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What To Expect

  • Enhanced safety protocols: We will be limiting the class size of all group and private lessons to six or fewer people. All participants will be required to complete a pre-arrival self-health screening on the day of and prior to the start of their lesson (and each day of consecutive day lessons). All lessons will meet outdoors and practice physical distancing. Children in group lessons will be considered cohorts and will be permitted to ride lifts together with their instructor. For all lessons, participants will meet on snow, not indoors. Face coverings will be required.
  • Lessons & Reservations: Please book your lessons at least 48 hours in advance. A mountain access reservation is included with the purchase of a Ski School lesson and applies to the lesson participant(s) only.
    • If booking a private lesson, please complete this form at least 3 days in advance of your private lesson to reserve mountain access for all guests in your lesson (up to 6 guests are allowed in one private lesson).
  • Lift tickets or Pass Products: A lift ticket or eligible pass product will be required for all lesson participants.
    • Private Lessons: If booking a private lesson, we recommend buying a lift ticket when you book your private lesson, as lift tickets may not be available day-of. If lift tickets are not available online for the day of your private lesson, please contact the Ski & Ride School directly.
  • Lunch: We are offering half-day group lessons currently. These lessons do not include lunch. Private full day lessons will have a break for lunch. Please note, lunch is not included in the purchase of a private lesson.
  • Cancelation Policy: Lesson reservations must be cancelled at least 48 hours before the scheduled lesson start time. To review the full terms of sale and cancellation policy, please click here.
  • Gratuities: Instructor gratuity is at your discretion. Please note, a 15-20% gratuity based on the cost of the lesson will make your instructor feel very appreciated and valued.

What To Bring

  • Face covering: Face coverings will be required for all Ski & Ride School participants.
  • Helmet: The use of helmets is strongly recommended. Children age 14 and under must wear a winter sport protective helmet while participating in ski & ride school, subject to local regulations. In addition, children and teens under age 18 who participate in designated children's classes or programs must wear a helmet. Rental helmets are available at our children's ski school locations for your convenience.
  • Warm clothes including water-resistant outerwear, warm calf-high socks, and gloves or mittens.
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen is recommended, even on cloudy days.

Self-Health Screening

The health and safety of our guests is our first priority. We have established comprehensive Health and Safety measures to keep our guests, employees, and the community safe. All employees are required to undergo a health screening before they arrive at work. All participants will be required to undergo a pre-arrival self-health screening prior to the start of each lesson (a parent or guardian will be required to complete the screening for each child taking a lesson).

The pre-arrival self-health screening is a very simple to use web form that you can access on your smartphone or computer. You will be emailed the form prior your lesson start time and must complete the form the day of the lesson, prior to arriving to the mountain. Below are the screening questions included in the form, so you know what to expect.

  1. Does the lesson participant have a fever [greater than or equal to 100.4 F/ 38 C]?
  2. Does the lesson participant have any signs of the following symptoms (not due to a known health condition)?
    1. Sore throat?
    2. Feeling feverish, including having chills? New or worsening cough?
    3. New loss of taste or smell?
    4. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing worse than normal for you at altitude?
    5. Muscle or body aches that are not normal for you with exercise or altitude?
    6. New fatigue that is not normal for you with exercise or altitude?
    7. Diarrhea or vomiting?
    8. Runny nose or congestion that is not normal for you?
    9. New or severe headache?
  3. Has the lesson participant tested positive or were they diagnosed with COVID19 within the last 10 days?
  4. Within the past 14 days, has the lesson participant had close contact with anyone that has COVID-19? Close contact is being 6 ft (2m) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, caring for them or having direct contact with them or their body fluids (for example kissing, being coughed or sneezed on or sharing a drink or eating utensils)?
  5. Has the lesson participant travelled internationally or domestically in the last 14 days and public health requires quarantine following travel?
  6. We look forward to having you as our guest and providing you and your family with an Experience of a Lifetime!

