The Very First Step

We know all about the anxieties that arise during the first day on the slope. Getting on and off a chair lift. Attempting your first turns and stops. We've been there ourselves. We know what it takes to turn fear into a lifelong love of our sport and we can't wait to help get you there.  

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For more information on these and other programs, or to make your reservation, call 208.255.3070 or email lessons@schweitzer.com


Ski 4 FREE in 3 First Timer Package 

This program is truly designed to be quick and easy. Our progressive  curriculum focuses on the basic skills you need to get down the  mountain safely, at your own pace. Featuring Rossignol ski and snowboard equipment, the Ski 4 FREE in 3 ski or board package includes  three days of instruction, equipment rentals and lift tickets. Sign up  for the Ski 4 FREE in 3 package and start having fun on the slopes.

  • $165 (includes 3 lessons of 1-2 hours, 3 lift tickets (First 2 tickets are lower lift, third is all mountain), and rentals)
  • Days do not have to be consecutive
  • Ages: 4+ skiers - 7+ snowboarders
  • Adult Group Lessons (ages 13+)  start at 10:30am & 1:30pm daily 
  • Kids Group Lessons start at 10:00am  & 1:00pm daily - See Kids Lessons
  • Lessons are approx. 2 hours
  • Added BONUS - Finish the 3-step program and you get to ski or ride FREE in the Spring (March 14th to close) with our Grad Card!  Even better, if you Bring-a-Friend and both sign up for Ski 4 FREE in 3, you'll each get a FREE lift ticket to use any time in the season.
  • For more info contact us at 208-255-3070 or lessons@schweitzer.com.

Beginner Package

Jump-start your snowsports experience with this one-day comprehensive beginner program. It's perfect for those short on time and new to  skiing or riding and is also the natural stepping stone to progress to  our full mountain lessons. This is a one-day, all-inclusive package  that provides a beginner lift ticket, ski or board lesson and Rossignol rental equipment.

  • $82 (includes 1 to 2 hour lesson, gear rental and lift ticket)
  • Ages: 4+ skiers - 7+ snowboarders
  • Adult Group Lessons (ages 13+)  start at:10:30am & 1:30pm daily 
  • Kids Group Lessons start at 10:00am  & 1:00pm daily - See Kids Lessons
  • If you have your own gear and lift ticket, a lesson only is $49, however we recommend renting shape skis to help you learn faster. Other helpful tips and information about getting started in skiing or snowboarding can be found here: skiandsnowboardmonth.org

Intermediate Package

If you know the basics but want to be more comfortable on a wider variety of terrain this is the package for you. Designed to give you more confidence on blue runs, this is a one-day, all-inclusive package that provides a full mountain lift ticket, ski or board lesson and Rossignol equipment.

  • $115 (includes 1 to 2 hour lesson, gear rental and full mountain lift ticket)
  • Ages: 4+ skiers - 7+ snowboarders
  • Adult Group Lessons (ages 13+)  start at:10:30am & 1:30pm daily 
  • If you have your own gear and lift ticket, a lesson is only $49, however we recommend renting shape skis to help you learn faster. 

Private Lessons

A private lesson is the ultimate learning experience. Completely individualized instruction shortens the learning curve and allows the instructor to focus on specific areas of improvement. Perfect for ambitious beginners who want to learn one-on-one. More advanced skiers and riders can treat themselves to a private lesson and look at open bowls, steep chutes and trees in a whole different light. Conquer the  mountain one skill at a time with a private instructor.

  • Full Day $350 ($440 for 2-5 people)
  • Half Day $190 ($235 for 2-5 people)
  • Two Hour $140 ($185 for 2-5 people) 
  • One Hour $95 ($140 for 2-5 people)
  • One Hour for 6 years & under $70 - See Kids Lessons
  • Early Bird and Last Tracks $70 - Before 9:30am or after 1:30pm; any age. ($115 for 2-5 people)
  • Please reserve private lessons in advance to ensure availability. For more information on these and other programs, or to make your reservation, call 208.255.3070 or email lessons@schweitzer.com

Specialty Clinics


Nice Turns 

Stuck in a rut? On new equipment? Nice Turns will take your skiing to the next level. The adult-oriented program builds on a foundation, teaching basic skills, and then integrating more complex skills. The program meets season-long one-half day a week, either weekdays or weekends. First class starts January 7, 2017.

Just tell us which days/levels are the best fit, and then we'll make adjustments if necessary to get the classes filled. Each class must have a minimum of three people (and we limit it to five maximum).

  • Select 8-week ($290) or 4-week session ($185)
  • Ages 18+
  • Select the appropriate class ability level 
  • Select your preferred day of the week
  • Request a coach or make other notes.
  • Online registration for Nice Turns is now closed but you can still sign up! Just contact Ski and Ride Center by phone at 255-3070.

Custom Private Tours

Find the secret  spots that make Schweitzer great. Offered daily by reservation, these  tours will take you anywhere you want at whatever pace you want. $50 per hour, two hour minimum for 1-5 people. Reservations highly recommended.



Terrain Park Specialty Lesson (ages 13+)

If you want coaching on a  new trick or an intro to the basics of the terrain park, we can help you out. Lessons offered daily at 9am and 1:30 pm as available.

  • $69 for a one day package. 
  • $59 for 1 to 2 hours. 

Nordic Lessons

For those who want to experience pure skiing  fun the way it used to be, cross country skiing combines the serenity  of winter with the benefits of low impact cardio exercise. Explore  Schweitzer's 32K of Nordic trails with an expert. Lessons are available  for classic or skate styles.

  • $69 for one day package that includes 1 to 2 hour Nordic lesson, trail fee and demo rental equipment
  • $59 for 1 to 2 hour Nordic lesson.
  • Lessons start at 9am and 1:30pm

Nordic Clinic Weekends

Join guest clinician  Kevin van Bueren for a special weekend when we’ve scheduled a full  menu of Nordic coaching options. Kevin has been a full time, Level 3 certified PSIA Nordic ski instructor for the Methow Valley Ski School  in North Central Washington for the past 15 years, and has made several trips to Schweitzer to facilitate these weekends. Four clinics are available over the weekend, sessions are 1 ½ to 2 ½ hours long and offered for a variety of ability  levels. Private lessons with Kevin are also availble on Friday with reservations. Click here for more details or contact the Ski and Ride Center at 208-255-3070 or lessons@schweitzer.com.

Nordic Clinics with Kevin Van Bueren
Dates: 01/27/17 - 01/29/17


Telemark Specialty Lesson

Whether you're an accomplished skier or snowboarder wanting to try something new or a total beginner to telemark skiing,  we have a coach who can help you learn to drop the knee! Maybe you've been teleing for years but want to be more comfortable in powder or confident in the bumps - taking a lesson will help improve your Telemark technique!

  • Offered daily at 9am or 1:30pm as available.
  • $59 for a 1-2 hour lesson.

Adaptive Learning

Schweitzer's Snowsports School can bring  the exhilarating world of downhill skiing or snowboarding to athletes of all types. We have several instructors who have received specialized  training in a variety of adaptive techniques and equipment. Call us to discuss your needs and to make reservations.

For more information on these and other programs, or to make your reservation, call 208.255.3070 or email lessons@schweitzer.com


Bring a Friend Bonus
People are winning stuff and you can too. Refer someone to the Snowsports School and you'll be entered to win the Grand Prize of a season pass for next year, plus frequent mid-winter prizes of free private lessons. Referral cards are at the Activity Center, Source, Gourmandie, Guest Services, and the Ski and Ride Center.