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FAQ-Ski and Snowboard School

Learning how to ski for the first time? Or do you just want to take your skiing to the next level? Our Pros will assess the abilities of your group and create a lesson plan tailored to your group with unique skills and exercises, with individual attention. You'll be learning new techniques, cruising past lift lines, finding the Breck hot spots, and meeting some new buddies along the way.

General

Are lessons available in languages other than English?

  • Yes! We have some incredibly talented pros who are able to teach in other languages. The most common request is for Spanish. The best way to reserve a lesson in another language is to book a private lesson. Language requests will be based on instructor availability. In children’s and adult group lessons we do our best to satisfy language requests but it is not guaranteed as we have a limited number of staff members available to teach in different languages. If having your lesson in another language is necessary for your child’s enjoyment and learning please book a private lesson and let us know what language you would like.


Where can I get rentals?
  • Kids:
    • Rent through the Children’s Ski & Ride School:
      • We have rental packages available with the purchase of ski school
    • Adults:
      • We do not offer any rentals for adults taking ski or snowboard school: You can rent through Breck Sports at rentskis.com

What is the closest ski school location to where I’m staying?

  • Our call center we have a book of most hotels and condos and refer to that when guests call and inquire about location.

Why can’t I book ski school the day before?

  • You Can: You just need to give us a call at 1.888.LRN.2SKI

When will I get the best deal on ski school?

  • You will always receive the best deal by booking at least 48 Hours in Advance, which you can do by booking on the website or giving us a call. 

Should I buy my lift ticket first?

  • You must have a lift ticket to be in a Ski & Ride School Lesson
  • If you are an adult (ages 15+) and taking an intermediate/Advanced Workshop you should buy a lift ticket at least 7 days in advance to receive the best rate
  • If you are taking a private lesson you should purchase lift tickets for everyone taking the private lesson at least 7 days in advance to receive the best rate.
  • If you are a beginner adult (levels 1-4) starting out on green runs you should purchase our lift ticket and lesson package.  This will always be the best rate lift ticket. 
  • Kids: It is always the best rate to purchase the Lesson/Lift Ticket package for all levels of ability.

How can I book my lesson day of?

  • Prior to 9am you can call our call center at 1.888.LRN.2SKI, or just show up at one of our Ski & ride School Offices to book a lesson. Day of Lesson Bookings are based on availability. We always suggest booking these in advance. 

What are the kid’s lesson age ranges?

  • Our kids Ski School ranges from age 3-14. Our typical ages for group Breakdown are ages 3, Ages 4-6 years old and ages 7-14 years old. 
  • Classes are separated by age and ability level

Can my kids (different ages) ski in the same lesson?

  • We don’t guarantee that kids of different ages can be in the same lesson.  This would be decided on a day of basis and decided by the on-snow supervisor. 

What are the busy seasons, days, etc? What can I expect with crowds?

  • Our busy seasons are Holidays. 
    • Christmas Break: Around December 18-January 5 (Could Vary based on the Year)
    • MLK Weekend
    • President’s Week
    • Spring Break: (Entire Month of March)

How many lesson days do you recommend for a first time skier or rider?

  • We recommend 3 days of lessons for first time skiers and riders to fully develop the fundamentals of skiing or snowboarding. This varies based on individual.

Can I ski with my child during lessons or ski school?

  • The only way to ski with your child would be in a private lesson. This is a great opportunity to ski as a family. 

Can we make advance reservations for Group Lessons?

  • Yes: Either on Breckenridge.com or by calling one of our call center agents at 1.888.LRN.2SKI

Do I need to accompany or be with my child for ski school check-in?

  • Yes, you will need to fill out paperwork for your child prior to them entering into the lesson. 

Do you have any multi-day ski/snowboard lessons?

  • Yes: You can purchase as many days as you would like. For kids the best rate for multi days is purchasing as many days in advance as you think you may use.
  • Adults: If you purchase 3 days we have a three day deal which is a discounted lesson package. 

Do you offer Private Lessons?

