Northstar Ski and Snowboard School

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PRIVATE FULL DAY AND HALF DAY LESSON DETAILS

When to Check In:

Check in approximately 10 minutes prior to your scheduled lesson start time. Please arrive ready to ski or snowboard with your equipment, helmet, sunscreen, goggles, gloves, etc. Lessons will end at the same location they began unless other arrangements are made.

All lesson participants need a lift ticket or pass, which is not included in your lesson reservation.

Lesson durations as follows:

  • Half Day AM (3 Hour morning private lesson) 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Half Day PM (3 Hour afternoon private lesson) 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Full Day (6 Hour private lesson) 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (with a half hour lunch break built into lesson duration)

Where to Check In:

ADVENTURE, GUIDING AND LEARNING CENTER

Please check in at the Adventure Guiding and Learning Center, next to the Season Pass office and Ice Skating rink, in the center of the Northstar Village.

Northstar offers several different parking options depending on your needs and preferences: https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/guest-services.aspx Shuttles are available from most lots, and there is a designated Auto-drop and Shuttle-drop at the front of the Northstar Village.

MID-MOUNTAIN SKI AND SNOWBOARD SCHOOL

Please check in at the Ski and Snowboard School Archway at Mid-Mountain. From the Northstar Village, allow time to ride up the Big Springs Gondola. When you reach Mid-Mountain, exit to the right. The Ski and Snowboard School Arch is a short walk from the top of the top of the Big Springs Gondola. You must have your equipment and lift ticket prior to boarding the Big Springs Gondola.

Northstar offers several different parking options depending on your needs and preferences:

https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/guest-services.aspx Shuttles are available from most lots, and there is a designated Auto-drop and Shuttle-drop at the front of the Northstar Village.

RITZ-CARLTON

Please check in at the Ritz-Carlon True North shop located on the Main floor of the Ritz-Carlton near Café Blue and Ski Storage.

Lessons booked at The Ritz-Carlton must check-in at The Ritz-Carlton True North. If you are not a lodging guest at The Ritz-Carlton, you should allow for at least 30 minutes to travel up the Highlands Gondola from the Village at Northstar to check-in at the True North at The Ritz-Carlton on time. Driving your personal vehicle up to The Ritz-Carlton and dropping off passengers is not permitted, nor is parking available.

MARTIS CAMP

Please meet your instructor at the Martis Camp Lookout Lodge.

Lessons booked at Martis Camp must check-in at the Martis Camp Lookout Lodge. If you are not a lodging guest or homeowner at Martis, you will be unable to access the Lookout Lodge location.

What To Wear

  • Waterproof outerwear, including snow pants and jacket
  • Waterproof gloves/mittens
  • Goggles
  • Helmet (recommended)
  • One pair of calf-high ski or snowboard socks
  • Sunscreen
  • A face mask, scarf, or neck gaiter (recommended on colder/windy days)
  • Dress in Layers: the temperature may change during the day and the sun is strong
  • Bring your lift ticket or season pass with you to the lesson

Please be wearing your ski or snowboard boots when you arrive for your lesson. Rental equipment, if applicable, must be picked up prior to your lesson start time.

Cancellation & Payment Policy

Private lessons will be charged to the credit card on file with the reservation up to 3 days prior to the lesson start date. Payment must be collected prior to lesson start. Failure to remit payment may result in cancellation of the reservation. Lift tickets are not included in the private lesson fee. All participants must have valid lift access.

Lesson reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the scheduled lesson start time, or a cancellation fee will be imposed. If you cancel within the 24 hour period and a $100 processing fee will be charged. The cancellation fee may be waived if the lesson is re-booked for an alternate date. You can change or cancel your reservation by calling (800) 466-6784 or in person at one of our sales offices. Lessons are non-refundable due to weather.

ADULT ULTIMATE 4 LESSON DETAILS

Please reference check-in information based on program selected: Ultimate 4 Ski or Ultimate 4 Snowboard.

Ultimate 4 SKIERS

When to Check In:

Prior Day Check in:
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. the afternoon before scheduled lesson start date

Day-of Check in:
8:00 a.m. (if renting equipment)
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (if bringing equipment)

Lesson duration as follows:

Ultimate 4 Ski, All levels (5 1⁄2 Hour group lesson) 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with a half hour lunch break built into lesson duration)

If you arrive late and cannot complete check-in prior to the check-in end time, we may not be able to accommodate you in a lesson for that day.

