Northstar Ski and Snowboard School

What To Know

You’ve booked your lesson, now what? Here at Northstar, we treat ski school a little differently. Ours isn’t just a class, it’s an experience. Where our guides treat visitors like locals, and Northstar like its own subject matter. So keep reading for all the info you’ll need to get the most out of your vacation- from check in locations to what to bring, and everything in between.

Adult First Time & Novice Lesson Details

*Ski or Snowboard

Check in:

  • AM Lesson 8:30 AM
  • PM Lesson 12:00 PM

Lesson starts:

  • AM Lesson 10:00 AM
  • PM Lesson 1:30 PM

Lesson ends:

  • AM Lesson 12:30 AM
  • PM Lesson 4:00 PM

Additional information:

  • PM lesson cannot be booked in advance - only the day of (based on availability)
  • Levels 1 - 3 have the option to add on an afternoon lesson only on the day of their morning lesson for an additional $50
  • Group lessons only go out of the Village

Where to check in:

  • Check in at Northstar Sports located on the first level of the Village down the stairs from the Big Springs Gondola entrance to get your lesson ticket, lift ticket and equipment for the day.

Where to meet for your lesson:

  • Meeting location is at the top of Big Springs Gondola at the Ski & Snowboard School sign. When you exit the gondola take the walkway to the right and go past the Lodge at Big Springs. On the snow surface you will see a huge metal archway that says Ski & Snowboard School. Inform a Northstar employee that you are there for either a "Group" or "First-Timer" Lesson and they will direct you to your instructor.

 

Adult Ultimate 4 Lesson Details

*Ski or Snowboard

Check in:

  • 8:00 AM

Lesson starts:

  • 9:30 AM

Lesson ends:

  • 3:30 PM

Additional information:

  • 30 minute break for lunch. Time TBD by group
  • Ultimate 4 lesson can teach to any ability level
  • Level 1-6 lesson package includes a limited access lift ticket
  • 7+ Expert Level available

- Lift ticket sold separately

- Ski is sold as lesson & rental package or lesson only

  - Snowboard is sold only as lesson & rental package

  • Snowboard U4 does not have a Lesson Only option & always comes with equipment

Where to check in:

  • U4 Ski Village Guests: Check in at Northstar Sports located on the first level of the Village down the stairs from the Big Springs Gondola entrance to get your lesson ticket, lift ticket and equipment for the day.
  • U4 Snowboard Village Guests: Check in at Burton Academy, on the main level of the Village behind the ice rink stage, to get your lesson ticket and equipment for the day.
  • Ritz Guests: Check in at True North at the Ritz to get your lesson ticket, lift ticket and equipment for the day.

Where to meet for your lesson:

  • Village Guests: Meeting location is at the top of Big Springs Gondola at the Ski & Snowboard School sign. When you exit the gondola take the walkway to the right and go past the Lodge at Big Springs. On the snow surface you will see a huge metal archway that says Ski & Snowboard School. Inform a Northstar employee that you are there for an Ultimate 4 Lesson and they will direct you to your instructor.
  • Ritz Guests: Meeting location is in front of True North at the Ritz where the stairs meet the snow surface next to Backyard BBQ. Inform a Northstar employee you are there for an Ultimate 4 Lesson and they will direct you to your instructor.

What To Wear

  • Waterproof snow pants, jacket, and mittens/gloves
  • A face mask, scarf, or neck gaiter
  • Goggles
  • Helmet (recommended)
  • Sunscreen
  • One pair of ski socks
  • Dress in Layers: the temperature may change during the day and the sun is strong
  • Bring your lift ticket if it is not included in your lesson reservation. All lesson participants need a lift ticket. 

 

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

 

Cancellation & Payment Policy

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 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 888.576.2754 or in person at one of our sales offices. Lessons are non-refundable due to weather.