  • Yes: We offer Full day and Half day Private lessons
  • These lessons are offered for all ages and ability levels

How do I change or cancel my Ski School reservations?

  • If you have made a reservation and need to make changes or cancel an existing reservation please call one of our call center agents at 1.888.LRN.2SKI

If my child already has a lift ticket, do I get a discount on Ski School?

  • You would just need to purchase the lesson only package for ski school.

Is ski rental equipment included with adult lessons?

  • The First Time Discovery Series is the only adult lesson package that includes adult rentals. This is a lesson only for very first time Ski or Snowboard guests.
  • All other guests would need to purchase rental equipment outside of the Ski & Ride School.

What happens if my child is sick and can't attend a ski lesson?
  • Please come into the ski and ride school office and let an agent know, or call our call center at 1.888.LRN.2SKI

What happens if we are late for a lesson/ski school?
  • We cannot guarantee to get yourself or child into Ski School if you are late. Please call us at 1.888.LRN.2SKI if this is a possibility. 

What is the youngest age that can participate in ski or snowboard school?
  • 3 Years old and must be completely potty trained

What Level ski/snowboard lesson should I take? What level am I?

Location

Ski and Snowboard School Location Information

There are three locations available for Ski School. Make sure that you meet at the correct location as directed in your ski school confirmation email. The Peak 8 Ski School is located at the base of Peak 8, and The Village and Beaver Run locations are located on Peak 9. 

Ski School Map Comprehensive

Main Map


To get to the Peak 8 Ski & Ride school, park in the Gondola North or Gondola South lots in town and ride the BreckConnect Gondola up to Peak 8 (last stop on the gondola).  From there visit the Kid’s Castle or the Adult Ski & Ride Sales office to check in for your lesson.  If you have adult lessons and children’s lessons reserved please check in at the Kid’s Castle first. 

Ski School Map Peak 8

Peak 8

To get to the Peak 9 Ski & Ride meeting areas near The Village, park in the Beaver Run parking lot on Village Road, and head to your designated meeting area (see below) at the Peak 9 Village base.

The Village
To get to the Peak 9 Ski & Ride meeting areas near Beaver Run, park in the Beaver Run parking lot on Village Road, and head to your designated meeting area (see below) at the Peak 9 base in front of Beaver Run Resort.

Beaver Run

Kids Lessons

What time should I arrive for my lesson / ski school?

Kids Group Lessons:

  • Check-In the day before between 2 and 4:30pm
  • Day Of Lesson: Check-In Between 8am and 8:45am
  • Lessons start by 9:30am
  • Please arrive no later than 9:15am ready to ski and with all paperwork completed

• Kids Ultimate 4 Lessons:

  • Check in the day before between 2 and 4:30pm
  • Day of Lesson: Check in between 8:00am and 8:30am
  • Lessons start promptly at 9am
  • Please arrive no later than 8:30am

How long does a ski school lesson last? What is the length in time of a lesson?

Kids Group: 9:30am-3:30pm

Kids Ultimate 4: 9:00am-3:00pm

What time does my lesson start?

Kids Group Lesson: 9:30am

Kids Ultimate 4: 9:00am

What time does my lesson end?

Kids Group Lesson: 3:30pm

Kids Ultimate 4: 3:00pm

Where will my lesson end?

Kids: Your lesson will end in the kids learning area where the magic carpets are at the location that you started.

Do you have lockers? How to store gear during the lesson, and overnight.

We are able to store kid’s skis overnight for kids who are taking ski school the following day.

Kids must take their ski/snowboard boots and helmet home with them so they can come dressed ready to ski with their gear on when they come to check in for ski school. 

Where can I get rentals?

Rent through the Children’s Ski & Ride School: We have rental packages available with the purchase of ski school

Should I buy my lift ticket first?

It is always the best rate to purchase the Lesson/Lift Ticket package for all levels of ability.

You must have a lift ticket to be in a Ski & Ride School Lesson

What are the kid’s lesson age ranges?

