After my girlfriend and me reviewed ski resorts all around our area we settled on Mad River Mountain. There are hotels and cheap packages in the area and we are first time skiers so we figured what better way then buying the lessons and all day passes? When we first arrived we felt like fish out of water. We werent sure where to go and how to properly rent equipment. Like I said we're new. We had to seek help everywhere, it didnt seem like staff members were willing to approach you on their own.
The lessons were so-so at best. We got some okay tips but half the lesson we barely heard because the one instructor that was teaching us was often out of ear shot helping others in the group. Unfortunately for us, we were well spent after the chaotic rental process, the 20 minute wait for a bathroom break and the 40 some minute crash course and decided to call it a day.
I fully plan on skiing again but for a first timer going I advice you to buy the lessons only and see how it feels before you commit $160 for you and your partner. I bit off more then I could chew in one day. It was a nice experience overall...but for the money I could have done a thousand better things.