The Sugarbush Ski and Ride school is a favorite of the Sugarbush community. With an incredible team of instructors, there are lessons for all skill levels. The Sugarbush Ski & Ride School is a certified member school of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. Our coaches are passionate about teaching those hitting the snow for the first time, to those honing in their technical skills. They are trained to help all ages and abilities, will help elevate your experience, and create lifelong memories. We offer a variety of lessons, camps, and clinics for any type of skier or rider. No matter your age or skill level, our fun offerings are sure to enhance your winter experience at Sugarbush!
Ski and Ride School Offerings
First Timer Lessons
For ages 13+, First Timer Lessons are for those hitting the snow for the very first time! This package includes 3, 2-hour lessons with lift ticket, rental equipment, and snow sports helmet bundled in. These lessons are offered daily at 10AM, and at 1PM weekends and holidays. Take the intimidation out of the picture and discover the joy of skiing and riding by learning with a group on your level.
Adult Group Lessons
Adult Group Lessons are not only a great way to define your skills, but to do it with like-minded individuals as well! With 4 skill levels to place in, your group lesson will always be a perfect fit. Gain confidence, get tips and tricks, and expand your horizon on the mountain. Two hour lessons are available at Lincoln Peak and Mt. ellen, and Ikon and Sugarbush Pass Holders receive a 25% discount!
Private Ski & Ride Lessons
Private lessons are for those looking for more personalized attention at any skill level. Our school offers 6 different private lesson types including Family Private Lessons, Glades, Natural Woods and Slide Brook, Park and Pipe, and more. Our Ski & Ride School team will set you up with just the right coach to really focus on your goals. Skip the lift lines and book a one-on-one private lesson for the most personalized experience, or book with a small group of up to 6 friends and family to learn together.
Micro Bears & Mini Bears
Micro Bears (ages 3-4) and Mini Bears (ages 4-6) are great group lesson environments for kids eager to get on the snow! Half-day and full-day options are available for both age groups. Kids can learn in a safe environment and partake in activities and movements that are fun and enhance on-snow time.
Micro Blazers & Mini Blazers
Micro Blazers (ages 3-4) and Mini Blazers (ages 5-6) is a weekend program offered from 1/6 – 3/24. Our Blazers program provides an age-appropriate introduction to our safe and secure mountain playground. Continuity, familiarity, and mileage keeps kids engaged in the fun of an ever-expanding adventure. Children will be advanced in ability appropriate groups depending on their individual week-to-week progress and stamina.
Sugar Bears (ages 7-9) is the perfect way for kids to have a blast learning and exploring in a safe environment provided by our exceptional pros. Half-day and full-day options are available. Kids of all abilities are welcome. They leave excited after having fun learning at a pace that works for them, while making friends!
Additional Offerings for Kids
Advanced Kids Campsis offered as an adventure for kids who already ski parallel or ride on expert terrain confidently. Formerly known as Catamount Adventure Camp, this exclusive program is reserved for the boldest and most passionate young skiers and snowboarders. Our top-tier instructors guide participants in mastering the art of skiing and riding on the most challenging terrains, including steeps, bumps, parks, and our legendary wilderness areas. Three sessions are offered; 12/26 – 1/, 1/13 – 15, 2/17-2/25.
Much like our Mini and Micro Blazers, our Adventure Blazer skier and rider programs are weekends January through March. Kids age 7-15 grow by fostering teamwork, honing skills, and embracing our core values of safety, fun, and learning. Skiers and Riders must be able to link turns with confidence on blue terrain and ride a chairlift unassisted. Make friends, match skill levels, and embrace the motivation that comes from being part of a supportive group.
More Adult Offerings
Our Advanced Adult Series is for expert skiers 18 and older. The Advanced Series meets every Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM for three consecutive weeks in three separate sessions; 1/6, 1/13, 1/20; 2/3, 2/10, 2/24; 3/2, 3/9, 3/16. Crafted for those who call the black diamond trails their second home, the Advanced Series is your gateway to mastering Sugarbush’s expert terrain. Benefit from the guidance of our exceptional instructors, masters of their craft, who will impart their advanced expertise and insights to elevate your skills.
The Boomer Series is for skiers and riders 65+ comfortable on intermediate terrain. Taught only by Sugarbush’s top caliber coaches, gain technical skill development in a social atmosphere exclusively for Boomer skiers. The Boomer Series is now offered as 3-week series, or 9-week series meeting Tuesdays starting in early January. Purchase by the day, session, or full season of all 9 and save!
The Women’s Series are three-week sessions that are an ideal fit for women who are ready to tackle new skills and terrain with confidence. Designed for advanced beginner to intermediate skiers who would like to advance their skills and explore more of the mountain in a supportive and encouraging environment. Coached by some of our most in-demand female instructors, the three-week sessions offer consistency and plenty of time to master new techniques, without a full season commitment.
Booking multiple days over the course of the season? Then an 8 Day Pass is the perfect option for you! 8 Day Passes include 8 discounted days in the program of your choice. All Passes are valid throughout the 23/24 season. Only on sale through December 22, 2023 so book now!
Booking multiple days over the course of the season? Then an 18 Day Pass is the perfect option for you! 18 Day Passes include 18 discounted days in the program of your choice. Geared towards families who want more flexibility, our 18-Day Passes are valid seven days a week, including holiday weeks, from Saturday December 9, 2023 through Sunday March 31, 2024. Passes do not include lift access. Only available for sale through December 22, 2023!