Our kids Ski School ranges from age 3-14. Our typical ages for group Breakdown are ages 3, Ages 4-6 years old and ages 7-14 years old. 

Classes are separated by age and ability level

Can my kids (different ages) ski in the same lesson?

We don’t guarantee that kids of different ages can be in the same lesson. This would be decided on a day of basis and decided by the on-snow supervisor. 

Can I ski with my child during lessons or ski school?

The only way to ski with your child would be in a private lesson. This is a great opportunity to ski as a family.

Do I need to accompany or be with my child for ski school check-in?

Yes, you will need to fill out paperwork for your child prior to them entering into the lesson. 

Do you have any multi-day ski/snowboard lessons?

Yes, you can purchase as many days as you would like. For kids the best rate for multi days is purchasing as many days in advance as you think you may use.

If my child already has a lift ticket, do I get a discount on Ski School?

You would just need to purchase the lesson only package for ski school.

What does a ski school day consist of? Are meals included? Can I meet my friends/family for lunch during ski and snowboard lessons?

Kids lessons include lunch either in our Ski & Ride School kid’s facilities or at one of our on mountain dining facilities. 

If you would like to say hi to your child during their lunch time please speak with a staff member during check-in to coordinate this. This is not guaranteed. 

What happens if my child is sick and can't attend a ski lesson? 

Please come into the ski and ride school office and let an agent know, or call our call center at 1.888.LRN.2SKI

What is the youngest age that can participate in ski or snowboard school?

3 Years old and must be completely potty trained

Should I tip my instructor?

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



Adult Lessons

What time does my lesson start?
Adults: Novice Group Lessons: Between 9am and 1045am
Int/Advanced Workshop Lessons: 10:00am

What time does my lesson end?

Novice Group Lessons: Late afternoon, dependent on lesson start time. Lesson includes 4.5 hours of ski time.
Int/Advanced Workshop Lessons: 315pm

How long does a ski school lesson last? What is the length in time of a lesson?
Novice Group Lessons: Your lesson may begin between 9am and 1045am, depending on when you check in. You will have 4.5 hours of skiing with a lunch break that has a time and length determined by your group.

Int/Adv Workshop Lessons: 10:00am-12:15 Lesson
Lunch break for around an hour
1:15pm-3:15pm Lesson


What time should I arrive for my lesson/ski school?
Check-In the day before between 2 and 430pm
Day of Lesson: Check in between 8am and 9am
Group Novice Lessons meet on snow between 9am and 1045am.
Int/Advanced Workshop Lessons meet on snow at 945 and start at 10am.

Please arrive no later than 945 on the snow with all paperwork completed and ready to ski



Do you offer half day lessons?
Adults: Yes: Afternoon Only
  • Levels 1-4-Novice
    • 1:15pm-3:15pm
    • Walk-Up Only Based on Availability
    • Locations available: Beaver Run, Village, and Peak 8
    • Int/Advanced: Levels 5-9, Must be able to warm up on Blue/Intermediate Terrain
    • Meet at Vista Haus on Peak 8 only
Do you have lockers? How to store gear during the lesson, and overnight.
  • Adults:
    • There are pay lockers available at each base area location to store gear.

Where can I get rentals?
Adults:
  • We do not offer any rentals for adults taking ski or snowboard school: You can rent through Breck Sports at rentskis.com

How long does a ski school lesson last? What is the length in time of a lesson?
Adults:
  • 10:00am-12:15pm Lesson
  • 1 Hour Lunch Break
  • 1:15pm-3:15pm Lesson

What are the ages for Child and Adult Lessons for ski/ride school?
  • Adult Lessons: 15+

What does a ski school day consist of? Are meals included? Can I meet my friends/family for lunch during ski and snowboard lessons?
  • Adult Lessons do not include lunch: The hour for lunch in our adult lessons is a free lunch time and guests in these lessons are welcome to eat with whomever they would like. 
  • Guests who are not in the lessons cannot join the lessons for kids or adults any point, but are welcome to come watch the lesson.

