Breckenridge Ski & Snowboard School FAQ's

Everyone accessing the mountain must have a lift ticket. For our First Time, Novice/Beginner, and Children's Ski and Snowboard lessons, we offer a discounted lift ticket as an add-on product in a lesson/lift package. Private lessons do not include lift tickets.
If you are taking a Private lesson, please click here to purchase lift tickets


Yes. We offer First Time and Novice/Beginner level group classes for adults.
With our First Time & Novice/Beginner lessons for adults, you are able to reserve one or three days of specific instruction and a beginner-access lift ticket that will allow access to our purpose built beginner terrain Make great strides in a comfortable atmosphere that's been known to turn newcomers into avid, life-long enthusiasts!
During the actual lesson time, we recommend that parents observe from a distance to prevent disrupting the class.
The Adult Ski & Snowboard School is for ages 15 and up. Because of the different teaching needed for children and to respect the other adults in the lesson, children are accommodated at our Children's Ski & Snowboard School for ages 3-14.
The best way for families to ski or snowboard together is to reserve a Family Private Lesson (up to 6 guest per instructor).
Yes, you will need to show identification, your confirmation letter, and sign documents.
Yes, we offer 1 and 3 day packages for our adult First Time, Novice/Beginner, and Breck Guides-Elevate classes. You can reserve the best rate by reserving online ahead of time.
Yes, the Children's Ski & Ride School rental shops specialize in fitting your children with the proper equipment for their age & ability.
If you register online you may reserve rentals in advance. Please allow a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the lesson start time on the first day for fitting. If possible please come in the afternoon the day before to pick up tickets and get fitted for rental equipment.
Yes. Breckenridge has a comprehensive Ski and Snowboard program for all ages and ability levels.
Whether it’s your first time skiing or snowboarding or you know Breck’s terrain better than the wildlife, time spent with one of our pros will take your abilities and confidence to the next level. We’re here to help you find the best way to improve your skills, achieve your goals and ensure you make the most of your time at Breck.
First Time- You're new to this whole sliding down the mountain thing and that's ok. Our instructors are here to get you started on the right foot...or ski. These lessons are all about putting the fun in your fundamentals.
Novice/Beginner -Your skills are developing, your confidence is growing and it's time to push them both. You're eager to tackle the more challenging terrain and feel it's high time to start turning your fundamentals into your own style.
Intermediate/Advanced/Expert- Whether it's fine-tuning your already solid technique or discovering new lines, you go everywhere with confidence and style. You're all about working on the nuances and when it comes to your bag of tricks, you want the biggest bag. Check out our Breck Guides Program!
Private-You and a few of your friends and family members can have a personalized private ski or snowboard lesson together, tailored to your individual skill levels and styles with one of our world-renowned pros.
Locations: Base area locations at Peak 8, Beaver Run, and Village. Peak 8 only for Breck Guides.
Reservations: Make your ski/snowboard school reservations before your vacation
Other: First Time & Novice lesson/lift packages are available and will save guests money over purchasing elements separately.
Ages: All adult group lessons are for guests ages 15 and older.
More Information: Call (970) 453-3250
 For children, you can book the best rate by reserving online ahead of time. 

Change of Plans?

To change your reservations please call:

  • Vail: 1-970-754-4300
  • Beaver Creek: 1-970-754-5300
  • Keystone: 1-970-496-4170
  • Breckenridge: 1-970-453-3250
  • Crested Butte: 1-970-251-7022
  • Northstar: 1-530-562-1010
  • Heavenly: 1-775-586-7000
  • Kirkwood: 1-209-258-7356
  • Park City: 1-435-658-5530
  • Stevens Pass: 1-206-812-4510
  • Whistler Blackhomb: 1-604-967-8950
  • Stowe: 1-802-253-3000
  • Mount Sunapee: 1-603-763-3541
  • Okemo: 1-802-228-1600
Adult Programs, ages 15+:
First Time and Novice/Beginner Group lessons start at 9am and 1030am. They consist of 4.5 hours of ski/snowboard time.
Children Programs, ages 3-14:
Group lessons: Check in between 8:00am and 9:00am on the day of the lesson. Lessons start at 9:30am.
Ultimate Four lessons: Check in between 8:00am and 8:45am. Lessons start at 9:00am.
Child pickup is available at 3:00pm for Ultimate 4 lessons and 3:30 pm for group lessons.

No, you can purchase a lesson only ticket to be used in conjunction with the lift ticket for the day your child is participating in the children's ski and snowboard school program. The lesson only product can be purchased by calling (970) 453-3250.

