Thanks for the advice, everyone!
I especially like the idea of getting to the mountain bright and early on the first day for a few laps, but unfortunately, there is one in our group who is a rather... slow riser. Besides, I have to get all the season pass stuff squared off that morning as well. So I guess I'll try to get back into it Day 1 and see if I need or want a lesson Day 2. I think I can reserve it for the longer Christmas trip if it comes to that.