Top Beginner Friendly Ski Areas in West coast

These are the ski areas that respondents said are the most beginner-friendly. Participants took into consideration quality of instructors and programs, terrain and snow; crowds; size of resort; and cost of lift tickets, rentals and programs.

  • #1 Titus Mountain, NY
  • #2 Eagle Point, UT
  • #3 Magic Mountain, VT
  • #4 Snowy Range, WY
  • #5 Bretton Woods, NH
  • #6 Belleayre, NY
  • #7 Bousquet, MA
  • #8 King Pine, NH
  • #9 Big Sky, MT
  • #10 Diamond Peak, NV

Not crowded, excellent instructors, not expensive. There's even a model lift to learn how to get on and off a lift.

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Compact layout allows you to let your children ski freely. Friendly staff and family oriented.

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The price is right for beginners. Majority of the runs are easy and wide open.

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Tahoe’s deepest!

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Views for days and well priced!

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Tahoe Donner offers a small, safe area where beginners can gain confidence quickly.

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Mostly natural snow. Limited need for artificial snowmaking.

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