Congratulations on your decision to discover the thrill of alpine skiing or snowboarding! This online guide is provided to help your first experience be a great one. By reviewing this information while planning your first visit, you'll arrive at Liberty Mountain well prepared to begin your skiing or snowboarding adventure.

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The best way to get started on a lifetime of winter fun!

Learn about our Learn To Package below, then continue on through our guide to learn how to dress for a day on the slopes, where to go when you get to the resort, what the equipment is all about and what to expect during your first lesson.

Learn To Ski and Board Program (ages 7 and up)

Liberty Mountain introduces more people to skiing and snowboarding than most resorts in the nation. Our Learn To Ski and Snowboard Package is a tried and true method, and we guarantee your success! Forget standing in the ticket lines unsure of what to buy! This beginner ski or snowboard lesson package includes everything you need for your very first day on the slopes, including:

  • An open to close lift ticket good in our beginner area only. You only pay for lifts you will be able use your first day!
  • Ski or snowboard rental equipment including helmet - featuring men's, women's and kid's specific ski or snowboard gear!
  • A one-hour class lesson. You'll learn to turn, stop, and ride a lift.
  • This offer is available at Liberty, Roundtop or Whitetail for ages 7 and older. For children under age 7, please visit our Children's Learning Center.

First time lessons are at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4:30pm, 5:45pm & 7pm—We'll get you started as quickly as we can! Our goal is to give you all the tools you need to become a confident skier or snowboarder. A lifetime of winter fun awaits you!

Vail Resorts Activity Illness Guidelines

The health and safety of our guests is first priority and we take this very seriously. Strong health and safety practices are the heart of our child programs. A key to preventing illness in a group activity setting is to form trusting relationships between parents and instructors around sharing important health information about your child’s condition when they are admitted.

If your child has a fever, sore throat, diarrhea, or is nauseous or vomiting, they will not be accepted for activities. If your child has recently been ill, they must be symptom-free, without the benefit of medications, for 24 hours at US properties and 48 hours at Whistler Blackcomb.

Each child will be observed for common signs of illness at arrival and throughout the day. A child who is ill upon arrival to the facility will not be admitted. Parents or guardians will be notified to pick up their child immediately, if the child becomes ill during their stay.

A physician’s note stating a child is no longer contagious will be required when a child has healing lesions or other symptoms suggestive of communicable disease.

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Now, moving on to what you should wear...