 

Some lessons don’t include lift tickets. To save time and get the lowest rates buy your tickets online.
Explore the many options for equipment rental at Northstar and let us help you find the demo or test ski and snowboard gear that best suits your abilities.

CHILD GROUP LESSON DETAILS

*Ski or Snowboard

Check in:

  • Ages 3-6: Between 8:00 - 9:30 AM - Registration must be complete by 9:30 AM
  • Ages 7-12: Between 8:00 - 9:00 AM - Registration must be complete by 9:00 AM

Lesson starts:

  • Age 3: 10:00 AM
  • Age 4-6: 10:00 AM
  • Age 7-12: 9:30 AM

Lesson ends:

  • Age 3:

  - Full Day Ski: 3:00 PM

  - Full Day Snowboard: 3:20 PM

  - Half Day AM Ski or Snowboard: 12:30 PM

  -No Half Day PM Offered

  • Age 4-6: 3:20 PM
  • Age 7-12: 3:40 PM

Additional information:

  • Lift ticket is free for kids 4 years old and under
  • Ages 4 - 12 are Full Day Lessons only

  - Age 3 offers Half Day AM only (phone reservation)

  • Lunch and snacks are included
  • Group lessons only go out of the Village

Where to check in:

  • Kids Ski & Snowboard School located on the main level of the Village adjacent to ice rink.
  • Look for the sign indicating your child's age and lesson type you are registering for.

Where to pick up:

  • Age 3 Skiers Only - inside the Kids Ski and Snowboard School in the Village 
  • All other participants - The Overlook located on the upper level of the Village overlooking the ice rink
  • Look for the sign indicating your child's age and lesson type.

 

CHILD ULTIMATE 4 LESSON - SKI DETAILS

Check in:

  • All Ages: Between 8:00 - 8:30 AM - Registration must be complete by 8:30 AM

Lesson starts:

  • Age 4-6: 9:00 AM
  • Age 7-12: 9:00 AM

Lesson ends:

  • Age 4-6: 3:20 PM
  • Age 7-12: 3:40 PM

Additional information:

  • Lift ticket is free for kids 4 years old and under
  • Full Day Lessons only
  • Lunch and snacks are included
  • Child U4 lessons go out of the Village or Ritz only if you are a guest at the Ritz

Where to check in:

  • Village Guests: Kids Ski & Snowboard School located on the main level of the Village adjacent to ice rink.

  - Look for the sign indicating your child's age and lesson type you are registering for.

  • Ritz Guests: Check in at True North at the Ritz

Where to pick up:

  • Village Guests: The Overlook located on the upper level of the Village overlooking the ice rink

  - Look for the sign indicating your child's age and lesson type

  • Ritz Guests: In front of True North at the Ritz where the stairs meet the snow surface next to Backyard BBQ

  - Look for the sign indicating your child's age and lesson type

 

CHILD ULTIMATE 4 LESSON - SNOWBOARD DETAILS

Check in:

  • All Ages: Between 8:30 - 9:00 AM - Registration must be complete by 9:00 AM

Lesson starts:

  • Village Ages 4-6: U4 SB not available out of the Village for this age group - Only Group Lessons
  • Village Ages 7-12: 9:30 AM
  • Ritz Ages 4-12: 9:30 AM

Lesson ends:

  • All Ages: 3:30 PM

Additional information:

  • Lift ticket is free for kids 4 years old and under
  • Full Day Lessons only
  • Lunch and snacks are included
  • Burton Equipment provided; No option for "Lesson Only" or "Lift & Lesson Only"
  • Child U4 lessons go out of the Village or Ritz only if you are a guest at the Ritz

Where to check in:

  • Village Guests: The Burton Academy on the main level of the Village behind the ice rink stage
  • Ritz Guests: Check in at True North at the Ritz

Where to pick up:

  • Village Guests:The Burton Academy on the main level of the Village behind the ice rink stage
  • Ritz Guests: In front of True North at the Ritz where the stairs meet the snow surface next to Backyard BBQ

  - Look for the sign indicating your child's age and lesson type

 

What To Wear

  • Waterproof snow pants, jacket, and mittens/gloves
  • A face mask, scarf, or neck gaiter
  • Goggles
  • Helmet (recommended)
  • Sunscreen
  • One pair of ski socks
  • Dress in Layers: the temperature may change during the day and the sun is strong
  • Bring your lift ticket if it is not included in your lesson reservation. All lesson participants need a lift ticket. 

