Overview

Beginner Private Lesson Package

A custom introduction to skiing or snowboarding that bundles a 1-hour private lesson with a lower mountain lift ticket and equipment rentals. This package is for beginner/novice ability levels, ages 4+. The included lower mountain lift ticket offers access to Bear Cub, J-bar, and Sunway Chair in the Base Area and on Village Slopes at the North Creek Ski Bowl (see Ski Bowl schedule). Your ticket will be issued on a reloadable SKI3 Card. Save this card and continue loading your lift access online through this and future seasons. For intermediate and advanced levels, continue reading for our Private/Semi-Private and Friends & Family Group Lesson information.

Private/Semi-Private Lessons

Request an instructor of your choice, or we will hand-pick a qualified instructor for you. Ask about specialty private lessons for terrain parks, glades, and bumps! Add a second person to your lesson if you wish- this person must be of like age, ability, and discipline. This private lesson option is for any ability level, ages 4+. Rates and reservations are for your custom instruction only. Lift access should also be acquired in advance and reloaded onto your SKI3 Card if you already have one- check out date-specific tickets, frequent skier cards, and season pass options! Need rentals too? Reserve online in advance, and pick up your gear the evening before if possible.

Friends & Family Group Private Lessons

Keep your crew together making on-snow memories in these lesson options for 3-5 people in the same party. You’ll each improve your skills with custom instruction tailored to your individual needs. This group private lesson option is for ages 4+ in any combination of ability levels and disciplines. Rates and reservations are for your custom instruction only. Lift access should also be acquired in advance, reload onto your SKI3 Cards if you already have them. Check out date-specific tickets, frequent skier cards, and season pass options! Need rentals too? Reserve online in advance, and pick up your gear the evening before if possible.

Private Lessons for Younger Children

We recommend half-hour private lessons for 3-4 year-olds who aren’t ready for a full hour on the snow.

Advance reservations are required for all private lesson options. Call (518) 251-4804 or submit a reservation request online.

We also offer adaptive programs for skiers and riders with special needs.

Private Lesson Pricing

Please check back for pricing and other important information.

Adaptive Programs

Gore Mountain offers ski and snowboard lessons for people with disabilities.  Our instructors are trained to coach those with special needs.  All lessons are private, one-on-one with your instructor/coach, to better meet your specific needs.  Adaptive lessons are available to skiers and snowboarders of all ability levels.

Our trained staff can work with those who are hearing or visually impaired, those with developmental or intellectual disabilities, and/or those with physical disabilities.  We have two different style bi-skis available for use during lessons, as well as outriggers for those needing to use this type of equipment.

1-hour lesson – $65
2-hour lesson – $130
2-hour lesson with 2 instructors – $240 – all bi/mono ski lessons are two hours

Reservations are required so we can coordinate the best lesson opportunity to fit your needs.  Rental package is included, be sure to request equipment when you make your reservation.  Please contact us at (518) 251-4804 or send us an email.

Reservation Policy

All items must be paid in full at the time of purchase. All reservations are final and non-refundable if canceled within 72 hours of the program 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 program credited towards the same program on another day. Credits are valid for 1 year from the date of cancellation.

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.

Important Information

Special Notes for Private Lessons (2019-2020)

Please consider the following for a fun and successful private lesson experience

  • Advanced reservations are required for all snow sports programs.  Please call (518) 251-4804 or submit a reservation request online.
  • All children 17 & under are required to wear a helmet* during all Snow Sports School programs.
  • Lessons are held regardless of weather, so please be sure to dress appropriately.
  • Inform us of any special arrangements or needs when making your reservation so that we can best serve you.
  • Please be on time.  Plan ahead for time to register, pick up rental gear, etc.  Lessons go out on time and late arrivals may not be accommodated.
  • While skiing or snowboarding is the primary activity, our instructors encourage on-hill safety and etiquette at Gore.

Additional notes to best prepare families

  • A parent must complete program-specific registration forms including Release of Liability.
  • A parent must remain on Gore Mountain premise if your child is participating in a private lesson.
  • We know you’re excited to watch your child ski or ride.  However, young children often become distracted when they see their parents.  If you would like to observe, plan to do so from a distance so as not to distract your child or other program participants.

*If you purchase your program with rentals, a helmet is included in the package. If children are using their own equipment, they must bring a helmet with them or plan to rent one upon arrival. Thank you for your cooperation in our effort of increasing safety on the slopes. Visit LidsOnKids.org to learn more about helmets and snow sports safety!