Guide to Lessons
Learning to ski or ride at Aspen Snowmass will have you hooked on the sport. Learn more about navigating our Ski & Snowboard Schools' offerings with this guide.
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Know Your Level
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Green Zone Skier
We recommend lessons
Level 1: “I’ve never skied.”
Level 2: “I can slide, slightly change direction, and come to a stop.” – Green terrain
Level 3: “I can link basic/wedge turns together without stopping on the easiest green terrain. My turns are usually all the same size.” – Green terrain
Level 4: “I am linking turns together smoothly on all green terrain. I can make narrow and wide turns” – All green and easiest blue.
Blue Zone SkierWe recommend clinics
Level 5: “I am skiing mostly parallel in a couple different turn sizes and shapes on most blue terrain. I am beginning to use my poles and can hockey stop in both directions.” - All green terrain and most blue terrain.
Level 6: “I am skiing parallel and confidently on all groomed blue terrain. I am exploring un-groomed trails and the easiest bumps. I usually make the same turn sizes and shapes on un-groomed trails.” – All groomed blues, easy blue bumps, easy groomed blacks.
Level 7: “I am able to make parallel turns with a pole plant on all blue and black terrain. I am exploring un-groomed black terrain, including bumps. I can change my turn sizes and shapes for the different challenges.” – All blue terrain and most black terrain
Black Zone SkierWe recommend clinics
Level 8: “I am making different turns sizes and shapes, including rhythmic short turns and large carved turns, on all blue and black terrain (groomed or un-groomed). I feel comfortable exploring harder blacks and easier double black terrain.” – All black and easy double blacks terrain.
Level 9: “I can ski the entire mountain and am working on skiing faster, smoother, difficult lines, and learning different strategies in the hardest terrain and snow conditions.” – Entire mountain.
Green Zone SnowboarderWe recommend lessons
Level 2: “I have experienced sliding, traversing both directions, and stopping.” – Green terrain
Level 3: “I can control my speed while moving across the hill, and can stop with confidence. I am starting to turn in both directions.” – Green terrain
Level 4: “I can link skidded turns on green terrain.” – All green terrain
Blue Zone SnowboarderWe recommend clinics
Level 5: “I am confident on all green terrain and working on easy blue terrain.” – All green terrain and easiest blue terrain
Level 6: “I am riding most blue terrain, and exploring switch riding, easy bumps, and freestyle.” – All blue terrain
Level 7: “I am able to ride all blue terrain in varied conditions and working on easy black terrain, including bumps, trees, and terrain parks.” – All blue terrain and groomed black terrain.
Black Zone SnowboarderWe recommend clinics
Level 8: “I am confident performing dynamic turns on varied terrain and snow conditions, including trees, steeps and powder.” – All black terrain and easier double-black diamond terrain
Level 9: “I am confident riding the entire mountain. I am working on a variety of tactics and techniques that will take me to the next level.” – Entire mountain
Private or Group Lesson?
Private Lessons & Guides
In a private lesson, you will receive one-on-one attention. Your Pro will also act as your very own mountain guide, leading you to the best terrain on the mountain. Private lessons for families or friends (up to five people) are also available.
Group Lessons & Clinics
Group lessons and clinics are excellent for building your confidence on the slopes ... and building camaraderie with new friends. Our dedicated Pros make sure that everyone is learning new skills to match their ability, or continuing to perfect technique, all while maintaining a friendly and fun environment.
Four Mountains of Learning
Aspen Mountain’s terrain has hosted World Cup Championships and can be quite challenging in certain section. It’s long blue groomers are perfect for honing your turns with a lesson, while advanced skiers relish the chance to learn how to elevate their skills to expert level on the mountain’s steeps, glades and bumps. Note: without any green runs, beginner-level lessons are not available at Aspen Mountain.
Aspen Highlands upper stretches offer big-mountain skiing and riding in an in-bounds environment, while its mid- and lower sections deliver long green and blue groomers, as well as some black bumps and steeps. This variety of terrain makes it a perfect place to take your skiing and riding to the next level with a lesson. Due to terrain options, beginner level lessons are not available at Aspen Highlands.
Buttermilk is ideally suited for a variety of lessons: easy groomers for beginners, steeper blues for advancing to intermediate level, exceptional terrain parks for shredders of all ages and abilities, and a handful of black-diamond runs. At the base, you’ll find our newest facility, The Hideout — an integrated play-and-learning area for children ages 2 ½ to 6 years old.
Snowmass is a huge mountain with a huge variety of terrain. Because of this, the terrain is ideally suited for all lesson types. Here you will also find the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center located at the base, and dedicated beginner and child lesson areas at Assay Hill and Elk Camp Meadows (including a surface lift for easy loading). Skiers and riders looking to improve their terrain park skills will enjoy instruction at the Makaha and Lowdown Parks.
Ready to hit the slopes? Explore all of our Ski & Snowboard Lesson options and book your lesson today.