 

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

 

Cancellation & Payment Policy

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 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 888.576.2754 or in person at one of our sales offices. Lessons are non-refundable due to weather.

 

 

 

Private Lesson Details

Check in:

  • Arrive approximately 1.5 hours prior to your lesson to allow time for parking, lift ticket and equipment needs

Lesson starts:

  • 6HR Full Day: 9:00 AM
  • 3HR AM: 9:00 AM
  • 3HR PM: 1:00 PM

Lesson ends:

  • 6HR Full Day: 3:30 PM
  • 3HR AM: 12:00 PM
  • 3HR PM: 4:00 PM

Additional information:

  • Lift tickets and equipment are an additional cost
  • Lift ticket is free for kids 4 years old and younger
  • 30 minute break for lunch. Time TBD by group
  • Able to accommodate all ages and all ability levels
  • Private Lesson or Platinum Guide are the only lessons where adults can be in same lesson with children

  - Please keep in mind with any lesson the instructor is always required to teach to the lowest ability level

Where to check in:

  • Village Guests: The Adventure, Guiding & Learning building located on the main level of the Village behind the ice rink stage
  • Ritz Guests: True North at the Ritz
  • Mid Mountain: At the top of Big Springs Gondola

- This meeting location is for guests who are familiar with the mountain

  • Martis: Lookout Lodge

  - This meeting location is only for guests who are staying in Martis and are intermediate level and above

Where to Pick Up:

  • Same place your lesson began unless other arrangements have been made with the instructor directly

 

Platinum Guide Lesson Details

Check in:

  • Arrive approximately 1 hours prior to your lesson

Lesson starts:

  • 6HR Full Day: 9:00 AM

Lesson ends:

  • 6HR Full Day: 3:30 PM

Additional information:

  • Platinum Guide includes: Mountain Concierge service, Demo Equipment, Preferred Parking, Lunch Reservation 
  • Lift tickets are an additional cost
  • Lift ticket is free for kids 4 years old and younger
  • 30 minute break for lunch. Time TBD by group
  • Able to accommodate all ages and all ability levels
  • Private Lesson or Platinum Guide are the only lessons where adults can be in same lesson with children

  - Please keep in mind with any lesson the instructor is always required to teach to the lowest ability level

Where to check in:

  • Village Guests: The Adventure, Guiding & Learning building located on the main level of the Village behind the ice rink stage
  • Ritz Guests: True North at the Ritz

Where to Pick Up:

  • Same place your lesson began unless other arrangements have been made with the instructor directly

What To Wear

  • Waterproof snow pants, jacket, and mittens/gloves
  • A face mask, scarf, or neck gaiter
  • Goggles
  • Helmet (recommended)
  • Sunscreen
  • One pair of ski socks
  • Dress in Layers: the temperature may change during the day and the sun is strong
  • Bring your lift ticket if it is not included in your lesson reservation. All lesson participants need a lift ticket. 

 

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

 

Cancellation & Payment Policy

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 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 888.576.2754 or in person at one of our sales offices. Lessons are non-refundable due to weather.

 

 

What To Wear

  • Waterproof snow pants, jacket, and mittens/gloves
  • A face mask, scarf, or neck gaiter
  • Goggles
  • Helmet (recommended)
  • Sunscreen
  • One pair of ski socks
  • 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. All lesson participants need a lift ticket. 

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


 

Cancellation & Payment Policy

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 888.576.2754 or in person at one of our sales offices. Lessons are non-refundable due to weather.