includes rentals, instruction, and a lift ticket.
The First-Timer-to-Life Timer program is offered throughout the season, but during the month of January, the $29 first time lesson can be bundled into the price of the program, bringing the total cost down from $255 to $185, a $70 savings.
Both private and group lessons are available at Lincoln Peak every day and Mt. Ellen on weekends and holidays. The resort also offers adaptive services through Vermont Adaptive at Mt. Ellen.
WHAT: First-Timer To Life-Timer instruction program.
WHEN: Throughout season
COST: $255 (13 and over) including equipment rental, lift tickets, and three group lessons. (Save $79 in January)
Photo: Top -- Sugarbush offers a full progression of instructional school programs for every level of skier and rider. (Laura Babic/Sugarbush); Bottom -- Sugarbush has challenge for all levels of skiers and riders (Sugarbush/Laura Babic)