The gf and I are going to be staying with her family in Loveland CO, March 12-20th. I want to try snowboarding for the first time while we are there. Originally I only wanted to dedicate one day to it, but a friend says that I need to atleast take one day of lessons, preferably two full days of lessons before setting off on my own. Atmost I can ski for 3 days, but my worry is after day 1 I'll be too tired/sore or have altitude sickness and won't want to continue on.
So here's my questions:
Is it necessary to take lessons for a first time skier? Or will afew runs down a beginner hill be enough?
What's a good ski resort? Needs to be within 3hrs drive of Loveland Co, good for beginners, on the cheaper side, not as busy as the big ones like Vail get, and maybe some nice romantic dining/lodging options for couples would be a nice plus.
What weeks to CO Colleges let out for spring break? I'd like to avoid the spring break crowds.