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Ski & Snowboard FAQs

Northstar Ski & Snowboard School FAQ's


Beginner Programs

Yes, Northstar offers first-timer, beginner and intermediate lessons for adults (ages 13+).

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    Reserving Lessons

    Yes, you can make lesson reservations online up until 11pm the day before your lesson; subject to availability.  We strongly recommend making reservations as soon as your vacation dates are set  -- Northstar sells out of lessons, especially on weekends and holiday periods. .

    We strongly recommend making a reservation for your children, kids or teens. It will expedite the check-in process.

    Call us for answers to any more ski school essential questions you may have.



    Group Lesson Reservations

    Yes, you can make lesson reservations online up until 11pm the day before your lesson; subject to availability.  We strongly recommend making reservations as soon as your vacation dates are set  -- Northstar sells out of lessons, especially on weekends and holiday periods.

    Multi-Day Lesson Packages

    Northstar offers multi-day lessons for both adults and children, and offers a discount on select multi-day lessons, if the lesson days are consecutive.


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    For adults (ages 13+), levels 1-6, half day group lessons are available daily from 10am-12:30pm; check-in time is by 8:30am. Please make reservations online.

    For children (age 3 only), we offer AM half day lessons from 10am-12:30pm; check-in time is by 9:30am, and reservations are made by phone only for this specific lesson.

    Yes, we offer group, small group, and private lessons for children and adults.

    To change your Northstar reservations, please call: 1-800-GO-NORTH

    The lesson time and duration varies based on the lesson type.

    For private lessons, the full day lesson starts at 9:00am and ends at 3:30pm. The AM half day lesson start at 9:00am and ends at 12:00pm. The PM half day private lessons start at 1pm and ends at 4pm.

    For adult group lessons, the check-in time is by 8:30am; the lesson ends at 12:30pm.

    For adult small group lessons (Ultimate 4), the check-in time is by 8:30am; the lesson ends at 4pm.

    For child group lessons, the check-in time is based on age; age 3 checks in by 9:30am and pickup is 3:00pm, ages 4-6 check-in by 9:30am to begin their lesson by 10am, and their pickup time is 3:20pm, ages 7-12 check-in by 9am to begin their lesson by 9:30am, and their pickup time is 3:40pm.

    For child small group lessons (Ultimate 4), the check-in time is by 8:30am for all ages to begin their lesson by 9am; the lesson ends at 3:20pm for ages 4-6, and 3:40pm for ages 7-12.

    Like lift tickets, equipment rental is not included in the price of adult lessons, unless noted otherwise. You can make your equipment reservation online.

    Child Lessons - We start with willing, potty-trained 3 year olds in our group lessons. Children are grouped based on age (3, 4-6, 7-12) and ability level.

    Adult Lessons are for ages 13 and up.

    If you wish to have your family learn together, you will need to book a private lesson. Private Lessons can be reserved by calling 1-800-GO-NORTH.

    Reservations are highly recommended for all ages.

    The Snow is Falling!
    Children: If it snows during lessons, the kids will ski or snowboard and will come inside for frequent breaks during extremely low temperatures.

    Adults: We LOVE snow! We send class out regardless of the weather. The class will take breaks, but dress properly and you will enjoy every minute of it.

    To Reserve Lessons

    For 3 year old group lessons, the children need to be checked in by 9:30am. They will do an indoor ski or snowboard lesson and then go outside on the hill for an hour in the morning. They will come in around noon for lunch. After lunch the children will go back outside to ski or snowboard for another hour. They then come inside for quiet rest time until pick up at 3:00pm.

    For 4-6 year old group lessons, the children need to be checked in by 9:30am. They will ski or snowboard during the day, with breaks and a lunch built into their full day experience. Pickup is at 3:20pm.

    For 4-6 year old small group lessons (Ultimate 4), the children need to be checked in by 8:30am. Pickup is at 3:20pm.

    For 7-12 year old group lessons, the children need to be checked in by 9am. They will ski or snowboard during the day, with breaks and a lunch built into their full day experience. Pickup is at 3:40pm.

    For 7-12 year old small group lessons (Ultimate 4), the children need to be checked in by 8:30am. Pickup is at 3:40pm.

    For adult full day small group lessons (Ultimate 4), lunch is not included. There will be a lunch break when you can take a break to grab some lunch on your own.

    For private lessons, lunch is not included. If you are in a 6-hour private lesson, there will be a lunch break when you can take a break to grab some lunch on your own.

    Please call us at 1-800-GO-NORTH as soon as you know your child won't be attending ski school due to illness. We are often soldout of lessons on peak days, and would appreciate the opportunity to offer your child's spot to another child that day.

    Check out our Lesson/Ski School Programs

    We start with willing, potty-trained 3 year olds in group lessons. Children under the age of 3 or not yet potty-trained can participate in private lessons.

    You should select the level that you are currently skiing/riding at, not what you want to become. All you need to select is beginner, intermediate or advanced. Upon arrival, we will combine you with other guests of the same skill level.

    To Reserve Lessons:

    Where to go:

    All adult ULTIMATE 4 ski lesson participants meet their instructors at our Northstar Sports location on the lower level in Northstar’s Village. Please check-in by 8:30 AM.

    All adult ULTIMATE 4 snowboard lesson participants meet their instructors at our Adventure, Guiding and Learning Center in Northstar’s Village, next to the Season Pass Office. Please check-in by 8:30 AM.

    All other adult group lesson (First-Timer, Beginner and Intermediate Half Day) participants meet their instructors at our mid-mountain Ski & Snowboard School, next to the Lodge at Big Springs at 9:30AM to start the lesson promptly at 10:00 AM.

    Check-in Details (First-Timer, Beginner and Intermediate Half Day):

    If you need rental equipment, check in time is from 8:00 AM until 8:30 AM at Northstar Sports in Northstar’s Village. If you have your own equipment, but need a lift ticket, you can check-in at the Season Pass Office between 8:00 AM and 9:15 AM. If you have your own equipment and ticket/season pass, you can go directly to our mid-mountain Ski & Snowboard School – arrive by 9:30 AM.

    TIME-SAVING TIP: If possible, please come in the afternoon (between 2:30 and 4:00 PM) before the lesson start date to pick up tickets and rental equipment, if needed.

    Earlier is always better! The email confirmation for your lesson will give your specific lesson's check-in time and location. Please allow plenty of time for parking and shuttling into Northstar's Village.

    TIME-SAVING TIP: If possible, please come in the afternoon (between 2:30 and 4:00 PM) before the lesson start date to pick up tickets and rental equipment, if needed.

    Adaptive skiing applies to ski/snowboard instruction of individuals with special needs. It's about adapting the ski equipment for each person's unique needs and adapting the ski instruction as well. Our Adaptive Ski School programs are recognized as leaders in providing first class instruction and training to people of all disabilities both physical and cognitive. We provide instruction in alpine skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing; please call our private lesson specialists at 1-800-GO-NORTH for further information and reservations.

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