Wife and I (both 35) in Vail early March 3 1/2 days. Never skied before and want to make skiing centerpiece of the trip. Obviously need to book a lesson or school, but in my opinion specifics on the options per the Vail site are clear as mud. First thought I'd do the 3-day first time school with equipment, seems like a great deal, but here's the dilemma: What size is the class going to be, and if we catch on to the basics quickly are we going to be stuck with a group waiting for less coordinated skiiers to catch on? I read some reviews about standing around waiting for other first timers to buy goggles. Thought that if things got lame we could bale out of the lesson later in the day to explore, is that possible? Says it includes "beginner lift tickets" I guess that means you can only go to certain beginner areas? After a couple of days I'd like to be able to try out an easy blue, am I being too ambitious? What about "3-D" school which says it's for all skill levels, assume that;s beginners too? Is three days of lessons overkill if I only want to get the basics and be able to ski greens and easy blues without falling? Would it be better if I did a one day first time lesson; is it feasible that I would get the basics and then just go out on my own the second day and practice what I've learned and then consider another lesson for day three? As a first timer, am I going to get really sore and regret being committed to three all day lessons? Conversely, is there a lot of down-time in the group lessons that will get frustrating? I'm pretty easy-going person with tons of patience, but Vail is outrageous and I' nervous about making the wrong choice for ski lessons. Thanks for any advice or input you can give.