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Old 01-21-2015, 07:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Total newbie here! If I paid for all day lessons for my kids at a resort do I also need to pay for lift tickets as well. Just wondering if the fee includes that. I would wait and ask at the resort (Smugglers Notch, Vermont) but I want to get my tickets through a discounter prior to.
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Total newbie here! If I paid for all day lessons for my kids at a resort do I also need to pay for lift tickets as well. Just wondering if the fee includes that. I would wait and ask at the resort (Smugglers Notch, Vermont) but I want to get my tickets through a discounter prior to.
Even in Vermont they have these things called phones

Seriously, give them a buzz and get a definitive answer.
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Total newbie here! If I paid for all day lessons for my kids at a resort do I also need to pay for lift tickets as well. Just wondering if the fee includes that. I would wait and ask at the resort (Smugglers Notch, Vermont) but I want to get my tickets through a discounter prior to.
it kind of depends on the hill and package you bought the kids...call the hill
....btw you should take lessons with them....they will get a kick seeing you on the old arse.
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I have the kids scheduled for all-day lessons on Saturday and the wife and I will be in lessons for a few hours at the same time. I have not been boarding since high school ( over 15 years ago ) so I doubt its like riding a bike. LOL I will gladly pay the price to ensure the remainder of the vacation is a little more upright.
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No one seemed to helpful. Generally it's cheaper to buy the lesson package. It will usually come with at least a lower mountain pass (I don't know if Smugg's sells those, those). My son took lessons at Sugarbush a few weeks ago. His cousin bought him an employee ticket, but by the time he rented equipment and signed up for lessons it was well over $120. They were nice, though, and refunded his ticket and gave him the package deal that was closer to $90. Many mountains will also offer a free or discounted lift ticket to anyone who brings in a noob for lessons (but it doesn't sound like you'd fit that scenario. Like the others said, pick up the phone or even look at their web site.
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depending on age of the kids, you may find that thy can ride for free. PA has a 4th and 5th grader program ($30 fee) but free for all resorts after that. NY also has something similar.


I am not sure about VT, but you may want to check on that as well, as many of the mountains have incentives to get kids riding

Edit: Here is link for VT 5th grader program
http://skivermont.com/fifth-grade-passport
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No lift tickets were needed for the kids at Smugglers Notch as long as they were in the lessons/camp. Camp ended at 2:30 each day and they were allowed to go up the mountain until the lifts closed after their lessons without a lift ticket. Not a bad deal if you ask me. They had fun, learned to snowboard a bit, made friends, got fed a good lunch, and I got to snowboard all day. Pretty sweet deal! I checked in on them multiple times throughout each day and they were excited to show me the things they learned. Very cool!
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