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Learn to Ski or Snowboard at our Snowsports School

Wintergreen Resort offers learn to ski and snowboard programs for all ages and ability levels based on the American Teaching System. We offer group lessons (no reservations taken), private lessons, women's clinics, full day and half day programs for kids at The Treehouse, family lessons, plus the college academy program and the Discover Skiing and Riding Program. For more information or to book a private lesson, please call 434-325-8065.

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Discover Skiing and Riding

If you thought that learning to ski or snowboard was something you could never accomplish, Wintergreen Resort has some great news for you! Our Discover Skiing and Riding Program makes it fun, easy and affordable to learn to ski or snowboard in just three visits.

  • For first-time skiers and riders (age eight and older).
  • Rates include lessons, rentals, and limited area slope access pass
  • We guarantee that our excellent teaching staff will have you turning and stopping by the end of your first lesson! If not, you can repeat the lesson that same day.
  • After your first visit (prices below), return two more times for just $69 (adults are $89 on weekends and holidays) each visit. This special price includes your limited area slope access pass, rentals, and the next level of lesson during each visit.
Discover Skiing & Snowboarding Hours & Rates For First Visit - Regular Season 2015-16
    Before 3:15 pm After 3:15 pm*
Adult Midweek $88 $61                                
  Weekend/Holiday $108                                 
$61                                 
Youth (8-12) Midweek $72                                                                  
$49                                
  Weekend/Holiday $87                                                                 
$49                                
*Please note, night skiing/snowboarding is not offered on non-holiday Mondays.  Weekend is Saturday-Sunday.  Midweek is Monday-Friday, except for holiday Mondays which count as Weekend. 

Additional Benefits

  • Lift ticket upgrade to all slopes/lifts and rental extension: available at additional charge.
  • After third visit, purchase a current year Ski and Ride Season Pass for additional charge; and purchase a current year rental season pass for additional charge.

Group Lessons (Reservations Not Taken)

Beginner

Beginner Ski and Snowboard group lessons (ages 8 & above) are for those who have never skied/snowboarded before or have only tried skiing/snowboarding once or twice. Primary focus for the lesson will be familiarization of the equipment and learning to turn and stop.

Lessons are 75 minutes in length (1¼ hours) and are taught at 9:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm* and 5:30 pm*. Cost: $38 (rent our ski or snowboard equipment and save 50% on your beginner group lesson – that’s only $19). Requires valid lift ticket. Lift Ticket/Rental equipment not included in price.

*4 pm and 5:30 pm lessons not available on days when there is no night skiing, which includes early season, late season, and non-holiday Mondays.

Advanced Beginner

Advanced Beginner Ski and Snowboard group lessons (ages 8 & above) are for those who can already turn and stop and are ready to improve their control.

Lessons are 75 minutes in length (1¼ hours) and are taught at 9:30 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm.* Cost: $38 (rent our ski or snowboard equipment and save 50% on your beginner group lesson – that’s only $19). Requires valid lift ticket. Lift Ticket/Rental equipment not included in price.

*4 pm lessons not available on days when there is no night skiing, which includes early season, late season, and non-holiday Mondays.

Mighty-Mite

For children ages 6-7 we offer beginner and advanced beginner group ski lessons. These lessons are for children who have never skied before or have only tried skiing once or twice. The primary focus of the lesson is to become familiar with the equipment and learn to turn and stop.

Lessons are 75 minutes in length (1¼ hours) and are taught at 9:30 am, 2:30 pm, and 5:30 pm.* Cost: $50 (rent our ski or snowboard equipment and save 50% on your beginner group lesson – that’s only $25). Requires valid lift ticket. Lift Ticket/Rental equipment not included in price.

*5:30 pm lessons not available on days when there is no night skiing, which includes early season, late season, and non-holiday Mondays.

Intermediate

Intermediate Ski and Snowboard group lessons (ages 8 & above) are for those who are proficient with turning, stopping and riding a chairlift. Primary focus for the lesson will be improving technique and improving turning/stopping proficiency on beginning terrain.

Lessons are 75 minutes in length (1¼ hours) and are taught at 2:30 pm daily. Cost: $50 (rent our ski or snowboard equipment and save 50% on your intermediate group lesson – that’s only $25). Requires valid lift ticket. Lift Ticket/Rental equipment not included in price.

Private Ski & Snowboard Lessons - 434-325-8065

Private lessons are not only a great way to learn to ski or snowboard, but you can revamp your skills and become a better skier or snowboarder. Private instruction offers you one-on-one coaching and instruction with one of Wintergreen's trained instructors many of whom are PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) or AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors) certified. Our instructors have the passion to help you learn to love skiing and snowboarding as much as they do. Lift ticket and equipment rental is not included in the price of the lesson. Participants are required to have a valid lift ticket.

Private Lesson Times: 8 am/Early Bird*, 9:30 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 4 pm** and 5:30 pm.**

Private Lesson Rates
Length of Lesson First Guest Additonal Guest
1¼ hour $99 $59
3 hour $209 $99
6 hour $399 $189

*Be the first out on the slopes with our Early Bird Private Lesson - offered most weekends and holidays at 8 am. Rate: $99 for first guest; additional guests: $59/each. 1¼ hour lesson. Lift and rental equipment not included. 

