As the picture shows above, I was nervous heading into the lesson. I positioned myself on the deck closest to the bunny slope, watching from afar so my daughter would not see me (I was told that it was best to stay away so she would learn something - if I was visible, she might stop and then not learn anything). It was her first time on the mountain (and at Attitash as a result) anywhere and while the bunny slop is not that imposing, I was still worried how she would handle it as she was somewhat shy and new experiences seemed to bother her (not anymore by the way but that is a story for another day). So as I sat there on the deck, somewhat excited and somewhat worried all at the same time, I thought back to my first lesson...wait a minute, I never took a lesson! But I do remember my first time on the slope.
It was at Nashoba Valley, in Massachusetts, some 20+ years ago, as part of a school program in the 7th grade. We ventured to the slopes and for whatever reason I decided that I did not need lessons on this day because I was a hockey player (and good skater). While that logic only holds a little merit (skating helps with the balance end of things), it was probably not the best choice at the time. I started on the "T bar" (I think it was called) and as soon as I got on, I fell down, blocking the line...for a very long time! Heck, I could barely stand up so this was predictable...and embarrassing. It happened a many more times that night (and I STILL have trouble with such a lift). Later, after having got up the mountain and skiing around, I decided I was good enough for the jump and that ended up being a problem as well as I crashed right in front of it blocking the jump... for a while! It was from this experience that I decided my kids should at least take a lesson in this sport if they are ever going to pursue it so there actions don't lead them to be embarrassed by it.
Returning back to my daughter's lesson at Attitash, she ventured out to the bunny slope wearing her "Dora the Explorer" helmet in what is expected to be a 2 hour group lesson - luck would have it, nobody else is in the group showed up and she ended up getting a 2 hour private lesson! The ski instructor, as I tweeted a long while back, was fantastic and he sat down with her, going over the basics at the start. They covered all sorts of things and by the end, she was not scared to go down the hill or get onto the magic carpet for that matter. Granted, she could not really control her direction or her speed (she almost crossed over the magic carpet at one point) but she was having a blast. At one point she went in for some hot chocolate (because her toes hurt) and later came back out for some more bits of knowledge like "Pizza" (which she had been learning in dancing and it was a similar formation with one's ski's). At the end, she ventured off the bunny slope with her tiny ski's, sporting a very big smile all awhile.
With that said, below is some links to the Learn to ski programs in the area near our place, if so choose to explore this option.
Bretton Woods: http://brettonwoods.com/winter_sports/nordic/ski_school
Cranmore Mountain: http://www.cranmore.com/winter/childrens_lessons
Attitash Mountain: http://attitash.com/ski-school.html
Wildcat Mountain: http://skiwildcat.com/lessons.html
King Pine: https://www.kingpine.com//lessons
Cannon Mountain: http://www.cannonmt.com/skischool.html