Lessons & Beginner Guide

We offer lessons for skiers and snowboarders of all ages and levels, whether you’re a first-timer on the slopes or a pro looking to elevate your skills. All programs have limited capacity and may sell out. Please plan ahead and book your lessons early!

 

Curious about taking lessons? Learn more about how they can help you have a more enjoyable time on the slopes.

 

For reservations or additional information call 610-641-1319 or email [email protected].

 

All lessons are nonrefundable, unless Bear Creek is closed or Bear Creek cancels the lesson.

Learn to Ski or Ride Package

Cost: $129 ($109 group rate of 15 or more*)

An introduction to the world of winter sports! Led by a certified instructor, this 2-hour group lesson package provides all the equipment you need, including skis, a helmet, and boots. Throughout the lesson, multiple stations will help you gain the proper techniques and safety tips. You’ll be ready to graduate to the slopes with confidence!

“Learn to Ski or Ride” is: 

  • For ages 8 and up
  • Available every Wednesday at 10AM, 1PM, and 6PM
  • Includes lift ticket & rental equipment, valid all day

*15+ Groups: All groups must adhere to group guidelines to be eligible for group rate. Please call 610-641-7180 or email [email protected] for large group reservations.

Please arrive at least 1 hour prior to your lesson to ensure enough time to receive your tickets/rental items. This program is only applicable to complete beginner skiers and riders. Redeemable any date in the 22/23 winter season. Package is for a single user; non transferable and non refundable.

 

 

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Discovery Beginner Group Lesson

 Cost: $69

 

This lesson is designed as an introduction to the joy of skiing or snowboarding. We’ll introduce you to the equipment, provide techniques to help you develop beginning turns, and you’ll practice on beginner terrain in a fun and safe environment!

  • 2-hour group lesson for ages 8 and older
  • Available only on weekends and holidays at 10am, 1pm, and 6pm

Lesson does not include a lift ticket or rental equipment. All lessons are non-refundable unless Bear Creek is closed for the day.

Private Ski And Snowboard Lessons

These student-center private lessons promote fun, safety, and learning, and are taught by professional instructors. All children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an instructor while on the chair lift. Children 4 and 5 years old must have a one-on-one lesson. Not recommended for children under 4.

 

Regular Private lessons

Cost:$219
  • 2-hour lesson available at 10am, 1pm, and 6pm daily
  • Ages 8+, including adults
  • $90 for each additional student (maximum of 3 students per lesson)

Young Children’s Private Lessons

Cost: $129
  • 1-hour lesson available at 10am and 1pm daily
  • Ages 4-5 years old
Lesson includes a complimentary extended day lift ticket valid until 9pm (ticket is not transferable). Lesson does not include rental equipment. Must have a one-on-one lesson. Will be accompanied by an instructor while on chairlift.

Children’s Private Lessons

cost: $219
  • Ages 6 & 7 years old
  • 2-hour lesson available at 10am, 1pm, and 6pm daily
Will be accompanied by an instructor while on chairlift.

Unless otherwise noted, lesson does not include a lift ticket or rental equipment. All lessons are non-refundable unless Bear Creek is closed for the day.

Women's Clinics

These popular and innovative clinics pair small groups of students with experienced coaches. A fun, supportive environment, whether you’re a regular on the slopes or picking up a new sport. 

 

Reservations are required. For reservations or additional information call 610-641-1319 or email [email protected].

 

Women’s First-Timer Clinics

Cost: $309

  • A two-day introductory clinic held on consecutive
  • Tuesdays:  Jan. 10 & 17 from 9:30am-3:30pm

Includes extended-day lift ticket, lesson, and rental equipment for two days.

Thursday Women’s Focus Group

Cost: $389

  • Participants should be able to ski intermediate terrain.
  • A four-day clinic with flexible dates.
  • Participants can choose four of the following Thursdays: Jan. 12, 19, 26, and Feb. 2, 9, and 16.
  • Clinic runs from 9:30am-3:30pm

Want some extra practice time? Each additional clinic is $75.

