Frequently Asked Questions About Lessons

  • Learning to snowboard at Squaw Valley
  • Learning to snowboard at Squaw Valley

Should I reserve my adult group lesson ahead of time?

Yes, this ensures you a spot in a group lesson the day you want it. As well, guests purchasing a group lesson 2 days in advance receive $20 off the regular purchase price.

How do I determine what my ski/snowboard ability level is?

Check out our ski & snowboard level descriptions here.  

How early should I arrive to my adult group lesson?

We recommend that guests arrive at least 1.5 hours before the start time of their lesson; this will allow ample time to find parking and get fitted with rental equipment for the day.  

When can I pick up my rental equipment?

You can pick up your rental equipment as early as 3pm the day before your adult group lesson. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows' rental and demo centers open daily at 8:30am.

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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 are required to sign up for a Squaw Kids or Alpine Kids group lesson or a private lesson. For adults who wish to discover a new sport with children younger than 12 we recommend a private lesson which can accommodate up to 5 people.

Can I leave my adult group lesson early?

Individuals attending an adult group lesson may leave whenever they want, however instructors are required to stay with the rest of the group. For the best experience, we suggest you plan on staying with your instructor for the duration of the lesson. 

Is lunch included in my adult group lesson?

Lunch is not included. We suggest guests have at least $15 on hand for food and beverages for the day. If guests prefer to pack a lunch we encourage that they bring it with them to the start of the lesson, as the group may not return to the Village until the end of the day.

Does my instructor eat lunch with me?

Yes, your instructor stays with you the entire day. The time and place of your lunch break will be determined the day of by the group and your instructor, although we suggest you plan on staying with your group for the entire day. If you need to meet up with guests 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 ones 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 and pack?

We recommend guests bring: 

  • Waterproof jacket & pants
  • Gloves 
  • Warm hat
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Tall socks
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm

Weather can change quickly and is often very different from the base area to the upper mountain. We suggest guests dress in layers to adjust to changing conditions. While we recommend guest are fully prepared prior to arrival, items are available throughout the Village at Squaw Valley and Estelle Sports at Alpine Meadows.

What if I need to cancel my Lesson reservation?

All cancellations must be submitted via our Ski School Cancellation Form. Lessons cancelled after 1pm the day prior will incur a $20 cancellation fee for group lessons and a $45 cancellation fee for private lessons. 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 $20 administrative fee will be incurred for group lessons and a $45 administrative fee will be incurred for private lessons.