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Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen / Snowmass

Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands & Buttermilk
2014 - 2015
Aspen/Snowmass Colorado ski lessons

Information & Programs

Listed below are the Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado ski and snowboard lessons available from Stay Aspen Snowmass. Please call us at 888.649.5982 for information on other ski and snowboard school programs not listed here, for example, children's programs for ages 8 weeks to 6 years and private lessons offered by the Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen / Snowmass. Lessons must be purchased seven days in advance and through Stay Aspen Snowmass in order to take advantage of these rates.

Ski and snowboard lessons can only be purchased as part of a lodging package. To reserve lessons without lodging, please visit www.aspensnowmass.comSeven day advance purchase required on ski school products purchased through Stay Aspen Snowmass.

Private Lessons
Program:Quantity of DaysRate
Full-Day Private Lesson:One Day$680
Half-Day Private Lesson:Half Day$510

Children's Group Lessons (ages 2.5 - 17 years)
Program:AgesRate
Teen Group 1-Day:13 - 17$114
Kids Group 1-Day:7 - 12$114
Kids Group 1 Day:5 - 6$199
Kids Group 1 Day:3 - 4 (Potty Trained)$199
Kids Group 1 Day:2 1/2 - 4 (Not Potty Trained)$199

Adult Ski & Snowboard Programs
Program:Quantity of DaysRate
Adult Group 1-Day: (Includes lesson)Full Day$143
Beginner's Magic™ 1-Day: (Includes lift, lesson and vouchers for equipment.)1 Day$209
Beginner's Magic™ Extension: (Includes lift, lesson and vouchers for equipment. Maxium purchase 2-days)1 Days$149

Multi-Day Programs - Adult & Teen 
Program:Age:Rate
Women's Edge 4-Day (Monday - Thursday):18 +$624
Black Diamond Expedition 3-Day (Monday-Wednesday):18 +$485
   


Ski & Snowboard Program Descriptions

Private Lesson

Description:Located at each mountain. Get the personal attention you deserve. The lessons will be created around your needs and desires.
Who Should Participate:Skiers or Snowboarders of all level types
Where to Meet:Aspen Mountain: Private Lesson Desk in the gondola building, next to tickets.
Aspen Highlands: Private Lesson Desk at the base area, net to tickets.
Buttermilk: Outside the Bumps building at the base, next to the Private Lesson Desk.
Snowmass: Base Village Plaza, look for the Private Lesson flags, Ages 17 & under meet just outside the Treehouse Kids; Adventure Center lobby
Includes:Lesson Only.

Teens' Group Lessons

Description:Our Teens' Too-Cool-for-School program, offered every day throughout the season, is taught by our most fun-loving and qualified coaches. Teens explore the mountain, checking out all of the terrain, from the beginner areas and the easy groomers to the park & pipe and the bumps and steeps. Groups are divided according to skill level and goals. Park & pipe lessons are available at Snowmass and Buttermilk only. To take lessons at Highlands, teens must be level 5 or higher and able to do a hockey stop in both directions on skis or link turns on blue runs on a snowboard.
Who Should Participate:Ages 13 to 17 skiing or snowboarding
Where to Meet:Teens should arrive at the meeting place at 9:15 a.m.

 

Offered daily at Snowmass (ski & sb), holiday weeks at Buttermilk (ski & sb) and Aspen Highlands (ski only, levels 5-9), 9:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. 

Includes:Lesson only! Teens need to arrive with their lift ticket, lesson ticket, registration form, equipment, and money for lunch. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.

Kids Ages 7 - 12 Group Lessons

Description:Experienced Pros share their wealth of knowledge and instill an appreciation for the mountain for the mountain environment. Their passion is contagious and kids love honing their skills while they develop a love for the sport. For beginners to experts. Kids will learn in a supportive and fun environment while developing confidence and life skills. They will gain a solid understanding of the safety aspects involved with snow sports. Our Pros incorporate the Skier Responsibility Code in every lesson. They will be able to enjoy kids their own age and create lasting friendships. Special events include the Race Days, Lowdown Showdown Park Challenge, Tree Trails and all of the special events and secret places our Pros love and can't wait to share. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED.
Who Should Participate:Ages 7 to 12, skiing or snowboarding
Where to Meet:Kids should meet at designated meeting place at 9:15 am
Snowmass: Base Village Plaza.
Aspen Highlands: Base of Exhibition Lift (Intermediate to Expert SKIERS ONLY).
Buttermilk: Base of Summit Express Lift (kids staying in Aspen can ride our Max the Moose shuttle from Aspen Mountain to Buttermilk AFTER their first day. Shuttle leaves the Aspen Mountain Gondola Plaza 8:45 am and returns by 4 pm.)
Includes:Lesson and Lunch. Lift tickets and rentals are NOT included

