First Visit to Ski Sundown

If you are new to skiing and snowboarding and visiting Ski Sundown for the first time, the following steps will guide you through the process of obtaining your pass, getting fitted for your equipment and meeting your lesson. We recommend that you take advantage of our First Timer Package if you have never skied or snowboarded before.  Take a virtual tour to familiarize yourself with our layout and facilities.  For tips on how to dress for winter recreation, click here for important information from National Ski Patrol. 


Ski Sundown is pleased to recommend the following lodging partners.  For details about a special SKIERS PACKAGE at family-friendly CHAPIN PARK B&B located 5 minutes from Ski Sundown, click here.   Mention Ski Sundown for special lodging rates at The Simsbury Inn,  The Marriott Residence Inn/Avon, and The Avon Old Farms Hotel (use code“skisun” when booking online).  The Delamar Hotel, in West Hartford, is also extending discouted rates to Ski Sundown customers; just click here to reserve your room. We also recommend Norbrook Farm (3 bedroom/2bathroom) airbnb located in Colebrook, CT.  and Legends Sportsman's B&B Lodge located on the Farmington River in Barkhamsted. 



  1. Welcome Center Desk - Inside the Lodge

    Purchase your 1st Time Ski or Snowboard Package here. You receive a lift/rental/lesson pass. Please ask for assistance if you are unsure of how to attach the pass to your clothing. Then proceed to the Rental Shop for your ski or snowboard equipment.

  2. Rental Shop - Located across from the ticket windows

    Complete your Rental Form at the counters located just inside the door. If under 18, a parent or legal guardian must also sign. A photo I.D. is required. Click here to download the Rental Agreement.

  3. Boot Pick-Up

    Based on the information you entered on your Rental Form, a technician will select the proper size boot for you.

  4. Fitting Area

    Try on your boots. They should be snug but not tight. If you are unsure about the fit, ask any employee for assistance. Space is available in this area for you to leave your shoes.

  5. Skis & Poles/Snowboard

    Based on the information you entered on your Rental Form, a technician will set your bindings and give you your skis or snowboard. On your way outside, you will select the proper size poles from the color coded racks.

  6. Your Lesson

    Outside the Rental Shop exit you will be greeted by a Snowsports School staff member who will assign you to a class. Relax and enjoy your lesson!

  7. Rental Return

    Once you are finished using your rental equipment, please enter the Rental Shop through the door marked Rental Return and hand your equipment to an employee behind the counter.



You are on your way to a lifetime of skiing or snowboarding fun! Your pass is valid on the conveyor lifts and the  triple chairlift and trails at the Sunnyside Learning Area. It is the area in front of you as you exit the Rental Shop with your equipment. On your next visit, we recommend that you take an ALL MOUNTAIN PACKAGE. This package includes a ticket for all lifts and trails, equipment rental and a group lesson at your skill level.

Thank You for Choosing Ski Sundown!