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First-Time Ski/Snowboard Packages for Ages 13+

Our lesson packages will get you started right, with instruction techniques and equipment designed specifically for making your first turns the best they can be. LEARN TO SKI or RIDE! These value-packed packages include a lift ticket*, rental equipment, and a helmet! Beginner Private Lesson packages come with custom one-on-one instruction for a choice of one or two hours. Discover Skiing/Riding packages come with a 90-minute beginner class lesson. Reservations are required for Private Lessons and we recommend making them in advance for Class Lessons too.

Reservations for Discover Skiing/Riding beginner packages that include a lift ticket and a 90-minute beginner class lesson (plus rental option) starting Friday 11/25 are now available online. Beginner Private Lesson packages must be reserved by phone at (518) 251-2411.

Discover Class Lessons

Reservations for Discover Packages that include a lift ticket and a 90-minute beginner class lesson (plus rental option) starting Friday 11/25 are now available online or by phone at (518) 251-2411.

Discover Skiing/Riding Package Prices:

$90 – ticket & lesson
$120 – ticket, lesson, & rentals

  • Discover class lessons for ages 13+ are for first-time skiers and snowboarders. See our chart to determine your ability level.*
    • Morning lessons meet daily during the snow season at 10:15am with on-snow instruction from 10:30am-12pm
      • Afternoon lessons meet Saturday, Sunday, and during holiday periods** at 1:15pm with on-snow instruction from 1:30-3pm
  • These lessons meet at the snow sports check-in cabin near the Northwoods Lodge
  • Advanced reservations are recommended – reserve now.
  • Package prices include:
    • a 90-minute beginner class lesson and a lower mountain lift ticket* – $90
    • a 90-minute beginner class lesson, a lower mountain lift ticket*, and a ski or snowboard rental package – $120
  • Helmets are required for participants ages 17 and under in our lessons/programs (and recommended for everyone!)
    • our rental package includes a helmet
    • we offer helmet-only rentals if you already have your equipment but need a helmet

We recommend these lessons for novice to advanced levels (see our chart to determine your ability level):

  • Private Lessons – for all levels from beginner to advanced, reservations required
  • Class Lessons – for beginner to intermediate levels, available daily at the same times listed above

*Our lower mountain lift ticket includes access to the Bear Cub Poma, Sunway Chair, Snow Train, Greenway Conveyor, J-Bar, and Village Chair when they are scheduled to open – see our Snow Report.

**Holiday Periods 2022/23
Sunday 12/25/22-Sunday 1/1/23
Saturday 1/14/23-Monday 1/16/23
Saturday 2/18/23-Sunday 2/26/23

See Reservation Policy

Beginner Private Lessons

Reservations Beginner Private Lessons that include a lift ticket, 1 hour of one-on-one instruction, and rental equipment starting Friday 11/25 are available by phone at (518) 251-2411.

$199 – 1-hour lesson with ticket & rentals
$309 – 2-hour lesson with ticket & rentals

  • Beginner Private Lesson Packages for ages 4+ are offered daily
    • Reservations are required at least 72 hours in advance.
    • Lesson times are 8:30am, 10am, 12pm, 1:30pm.
  • Participants meet their instructor on snow near the snow sports tent below the Sunway Chair loading area.
  • Package prices include:
    • a 1-hour customized private lesson, a lower mountain lift ticket*, and a ski or snowboard rental package – $199
    • a 2-hour customized private lesson, a lower mountain lift ticket*, and a ski or snowboard rental package – $309
  • Helmets are required for participants ages 17 and under in our lessons/programs (and recommended for everyone!)
    • our rental package includes a helmet
    • we offer helmet-only rentals if you already have your equipment but need a helmet
  • Beginner Private Lesson Packages are for first and second-time skiers and snowboarders – (see our chart to determine your ability level).
    For intermediate/advanced levels, we recommend these options:

    • Private Lessons – for all levels from beginner to advanced, reservations required
    • Class Lessons – for beginner to intermediate levels, buy online in advance

*Our lower mountain lift ticket includes access to the Bear Cub Poma, Sunway Chair, Snow Train, Greenway Conveyor, J-Bar, and Village Chair when they are scheduled to open – see our Snow Report.

See Reservation Policy

Reservation Policy

For Day Lessons/Programs:

  • All purchases are final. Reservations are non-refundable if canceled within 72 hours of the start date.
  • Reservations canceled more than 72 hours before the start date will be refunded minus a 15% cancellation fee, or you may choose to receive the full value of your reservation credited towards the same Lesson/Program on another day. Credits are valid for one year from the date of issue.
  • Reservations are non-refundable if canceled within 72 hours of the start date. If requested you will receive the full value of your reservation credited towards the same Lesson/Program on another day. Credits are valid for one year from the date of issue.
  • Participant must be within the determined Lesson/Program age range at the start of the Lesson/Program.
  • The Lesson/Program will be voided if the participant arrives late for the reserved start time, and a refund or credit will NOT be issued.

All Lesson/Program participants must electronically sign the 2022/23 Day and Multi-Week Lesson/Program Agreement. If purchasing online, you’ll be presented with the 2022/23 Day and Multi-Week Lesson/Program Agreement prior to checkout. If purchasing over the phone, you should receive an email with a link to electronically sign this document.

You will receive the program check-in time and location in your confirmation email. Programs are in session every day the Snow Sports School is open, regardless of weather conditions. During inclement weather, we will take indoor breaks as necessary.