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Old 01-20-2014, 04:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I decided to take up snowboarding for many excellent reasons. I took my first lesson at Cranmore. Won't review my experience but left feeling very frustrated and not too excited about the beginner hill (it was mostly kids). Went to Bretton Woods the next day and had a completely different experience with super instructors, chairlift up the nice wide diverse beginner hill (with many adults)...Day two was a vastly different and much more positive experience.

I am fairly close to Wachusett, where I used to ski, years back but am seeking great recommendations for NH, Maine and VT mountains that have excellent snowboard instruction and great beginner areas. I hope to be on green circles by my b day in March

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I think your experience is going to be much more impacted by the actual instructor you have vs the location. To increase your odds of having a great time I would go to Stowe or Killington. In my view, they seem to have greater consistency with their instructors. I would also recommend that you call so that you can get the kind of instructor you want. The more honest you are about your skills, concerns etc the better your instruction will be. Avoid holiday weekends if possible as when the mountains are quieter you are more likely to get the A instructors as well.
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I wouldn't suggest Stowe if you are still working on comfortably riding Greens. Stowe is overwhemlingly Intermediate and advanced with few Green (beginner) trails.

I would suggest Stratton (VT) first and formost as it has the most beginner trails on the lower half of the mountain. Then I would suggest Okemo followed by Killington. Both of those in Vermont. In Maine I suggest Sunday River.
I haven't been to Sugarloaf in Maine or Loon in NH so I couldn't tell you if those would be good mountains for a beginner such as yourself
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Ironicaly (or not), smaller "beginner" mountains are more likely to hire relatively inexperienced instructors. And by inexperienced I generally mean inexperienced at teaching/communicating/maturity/life. This seems to be borne out by your experience too.

Gunstock is probably the closest mountain to Boston that I would spend money getting a lesson at.
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Ksup, that was my experience at small Cranmore..so so instruction, while at Bretton Woods, superior! I am going to try Wachusett Sunday.
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Wachusett sucks for instruction.
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In addition to the advice here. I would also say try to pick a snow day. Or when it has snowed recently. It's not fun to learn on hard hard (ice) pack.
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