Where to Check In:

Adult Ultimate 4 Skiers, ages 13 and older, will need to first check-in at the Ski and Snowboard School location at Northstar Sports Village Rentals to pick up tickets and rentals (if needed)*. Ages 13-17 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. From this location, lesson participants will board the Big Springs Gondola to meet their coach at the Mid-Mountain Ski and Snowboard School.

*Lodging guests with lessons booked at the Ritz-Carlton will check in at the Ritz-Carlton True North.

SKI AND SNOWBOARD SCHOOL

Please check in at Northstar Sports Village Rentals, located on Copper Lane on the lower level of the Northstar Village, to pick up lesson tickets and rentals (if needed). You will then proceed to the Mid- Mountain Ski & Snowboard School to start your lesson promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Please note, if you are bringing equipment and do not need to rent, you can pick-up your lesson and/or lift tickets anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. from the Village Rentals location. Your lesson starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. at mid-mountain.

MID-MOUNTAIN SKI AND SNOWBOARD SCHOOL

Lessons meet at the Ski and Snowboard School Archway at Mid-Mountain. From the Northstar Village, allow time to ride up the Big Springs Gondola. When you reach Mid-Mountain, exit to the right. The Ski and Snowboard School Arch is a short walk from the top of the top of the Big Springs Gondola. You must have your equipment and lift ticket prior to boarding the Big Springs Gondola.

Northstar offers several different parking options depending on your needs and preferences:
https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/guest-services.aspx Shuttles are available from most lots, and there is a designated Auto-drop and Shuttle-drop at the front of the Northstar Village.

RITZ-CARLTON

Please check in at the Ritz-Carlon True North shop located on the Main floor of the Ritz-Carlton near Café Blue and Ski Storage.

Lessons booked at The Ritz-Carlton must check-in at The Ritz-Carlton True North. If you are not a lodging guest at The Ritz-Carlton, you should allow for at least 30 minutes to travel up the Highlands Gondola from the Village at Northstar to check-in at the True North at The Ritz-Carlton on time. Driving your personal vehicle up to The Ritz-Carlton and dropping off passengers is not permitted, nor is parking available.

Ultimate 4 SNOWBOARDERS

When to Check In:

Day-of Check in: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Lesson duration as follows:

Ultimate 4 Snowboard, All levels (5 1⁄2 Hour group lesson) 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (with a half hour lunch break built into lesson duration)

If you arrive late and cannot complete check-in prior to the check-in end time, we may not be able to accommodate you in a lesson for that day.

Where to Check In:

Adult Ultimate 4 Snowboarders, ages 13 and older, will check-in at the Burton Academy in the Northstar Village*. Ages 13-17 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

*Lodging guests with lessons booked at the Ritz-Carlton will check in at the Ritz-Carlton True North.

*Please note, Burton Demo equipment is always part of the Ultimate 4 Snowboard experience. Participants do not need to bring their own equipment, nor is there a discount available for bringing equipment.

ADVENTURE, GUIDING AND LEARNING CENTER

Please check-in at the Burton Academy, next to the Adventure, Guiding, and Learning Center and Michael Mina’s Bourbon Pub, in the Northstar Village. After check-in, your boots will be fitted by an Academy Coach in the Village Lounge. Guests will then be escorted via the priority gondola lift line to the Mid Mountain Burton Academy location. Coaches will size and fit guests with boards, bindings and helmets.

Northstar offers several different parking options depending on your needs and preferences:
https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/guest-services.aspx Shuttles are available from most lots, and there is a designated Auto-drop and Shuttle-drop at the front of the Northstar Village.

RITZ-CARLTON

Please check in at the Ritz-Carlon True North shop located on the Main floor of the Ritz-Carlton near Café Blue and Ski Storage. Guests will be escorted by instructors to the Mid Mountain Burton Academy tent to be set up with equipment and to meet their coach for the day.

Lessons booked at The Ritz-Carlton must check-in at The Ritz-Carlton True North. If you are not a lodging guest at The Ritz-Carlton, you should allow for at least 30 minutes to travel up the Highlands Gondola from the Village at Northstar to check-in at the True North at The Ritz-Carlton on time. Driving your personal vehicle up to The Ritz-Carlton and dropping off passengers is not permitted, nor is parking available.

