Your First Visit

we pride ourselves on giving beginner skiers & snowboarders a great intro to Snow Sports 

Whether this is your first time skiing at Boston Mills and Brandywine, or your first time skiing ever, here are some tips that can help make your experience a smooth one.

We strongly suggest that you start out with lessons.  Whether that means a one-time lesson through our Beginner Intro, a current special, or multiple-lesson packages like the kids' programs, you can explore all of the current options through the Plan & Buy section above.

We do rent equipment (skis, snowboards, boots, bindings, helmets, and poles) here, and you probably already have the majority of what you need to make your first visit a fun, comfortable one.  For hints on what to wear, from head to toe, visit our What to Wear Snow Skiing page.

Every ski area, whether a day (no lodging) or destination (lodging) area, has the same basic facilities:

  • A mountain with ski lifts to transport skiers to the top.
  • Trails of varying difficulty to ski back to the bottom.
  • A base lodge with food service, restrooms, ticket window, ski school, and Ski Patrol.
  • Parking lot.
  • At the mountain or nearby are ski and rental shops, and, if a resort area, lodging, restaurants, bars, shops and services. Buckeye Sports Center operates locations at both Boston Mills and Brandywine to assist you with your equipment and accessory needs.


When you arrive at our resort, you will want to park and then head in to the base lodge. We highly suggest that you arrive at the resort at least 45 minutes before the scheduled time of any lesson that you want to take, to give you plenty of time to make your purchases, pick up your rental equipment, and meet your lesson as described below.

At the entrance to the base lodges at both Boston Mills and Brandywine you will find the ticket windows, and you will need to stop there to purchase your Snow Pass and/or packages with rentals and lessons. If you need information or advice on how to get started, stop by Guest Services first so we can assist you.


After you complete your purchases at the ticket window, you will proceed to the rental department to pick up your equipment. The ticket sellers will be able to direct you to the rental department when they give you your rental forms. For safety reasons, you need to fill out the form completely and make sure that you accurately answer all questions about height, weight, and ability.


After you get your equipment, you will proceed to the locker area to change into your ski or snowboard boots and ready yourself for the slopes. Token lockers are available for you to use to store your shoes and other items while you are on the slopes. Each locker takes $1 in tokens and we have machines that will convert your dollar bills to tokens on site.

Once you are ready to go, dressed appropriately for the weather, and wearing your equipment boots, you will grab your skis and poles or your snowboard and proceed to the slopes. If you are meeting a lesson group, you will do so at the Ski School sign--just across the bridge at Brandywine, and at the base of the beginner slope at Boston Mills. With these tips your first time skiing ever should be a good one.

Keep in mind Your Responsibility Code and enjoy your visit to our resorts!