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SPECIAL $75 1st-Timers Learn-to-Ski or Learn-to-Snowboard Package.

The above special package is available every day throughout the 2015-16 season for just $75 (that's a $75 savings off purchasing each item separately). We want you to get hooked on skiing and snowboarding. But you have to start somewhere. So start where it's FUN!  New Terrain based learning incorporates specially sculpted terrain (Snow) to enhance your learning experience. Terrain Based learning makes it easier to learn so you quickly progress to the top of the mountain. Ask about our Return to learn special offer for your 2nd and 3rd visits.   

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1st Timers LEARN TO SKI or SNOWBOARD Package Cost
1st Time Lift, Lesson and Rental Ski or Snowboard Package for ages 4+ years $75.00

$75 - 1st Timers Lift, Lesson and Rental Package  is a one-day package which includes a beginner area only LIFT PASS, special
1st-Timers group SKI LESSON, and RENTAL SKIS or SNOWBOARD equipment designed to make turning, stopping and learning to Ski or Snowboard easier and more FUN!  1st-Timer lift ticket provides access to the Paddy Wagon beginner lift and all 4 of our Learning Carpets as well as the base area beginner terrain which goes by the trail names of Paddy's & Scooter slopes. 

 On Weekends & over all Holidays 1st Timers SKI LESSONS start at any of the following times:
9:30 AM | 10 AM | 10:30 AM | 11 AM | 12 PM | 1 PM or 2 PM (as needed). 
Midweek 1st timer packages start at 10:30 AM | 12:30 PM or 2 PM.
NOTE:  These 1st Timers Lessons for children 4-6 years of age will only go out at 10:30a and 2p.
If you want a full or half day learning experience for your child check out our kids lesson programs: Adventurers & miniRIDERS which are designed specifically for kids ages 4 to 12 years of age.
Get ready to have FUN and enjoy your 1st day learning to ski!  

$75 - 1st-Timers LIFT, LESSON & RENTAL Beginner Ski or Snowboard Package. We'll get you skiing or snowboarding quickly and this package saves you money!

 It takes 3 to 4 days on snow to really get the feel for skiing or snowboarding. These fun winter sports are certainly worth the investment. After mastering the basics of skiing or snowboarding you can plan to enjoy a lifetime of fun on the slopes. You're here because you want to learn to Ski or Snowboard.
But don't stop there - make a plan to come back to Ski Butternut often enough so that you become proficient and can enjoy all the mountain has to offer with family and friends.

After taking our 1st Timers Lift, Lesson & Rental package - The next time you come back to Ski Butternut you'll want to take our All Mountain Lift, Lesson and Rental Package (prices based upon age).

All Mountain Lift Lesson & Rental  Packages are Ideal for your 2nd, 3rd & 4th days on snow.
This affordable ski package includes everything you need to keep progressing with your skiing or snowboarding. (Package includes an all-mountain LIFT TICKET (this means you can go anywhere on the mountain your skill can handle - including the beginner trails from the mountains summit.), RENTAL equipment (skis, boots, binding and poles or a snowboard, boots and bindings) and another group LESSON (at your ability level). Lessons are fun, enhance your on mountain safety and they help you continue to learn and progress quickly.

Learning to Ski or Snowboard takes time (like any sport). You need to become comfortable with the gear and the environment. Our professional instructors will help you build confidence and become proficient quickly. We encourage all beginners to go at least three to four times their first season. After just 3 or 4 visits you'll be skiing or snowboarding the mountain, smoothly linking turns & enjoying your time on snow!

Tell your friends as it's much more fun to learn surrounded by friends.  
The Ski Butternut 1st Timer LEARN-TO-SKI or 1st Timer LEARN-TO-SNOWBOARD packages make great gifts!
And those that have already gotten started can return to learn with our All Mountain Packages for just $75 to $110/day.


Weekend or holiday Adult lift tickets $60-$65 Holiday, + Rentals $40, + Group Lesson $45 = $145 to $150 would be the cost if you purchased these items separately for a single day.
As a 1st Timer you get it all for just $75. That's right as a 1st Timer you can learn to ski or snowboard for just $75 for the day.

Then when you are ready to come back take advantage of affordable ALL MOUNTAIN Lift + Lesson & Rental packages priced from $75 to $110 based upon age and date. As you can see you'll continue to save every time you return to Ski Butternut and purchase this package at Rentals.  

With our talented and patient Ski School Instructors You're guaranteed to learn.

GIVE THE GIFT OF SKIING - Buy a $75 Gift Card for your 1st Timer - Use it for a LEARN-TO-SKI or LEARN-TO-SNOWBOARD package and give them the GIFT OF SKIING!  Cards look like a credit card and are reloadable, making them a super gift for that special person in your life who you want to turn onto skiing or snowboarding.  Ideal for someone who has never been skiing or snowboarding before.
Save time order yours in advance by calling 413.528.2000 x111.