Includes extended-day lift ticket and lesson for four days. This clinic is not designed for first-time skiers.

Bear Creek Polar Bear Club

Cost: $239 per 3-week session

Our winter club welcomes young skiers and snowboarders ages 8 to 15, regardless of level. Students will receive two hours of small-group on-snow instruction based on their ability. They will stay with the same small groups throughout all three sessions. Some groups will work on freestyle fundamentals and explore our beginner park features. If rental equipment is purchased, it will be pre-set and ready to go when you arrive at check-in. 

Check-in is located on the plaza in front of the school. You may register your child for any three consecutive weekend sessions, either on Saturday or Sunday/morning or afternoon. Sessions are held from 10am-12pm (morning) or 1pm-3pm (afternoon). Children can be registered for multiple sessions.

Session 1 – Saturdays 1/7, 1/21, 1/28

Purchase Session 1

Session 2 – Sundays 1/8, 1/22, 1/29

Purchase Session 2

Session 3 -Saturdays 2/4, 2/11, 2/25

Purchase Session 3

Session 4 – Sundays 2/5, 2/12, 2/26

Purchase Session 4

Available Add-Ons

  • $144 Add Extended Day Lift Tickets (valid all three weeks)
  • $120 Add Rental Equipment (valid all three weeks)

Lessons do not include lift ticket or rental equipment. A skiing/snowboarding helmet is required to participate in the program.

Tuesday Night Youth Series (THIS PRogram IS SOLD OUT)

Cost: $214 per 6-week series

This six-week lesson series offers both skiers and snowboarders (ages 8 to 15) expert guidance as they refine existing skills and explore new terrain. Some groups will work on freestyle fundamentals and explore our beginner park features. This is also a great series for first-time skiers and riders to acquire a solid foundation.

The Tuesday Night Youth Series will take place on Jan. 10, 17, 24, 31, Feb. 7, 14 from 6:30pm-8pm. Lessons do not include lift ticket or rental equipment. A skiing/snowboarding helmet is required to participate in the program.

Available Add-Ons

  • $210 Add Extended Day Lift Tickets (6 sessions)
  • $180 Add Rental Equipment (6 sessions)

Lessons do not include lift ticket or rental equipment. Skiing/snowboarding helmet is required to participate.

Youth Development & Racing Programs

Our 8-week racing programs are designed to build solid fundamentals and strong all-terrain skiing skills that will allow young skiers to ski recreationally, competitively, or professionally. Our goal is to build a lifelong love of the sport and to develop well-rounded skiers through a combination of free-skiing, skill-development drills, and tactical gate training. Participants will have the opportunity to compete in NASTAR and special non-sanctioned slalom and giant slalom races at Bear Creek.

 

For registration or additional information, call 610-641-1319 or email [email protected].

 

Foundations & Fundamentals (THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT)

Cost: $899 for 8-week coaching program 

  • Program for advanced intermediate or better skiers and racers ages 7-11

  • Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm*
  • Weekend dates: Dec. 31 & Jan. 1, Jan. 7 & 8, Jan. 21 & 22, Jan. 28 & 29, Feb. 4 & 5, Feb. 11 &12, Feb. 25 & 26, Mar. 4 & 5

Participants will need to purchase a season pass

Advanced Skiing & Racing (THIS PROGRAM IS SOLD OUT)

Cost: $899 for 8-week coaching program 

  • Program for advanced intermediate or better skiers and racers ages 9-15

  • Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-12pm and 1-3pm*
  • Weekend dates: Dec. 31 & Jan. 1, Jan. 7 & 8, Jan. 21 & 22, Jan. 28 & 29, Feb. 4 & 5, Feb. 11 &12, Feb. 25 & 26, Mar. 4 & 5

Participants will need to purchase a season pass

 

*On some days, when races are scheduled, we will need to adjust the start/end times of the program. A complete schedule will be provided prior to the first weekend of the program.

Mountain Mastery Parents Program

cost: $458 10-session | $229 5-session (Sat. OR Sun.)