What To Wear

  • Waterproof outerwear, including snow pants and jacket
  • Waterproof gloves/mittens
  • Goggles
  • Helmet (recommended)
  • One pair of calf-high ski or snowboard socks
  • Sunscreen
  • A face mask, scarf, or neck gaiter (recommended on colder/windy days)
  • Dress in Layers: the temperature may change during the day and the sun is strong
  • Bring your lift ticket or season pass with you to the lesson

Please be wearing your ski or snowboard boots when you arrive for your lesson. Rental equipment, if applicable, must be picked up prior to your lesson start time.

Cancellation & Payment Policy

Lessons will be charged to the credit card on file with the reservation at least one day prior to the lesson start date.

Lesson reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the scheduled lesson start time, or a cancellation fee will be imposed. If you cancel within the 24 hour period and a $100 processing fee will be charged. The cancellation fee may be waived if the lesson is re-booked for an alternate date. You can change or cancel your reservation by calling (800) 466-6784 or in person at one of our sales offices. Lessons are non-refundable due to weather.

ADULT GROUP FIRST TIMER & BEGINNER LESSON DETAILS

When to Check In:

Prior Day Check in:
2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. the afternoon before scheduled lesson start date

Day-of Check in:
8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. (if renting equipment)
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (if bringing equipment)

Lesson duration as follows:
Half Day AM First Timer and Beginner (2 1⁄2 Hour morning group lesson) 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lessons will end at the Mid-Mountain Ski and Snowboard School.

If you arrive late and cannot complete check-in prior to the check-in end time, we may not be able to accommodate you in a lesson for that day.

Where to Check In:

Adults, ages 13 and older, will need to first check-in at the Ski and Snowboard School location at Northstar Sports Village Rentals to pick up tickets and rentals (if needed). Ages 13-17 will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. From this location, lesson participants will board the Big Springs Gondola to meet their coach at the Mid-Mountain Ski and Snowboard School.

SKI AND SNOWBOARD SCHOOL

Please check in at Northstar Sports Village Rentals, located on Copper Lane on the lower level of the Northstar Village, to pick up lesson tickets and rentals (if needed). You will then proceed to the Mid- Mountain Ski & Snowboard School to start your lesson promptly at 10:00 a.m.

*Please note, if you are bringing equipment and do not need to rent, you can pick-up your lesson and/or lift tickets anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. from the Village Rentals location. Your lesson starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. at mid-mountain.

MID-MOUNTAIN SKI AND SNOWBOARD SCHOOL

Lessons meet at the Ski and Snowboard School Archway at Mid-Mountain. From the Northstar Village, allow time to ride up the Big Springs Gondola. When you reach Mid-Mountain, exit to the right. The Ski and Snowboard School Arch is a short walk from the top of the top of the Big Springs Gondola. You must have your equipment and lift ticket prior to boarding the Big Springs Gondola.

Northstar offers several different parking options depending on your needs and preferences:
https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/guest-services.aspx Shuttles are available from most lots, and there is a designated Auto-drop and Shuttle-drop at the front of the Northstar Village.

What To Wear

  • Waterproof outerwear, including snow pants and jacket
  • Waterproof gloves/mittens
  • Goggles
  • Helmet (recommended)
  • One pair of calf-high ski or snowboard socks
  • Sunscreen
  • A face mask, scarf, or neck gaiter (recommended on colder/windy days)
  • Dress in Layers: the temperature may change during the day and the sun is strong
  • Bring your lift ticket or season pass with you to the lesson

Please be wearing your ski or snowboard boots when you arrive for your lesson. Rental equipment, if applicable, must be picked up prior to your lesson start time.

Cancellation & Payment Policy

Lessons will be charged to the credit card on file with the reservation at least one day prior to the lesson start date.

Lesson reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the scheduled lesson start time, or a cancellation fee will be imposed. If you cancel within the 24 hour period and a $100 processing fee will be charged. The cancellation fee may be waived if the lesson is re-booked for an alternate date. You can change or cancel your reservation by calling (800) 466-6784 or in person at one of our sales offices. Lessons are non-refundable due to weather.

CHILD ULTIMATE 4 LESSON DETAILS

Please reference check-in information based on program selected: Ultimate 4 Ski or Ultimate 4 Snowboard.

Ultimate 4 SKIERS

When to Check In:

8:00 a.m. for Ultimate 4 Skiers, 4-12 years old. Check-in must be completed by 8:30 a.m.

If you arrive late and cannot complete check-in prior to the check-in end time, we may not be able to accommodate you in a lesson for that day.

Sick and contagious children will not be admitted.