Kids Ages 5 to 6 - Ski & Snowboard Group Lessons

Description:Our program is designed for little rippers that are on skis or a snowboard for the first time as well as for those who have been shredding it up their entire short lives. It’s all about fun and safety on the slopes for this energetic group. Special events include the Winter Wild Things Native Animal Exploration AND Race Days. Our Pros are specially trained, love working with kids and make learning fun. The Pros lead kids through creative drills designed to increase their skiing / boarding skills. Our Pros incorporate the Skier Responsibility Code in every lesson.
Who Should Participate:Skiers and Snowboarders, ages 5 to 6 years old
Where to Meet:Snowmass: Base Village Plaza - on snow next to Sky Cab (skittles) gondola at base of magic carpet.
Highlands: Base of Exhibition lift
Buttermilk: Base of Summit Express lift
Includes:Lesson, lift ticket, rentals and lunch

Kids Ages 2 1/2 to 4 (Potty Trained) - Group Ski Lessons

Description:Here preschoolers learn to ski under the guidance of specially trained pros. Their own beginner area, obstacle courses, Magic Carpets and immediate access to the rest of the mountain make skiing a fun experience. In Snowmass, the Treehouse includes their very own Bear Den, a themed indoor activity center complete with a puppet theater and a great place for lunch. Kids must be potty trained. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AND REQUIRE PREPAYMENT.

Helmets are required.
Who Should Participate:Snowmass: Skiing, Ages 2 1/2 - 4 (Potty Trained), All Levels
Where to Meet:Snowmass: Meet at the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center at the Base Village Plaza!!
Children MUST be potty trained and ready to spend most of the day outside.

Buttermilk: Meet at the Panda House at the base of Buttermilk!
Children MUST be potty trained and ready to spend most of the day outside.

Includes:Lesson, Lift Ticket, Equipment including helmet, Snack & Lunch (Helmets are required.)

Kids Ages 2 1/2 to 4 (Not Potty Trained) Group Ski Lessons

Description:RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED AND REQUIRE PREPAYMENT.

Helmets are required.
Who Should Participate:Snowmass: Skiing, Ages 2 1/2 - 4 (Not Potty Trained), All Levels
Where to Meet:Snowmass: Meet at the Treehouse Kids Adventure Center at the Base Village Plaza!!
Children not yet potty trained or are not ready to spend most of the day outside.

Buttermilk: Meet at the Panda House at the base of Buttermilk!
Children not yet potty trained or are not ready to spend most of the day outside.

Includes:Lesson, Lift Ticket, Equipment including helmet, Snack & Lunch (Helmets are required.)

Snowmass Snow Cubs

Description:Welcome to the TREEHOUSE Snow Cubs Childcare program - our Colorado State licensed childcare facility! Introduce your child to the fun of skiing with this all-inclusive package. Children enrolled in Cubs on Skis will spend time on snow with our preschool-specific pros in their own learning area complete with Magic Carpets. The rest of the day will be spent enjoying hands-on activities at the Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center at Snowmass or the Panda House at Buttermilk. Lesson, equipment, lunch and daycare are all included. RESERVATIONS AND PREPAYMENT ARE REQUIRED.

Helmets are required.
Who Should Participate:Ages 8 weeks to 4 years old, All Levels
Where to Meet:Snowmass: The Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center, first level
Includes:Lesson, equipment, lunch and daycare are all included.

Adult Group Lessons

Description:If you are beyond Beginner's Magic, take your skiing or riding to the next level by joining an adult group lesson. Learn more with a group of similarly-skilled skiers or riders as you polish your turns and master the bumps, steeps and deeps. Riders focus on all-mountain skills and gain confidence in the park & pipe. Park & pipe group lessons for skiers are also available on Snowmass and Buttermilk by prior arrangement. Skiing is offered every day on all four mountains for intermediate to expert skiers. Snowboarding is offered daily at Snowmass and Buttermilk for intermediate to expert riders. Plan to arrive at the meeting place at 9:45 a.m. with your lift ticket, lesson ticket and equipment..
Who Should Participate:This program is for adult skiers and snowboarders Levels 4-9 who want to access more of the mountain, gain confidence in varied conditions like steeper terrain, add efficiency to their skiing or riding, or learn specific skills. (Levels 1-3 look for Beginner's Magic.)
Where to Meet:Skiing:
Snowmass: Midway Unloading Station of the Village Express lift (Allow 10 minutes to ride the lift.)
Buttermilk Bottom of Summit Express lift

 

Snowboarding:
Snowmass: Base Village Plaza by Fire Pit
Buttermilk: Bottom of Summit Express lift

Includes:Lesson only.

Performance Coaching

Description:Join the world’s best Ski Pros for a full day of coaching on Tactics, Terrain and Performance skiing. Groups will be organized with three lesson participants of matching skill and ambition level per Pro.
Who Should Participate:Intermediate to Expert Levels, Ski Only
Where to Meet:Offered daily at Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands, 10 a.m. - 3p.m.
Includes:Lesson only.

Beginner's Magic™

Description:Specifically designed to meet the needs of beginner-level skiers and snowboarders, Beginner's Magic utilizes a teaching method that promotes peak performance, confidence and mountain awareness. Fully trained pros will familiarize you with the use and feel of the specialized beginner equipment and how it works with the snow surface. As you progress, you will learn how to use the chairlift and will access more and more of the mountain. Your progress will astonish you… it's guaranteed.

