Best For Adult skier 1st /2nd time small group

Adult Ultimate 4 First or Second Timer Ski Lesson

Lesson Type: Small Group

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Important Information:

  • Price is per person
  • Guarantees a maximum of four people in the group
  • 1st and 2nd timers only (levels 1 – 2); not yet riding chairlifts
  • Ages 14 and older
  • Includes $26.00 lunch voucher
  • Offered at our Gondola and California Ski and Ride School locations
  • Lift tickets are required for all lessons; regardless of ability level
  • Group lessons are either sold a la carte, or as part of a package deal.  We offer various packages, including a full package that includes lift tickets and rentals at a discounted rate
  • Helmets are not included with any adult lesson/lesson package, but can be rented from the rental shop for an additional fee
  • Clothing is not part of the equipment rentals
  • Waterproof pants, coat, gloves, and sunglasses, or goggles, are strongly encouraged

Be Prepared:

  • Lesson time: 10:00 am – 3:30 pm (coaches are required to take a 30 minute work-free lunch break)
  • Please check-in at the Ski and Ride School sales office at least 1 hour prior to your lesson start time to fill out paperwork and get fitted for equipment. Lessons booked at our Gondola location start at the TOP of the Gondola. The Gondola is about a 20 – 30 minute ride to the top (still check-in at the Gondola Ski and Ride School sales office at the bottom before heading up the Gondola to fill out paperwork and get fitted for equipment). Tip: you get to cut the line if you are in Ski and Ride School!
  • If you booked a lesson at the Gondola, always check-in to that specific location to pick up your packet, regardless of weather or Gondola lift status. The Ski and Ride School sales staff will direct you where to go.
  • Please bring your confirmation letter with you when you check-in
  • The Ski and Ride School sales office opens at 8:30 am on weekdays, and 8:00 am on weekends, holidays, and peak season periods

Ski and Ride School Location Options:

  • Ski and Ride School locations:
    • Gondola in the Heavenly Village: 4080 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
    • California Main Lodge: 3860 Saddle Road, South Lake Tahoe, CA
    • Boulder Lodge: 140 S Benjamin Drive, Stateline, NV
  • Free parking is available at the California Main Lodge and Boulder Lodge. Paid parking is available for the Gondola location near the Heavenly Village (please keep in mind that parking tends to fill up quickly on weekends and peak season periods)

Payment and Cancellation Policies

  • A credit card is required to book all lessons.  If you wish to pay cash, you may do so in one of our Ski and Ride School sales offices at the time of booking, but you must still provide a credit card to put on file
  • For advanced reservations, your credit card will be charged 48 hours prior to your lesson start time, and an e-mail receipt will be sent to you
  • Lesson reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the scheduled lesson start time, or a cancellation fee will be imposed. If you cancel (within the 24 hour period) and we are able to re-book the instructor, a $100 processing fee will be charged. If you cancel and we are unable to re-book the instructor, the full price of the lesson will be charged to your credit card.  The cancellation fee may be waived if the lesson is rebooked for an alternate date.  You can change or cancel your reservation by calling 1-800-Heavenly; option 7, or in person at one of our sales offices
  • Lessons are non-refundable due to weather.  If we cancel your lesson for some unforeseen circumstance, we will issue a refund

*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.

Child lessons: We start teaching children skiing at age 4, and snowboarding at age 5. We accept children up to age 13 in our kids’ programs.

Adult lessons: These lessons are for guests aged 14 and older.

Private lessons: No minimum age requirement, however, children must be able to walk and must be potty-trained.

Child and adult group lessons are taught separately, as we do not allow adults to join kids’ group lessons, and vice versa. If you wish to have your family learn together, we recommend booking a Family Private Lesson. All lessons can be booked online at, or by calling the corresponding number below.

  • Vail - Lesson Details - 1-800-475-4543
  • Beaver Creek - Lesson Details - 1-970-754-5300
  • Keystone - Lesson Details - 1-800-255-3715
  • Breckenridge - Lesson Details - 1-888-576-2754
  • Heavenly - Lesson Details - 1-800-HEAVENLY
  • Park City - Lesson Details - 1-877-472-6306
  • Kirkwood - Lesson Details - 1-800-967-7500
  • Northstar - Lesson Details - 1-800-466-6784
  • You should select the level that you are currently skiing or snowboarding at, not what level you would like to become. If you are unclear, or uncertain what level you are, please read below for an explanation:


    • First timers: those who have never tried skiing or snowboarding before
    • Second timers: those who have tried skiing or snowboarding, but are still working on turning and stopping; have not ridden a chairlift yet
    • Green/Blue/Black: those who can turn, stop, and ride chairlifts. These lessons will be grouped according to the type of terrain you are most comfortable skiing or snowboarding on (green, blue, or black labeled runs).


    • Level 1: children who are trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time
    • Level 2: children who have tried skiing or snowboarding before, but are still working on turning and stopping
    • Level 3: children who can turn and stop, but have not ridden a chairlift yet
    • Level 4 and above: aka Mountain Cruisers – children who can turn, stop, control speed and have ridden a chairlift before. These children will be placed in groups according to the type of terrain they are most comfortable skiing/snowboarding on (green, blue, or black labeled runs).

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