New to Skiing and Snowboarding?

We are thrilled to have you join us for your first skiing or snowboarding experience. Our staff is dedicated to making your time fun and safe with us. 

Where to Start:  We suggest purchasing our Starter Pack lift and rental special, which gives you access to the beginner area (Sunshine Trail on our map below), and our magic conveyor carpet and lift, all at a discounted rate. We also highly recommend taking a lesson with one of our experienced instructors. They will help you learn the basics and get comfortable on the slopes. The Starter Pack does NOT include the price of a lesson and must be purchased in addition to your lift ticket and rental. Lesson reservations, lift tickets and rentals can be booked in advance online, and are encouraged to guarantee your lesson reservation. For anyone wanting to ski or snowboard on our property, they must have a lift ticket.

Upon arrival, please visit the Mountain Center to pick up your lift ticket and rental. Lift Tickets purchased online, will need the barcode from your confirmation email to scan at our kiosk to print your lift ticket. If paying in person, please visit our Ticket Window. Then proceed to the Rental area, to pick up your rental.

Our Ski School lessons will take place in the Beginner Area as well. Kids’ Park lessons will be taught in the Kids’ Park area, next to the North Lodge. We suggested arriving an hour prior to your lesson to ensure you are ready when your lesson begins.

NOTE: We do suggest checking our website’s Hours Of Operation page and/or social media pages for weather-related closures before your arrival. 


 As you prepare for your visit, here’s a list of the essentials:

1. Warm Clothing: When you’re skiing or snowboarding, you’ll spend a lot of time outside in the cold. It’s important to dress in layers to stay warm and comfortable. Start with a base layer of thermal underwear, add a mid-layer of fleece or wool, and finish with a waterproof and breathable outer layer that includes a jacket and snow pants

2. Helmet: A helmet is a must-have for skiing and snowboarding. It will protect your head in case of a fall or collision. Make sure you get a helmet that fits snugly and comfortably. If you purchase a rental from us, a helmet is included.

3. Goggles: Goggles will protect your eyes from the sun, wind, and snow. They’ll also help you see better in low-light conditions. Look for goggles with anti-fog and UV protection.

4. Gloves or Mittens: Your hands will be exposed to the cold, so wearing gloves or mittens is necessary to keep them warm and toasty. Look for gloves that are waterproof and insulated.

5. Socks: Wear socks that are made for skiing or snowboarding. They should be warm, breathable, and moisture-wicking.

6. Neck Gaiter/Balaclava: When it’s windy or extra cold, these will keep your face toasty and prevent the breeze from blowing down your neck, adding another layer of warmth.

Forget anything? Check out our Gift Shoppe located inside the North Lodge for a selection of goggles, helmets, gloves, mittens, socks, snow pants, and hand & toe warmers. And don’t forget to pick up a sticker or souvenir to take home! 

Where To Take a Break From The Slopes

It’s also important to stay hydrated and take breaks as needed. Our North Lodge, home to Tips Up Food & Spirits and Molly’s Mountaintop Coffee, is open when the slopes are for you to take a needed break from the slopes. And on busy days and weekends, our South Lodge, located next to the Beginner Area, is open, serving delicious food and drinks! You will also find two warming stations on the hillside, The Barn and Ben’s Den, offering a place to warm up next to a fire pit with hot cocoa or refreshing adult drinks!

At Sundown Mountain Resort, we pride ourselves on providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. Whether you’re a seasoned pro, first-time skier, or snowboarder, we are here to help you have a great time on the mountain. We can’t wait to see you out there!

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