What time should I arrive for my lesson / ski school?
Adult Group Lessons:
  • Check-In The day before between 2 and 4:30pm
  • Day Of Lesson: Check-In Between 8am and 9:30am
  • Lessons meets on snow at 9:45 and start at 10am
  • Please arrive no later than 9:45 on the snow with all paperwork completed and ready to ski

Should I tip my instructor?

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


Private Lessons

What time does my lesson start?
Private Lessons

  • Full day: 9:00am
  • Morning Half Day: 9:00am
  • Afternoon Half Day: 12:45pm

What time does my lesson end?
Private Lessons
  • Full day: 12:00 Noon
  • Morning Half Day: 12:00 Noon
  • Afternoon Half Day: 3:45pm

Do you offer half day lessons?
    • Private Lessons: Yes-Morning and Afternoon, based on availability

    When should I get to my lesson?
    Private Lessons:
    • Morning AM 3 Hour Private Lesson:
      • Check in day before between 2pm and 4:30pm
      • Check in day of Between 8am and 8:45am
      • Lessons Start at 9:00am
    • Full Day 6 Hour Private Lesson:
      • Check in day before between 2pm and 4:30pm
      • Check in day of Between 8am and 8:45am
      • Lessons Start at 9:00am
    • Afternoon PM 3 Hour Private Lesson:
      • Check in day before between 2pm and 4:30pm
      • Check in Day of anytime prior to 12:30pm
      • Lesson starts at 12:45pm

    Do you offer Private Lessons?

    • Yes: We offer Full day and Half day Private lessons
    • These lessons are offered for all ages and ability levels

    How long does a ski school lesson last? What is the length in time of a lesson?
    Private Lessons

    • Morning Half Day
      • 9:00am-12:00noon
    • Afternoon Half Day
      • 12:45pm-3:45pm
    • Full Day
      • 9:00am-3:00pm

    What are the ages for Child and Adult Lessons for ski/ride school?
    • Private Lessons: All Ages

    What does a ski school day consist of? Are meals included? Can I meet my friends/family for lunch during ski and snowboard lessons?
    • Private Lessons do not include lunch
    • Guests who are not in the lessons cannot join the lessons for kids or adults any point, but are welcome to come watch the lesson.

    What time should I arrive for my lesson / ski school?
    • Morning AM 3 Hour Private Lesson:
      • Check in day before between 2pm and 4:30pm
      • Check in day of Between 8am and 8:45am
      • Lessons Start at 9:00am
      • Please arrive no later than 8:45am
    • Full Day 6 Hour Private Lesson:
      • Check in day before between 2pm and 4:30pm
      • Check in day of Between 8am and 8:45am
      • Lessons Start at 9:00am
      • Please arrive no later than 8:45am
    • Afternoon PM 3 Hour Private Lesson:
      • Check in day before between 2pm and 4:30pm
      • Check in Day of anytime prior to 12:30pm
      • Lesson starts at 12:45pm
      • Please arrive no later than 12:30pm

    Should I tip my instructor?

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


    What to Bring

    •  Gratuities for coaches are not a requirement but an appropriate and appreciated gesture. A 15-20% gratuity      based of the cost of the lesson will make your coach feel very appreciated and valued
    •  Lift ticket (if you did not book it in a package with your lessons)
    •  Ski or Snowboard equipment, have this on and be ready to go when you report to your lesson meeting area.
    •  Waterproof pants
    •  Waterproof jacket
    •  Waterproof mittens/gloves (if your hands get cold opt for mittens!)
    •  Goggles
    •  Helmet (highly recommended)
    •  Sunscreen
    •  Dress in layers for warmth and for changing weather conditions
    •  All lesson participants age 18 and over are required to sign a Ski & Ride School Assumption of Risk, Hold-Harmless, Release of Liability and Indemnity Agreement.  Participants under age 18 need a parent/guardian to sign one for them.  Failure to do so will result in one being prohibited from participation.

