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Discover Skiing/Riding – First-Time Packages for Ages 13+

Our Discover packages will get you started right, designed with instruction techniques and rental equipment specifically for making your first turns the best they can be. LEARN TO SKI or RIDE!

For more information about snow sports lessons, please call (518) 251-4804 or send us an email.


$80 – ticket & lesson
$110 – ticket, lesson, & rentals

  • Discover Skiing/Riding class lessons for ages 13+
    • available daily from 10am-11:30am
    • an additional option is offered from 11am-12:30pm on Saturday, Sunday, and during peak (holiday) periods
  • The meeting place is TBA
  • Advanced reservations may be required – please check back for more information
  • Package prices include:
    • a 90-minute beginner class lesson and a lower mountain lift ticket* – $80
    • a 90-minute beginner class lesson, a lower mountain lift ticket*, and a ski or snowboard rental package – $110
  • Helmets are required for participants ages 17 and under in our lessons/programs (and recommended for everyone!)
    • our rental packages include a helmet
    • we offer helmet-only rentals if you already have your equipment but need a helmet
  • Discover Skiing/Riding packages are for first-time skiers and snowboarders – we recommend these alternative 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 Snow Train, Greenway Conveyor, Bear Cub Poma, J-Bar, Sunway Chair, and Village Chair when they are scheduled to be open – see our Snow Report.

Beginner's Guide

Gearing up for your first time on the slopes?  Check out these topics below for pointers that will best prepare you for your on-snow adventures.

Dress for Winter!

Remember that temperatures vary at different times of the day and on different mountain areas, and you might be outside longer than you planned. Check our daily snow report for our current weather forecast, conditions, and more!

Here is a list of things you’ll need:

  • several non-cotton layers – long underwear or other synthetic base layers, fleece jacket or wool sweater mid-layer
  • ski/snowboard socks – poly-pro or wool (non-cotton), put these on just before your ski/snowboard boots
  • wind and water-repellent outer layers
  • warm mittens or gloves
  • face/neckwarmer – on days when temps are below freezing, be sure to protect your face and cover any exposed skin
  • helmet or hat – both keep your head warm, but helmets also protect your head from any sort of impact- helmets are required for lesson program participants ages 17 & under- visit LidsOnKids.org to learn more about helmets and snow sports safety!
  • goggles – protect your eyes and keep them warm
  • sunscreen – although there are less direct UV rays, these rays are reflected by the sun and can easily cause sunburn

Helpful Hint: Wait until after you get your rental equipment and are ready to go outside before you put on your final layers. If you happen to forget something, our Retail Shop is likely to have what you need.

Use the right equipment.

Avoid borrowing equipment from your friends or family that could be outdated, unsafe, or not sized correctly for you. Rent equipment that is suited for your needs.

Our Rental Shop, located in the Northwoods Lodge, has the latest in beginner equipment, and we keep it tuned and maintained. We’ll help you find the right gear.

Before you hit the slopes…

Get a good night’s sleep, stay hydrated, and take time to eat a good breakfast. Skiing and riding require a lot of energy and a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast can really make the difference.

Also, grab a pocket trail map – pick one up at the Snow Sports Desk, in the Rental Shop, or at any on-mountain ticketing location.

Note that all lesson programs require participants (ages 17 & under) to be wearing a helmet. If you purchase your program with rentals, a helmet is included in the package.
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