Where to Check In:

KIDS SKI AND BOARD SCHOOL

The Kid's Ski and Board School is located in the Village at Northstar on the far side of the skating rink, near the Season Pass Office.

Prior Day Check-in: We encourage you to use prior day check-in for ages 4-12 years, especially during Holiday and Peak periods. Come in to the Village Kid’s Ski & Board School between 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., the day before your child's lesson to complete your paperwork. Skiers, ages 4-12, will also be fitted with equipment (if renting).

Northstar offers several different parking options depending on your needs and preferences:
https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/guest-services.aspx Shuttles are available from most lots, and there is a designated Auto-drop and Shuttle-drop at the front of the Northstar Village.

RITZ-CARLTON

Please check in at the Ritz-Carlon True North shop located on the Main floor of the Ritz-Carlton near Café Blue and Ski Storage.

Lessons booked at The Ritz-Carlton must check-in at The Ritz-Carlton True North. If you are not a lodging guest at The Ritz-Carlton, you should allow for at least 30 minutes to travel up the Highlands Gondola from the Village at Northstar to check-in at the True North at The Ritz-Carlton on time. Driving your personal vehicle up to The Ritz-Carlton and dropping off passengers is not permitted, nor is parking available.

Pick Up Information:

Please bring the pick-up ticket you received at check-in to pick up your child. It is recommended to also bring a photo ID. At pick up you will have the opportunity to speak with your child's pro about what they worked on in the lesson.

When to Pick Up:

KIDS SKI AND BOARD SCHOOL

3:20 p.m. for Skiers, 4-6 years old. Pick up is on the Village Overlook*. 3:40 p.m. for Skiers, 7-12 years old. Pick up is on the Village Overlook*.

RITZ-CARLTON

3:20 p.m. for Skiers, 4-6 years old. Pick up is outside on the terrace of the Ritz-Carlton True North.

3:40 p.m. for Skiers, 7-12 years old. Pick up is outside on the terrace of the Ritz-Carlton True North.

Ultimate 4 SNOWBOARDERS

When to Check In:

8:30 a.m. for Ultimate 4 Snowboarders, 7-12 years old, Adventure, Guiding and Learning location. Check-in must be completed by 9:00 a.m.

8:30 a.m. for Ultimate 4 Snowboarders, 4-12 years old, Ritz-Carlton location. Check-in must be completed by 9:00 a.m.

If you arrive late and cannot complete check-in prior to the check-in end time, we may not be able to accommodate you in a lesson for that day.

Sick and contagious children will not be admitted.

Where to Check In:

ADVENTURE, GUIDING AND LEARNING CENTER

Please check-in at the Burton Academy, next to the Adventure, Guiding, and Learning Center and Michael Mina’s Bourbon Pub, in the Northstar Village. After check-in, your boots will be fitted by an Academy Coach in the Village Lounge. Guests will then be escorted via the priority gondola lift line to the Mid Mountain Burton Academy location. Coaches will size and fit guests with boards, bindings and helmets.

Northstar offers several different parking options depending on your needs and preferences:
https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/guest-services.aspx Shuttles are available from most lots, and there is a designated Auto-drop and Shuttle-drop at the front of the Northstar Village.

RITZ-CARLTON

Please check in at the Ritz-Carlon True North shop located on the Main floor of the Ritz-Carlton near Café Blue and Ski Storage. Guests will be escorted by instructors to the Mid Mountain Burton Academy tent to be set up with equipment and to meet their coach for the day.

Lessons booked at The Ritz-Carlton must check-in at The Ritz-Carlton True North. If you are not a lodging guest at The Ritz-Carlton, you should allow for at least 30 minutes to travel up the Highlands Gondola from the Village at Northstar to check-in at the True North at The Ritz-Carlton on time. Driving your personal vehicle up to The Ritz-Carlton and dropping off passengers is not permitted, nor is parking available.

Pick Up Information:

Please bring the pick-up ticket you received at check-in to pick up your child. It is recommended to also bring a photo ID. At pick up you will have the opportunity to speak with your child's pro about what they worked on in the lesson.

When to Pick Up:

ADVENTURE, GUIDING AND LEARNING CENTER

3:30 p.m. for Ultimate 4 Snowboarders, 7-12 years old. Pick up is inside the Burton Academy lounge in the Northstar Village.

RITZ-CARLTON

3:30 p.m. for Ultimate 4 Snowboarders, 4-12 years old. Pick up is outside on the terrace of the Ritz- Carlton True North.

