Ski & Snowboard FAQs

Northstar Ski & Snowboard School FAQ's

Yes, Northstar offers first-timer, beginner and intermediate private lessons, small group (Ultimate 4) lessons, and half day group lessons for adults (ages 13+). Lesson Details

Reserving Lessons

We strongly recommend making reservations as soon as your vacation dates are set. -- Northstar sells out of lessons, especially on weekends and holiday periods. Reservations can be made online, 48 hours in advance over Holiday periods, and 24 hours in advance over non-Holiday periods. Lessons are subject to availability. 2018.2019 Holiday dates: Wed 12/26/18 - Sun 1/6/19, Fri 1/18/19 - Mon 1/21/19, Fri 2/15/19 - Sun 2/24/19.

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Multi-Day Lesson Packages

Northstar offers multi-day group lesson packages for both adults and children. Discounts are available on select multi-day lessons, if the lesson days are
booked consecutively.

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For Adults and Children, all levels, half day morning and afternoon private lessons are offered daily, based on availability. Requests for reservations can be made online. Lesson Details

For Adults (ages 13+), levels 1-3, half day group lessons are available daily from 10am-12:30pm; check-in time is by 8:30am. Please make reservations online. Lesson Details

For Children (age 3 only), we offer AM half day group lessons from 10am-12:30pm; check-in time is by 9:30am, and reservations are made by phone only for this specific lesson. 1-800-466-6784

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

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 we are able to rebook the instructor, a $100 processing fee will be charged. If you cancel and we are unable to rebook the instructor, the full price of the lesson will be charged to your credit card. The cancellation fee may be waived if the lesson is rebooked for an alternate date.

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

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

For adult and child 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 1:00pm and ends at 4:00pm.

For adult small group lessons (Ultimate 4), the check-in time is by 8:30am. The full day lesson starts at 9:30am and ends at 3:30pm.

For adult first time/beginner group lessons, the check-in time is by 8:30am. The AM half day lesson starts at 10:00am and ends at 12:30pm.

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.

For child group lessons, the check-in time is based on age and discipline:

  • Skiers
    • 7 – 12 years old: Arrival by 8:30 a.m. Check-in completed by 9:00 a.m. Class time is 9:30 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.
    • 4 – 6 years old: Arrival by 9 a.m. Check-in by 9:30 a.m. Class time is 10:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
    • 3 years old, potty-trained: Arrival by 9 a.m. Check-in by 9:30 a.m. Class time is 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Two one-hour lessons; remaining time is indoor play and learning).
    • 3 years old, potty-trained, AM HALF DAY: Arrival by 9 a.m. Check-in by 9:30 a.m. Class time is 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (One one-hour lesson; remaining time is indoor play and learning.) Phone reservations only by calling 1-800-GO-NORTH
  •  Snowboarders
    • 7 – 12 years old: Arrival by 8:30 a.m. Check-in completed by 9:00 a.m. Class time is 9:30 a.m. - 3:40 p.m.
    • 3 – 6 years old: Arrival by 9 a.m. Check-in by 9:30 a.m. Class time is 10:00 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. Three year old snowboarders must be potty trained.
    • 3 years old, potty-trained, AM HALF DAY: Arrival by 9 a.m. Check-in by 9:30 a.m. Class time is 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Phone reservations only by calling 1-800-GO-NORTH
Like lift tickets, equipment rental is not included in the price of adult lessons, unless noted otherwise. You can make your equipment reservation online. www.rentskis.com Some adult group lessons will include equipment and/or limited lift tickets. Lesson Details
 

Child Lessons - We start with willing, potty-trained 3 year olds in our group lessons. Children are grouped based on age and ability level. Children under the age of 3 or not yet potty-trained can participate in private lessons.

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. Requests for reservations can be made online, or by calling 1-800-
GO-NORTH.

Reservations are highly recommended for all ages, especially over holidays and weekends

We LOVE snow! Lessons run daily, although conditions may determine what trails and techniques are best suited for the day.

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 send class out regardless of the weather. The class will take breaks, but dress properly and you will enjoy every minute of it. 

For 3-6 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 between 3:00 - 3:20pm, depending on program type. Younger skiers and snowboarders may take longer breaks during the day.

For 4-6 year old small group lessons (Ultimate 4), the children need to be checked in by 8:30am. 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 7-12 year old group lessons, the children need to be checked in by 9:00am. 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. 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 adult full day small group lessons (Ultimate 4), lunch is not included. There will be a lunch break when you can grab some lunch on your own. Check in is at 8:30am; the full day lesson starts at 9:30am and ends at 3:30pm.

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 grab some lunch on your own.

If you are late for your lesson we will do everything possible to accommodate. However, if the class has left the base area, you may have to reschedule for another available date. No call, no shows are subject to full lesson charge. To speak to a ski and snowboard school representative, call 1-800-HEAVENLY, option 7.

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 sold out of lessons on peak days and would appreciate the opportunity to offer your child's spot to another child that day. 

Please see the full cancellation policy above, under How do I change or cancel my ski school reservations?

 
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: - Lesson Details - 1-800-466-6784

Where to go: Ski & Snowboard School Village/Mid-Mountain Location

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

All adult ULTIMATE 4 snowboard lesson participants meet their instructors at our Burton Academy, in between the Adventure, Guiding, and Learning Center and Tavern 6330’ in the Village at Northstar. Please check-in by 9:00am.

All other adult group lessons (First-Timer and Beginner 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 10:00am. If renting equipment, check-in at Northstar Sports by 8:30am. (see below)

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

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

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

Where to go: Ritz-Carlton Location

All Adult and Child ULTIMATE 4 ski and snowboard participants meet their instructors at the True North in the Ritz-Carlton. Please check-in by 8:30am.

If location chosen is Ritz-Carlton True North, you must be a guest of The Ritz-Carlton, or allow 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.

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.

 

 

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. Please call our private lesson specialists at 1-800-GO-NORTH for further information and reservations.