The first time you go skiing or snowboarding, the experience can go one of two ways: It's possible you're going to get hooked and crave more. Your thoughts of skiing will consume your every waking thought, and you'll soon be making excuses to get up to the mountains, every chance you get! Or learning to ski could be a grueling and negative experience if you are not prepared or have unrealistic expectations. Fortunately, for beginners, we have compiled this helpful web page to get you started on the right track, so you can get the most out of your first skiing or snowboarding experience! 

Scroll below to review: 1st Timer Tips, What to Bring, Beginner Terrain, Your Responsibility Code & Parking info.

TIPS for guests learning to Ski or Snowboard for the 1st TIME!

Take a lesson. Like everything else, you'll improve the most when you receive some expert guidance. The best way to acquire superior downhill skiing or snowboarding skills, is to take a lesson, or a series of lessons, from one of our qualified instructors. In an hour and a half group lesson, you'll learn more than you could on your own! In addition, our ski and snowboarding pros will show you around the mountain and direct you to terrain best suited to your ability. Click the links on the left of this page to learn more about our Private skiing or snowboarding lessons, Adult Racing classes or our Children's programs; Adventurers, miniRIDERS & Day Care.

Use the right equipment. You can get high quality, properly tuned ski or snowboard rentals from our on-mountain rental shop. Don't borrow equipment from a friend, the slight savings isn't worth taking the chance, you could get hurt because the bindings were not adjusted correctly! But, if you do borrow equipment, make sure the ski or snowboard bindings are correctly adjusted by a certified ski shop. Click the word Rentals on the left to view all the details about our rental operation and to access an informative video.

Dress in layers. Layering your clothing allows you to compensate for changing weather conditions and temperatures. For example, dress in highly comfortable polypropylene long underwear (top and bottoms) - this material dries quickly, absorbs moisture and keeps you warm! Also, wear a turtleneck, sweater and jacket. Do NOT wear cotton socks or a cotton base layer, or you will likely end up cold and wet because cotton retains moisture! 

Bring a hat, helmet or headband with you to the slopes; 60 percent of heat-loss is through the head. Wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands). Be prepared! Mother Nature has a mind of her own!

Drink plenty of water. In the mountains, it is easy to dehydrate. Keep your body functioning at its peak by drinking lots of water over the course of your skiing day!

Know your limits. Learn to stay in control while skiing and snowboarding. Make plenty of turns to check your speed so you can navigate safely down the mountain. This is true both for beginner slopes and on more advanced trails!

If you're tired, STOP. Stop before you become to tired; accidents and injuries often occur as a result of fatigue. Don't risk it! If you tire while skiing or snowboarding take a break. You can comfortably relax on one of our outdoor decks or in one of our two lodges while your friends make another run. Take it easy and enjoy the beautiful mountain air, the pristine environment and the wonderful scenery. It's all part of the package and best enjoyed at the end of a beautiful winter's day! Have FUN - Don't try to ski yourself into shape. You'll enjoy skiing and snowboarding more if you're physically fit. But even if you're not the most fit person, don't miss out on the experience! Stay within your limits and you'll have fun!



Here is our list of recommended items for you to bring skiing and snowboarding, in order to ensure that you have fun on your first day on the slopes. If you are in need of anything on this list when you get here, it's available in the Butternut Ski & Snowboard Shop, which offers a complete selection of gear and clothing at very affordable prices.

Hat - Essential if you're to keep your head and body warm, a significant amount of your body's heat escapes through the top of the head! Cover up and be comfortable!

Gloves/Mittens - Choose those which are preferably waterproof On particularly cold days, wearing mittens will keep your hands and fingers even warmer!

Goggles/Sunglasses - On the mountain, you'll definitely need UV protection from the sun, its strength amplified by snow-clad slopes. Goggles are strongly recommended on cold or snowy days for warmth and increased visibility. 

Backpack - These are great for storing and carrying extra clothes & supplies, when you are riding the chairlift or skiing on our trails. If you have gear you don't need right away, you can store it in one of our convenient lockers. (Coin operated lockers are available in the Upper Lodge, Lower Lodge and in the Rental Building.)

Jacket / Parka - Ideally your jacket should be water resistant! 

Synthetic or wool-base layers for the top & bottom portions of your body. Remember, you can always remove excess clothing layers if you're warm and add them back on if you're cold! Synthetic materials, like polypropylene, will help to wick moisture away from your skin and keep you warm and dry. Once again, DO NOT WEAR CLOTHING MADE FROM COTTON! This material soaks up moisture from your body, eventually you'll get chilled all over on a cold day. 

Snow pants or Water resistant pants - Keep your bottom half warm and dry.

2 Pair of Warm, dry socks - NO COTTON socks on the slopes. Wear only one pair of wool or other warm socks. DO NOT wear multiple pairs, or you may experience pain and foot problems (your foot size changes from a Size 6 C to a Size 8 DDDD, when you put on 2-3 pairs of socks!!). Many instructors change their socks at lunch to keep their feet warm. Why did we suggest two pairs? The 2nd pair can be used to change into at lunch or you might want a clean dry pair of socks for the drive home.