What To Wear

  • Waterproof outerwear, including snow pants and jacket
  • Waterproof gloves/mittens
  • Goggles
  • One pair of calf-high ski or snowboard socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Helmet (required in all children’s lessons; included in all rental packages)
  • A face mask, scarf, or neck gaiter (recommended on colder/windy days)
  • Dress in Layers: the temperature may change during the day and the sun is strong

Children must be potty-trained and willing to participate. Children in diapers will not be accommodated. Northstar offers state-licensed childcare for ages 2-6. Children do not need to be potty-trained to attend childcare.

Cancellation & Payment Policy

Lessons will be charged to the credit card on file with the reservation at least one day prior to the lesson start date.

Lesson reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the scheduled lesson start time, or a cancellation fee will be imposed. If you cancel within the 24 hour period and a $100 processing fee will be charged. The cancellation fee may be waived if the lesson is re-booked for an alternate
date. You can change or cancel your reservation by calling (800) 466-6784 or in person at one of our sales offices. Lessons are non-refundable due to weather.

CHILD GROUP LESSON DETAILS

When to Check In:

8:30 a.m. for Skiers or Snowboarders, 7-12 years old. Check-in must be completed by 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m. for Skiers, 4-6 years old. Check-in must be completed by 9:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m. for Snowboarders, 3-6 years old. Check-in must be completed by 9:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m. for Skiers, 3 years old. Check-in must be completed by 9:30 a.m.

Prior Day Check-in: We encourage you to use prior day check-in for ages 4-12 years, especially during Holiday and Peak periods. Come in to the Village Kid’s Ski & Board School between 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., the day before your child's lesson to complete your paperwork. Skiers, ages 4-12, will also be fitted with equipment (if renting).

If you are a guest lodging at The Ritz-Carlton and have signed up for lessons through the Village Ski & Board School, you will need to accompany your child down to the Kid's Ski & Board School in the Village at Northstar by the designated arrival times listed above. Please check with your Ritz-Carlton concierge for Highlands Gondola operating hours.

If you arrive late and cannot complete check-in prior to the check-in end time, we may not be able to accommodate you in a lesson for that day.

Sick and contagious children will not be admitted.

Where to Check In:

KIDS SKI AND BOARD SCHOOL

The Kid's Ski and Board School is located in the Village at Northstar on the far side of the skating rink, near the Season Pass Office.

Northstar offers several different parking options depending on your needs and preferences:
https://www.northstarcalifornia.com/explore-the-resort/about-the-resort/guest-services.aspx Shuttles are available from most lots, and there is a designated Auto-drop and Shuttle-drop at the front of the Northstar Village.

Pick Up Information:

Please bring the pick-up ticket you received at check-in to pick up your child. It is recommended to also bring a photo ID. At pick up you will have the opportunity to speak with your child's pro about what they worked on in the lesson.

When to Pick Up:

3:00 p.m. for Skiers, 3 years old. Pick up is inside the Village Kids Ski and Board School.

3:20 p.m. for Skiers, 4-6 years old. Pick up is on the Village Overlook*.

3:20 p.m. for Snowboarders, 3-6 years old. Pick up is on the Village Overlook*.

3:40 p.m. for Skiers or Snowboarders, 7-12 years old. Pick up is on the Village Overlook*.

*The Village Overlook is located directly above the Village Kids Ski and Board School. Access is via a staircase next to the Ski and Board School or via the inside hallway elevator.

What To Wear

  • Waterproof outerwear, including snow pants and jacket
  • Waterproof gloves/mittens
  • Goggles
  • One pair of calf-high ski or snowboard socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Helmet (required in all children’s lessons; included in all rental packages)
  • A face mask, scarf, or neck gaiter (recommended on colder/windy days)
  • Dress in Layers: the temperature may change during the day and the sun is strong

Children must be potty-trained and willing to participate. Children in diapers will not be accommodated. Northstar offers state-licensed childcare for ages 2-6. Children do not need to be potty-trained to attend childcare.

Cancellation & Payment Policy

Lessons will be charged to the credit card on file with the reservation at least one day prior to the lesson start date.

Lesson reservations must be cancelled at least 24 hours before the scheduled lesson start time, or a cancellation fee will be imposed. If you cancel within the 24 hour period and a $100 processing fee will be charged. The cancellation fee may be waived if the lesson is re-booked for an alternate date. You can change or cancel your reservation by calling (800) 466-6784 or in person at one of our sales offices. Lessons are non-refundable due to weather.