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

Multi-Week Lessons must be purchased at least 48 hours prior to lesson start via our website. These programs sell out fast, so reserve your spot ASAP. These programs will not be available via walk-up/same-day signup.
Multi-Week guests are able to purchase discounted multi-day Lift Tickets as add-ons during the lesson sign-up process. These add-ons cover your lift access for every week of the program. A valid Lift Ticket/Season pass is required for every lesson and include access to surface lifts, tow ropes, and chairlifts.
Multi-Week guests are able to purchase discounted multi-day Rentals as add-ons during the lesson sign-up process. These add-ons cover your rental cost for every week of the program. Helmet use is recommended for everyone, and REQUIRED for all lesson guests 14 and under. Rental Equipment MUST be returned to the rental department each day before you leave for the night.
Check out our First Timers Guide for information about what to wear. If you happen to forget anything, stop by the Retail Shop in the main lodge for the essentials!
Multi-Week Lessons are offered for three consecutive weeks, and are two-hours long. Warming breaks are provided at the discretion of the instructor.
There will be a maximum of six people in each lesson group.
No, there are no make-up dates if your child cannot make their lesson. The lessons are date specific and nonrefundable. If Hidden Valley closes for any reason, we will contact you with options and next steps.
Parents are encouraged to leave their child with the instructor in order to have the full attention of the child during the lesson. If you would like to briefly watch the beginning of the lesson, please stay on the opposite side of the fence and watch from a distance. Foot traffic up onto the mountain surface will not be permitted. If you would like to take photos of your children and their instructor, we ask that you do that before/after the lesson.
When you are signing up for a lessons, we will ask what level skier/snowboarder you are. This helps us put you with the right instructor and class for your needs. If you aren’t sure which level your child is, or they are in between levels, please choose a lower level. Our trained instructors will move them up when they are ready.
Ski
Level 0 - First Timer: New to the sport, Never tried it before
Level 1 - Beginner: Spent a few hours on the learning hill, Can successfully put on and take off equipment, Can move around on flat terrain, Comfortable gliding and stopping on easiest learning terrain, Can sometimes make simple direction changes while sliding
Level 2 - Strong Beginner: Comfortable gliding and making turns on beginner terrain, Can make "wedge turns" easily and may even begin parallel turns
Level 3 - Intermediate: Successfully loads and unloads chairlift, Can ski parallel with occasional wedge, Can safely and confidently complete all green terrain and some blue terrain
Level 4 - Strong Intermediate: Can ski parallel consistently and confidently, Can begin to vary size and types of turns, Can safely and confidently complete all beginner and intermediate terrain
Level 5 and 6 - Advanced: Comfortable on variable snow conditions, Comfortable using poles to link turns, Can safely and confidently ski all blue terrain and some advanced terrain
Snowboard
Level 0 - First Timer: New to the sport, Never tried it before
Level 1 - Beginner: Spent a few hours on the learning hill, Can successfully put on and take off equipment, Can move around on flat terrain, Comfortable gliding and stopping on easiest learning terrain, Can sometimes make simple direction changes while sliding
Level 2 - Strong Beginner: Comfortable gliding and making turns on beginner terrain, Can link turn heel to toe easily
Level 3 - Intermediate: Successfully loads and unloads chairlift Board link heel to toe turns, Can safely and confidently complete all green terrain and some blue terrain
Level 4 - Strong Intermediate: Board link heel to toe turns, Can begin to vary size and types of turns, Can safely and confidently complete all beginner and intermediate terrain
Level 5 and 6 - Advanced: Comfortable on variable snow conditions, Can safely and confidently ski all blue terrain and some advanced terrain
What ski and ride school offerings will you provide this year at your resorts?
We are pleased to be resuming more ski and ride school programs this season, including those for younger children. Specifics can be found on our ski and ride school page.



Will face coverings be required in ski and ride school this season?
Face coverings will only be required during the indoor portion of the ski and ride school experience this season, including during drop-off and pick-up, and accessing indoor facilities such as restrooms and restaurants (while not eating or drinking). Face coverings will not be required during the outdoor portion of the ski and ride school experience. Face coverings will also not be required in outdoor spaces such lift lines, chairlifts and gondolas.



Do I need a proof of vaccination to go to ski and ride school or take private lessons?
Children ages 12 and older who are part of a full-day ski and ride school program will be required to show proof of vaccination as lessons include lunches at indoor, on-mountain quick-service restaurants. This proof of vaccination will be required at the time of drop-off at the ski and ride school program. Adults participating in ski and ride school programs or private lessons may choose to opt-out of dining at indoor, on-mountain quick-service restaurants.



Will there be an option to pick up my child (12 and over) for lunch if they cannot show proof of vaccination?
We will be requiring proof of vaccination for all children ages 12 and over in full-day ski and ride school programs that contain a lunch offering. We will not be providing an outdoor or lunch-pickup option for these individuals. At many of our resorts, half-day lesson options that exclude lunch will also be available.



What is the cancellation and refund policy for Ski & Ride School lessons?
Changes or cancellations can be made in advance of your lesson date by contacting the Ski & Ride School conducting your lesson. Any Ski & Ride School product that is cancelled prior to 24 hours of the lesson start time will be issued a full refund. Any Ski & Ride School product that is cancelled within 24 hours of the lesson start time will be charged a cancellation fee.

As a reminder, for guests 12 years and older, proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required to participate in full day Ski & Snowboard programming. If you or your child cannot meet this requirement, cancellations must be made 24 hours in advanced of your lesson.

For more information on refunds and cancellations, please refer to the Ski & Ride School Terms of Sale.