At Sunday River, we take great pride in making your first time sliding on snow an unforgettable experience, thanks to great instruction from our coaching staff and the best terrain in New England. The end result? You'll become a lifelong skier or snowboarder.
What to Expect
As a beginner, you should have reasonable expectations about your first day out. At first, it's going to be challenging. Unless you have ice-skated, rollerbladed, skateboarded or surfed in the past, skiing and snowboarding can be completely different from anything you have done before but will be an amazing experience. Once you get started, you'll soon start to relax and enjoy yourself. The more you ski or snowboard, the more your confidence will grow and the easier it will become. Remember, everyone feels the same when they ski or snowboard for the first time, so you're not alone. We recommend taking lessons to get insights from our knowledgeable coaches.
The Lesson Experience
FIRST LESSONLearn about your equipment, the basics of control, and start sliding down the gentle slopes of our learning area with a smile on your face! You'll learn to use our brand new conveyor surface lifts too, which are covered for maximum comfort on your way up the hill.
SECOND LESSONBuild on your skills and confidence in our terrain-based learning elements while you practice the basics of turning and stopping.
Third LessonTake it up a level: you're well on your way to riding a chairlift and mastering your turns on easy green trails. It's time to declare yourself a skier or snowboarder!
Terrain Based Learning
Sunday River has partnered with SNOW Operating to make your first day of sliding easier and more fun for you. By using specifically shaped snow features to naturally control your speed and body position Terrain Based Learning removes the traditional fears and anxieties associated with your first time sliding on snow, allowing you to focus purely on the fun!
Using Terrain Based Learning, we've simplified the process of learning to ski or snowboard down to five simple steps:
In the Flats, you’ll meet your instructor and fellow lesson participants. This is where you’ll get familiar with your equipment and the basic ranges of motion needed for your time on snow.
In the Mini-Pipe, you’ll get your first experience with sliding on snow. This is where you’ll learn to pump the terrain, and steer and slide forward and backwards.
The Rollers are where you’ll get your first taste of what it’s like to experience the thrills of gravity. This is where you will gain confidence in sliding downhill while the gently rolling terrain helps to naturally control your speed.
Now you’re ready for your first turns. The subtle banking of these turns will gently help to redirect your skis or board through your first series of turns.
After mastering the Banked Turns, you’re ready to put it all together for yourself. On the Perfect Slope, you’re in control. Here, you will make your first unassisted turns and build the skills and confidence needed to head up the mountain to our green terrain.
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We're here to help make your first experience unforgettable from start to finish. Contact the Sunday River SnowSports School for information about lessons, our resort, and anything you may want to know about your first day at Sunday River. Our entire team is dedicated to ensuring that you have a great stay with us and leaves loving skiing, snowboarding, and the mountain experience as much as we do.