Sunscreen - Use SPF 15 or higher to protect yourself and your family from harmful UV rays. Lip balm, snack, fruit and energy bars are available, if needed, at our lodges' food service facilities

Facilities (FREE Trail Maps are available in many areas across the mountain). Remember to keep with you your ID, wallet and cash. It's also a good idea to bring extra clothes as well; water to keep yourself hydrated; proper ski or snowboard equipment, including skis, poles and boots or snowboard and snowboard specific boots. If you need equipment, we're ready to assist you. If you need skis, ski boots, ski poles or snowboard and snowboard-specific boots when you first arrive, go directly to the RENTAL BUILDING. Everything you need is available inside. Rentals offers: skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, poles, lockers and bathrooms. IMPORTANT HINT - Arrive early! Avoid the rush that usually hits between 8:40a and 10:30a on most weekends and especially on holidays. Our certified rental technicians will be happy to help you obtain the right-size equipment and then correctly adjust your gear for best performance. If you have questions regarding the rental process, or on renting equipment, Click the Rental link on the left of the Rates page to get all the details. There you can also watch our Rental Video. Double Click the Ski Butternut TV icon to view our Rental Video it's on the right side of the Rentals web page. 



Ski Butternut offers terrain ideal for beginner skiers and snowboarders, just like you, who want to learn to ski or snowboard in a safe, comfortable environment. Our beginner teaching terrain is naturally isolated from more advanced trails; you won't have to worry about expert skiers zooming by as you practice your turns. Our beginner terrain is conveniently located adjacent to our rental building's exit. The terrain, itself, consists of short, gentle slopes which allow you to comfortably learn, refine and practice your turning and stopping skills. Our Beginner slopes are serviced by two chair lifts (Paddy's) and 4 Learning Carpets, operated by attentive and knowledgeable attendants who understand a first-timer's worries and challenges. The "Learning Carpet" lifts are ideal for beginners and especially children. In addition, beginners enjoy easy access to our rustic and spacious Upper Lodge, which is conveniently located at the top of the beginners' slope. It also features a large, outdoor patio with comfortable sun benches on which to rest, relax and take in outstanding scenic views! The Upper Lodge offers a complete food service facility, clean restrooms and coin operated lockers. These conveniences combine to make Ski Butternut's beginner terrain the perfect place for learning to ski or snowboard, while enjoying a fun-filled, family-oriented snowsport experience!


Your Responsibility Code - It's important - Learn it! 

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas, you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by special needs or other snowsport enthusiasts. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others. Be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below, and share it with other skiers. Please take your responsibility for a great skiing and snowboarding experience seriously. It will help to prevent injuries and increase your enjoyment on the slopes.

  • Always stay in control.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way.
  • Stop in a safe place for you and others.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
  • Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails.
  • Know how to use the lifts safely.
  • KNOW THE CODE. IT'S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY. This is a partial list. Be safety conscious and use common sense. Officially endorsed by: NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION - the National Ski Patrol, PSIA & AASI. 



When you first arrive, you'll discover that all of our spacious parking lots are free! The main lot is always a good choice, first thing in the morning. At the front of Ski Butternut's main lot, is a convenient 3-minute unloading and drop-off area that accommodates about 10 vehicles. This is a popular (read "busy") place on weekends, so many folks park in the main lot and walk directly to the RENTAL Building, This Large GREY building is located in the upper right-hand corner of the lot. If you arrive later in the morning (10 to 11 a.m.) on a busy day, you may be directed to park closer to the Tubing area, or just above the beginner slopes. In those instances, simply ask the parking attendants for the quickest way to reach the RENTAL Building, located at the bottom of the ski and snowboard learning area. You'll soon find everything is just a short walk away, at Ski Butternut!

We Can't Wait to See YOU having FUN right here on the slopes at Ski Butternut
Get out, get hooked and you'll love it. Just don't blame us, if you quit your job and move to the mountains! Just in case the bug bites you bad, visit our JOBS/Employment page. We're always looking for quality employees.  

Use your 1st Timers Learn to Ski or Snowboard vouchers any day this season - including weekends and holidays.

Call the office at 413.528.2000 to purchase or stop into the office when visiting the mountain.

ORDER ONLINE - Cost is only $75 for our 1st Timers Learn to Ski or Snowboard program. .

An adult weekend Lift Ticket and rentals alone would cost you more. Plus you get a special lesson designed to teach 1st timers to ski or snowboard.

You SAVE BIG - You'll receive $150 in Lift Tickets, Lessons & Rental equipment - for just $75.

Make plans to go 3 to 4 times this winter. Your first visit is only $75 and each successive visit cost $75 to $110 based upon age. It's time you took the plunge and learned to ski or snowboard this winter.
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