First Timers Guide

Will this be your first time skiing or riding? Well pretty soon winter will be your favorite time of the year thanks to the help of our talented ski and snowboard school staff. We are glad you're here, not only because we love to share our passion for skiing and snowboarding, but we feel that we provide the best introduction to snowsports in the East and here's why.

The Discovery Center - This modern facility is the dedicated home to The Mount Snow Ski and Snowboard School and is located at the base of Launch Pad, our dedicated learning terrain. The Discovery Center is where you check in, get your rental equipment and meet your instructor (with the exception of Cub Camp and Private Clinics). Adults check in on the main floor, kids programs check in on the first floor. Convenient, comprehensive and efficient.

Dedicated Learning Terrain - When learning to ski or ride, you want to be able to start on terrain you can handle and progress at your own pace with people that are on your same level. The Launch Pad learning area is set aside from the main part of the mountain and features mellow slopes serviced by easy to load/unload surface lifts progressing up to the Discovery Shuttle triple chair. Since everyone that is on this terrain is learning, you're all in the same boat. Your confidence will soar as you get more comfortable sliding on snow.

Learn From the Best - Mount Snow Ski and Snowboard School has more than 400 professional instructors that have been trained with the latest teaching techniques aimed at getting you comfortable and on the snow faster.


The Latest Rental Equipment - Technology is an amazing thing, and the Mount Snow Ski and Snowboard School is equipped with the most technologically advanced skis and snowboards available. Designed to make turning, and learning easier.



Cub Camp Your 3 year old's first experience on skis! PROGRAM INFO
Snow Camp Our learn-to-ski program for 4-6 year olds PROGRAM INFO
Burton Riglet Burton's specially designed terrain park for little riders ages 3-6 PROGRAM INFO
Mountain Camp The most fun 7-14 year olds will have learning to ski PROGRAM INFO
Mountain Riders The most fun 7-14 year olds will have learning to snowboard PROGRAM INFO
Learn to Ski/Ride Single and multi-day options available for ages 15 and up PROGRAM INFO
Private Lessons One-on-one intruction for the most comprehensive learning experience PROGRAM INFO

First Timer faq's

What should I wear?

Winters in Vermont are typically cold and snowy, but the weather can change awfully fast which is why we always recommend using the layer system. Ideally, your layers will start with a moisture wicking under layer that is not made out of cotton, a couple layers of insulating clothing and water resistant/proof outer layers. Eyewear (goggles are recommended), a warm hat (helmets are recommended and available for rental), gloves or mittens and one pair of long, non-cotton socks.

Where do I go?

The Discovery Center is where all lessons meet with the exception of Cub Camp (3 year old skiers) which meets at Child Care in the Clocktower Building and Private Lessons which meet at the Cape House in the Main Base Area

When should I get there?

After you make your reservation, you will receive and email with your confirmation number, time and location for where you need to meet. It is recommended that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of your lesson.

How many people will be in my lesson?

For group lessons we try to keep student/instructor ratio low with no more than seven other people in your clinic.

What's the equipment like?

Mount Snow has the most technologically advanced learning equipment on the market, designed to learning easier and more fun than ever.