Compared to other, somewhat more upscale resorts in the area I think A-Basin presents a very good value. They have very reasonably priced half-day lesson, lift ticket, and rental packages. I had not been skiing in a long time and this was my first time skiing in Colorado. I had a great instructor who was able to work very well with the group and give each person individual attention.
I would echo other comments about the altitude. A-Basin is pretty high up and I was struggling a bit after a half day. Even my friends who are more avid skiers and a bit more acclimated were having trouble. Give yourself a day or so to get used to the heights before overdoing it. Locals also recommended Copper Mountain for having lots of runs for beginner level skiers.
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