Rental equipment is not included with Ski & Snowboard School reservations. You can reserve all the equipment that you need, including helmets, directly through Breck Sports, the official rental provider for Breck Ski Resort. Click here to reserve your equipment online!
Ski School Ages

Child Lessons - We start with willing, potty-trained 3 year olds. Please prepare your child for separation from mom and dad for the day.

Adult Lessons are for ages 15 and up. If you wish to have your family learn together, you will need to book a private lesson. Private Lessons can be reserved by calling the corresponding number below.
Snow, Friends and Fun!
  • For the age 7-14 programs the children meet their instructor at 9:15am. They leave the base area at 9:30 am. The class will stop for lunch and take a bathroom and drink break when needed. Otherwise they will ski/snowboard until 3:30pm
  • For 3-year-old beginner programs, the children will do an indoor ski lesson and then go outside on the hill for a combined 2.5 hours of ski time throughout the day. They will come in around noon for lunch. Pick up is at 3:30pm. Other time spent inside consists of arts & crafts, practice in snow gear, and yoga!
  • For 4-6-year-old beginner programs, the children need to be checked in by 9:30am. They will ski more intermittently throughout the day with bathroom and warming up breaks based on the stamina of the group.  They will come in for lunch around noon.  Parent pick up is at 3:30pm.
The Snow is Falling!

Children: If it snows during lessons, the kids will ski or snowboard and will come inside for frequent breaks during extremely low temperatures.

Adults: We LOVE snow! We send class out regardless of the weather. The class will take breaks, but dress properly and you will enjoy every minute of it.

If you are late for your lesson we will do everything possible to accommodate. However, if the class has left the base area, you may have to reschedule for another available date. No call, no shows are subject to full lesson charge. To speak to a ski and snowboard school representative, call 1-970-453-3250.
Please come into the Ski & Snowboard School office and let an agent know, or call us at (970) 453-3250.
Children's Ski Lessons

We start with willing, potty-trained 3 year olds, all the way up to 14 years of age. For Ultimate 4 lessons we accomodate starting at age 4.
Please help prepare your child for separation from mom and dad for the day.

Children's SB Lessons
For group lessons we accomodate ages 4 - 14. For Ultimate 4 lessons we accomodate starting at age 7. Maximum of 4 children per class.

Pre-registration online is highly recommended
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.

How early do I have to wake up?

  • Lessons start at 9:00 AM
  • Arrive 1 hour prior to the scheduled start time of your lesson
  • Allow extra time if you need rental equipment that morning
  • Please remember to have all rental equipment with you when you arrive at the lesson meeting spot

Remember To Bring:

  • Dress in layers. This allows you to adjust to changing temperatures
  • Eye Protection; sunglasses or goggles
  • Good Gloves - Your gardening gloves won't make the cut
  • Good Socks - A well-fitted pair of wool or synthetic wool socks, not too thick. Cotton socks aren't recommended.
  • Waterproof jackets and pants will keep you warmer and more comfortable
  • Water - it's important to stay hydrated at dry altitude
  • A Snack - something small that will fit in a pocket to keep up energy
  • Credit Card or cash for payment and any food you may want to buy on the mountain
  • Sunblock - the suns rays and its reflection off the snow are powerful at this altitude
  • And of course: Skis, snowboard, boots, poles (you'd be surprised how many people forget)
The BOEC is known for personalized service and customized skiing and riding experiences for people with a disability or special need. We view skiing and snowboarding as sports that can be enjoyed by all! The Breckenridge Outdoor Education Center provides people with disabilities and/or special needs the opportunity to experience a variety of snow sports. Our program offers one-on-one instruction at Breckenridge Ski Resort using the latest in adaptive techniques and equipment, and some of the best staff in the business. Lessons are also offered at Keystone Ski Resort through the BOEC’s Keystone Adaptive Center. The Ski and Ride Program subscribes to the standards created by the Professional Ski Instructors Association (PSIA). 

We maintain an up-to-date inventory of equipment to fit your needs. Alpine, cross-country skiing and snowboarding instruction is available. We offer exciting opportunities for all skier levels, from first-time beginners to experts. Lessons are available to all skiers and snowboarders over 4 years of age.

Lessons include one-on-one instruction, all necessary equipment and lift tickets.

The BOEC is located in The Village on Peak 9.

For more information, please visit

To make a reservation, call 970-453-5633.


Siblings of different ages in Day Care/ Nursery

No, if you children are in different age groups, they cannot be placed in the same classroom for the day. In some cases if our staff feels there is a need, siblings may have the opportunity for brief visits during the day.