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Beginners Guide

Where is Ragged Mountain Resort? 
Ragged Mountain Resort is located at exit 23 on I93, 98 miles from the center of Boston, Mass.

Should I take a lesson, or sign up for the Bebe Wood Program? 
The best way to improve your skiing or riding, no matter what your level, is to take a lesson. Not only will you become a better skier or rider, but you will enjoy the sport much more. At Ragged Mountain Resort, our professionally trained staff teaches hundreds of lessons a year and our teaching terrain will allow you to learn in a safe environment.

If you have never tried the sport of skiing or snowboarding, the Bebe Wood Program is the perfect way for you to try without any risk to your wallet. This program gives participants 3 free lessons, lower mountain lift tickets, and free brand new rental gear from Rossignol. It is a terrain based, progressive learning style program. Meaning that you’ll start off learning just the basics of skiing and snowboarding and when you are ready, you’ll progress at your speed, not the speed of the group. Lessons will be roughly 2 hours, and are offered 7 days a week between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm. On-line registration is required. Please visit our Bebe Wood Program page for more information and to sign-up.

PLUS!!! If you complete the Bebe Wood Program, all 3 lessons, you can purchase a SEASON PASS for only $69, good for the rest of the season!

What should I wear? 

Bring clothes that are waterproof or at least water resistant. Snow pants will keep you warm and dry.

Always dress in layers so you can add or remove as the day progresses. The gloves you wear should also be waterproof or water resistant.

For your feet, one pair of thin socks is all that is needed - too many socks will restrict circulation and affect boot fit. Wool or acrylic socks are better than cotton athletic socks, but make sure the socks are long so they will extend up above your ski boot. You may purchase ski socks at the retail store. 

We recommend that everyone wears a helmet to protect your head from falls, plus it keeps your head warm. Sometimes it is windy, make sure to bring a face mask or a head sock. 

Where do I go when I arrive? 

If you are participating in the Bebe Wood Free Learn to Ski & Ride Program, we will have team members greet you right at the base area. Once you have found a parking space and have made your way to the base area, look for the Meeting House Lodge (It’s the big 4 story, white lodge with the green roof). Enter through the double doors at the top of the stairs/ramp. Upon entering, you’ll want to turn left and enter into our Learning Center; there you will be greeted once again by a Bebe Wood Program team member.

If you are renting equipment, after you have arrived at Ragged Mountain Resort and found a parking space, please proceed to the Rental Department. This department is located at the base of the Meeting House Lodge. The entrance is right across from the traffic circle. The rental department has everything you need for your first day on the slopes. Once you are equipped for the snow, you may check in with your lesson (located in the same building, one floor up).

If you already have your own gear and you are only taking a lesson, please check in with ski school on the second floor of the Meeting House Lodge.

Why should I take a lesson? 
The best way to improve your skiing or riding, no matter what your level, is to take a lesson. Not only will you become a better skier or rider, but you will enjoy the sport much more. At Ragged Mountain Resort, our professionally trained staff teaches hundreds of lessons a year and our teaching terrain will allow you to learn in a safe environment.

Other tips and etiquette:

Clanking your skis or boards together while on the ski lift can result in an injury to someone below you, you may even find yourself or your equipment falling from the lift, not to mention the snow that might be falling on the skiers and snowboarders below you isn't nice.

When entering any lift line, be sure that you are attentive and ready to follow the maze and load properly. If you are skiing or boarding alone, check for singles lanes so you can be paired with other folks. This is a great way to meet people!

Sit back all the way in your chair and use the safety bar when available.

Many lift lines have mazes that funnel into one loading area. Access typically alternates from one line or side to the next. Pay attention to posted signs and resort employees for direction.

When you unload the lift, be sure to move away from the unloading zone quickly. You don't want to be in the way of other skiers unloading the lift.

Have your ticket visible and easy to check.