Last week I was lucky enough to have both my niece and nephew visit me in Killington. They live in NC and don't see snow very often. My nephew Jimmy snow boards, not often but after a day on the slopes he is riding like a pro again. He even followed me onto a few black runs and under the snow guns to catch a little man-made powder.
My niece Hayley was new to snow sports, and she wanted to learn how to ski. Killington has an awesome Learn to Ski Program. She was a confident skier able to enjoy a few blue trails by the end of day 3. I can't imagine why more people don't take advantage of the program.
The 3 day Learn to Ski Program is an incredible bargain for $199, considering a single lift ticket is $86. The package included: 3 days of rental equipment, 3 half day beginner lessons, 2 beginner area lift tickets and 2 all mountain lift tickets, and a Learner's Permit Card offering discounts on lessons, lift tickets, and rental equipment for the rest of the season. On top of all that, there was a bonus promotion. I recieved a free lift ticket for bringing a friend to learn to ski.
The weather was wicked cold, hovering in the single digits, the first 2 days. The weather slowly warmed by Friday reaching a high of 36*F. They were both troopers and we stayed out all day, every day, with just a couple breaks. My mission was accomplished by the end of the week. They didn't want to leave, and they were already planning their next ski/board vacation.