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Whether you prefer steep slopes, technical terrain, or just want to learn to ski on gentle groomed runs - our ski school instructors will help you sharpen your skills and explore the mountain with confidence!

2022/23: What You Need To Know

Ski & Snowboard School may be available on dates when lift tickets are unavailable. Book a lesson and add a discounted lift ticket at checkout!

Lessons Your Way

Adult Group Lessons

Unlock your love of the mountains, and start off safe! Join us for a beginner group lesson. (Ages 15+)
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Child Group Lessons

Ignite your child's passion for the mountain and build their confidence! Join us for a beginner group lesson. (Ages 5-6, 7-14)
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Private Lessons

Customized for individuals, groups, or families - up to 6 people. Personalized ski or snowboard instruction for all ability levels. (Ages 4+)
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Adult Seasonal Programs

Build Confidence and grow skills through engaging Multi-Week lesson options. (Ages, 15+)
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Child Seasonal Programs

Start small and grow skills through fun and exciting Multi-Week lesson options. (Ages, 5-6, 7-14)
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Adaptive Programs

Join the Gateway Disabled Ski Program for a fun and exciting lesson personalized for your specific ability needs.
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"Our kids ski instructor took our kids from not knowing anything to skiing green runs in just a few hours. As an experienced skier I like his approach to build their confidence and quickly get them skiing."
Shawn
"My guide gave me confidence in my ability, challenged me, and was so helpful. Because of his instructions, I was able to enjoy my skiing experience for the rest of my trip there!"
Debra

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

Group Lessons can be scheduled on our website. Please submit your request for lessons early as space is limited and they sell out fast. Online reservations must be submitted 48 hours before the lesson.

Epic Mountain Rewards Discounts will be applied automatically during checkout for any qualifying student.

Walkup requests for group lessons will be honored provided there is instructor availability. We suggest that all guests reserve lessons in advance, online lessons reservations will receive a discount off the window rate.

Multi-Week Lessons must be purchased on our website at least 48 hours prior to lesson start. These programs sell out fast, so reserve your spot ASAP.

Multi-Week Programs will not be available via walk-up/same-day signup.

Requests for a Private Lesson can be submitted on our website. Our teams will review each request for instructor availability and will follow-up with you to confirm the exact start time, and pricing.

Walkup requests for private lessons will be honored provided there is instructor availability. We suggest that all guests reserve lessons in advance, online lessons reservations will receive a discount off the window rate.
Group Lesson Participants are able to purchase discounted one-day Lift Tickets as an add-on during the lesson sign-up process. If you purchase this lift add-on in advance, we will happily include your lift ticket in your lesson packet so you can skip the ticket office line.

Multi-Week Participants are able to purchase discounted multi-day Lift Tickets as add-ons during the lesson sign-up process. These multi-day lift add-ons cover your lift access for every week of the program.

Private Lesson Participants will need to purchase a regular priced lift ticket. If you purchase in advance, we will happily include your lift ticket in your lesson packet so you can skip the ticket office line.

A valid Lift Ticket/Season pass is required for every lesson. These tickets include access to both chair lifts, and surface lifts. (Magic Carpets / Tow Rope)
Group Lessons Participants are able to purchase discounted Rentals as add-ons during the lesson sign-up process.

Multi-Week Participants are able to purchase discounted multi-day Rentals as add-ons during the lesson sign-up process. These multi-day rental add-ons cover your rental access for every week of the program.

Private Lesson Participants will need to purchase a regular priced rental product. If you purchase in advance, we will happily include your rental voucher in your lesson packet so you can skip the ticket office line.

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!
All lessons offerings are two-hours long. Warming breaks are provided at the discretion of the instructor.
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