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Children's Ski and Ride School

Give your child a lifetime of skills, confidence, and a passion for the outdoors

Learning a new sport can be intimidating, but don’t worry; our friendly instructors will show you everything you need to know. Guests at Kirkwood learn to ski and snowboard on the best learning terrain in the entire region. At the Kirkwood Ski & Ride School we are passionate about snow sports and work hard to make sure our guest’s first experience with a new sport is a positive one.

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Our child specific programs center on safety, fun and learning. We create a memorable experience for all our students through exploration, encouragement and fun!  We have a variety of children's programs to fit the needs of all our young learners.

What to expect

  • Learn about your equipment and the mountain environment
  • Utilize our magic carpet surface lifts and beginner chairlifts that access the best learning terrain in the region
  • Learn to stop and create basic turn shapes with all kinds of secret tips
  • Have FUN!

Ready to move beyond the magic carpet to the green runs and beyond? Our intermediate lessons build on the skills already developed allowing the students to explore more of the amazing terrain found here at Kirkwood. These lessons still concentrate on safety, fun and learning while developing the skills to tackle more challenging areas of the mountain.

What to expect

  • Learn new skills and techniques for steeper terrain
  • Work on new turn shapes and sizes
  • Learn to ski and ride at faster speeds
  • Explore and Have FUN!

These three hour clinics led by our specially trained All Star coaches are designed for ripping skiers and snowboarders ages 6 - 15. Clinics focus on the variety of skills needed to handle variable snow conditions and different terrain.  Children must be comfortable riding Chairs 11 and 6 or are at least of a level six skiing/snowboarding ability. Lessons meet at the Expedition: Kirkwood meeting area near the village so students have instant access to the terrain they need.

What to expect

  • Learn tactics and techniques that will allow the student to tackle steeper and more challenging terrain based on the conditions of the day
  • Work on advanced turn shapes on both groomed and off-piste terrain
  • Learn skills for freestyles skiing and riding if desired
  • Explore and Have FUN!

The best athletes in the world have personal coaches, why shouldn't you? There is no faster way to progress than to spend time one on one with your own instructor. Coming with friends or family? Multi-Person lessons are available - groups must be 2-5 people of similar age & ability. 

What to Expect

  • Structure your lesson however you would like – everything from easy groomers to secret stashes are all waiting
  • Exclusive Ski & Ride School lift lines for easy access to the mountain
  • Private lessons price does not include rentals or lift ticket
  • Please plan to arrive early; failure to show up for your lesson on time will result in reduced lesson time and/or forfeit of lesson fees
  • Have Fun!

There's a Ski & Snowboarding lesson out there for everyone. Use our lesson finder to help find the best lessons available for you, to make your visit that much better.

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What is your motivation for taking a lesson? (Select All that Apply)
  • To learn a new sport

  • To build my confidence

  • To improve my skiing / riding skills

  • To have a private mountain guide

Which of these best represents your level of experience on the mountain?
  • I have never skied / snowboarded before

  • I am most comfortable on green runs

  • I am most comfortable on blue runs

  • I am most comfortable on black runs

Choose a sport:
  • Ski

  • Snowboard

Who will be taking the lesson?
  • My family

  • My child / children

  • A group of people (2+)

  • Just me

What is your gender or the gender of those in your group?
  • Female

  • Male

What is your age or the age of those in your group?
  • Child

  • Teen

  • Adult

Which best describes the lesson atmosphere you are looking for?
  • I enjoy learning with a group of people that ski / ride at a similar speed and on similar terrain as me

  • I prefer to be with a very small group so I can get tailored instructions and individualized feedback

  • I want a customized and personalized 1-on-1 experience with an instructor

  • I would like to spend the day skiing / riding with just my family


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