Child Group Lessons & Programs

Child Lessons

Child Group Lessons for skiing and snowboarding are available at all four mountains depending on the level. Beginner and young-child lessons are focused on Snowmass and Buttermilk. Secure space now so you can level up this winter and save up to 10% when you lock in your group lessons seven days ahead of time, all season long.

Ages 2.5–3 Year Old Program

Full Day Starting at $269 | Half Day Starting at $242

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This safe, fun, and nurturing program is staffed with experienced professionals specializing in early childhood education as well as ski instruction. Indoors or outdoors, kids love all the new, stimulating experiences. The youngsters have their own private learning area right outside of the Treehouse at Snowmass or The Hideout at Buttermilk and will participate in a one hour ski experience each morning. When indoors, your child will enjoy age-specific rooms and a low child-to-Pro ratio. Children in this group at the Treehouse will have rest time each afternoon.

Rate includes: Childcare, lesson, lift ticket, equipment (including required helmet), lunch, and snacks.


Full Day lessons are available from 9:30am-3pm. Please arrive at your meeting location 15 minutes prior to start time dressed and ready to go.

Half Day lessons are available from 9:30am-12:30pm. Please arrive at your meeting location 15 minutes prior to start time dressed and ready to go.

Max 5 Group Lesson Ages 3 & 4

Full Day Starting at $269 | Half Day Starting at $242

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This safe, fun and nurturing half day program is staffed with experienced professionals specializing in early childhood education as well as ski instruction. Indoors or outdoors, kids will love all the new, stimulating experiences. Children have their own private learning area right outside of the Treehouse at Snowmass or The Hideout at Buttermilk. When indoors, your child will enjoy age-specific rooms and a low child-to-Pro ratio. Children must be potty trained and ready to spend most of their day outside.

Rate includes: childcare, lesson, lift ticket, lunch, and snacks.


Full Day lessons are available from 9:30am-3pm. Please arrive at your meeting location 15 minutes prior to start time dressed and ready to go.

Half Day lessons are available from 9:30am-12:30pm. Please arrive at your meeting location 15 minutes prior to start time dressed and ready to go.

Max 5 Group Lesson Ages 5 & 6

Starting at $269

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Our 5 & 6 year old program is designed for little rippers that are on skis or snowboards for the first time as well as for those who have been shredding it up their entire short lives. It's all about small-group fun and safety on the slopes for this energetic group.

Rate includes: lesson, lift ticket, and lunch.


Full Day lessons are available from 9:30am-3pm. Please arrive at your meeting location 15 minutes prior to start time dressed and ready to go.

Max 5 Group Lesson Ages 7 To 12 

Starting at $269

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Experienced Pros share their wealth of knowledge and instill an appreciation for the mountain environment. Their passion is contagious and kids enjoy perfecting their skills while they develop a love for the sport. Beginners to experts learn in a supportive and fun environment while developing confidence and life skills. Your child will gain a solid understanding of the safety aspects involved with snow sports as our Pros incorporate the Skier Responsibility Code in every lesson.

Rate includes: lesson and lunch


Full Day lessons are available from 9:30am-3pm. Please arrive at your meeting location 15 minutes prior to start time dressed and ready to go.

Aspen Highlands Program Ages 7 To 14

$964

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A modern children and teen skiing program aimed at developing great all-around skiers through a focus on strong fundamental skills and exposure to many aspects of the sport. Each week will focus on a new theme around skill building on our mountains. Themes include balance training, edging skills, mountain safety, bumps, racing, freestyle, and more.

Program dates: January 7, 8, 22, 29, February 4, 5, 12, 26, and March 5, 2023.

Rate includes: 9 days of lessons on above dates and lunch (ages 7 to 12 only). Lift ticket and equipment rentals not included. Ages 13 & 14 should bring money for lunch or sign up for Resort Charge.

Full Day lessons are available from 9am - 3pm. Please arrive at your meeting location 15 minutes prior to start time dressed, with equipment, and ready to go.


What To Know Before You Go

Find Your Ability Zone

Skier Ability Zones

First Time Skier
Level 1: “I’ve never skied.”

Green Zone Skiers
Level 2: “I can slide, slightly change direction, and come to a stop.” – Easiest green terrain
Level 3: “I can link turns together and stop where I want to 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 terrain

Blue Zone Skiers
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 Skiers
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

Snowboarder Ability Zones

First Time Snowboarder
Level 1: “I’ve never snowboarded.”

Green Zone Snowboarders
Level 2: “I have experienced sliding, traversing both directions, and stopping.” – Easiest 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 and easiest blue

Blue Zone Snowboarder
Level 5: “I am confident and can connect different turn sizes and shapes on all green terrain. I make more or less the same size and shape turn on easy blue terrain.” - All green terrain and most blue terrain
Level 6: “I am riding most blue terrain by connecting various turn sizes and shapes. I am also exploring switch riding, easy bumps, and/or 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 Snowboarder
Level 8: “I am confident performing dynamic turns on varied terrain and snow conditions, including trees, steeps and powder.” – All black and easy double blacks 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, all conditions

Meeting Locations

Ages 2.5-3 Year Old Program

Snowmass: Check in at the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center, Level 1
Buttermilk: Check in at the Hideout

Max 5 Group Lesson Ages 3 & 4

Snowmass: Check in at the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center, Level 2
Buttermilk: Check in at the Hideout

Max 5 Group Lesson Ages 5 & 6

Snowmass: Snowmass Base Village Plaza outside of the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center
Aspen Highlands: Base of Exhibition lift (Blue zone & up skiers only)
Buttermilk: Backside of the Hideout on the snow

Max 5 Group Lessons Ages 7-12

Snowmass: Snowmass Base Village Plaza, next to the base of the Village Express Lift
Aspen Highlands: Base of Exhibition lift (Blue zone & up skiers only.)
Buttermilk: Base of Summit Express Lift.

Please arrive at your meeting location 15 minutes prior to start time dressed and ready to go.

Policies

Change/Cancellation Policy
Ski & Snowboard School products changed or cancelled 48 hours or more in advance are fully refundable. To request a refund, please call us at (877) 365-7209 and have your order confirmation number available.

Waivers
All participants in Ski and Snowboard School group lessons and private experiences who are ages 17 and under must have a completed waiver and a Medical Emergency Contact Card in their pocket while skiing or riding with a Pro.

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