Snowshoe Ski and Snowboard Lesson Guide

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Skiing and snowboarding can be daunting sports to get into. Navigating your way around the mountain for the first time can be a bit confusing and stressful. Thankfully, there is a solution that will turn a nerve-wracking experience into the start of a lifelong love for sliding on snow. Enter Snowshoe Ski and Ride School. Our team of experienced and expert instructors are here to show you the ropes. Read along and learn about our lesson types, what to bring, and where to meet.

What Are My Lesson Options?

Snowshoe offers four different lesson types for both skiing and snowboarding. If it’s your first time on snow we offer the Adult First Time group lesson. This lesson will cover the basics from getting into your board or skis to your first turns. If you’ve been on snow but just can’t quite figure it out or are looking for more progression, we offer the Adult Group Lesson. This lesson is made for everyone from first timers to those starting to ride green terrain.

For the groms (the little rippers), aged 4-12, we offer the Kids Full Day Group Lesson. This lesson is a full day, 9:00am – 3:00pm, and includes hot chocolate breaks and lunch. For the kids ages 2-4, we have a pre-ski program; you can find more details below.

Finally, we have private lessons. These are open to everyone and are offered in 1, 2, 3, and 5-hour sessions. Private lessons are for those who want to customize their lesson or are looking to ride advanced terrain including blue and black trails and terrain parks. You will be able to select your lesson type and add in lift tickets and rentals when you book your lesson online. Note that private lesson booking is by phone only (877-441-4386).

What Should I Bring to My Lesson?

When it’s time for your lesson there are a few things you’ll need to bring. Make sure you already have your lift and lesson ticket and be sure to arrive boots on, ready to hit the snow. If you’re unsure of what to wear, check out How to Dress For a Day On Snow. Check in can be very busy so having these items ready can help get your group started quicker.

Parents: if your child or children are doing the Kids Full Day Group lesson it is required that they have waterproof outerwear, gloves, and a helmet.

On especially cold and windy days, goggles and a face mask will be required. If you need any of this gear head to one of our retail shops like 4848 or Full Tilt. If you are using your own snowboard or skis, make sure they are in good working order before the lesson.

Where Will My Lesson Meet?

All of Snowshoe’s ski and snowboard lessons will meet outside Expedition Station in the Village.

Kids Full Day Group Lesson check in begins at 9:00am and goes until 10:00am.

Adult Group and First Time Adult Group Lesson check in is between 9:00am and 12:00pm with rolling start times depending on guest ability level and arrival. The Ski School supervisor will adjust start times and lesson durations at check-in. Group lessons typically last 1-2 hours.

Private lessons will meet outside Expedition at the designated lesson start time. Look for an orange flag to find your instructor.

Kids, First Time Adult, and Adult group lessons will return to Expedition at the end of the lesson. When picking your kid up from their all day lesson, please do not stand in the middle of Skidder slope. Your child’s instructor will bring them back to the same place they were dropped off. Don’t forget the kid check tag that you received at drop off.

Private lessons may end anywhere on the mountain so make sure to discuss this with your instructor at the start of the session.

What About The Little Kids?

Here at snowshoe we want everyone to find a love for sliding on snow and there is no better time to start that love than from a young age. Our pre-ski program is a great way to open your kids up to snow in a fun and encouraging way. It also lets you take laps, worry free. We offer half and full day pre-ski for kids 2-4. When you book your full day pre-ski you will have the option to add on a ski or snowboard introduction to snow. The goal of this experience is to get each kid comfortable in this new environment. This means that sometimes the kids strap in and ride, sometimes it means just putting their gear on indoors. Click here to learn more about our Pre-Ski Program.

Snowshoe Ski and Ride school is here for you. From never-ever to advanced riding, we have the instructor and class that will help you achieve your goals.