Extensions are encouraged and are available through level 4. Lessons are available every day at Snowmass and Buttermilk. Arrive at the meeting place at 9:45 a.m. with your lift ticket, lesson ticket and equipment.

TIP: Save time and hassle by picking up your Beginner's Magic equipment after 2 p.m. the day before at the Beginner's Magic Store in Base Village (open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or at any of our five other Four-Mountain Sports rental locations (open until 9 p.m. in Snowmass and Aspen). Allow one hour prior to lesson start time for equipment rental if renting the morning of the lesson.

Who Should Participate:Adults 18+ levels 1-4. This includes very first timers up to" I'm keeping my skis parallel at the end of the turn with some skidding. I am comfortable on most green terrain and may be ready to try some easy blue runs" and "I can turn in both directions and am starting to link my turns on the snowboard."
Where to Meet:Buttermilk: Skiers and Snowboarders meet at the bottom of the Summit Express Lift at 9:45 a.m.
Snowmass: Skiers meet at the Top of Elk Camp Gondola (allow 15 minutes to ride gondola). Snowboarders meet at Base Village Plaza (by Fire Pit).
Includes:Lesson, Beginner - lower lift ticket and specialized equipment rental voucher.

Women's Edge

Description:
Offered at Snowmass. 4-day program: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m. -3 p.m., Dates: Weekly January 6- March 17. Over 25 years in the running, this unique three-day program designed especially for women and taught by women-specific, PSIA-certified pros is an absolute must for women skiers looking for a multi-day experience in a supportive yet challenging environment. Terrain and snow exploration, skill acquisition, making new friends, and simply having a blast, are just a few of the attributes of this experience.  Special in-resort pricing is available for Friday extension.
Who Should Participate:Women levels 4 and above (beginning to make parallel turns on green and blue; terrain) who are interested in a multi-day program where the focus is on learning the elements of dynamic skiing while building a fun, team environment.
Where to Meet:Snowmass: Meet at 9:45 am Midway unloading station of the Village Express lift, ready to hit the slopes (allow 10 minutes to midway unloading station). Your group will decide when and where to meet the remaining days.
Includes:Lesson only. Lift ticket, equipment and lunch are not included.

 

Black Diamond Expedition

Description:

Offered at Snowmass. 3-day program: Monday-Wednesday,
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Dates: Weekly January 6- March 17.
Advance to expert skiers join our top Ski Pros for an exciting 3 days of exploring the most challenging in-bound terrain. Snowmass Ski Patrol will brief the group with “inside” tips and information on the best snow conditions and terrain openings each day. Our guides are fully certified Ski Pros specializing in off piste terrain. Learn self arrest, the affects of sun exposure on the slopes, how wind can change texture, loading and safety of a slope and important factors to be mindful of when skiing in groups. Day one of the lesson starts on Snowmass; the groups then have the flexibility to ski at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands on the following days. 

Includes:Lesson only. Lift ticket, equipment and lunch are NOT included. Teens should bring lunch money and plan to eat with the group.

Guide to Levels

Skiing

Level 1:I have never skied.
Level 2:I've just learned to make a beginner's turn. It's rough, but I can manage. I feel ready to ride the chairlift.
Level 3:I can link turns without stopping. I feel good on the chairlif and easy green terrain.
Level 4:I'm keeping my skis parallel at the end of the turn (a "christy") with some skidding. I am comfortable on most green terrain and may be ready to try some easy blue runs.
Level 5:I feel comfortable on all green and some blue runs. My turns are rhythmic and my skis are usually parallel throughout the turn.
Level 6:I am confident on most groomed blue terrain and may be ready to explore some groomed blacks. My skis are always parallel.
Level 7:Black runs are okay when they are groomed. I am making reliable linked parallel turns and using my poles on all blue runs, but need work on controlling my speed.
Level 8:I ski blue bumps and groomed blacks, but no double blacks (yet). I am linking short radius turns in the fall line. I can ski advanced terrain on all four mountains.
Level 9:Blacks are a piece of cake. I am working on tactics and line in extreme terrain.

Snowboarding

Level 1:I have never snowboarded.
Level 2:I can slide across the hill both ways and stop. I'm starting to get the hang of this.
Level 3:I can control my speed while moving across the hill and am starting to turn.
Level 4:I can turn in both directions and am starting to link my turns.
Level 5:I am linking skidded turns while controlling my speed and am starting to try blue terrain.
Level 6:I am confident on most blue terrain under good conditions. I am beginning to carve my turns.
Level 7:I am fine tuning dynamic turns and seeking more challenging situations, including riding bumps, riding switch and dealing with varying snow conditions.
Level 8:I am confident performing dynamic turns, riding switch and exploring techniques in all snow conditions, terrain, pipes and parks.
Level 9:I can ride the entire mountain with confidence and ease. I am working on tactics and new moves in extreme terrain, pipes and parks.

For more detailed description of the programs check out the Aspen Skiing Company Ski School section.

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