Learning to ski & snowboard has never been easier
Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows offers introductory lifts, dedicated beginner slopes and gentle terrain to develop the necessary skills to turn and stop.
Why you should take a beginner lesson here
- Our rental equipment is hand-selected for the terrain by our instructors and make turning and stopping easier
- Professional instructors that are committed to building your skills and confidence in a fun and comfortable environment
- Terrain features that develop skills and accelerate progression
What you'll learn
- Become familiar with sliding on snow and equipment
- Learn the basics of turning, stopping and riding chairlifts at a comfortable pace
- Gain confidence on a variety of beginner terrain
- Become familiarized with terrain suited for your ability level
Group lessons no longer available for the season. Book a discounted private lesson.
First time snow slider? Join us for 3 full day group lessons and we guarantee you'll be skiing or riding on the easiest intermediate runs on our mountains. If not, we'll keep working with you until we get you there at no additional cost. Take advantage of our Take Two get One program and the third day is on us. You could be skiing and riding blue runs for as little as $146/day!
Lessons cancelled after 1pm the day prior will incur a $15 cancellation fee. Same day/or no show cancellations are subject to the full charge of the lesson. For same day cancellations; if you decide to re-schedule for another day a $40 administrative fee will be incurred.
- Squaw Valley: On the snow next to the Funitel building in the Tram Promenade
- Alpine Meadows: To the west of the Main Lodge, between Hot Wheels and Roundhouse chairs
Squaw Valley Rental & Meeting Location Map
The Squaw Valley Ski and Snowboard Sales and Rental location is now closed for the season. All ski school guests will need to check in and get rentals in the main rental shop. This will also be where walk-in guests can purchase ski school.
Alpine Meadows Rental & Meeting Location Map
Should I purchase my Adult Group Lesson ahead of time?
Yes. This ensures you a spot in an Adult Group Lesson on your day of choice. In addition, guests purchasing an Adult Group Lesson 2 days in advance receive $20 off the regular purchase price.
How early should I arrive to my Adult Group Lesson?
We suggest that guests arrive at the Meeting Area, ready to go skiing or snowboarding, 15 minutes prior to the start time. If rentals are needed allow at least 1 hour for fitting and up to 1.5 hours on peak holiday periods. Our rental and demo centers open at 8:30am.
Can children attend Adult Group Lessons?
Adult Group Lessons are for guests 13 years of age and older. Guests 12 years of age and younger may sign up for a Squaw Kids or Alpine Kids Group Lesson or a Private Lesson. For adults who wish to ski with children younger than 13 we recommend a Private Lesson, which can accommodate up to 4 persons.
Can I leave my Adult Group Lesson early?
Individuals attending an Adult Group Lesson may leave whenever they want. Start and end times are designed to allow parents/guardians ample time to drop off and pick up children attending a Squaw or Alpine Kids Group Lesson.
Is lunch included in my Adult Group Lesson?
Lunch is not included in our daily Group Lessons. Guests are encouraged to have at least $15 on hand for food and beverages for the day. Guests packing a lunch are encouraged to bring it with them at the start of the day.
Will my instructor eat lunch with me?
Your instructor stays with you the entire day. The time and place of your lunch break will be determined during the day by the group and your instructor. If you have plans to meet up with friends or family outside of the lesson please let your instructor know at the beginning of the day.
What if I need to take a break other than lunch?
We encourage guests to take breaks whenever needed. If you need a break other than those taken by the group simply let your instructor know and determine a place that you will meet back up. Your instructor will familiarize you with restroom locations at the beginning of the lesson.
What should I wear?
We recommend guests wear waterproof pants, gloves, and jacket, as well as a warm hat, goggles, and tall socks. Weather can change quickly and is often very different from the village to the upper mountain, so we suggest guests dress in layers so they can adjust to changing conditions. Sunscreen and lip balm are also necessary to protect your skin from sun and wind burn.
What if I need to cancel or change my Adult Group Lesson reservation?
Reservations may be cancelled or changed by 1:00pm the day prior to the lesson start time. Adult Group Lessons cancelled or changed after 1pm the day prior may incur a $15 fee.
My instructor was great and I would like to show my appreciation! Is it appropriate to tip my instructor?
Gratuities are not expected but are always appreciated.