**4 pm and 5:30 pm lessons not available on days when there is no night skiing, which includes early season, late season, and non-holiday Mondays.

Reservations are strongly recommended for private lessons, call 434-325-8065.

Kids Ski Programs at The Treehouse

What could be better than learning to ski with new friends? Full day and half day programs are available for kids ages 3+.

  • Ridgely's Rippers (Ages 4-12, skiing only)
  • Mountain Explorers (Ages 7-14)
  • Mountain Explorers Pro (Ages 7-14)
  • Mountain Mornings (Ages 3-6, Skiing Only)
  • Childcare Programs (3+)

More About The Treehouse Snowsports Programs

Scout Merit Badge Program

Wintergreen Snowsports School has been helping Scouts attain their Snow Sports merit badge for many years and is familiar with the snow sports merit badge requirements and workbook.

Wintergreen has excellent terrain and qualified instructors (certified with PSIA (Professional Ski Instructors of America) and AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors) who have specialized training for the merit badge requirements for the Downhill (Alpine) Skiing option and the Snowboarding option. Wintergreen does not have instructors or terrain available for the Cross Country (Nordic) Skiing option.

Scouts who are most successful in attaining their Snow Sports merit badge have completed workbook sections 1-4 and are ready for section 5 which is on the snow. If the candidate is already comfortable skiing or riding on Intermediate terrain the instructor can help them complete section 5 and evaluate their on snow skills in a 1.25 hour lesson

For beginner skiers and snowboarders it is more difficult to learn and master all of the skills needed to safely meet the merit badge requirements on intermediate terrain. We recommend a 3 hour lesson for beginners and keep the lesson on beginner terrain.

Instructors will sign each page of the appropriate option in workbook section 5 indicating the results of the evaluation. Counselors are welcome to join the lessons but are not required to. In addition to helping with section 5 the instructor can help with questions and provide assistance as needed with sections 1-4.

Scout Merit Badge Program

Number of Skiers Number of Snowboarders Cost for 1.25 hour, Per person Cost for 3 hour, Per person
1 1 $99 $209
2 2 $73 $154
3 3 $65 $136
4 4 $50 $100

*These costs are for lessons only, and do not include slope access pass or rental. For groups of 5 or more discounts are available, and for more information call Ski Group Services at 434-325-8164.

Mom, Dad and Me – Ski/Snowboard Private Lesson

Do you want to know what your child should be working on next and how to help them ski/ride better? The lesson is focused solely on child instruction with an introduction on how to continue teaching your child (not a lesson for teaching a parent and a child). Open to children that can ski/ride Potato Patch terrain and above. One parent can accompany their child in the lesson at the established rate, additional parent can attend for $59.

Rate for 1.25 hour Private Lesson: $158 (Lift ticket and rentals are not included)

Additional parent: $59

Wintergreen Women's Ski Clinics

Women’s Ski Clinics, offered on Sundays from late January through late February, are geared for women who want to improve their skiing skills, taught by Wintergreen’s PSIA instructors.

Sunday Women's Clinics are from 7:45 am (on snow at 8 am) to 10:45 am.  Sign up for one or all four.  ($119 each, or $400 for all 4, no additional discounts applied on all 4 days).  Lift tickets and rental equipment not included.  Sunday Women's Clinics are offered on January 24, 31, February 7, 14.

Winter 2015-16 College/University Academy Program

Wintergreen Resort offers an exciting opportunity for students at local colleges and universities to enjoy outdoor adventure and physical fitness in a beautiful setting. The Wintergreen Snowsports College Academy is a five week program for students of all abilities - from beginner to advanced – to improve and develop their ski and snowboard skills.

Friendly, qualified instructors and coaches are trained to make the learning process informative and fun. Skill development is improved by having consistent coaches and instructors over the entire five week course.

During the first session we will:

  • Evaluate individual skills
  • Organize into small groups of equal abilities
  • Introduce through demonstration and explanation the skills that will be learned
  • Goal setting exercises

Each week Coaches will evaluate students and come up with lesson plans to help groups meet their goals. Coaches will also keep written evaluations and participation records. We are working with universities to offer this program as credited courses.

The program includes:

  • Five 1¼ hour on snow sessions
  • Rental equipment pass that includes boots, skis and poles or snowboard and a helmet. The rental pass allows the individual to use rental equipment anytime midweek or after 12:30 pm on Sundays (except Holidays).
  • A season pass that not only allows for lift access during your session but for any other time you want to practice your skills midweek or after 12:30 pm on Sundays (except Holidays).

The program begins Tuesday, January 12, 2016 and the lessons are offered at the following times:

  • 2:30 pm-4 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, or
  • 5:30 pm-7 pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays

The lessons run consecutively over the next five weeks on the same days and times.

All sessions are group formats and must be scheduled in advance.

For more information please send an email to cshepard@wintergreenresort.com

Additionally the academy program is currently used by multiple colleges and universities as a PE credited course. If your particular institution does not offer the academy as a credited class we can help you make this happen. Send an email to the above address for information and support in making this a possibility.

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