If you want to learn to ski, plan to attend one of the ski schools offered by Aspen Snowmass. Ski lessons are offered daily for skiers and snowboarders throughout the season. Snowmass and Buttermilk offer lessons daily for beginners through experts. Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands have lessons available daily for intermediate through experts.
No matter your skier level, it’s best to plan to attend ski school for a day or two at the start of your vacation. Attending ski school is a great way to brush up and improve on your existing skillset. Let’s take a closer look at everything you need to know about Aspen Ski & Snowboard Schools.
Children’s ski lessons are divided up by age. Aspen Snowmass has patient, experienced instructors that make the learning experience fun and memorable. Group lessons are available at all four mountains, depending on the skier level. All beginner and young-child lessons are held at Buttermilk or Snowmass. There are specific lessons for these groups:
- Ages 2 ½ to 3 years old
- Ages 3-4
- Ages 5-6 (skiing)
- Ages 5-6 (snowboarding)
- Ages 7-12 (skiing)
- Ages 7-12 (snowboarding)
The Hideout at Buttermilk is the premier learning facility at Aspen Snowmass. The new, innovative 7,5000-square-foot facility has experienced instructors and a gentle training slope with a magic carpet lift. The Hideout is located at the base of Buttermilk and has an easy drop-off and pickup area. There’s even free transportation for kids to Buttermilk on the Max the Moose Express. The fun ski bus leaves Gondola Plaza in Aspen in the mornings and returns in the late afternoon. Riders must be five years old.
Lessons for Teens
Skiers and riders ages 13-17 can get better under the tutelage of seasoned coaches and staff. Teen group lessons take place daily at Snowmass during the season. All levels of teen skiers are welcome to join child beginner group lessons at Buttermilk or intermediate and expert ski lessons at Highlands. Teen lesson groups include:
- Age 12+ (snowbiking lessons)
- Age 13-17 (skiing)
- Age 13-17 (snowboarding)
Adult First Timers
Adults looking for a stress-free learning skiing or snowboarding experience can sign up for one-day or three-day lessons to get comfortable on the slopes. Lessons run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and first-time skiers should strongly consider the three-day package. (Those who have skied previously should consider enrolling in adult group lessons or private lessons.)
Adult Group Ski Lessons
Adult group lessons allow skiers and snowboarders to improve their skills and take it to the next level. Experienced instructors will help you build confidence in an inspiring and supportive environment. From greens to blues or blues to blacks, a group lesson can make you a master of moguls or a baron of bumps. Specific classes are available for skiing and snowboarding.
Need a little one on one? Private lessons allow your instructor to move at your speed, so there’s no waiting on others. Private skiing or snowboarding lessons allow for the most flexibility. You can meet when you want and focus on the skills you want. Half-day and full-day lessons are available for both skiing and snowboarding. Private lessons are available at all four ski resorts.