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Kirkwood, CA
Kirkwood, CA

Best For hike to and adventurous terrain

E:K Backcountry Private Lesson

Lesson Type: Private

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Lesson Details

Available all season long

What to expect:     

  • 6 Hour - 9:30am-4:00pm

Many Options:

  • Private Guide
  • Meet at Expedition: Kirkwood (across from the Main Lodge)
  • Guided Backcountry Ski Tour
  • Tour only - lift/rental/backcountry gear available for additional cost

Special Notes:

  • Full Day Tours include time for a half hour lunch break for guests and instructors
Guides for this program require reservations, are weather and conditions dependent and at the discretion of Expedition Kirkwood staff. Prior to heading out guide will spend time with each group debriefing the local avalanche forecast, safety protocols and create plan for the day based on experience level and fitness. Guests will be required to equip themselves with an avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, backpack and touring gear. Any needed gear can be rented from us. We will focus on the Thunder and Avalanche bowl area returning to the resort through the Martin Point area. Additional recommended gear: layers, water, snacks, sunscreen and lip balm, energy bars and goggles and helmet.

Get Ready

Registration Information

  • Program space is limited.
  • Participants who do not pre-register need to arrive early to ensure placement in the program.
  • All participants should be checked in or in line at the Kirkwood Ski & Ride School desk by 9:30am at the latest, including those who are pre-registered, in order to make the lesson on time. 
  • Program participants are required to come equipped with appropriate attire and accessories such as water resistant pants, jacket and gloves. Glasses for sunny days and goggles/hat for snowy days.

Registration Times

  • 8:30 am to 10:00 am Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 am to 10:00 am Weekends and holidays
  • Registration for the morning lesson closes promptly at 10:00 am
  • Registration for the afternoon lesson closes promptly at 1:00 pm

Prepping for your lesson

  • Get a good night’s sleep
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen
  • Drink plenty of water to make sure you are hydrated 
  • Bring warm clothes including hats, gloves, a jacket, waterproof winter pants and goggles

Lesson Cancellation Policy

All reservations must be canceled or changed 24 hours before the scheduled lesson date. If the reservation is not canceled within this time frame a $100 processing fee will be imposed on all Private lessons and a $50 processing fee will be imposed on all group lessons. All No Call No Shows will be charged the full price of the lesson. To cancel or change a lesson reservation, please contact Kirkwood Ski & Ride School at 209.258.7754. Our reservation center is open 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; if you call after hours, you will have the option to leave a message for cancellations only. No reservations will be accepted on voicemail.

Questions? Contact the Kirkwood Ski and Ride School at 209.258.7754 or email for all private lessons and for all group lessons. For all Expedition: Kirkwood questions call 209-258-7360 or email

*Gratuities for coaches are not a requirement but an appropriate and appreciated gesture. A 15-20% gratuity based on the cost of the lesson will make your coach feel very appreciated and valued.


Lift tickets are not included in the base price of lessons. Everyone accessing the mountain must have a lift ticket. For many of our lessons we offer a discounted lift ticket as an add-on product.

Like lift tickets, equipment rental can be included in the price of Adult Lessons Packages. Make sure you choose to include it when making your reservation online.

Check out our Lesson/Ski School Programs

You should select the level that you are currently skiing/riding at, not what you want to become. If you are unclear or uncertain of your level, please read below to see our description of zones of learning. All you need to select is beginner, intermediate or advanced. Upon arrival, we will combine you with other guests of the same skill level with your zone.

Get in the ZONE

We split the lessons into what 'zone' you ski in; beginner, intermediate, and advanced. For instance within the beginner zone, there are skiers/boarders that are first-timers, up to those just starting on intermediate runs. Within that zone, you will be matched up with other students that are at your level. So all you really need to let us know is if you ski on beginner, intermediate, or advanced runs, that's the level of lesson to take.

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