    Helpful Tips:

    • Check in the afternoon before your first lesson. Sales lobbies are open 8:00am – 4:30pm daily, with extended hours during holiday periods.
    • Advance Purchase pricing only available when booking lessons at least two days ahead of time, reserve the most lessons you may want to secure the best price instead of adding on at the resort!
    • All of our students receive an EpicMix Academy report card which can be seen by setting up an Epic Mix account online!



    Cancellation

    We hope you are able to join us for the lessons you've reserved! If you are not able to, please keep the following in mind:

    • All participants must arrive on time. Late arrival may result in cancellation of the reservation.
    • Reservations are charged to the form of payment up to two days prior to the start of the lessons.
    • Reservations may be cancelled a minimum of one day prior to the start date of the lessons.
    • Cancelling a reservation on the day it is to begin or after it was to begin may result in a cancellation fee equal to that of the products reserved.
    • Lessons will not be cancelled due to weather.
    • Once a reservation has begun we will offer a refund of unused lessons based on the price difference of the originally purchased product and the product that was used.
    • The Adult First Time Discovery Series is not eligible for any refunds once the reservation has begun.
    • All lesson participants age 18 and over are required to sign a Ski & Ride School Assumption of Risk, Hold-Harmless, Release of Liability and Indemnity Agreement.  Participants under age 18 need a parent/guardian to sign one for them. Failure to do so will result in one being prohibited from participation.



    • All participants must arrive on time. Late arrival may result in cancellation of the reservation.
    • Reservations are charged to the form of payment up to two days prior to the start of the lessons.
    • Reservations may be cancelled a minimum of one day prior to the start date of the lessons.
    • Cancelling a reservation on the day it is to begin or after it was to begin may result in a cancellation fee equal to that of the products reserved.
    • Lessons will not be cancelled due to weather.
    • Once a reservation has begun we will offer a refund of unused lessons based on the price difference of the originally purchased product and the product that was used.
    • The Adult First Time Discovery Series is not eligible for any refunds once the reservation has begun.
    • All lesson participants age 18 and over are required to sign a Ski & Ride School Assumption of Risk, Hold-Harmless, Release of Liability and Indemnity Agreement.  Participants under age 18 need a parent/guardian to sign one for them.  Failure to do so will result in one being prohibited from participation.
    • All participants must arrive on time. Late arrival may result in cancellation of the reservation.
    • Reservations are charged to the form of payment up to two days prior to the start of the lessons.
    • Reservations may be cancelled a minimum of one day prior to the start date of the lessons.
    • Cancelling a reservation on the day it is to begin or after it was to begin may result in a cancellation fee equal to that of the products reserved.
    • Lessons will not be cancelled due to weather.
    • Once a reservation has begun we will offer a refund of unused lessons based on the price difference of the originally purchased product and the product that was used.
    • The Adult First Time Discovery Series is not eligible for any refunds once the reservation has begun.
    • All lesson participants age 18 and over are required to sign a Ski & Ride School Assumption of Risk, Hold-Harmless, Release of Liability and Indemnity Agreement.  Participants under age 18 need a parent/guardian to sign one for them.  Failure to do so will result in one being prohibited from participation.
    • All participants must arrive on time. Late arrival may result in cancellation of the reservation.
    • Reservations are charged to the form of payment up to two days prior to the start of the lessons.
    • Reservations may be cancelled a minimum of one day prior to the start date of the lessons.
    • Cancelling a reservation on the day it is to begin or after it was to begin may result in a cancellation fee equal to that of the products reserved.
    • Lessons will not be cancelled due to weather.
    • Once a reservation has begun we will offer a refund of unused lessons based on the price difference of the originally purchased product and the product that was used.
    • The Adult First Time Discovery Series is not eligible for any refunds once the reservation has begun.
    • All lesson participants age 18 and over are required to sign a Ski & Ride School Assumption of Risk, Hold-Harmless, Release of Liability and Indemnity Agreement.  Participants under age 18 need a parent/guardian to sign one for them.  Failure to do so will result in one being prohibited from participation.
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