This five-weekend program is specifically designed for skiing parents. Coached by top-level trainers (the same folks who train our instructors), this family-focused series develops technical and tactical mastery. Parents will also learn how to successfully shape their children’s skiing skills.

Reservations are required. For reservations or additional information call 610-641-1319 or email [email protected]

  • This program is intended for parents with intermediate or advanced skiing skills
  • Saturdays: Jan 7, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11 from 1pm-3pm
  • Sundays: Jan. 8, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12 from 1pm-3pm

Clinic does not include lift ticket or rental equipment.

Tips – Turns – Tactics

Cost: $225 for any 4 sessions

This four-session clinic for intermediate and advanced adult skiers (50+) is designed to help sharpen your skills, build confidence, and learn new techniques. Meet new friends and develop the skills and techniques to keep skiing with family and friends for years to come!

Reservations are required. For reservations or additional information call 610-641-1319 or email [email protected]

  • Clinic for adults 50+ with a skill level intermediate to advanced
  • Four-day clinic with flexible dates
  • Choose any four Wednesday(s): Jan. 11, 18, 25, Feb. 1, 8, 15
  • Clinic runs from 10am-12pm

Clinic does not include lift ticket or rental equipment.

Beginner Guides:

Just starting out? Check out some of our beginner guides and videos to get ready for your time on the slopes! 

PSIA Beginner Guide to Skiing

 

Pt 1: Learn About Ski Gear

See how skis work, learn what socks to wear, see how to put on your boots and skis, and watch how to carry your skis. 

 

Pt 2: Basic Movements on Snow

These basic movements will show how to get around on your skis, pick up your ski pole, and stand up from a seated position.

 

Pt 3: Getting Around on Skis

See how to turn your skis, how to stop on your skis, and how to get on and off a chairlift.

 

PSIA Beginner Guide to Snowboarding

 

Pt 1: Learn About Snowboard Gear

See how a snowboard works, learn what socks to wear, watch how to put on your boots and snowboard, and see how to carry a snowboard.

 

Pt 2: Basic Movements on Snow

Learn how to get around on your snowboard, watch how to get up from a sitting position, and see how to move uphill.

 

Pt 3: Getting Around on a Snowboard

Watch how to stop on a snowboard, how to turn, and how to get on and off a chairlift.

22-23 Instructor Training Course:

 

The Bear Creek Snowsports School is looking for outgoing, friendly skiers and snowboarders interested in joining our team of enthusiastic instructors!

 

Apply Now

Resort Holidays

 

December 24, 2022 through January 1, 2023; January 14 through 16, 2023; and February 18 through 20, 2023.

Need a Lift Ticket or Season Pass?

 

At Bear Creek, we offer extended day and evening lift tickets for youth and adult. We also offer discounted pricing for select guests in our community. We also offer a variety of season passes for all ages. Click below to view our pricing.

 

 

FAQs

  • Dress in layers. Weather conditions tend to change throughout the day
  • Wear waterproof or water-resistant clothing whenever possible
  • Wear only one pair of warm wool or synthetic socks that come up at least to mid-calf. They should extend above the top of your ski or snowboard boots. (Cotton socks are not recommended.) Do not tuck your pants into your boots
  • Wear gloves or mittens. (Wool gloves or mittens are not recommended)
  • Snow jackets and snow pants are great for extra insulation as well as wind/water protection
  • Bear Creek recommends that skiers and snowboarders wear helmets (you can rent helmets at Bear Creek). However, if you choose not to wear a helmet, be sure to bring a warm hat
  • Wear sunscreen, and don’t forget goggles or sunglasses for eye protection.
  • Bear Creek offers plenty of free parking. There is a loading/unloading area immediately in front of the plaza near the rental shop and ticket windows. Complimentary shuttle service from the parking lots is available on weekends and holidays.
  • First, stopat the ticket windows, located just off the lower parking lot at the front of the plaza, to purchase your lift tickets, rental tickets, Discovery lift/lesson/rental packages, or snowtubing tickets. Attach your tickets to your jacket or outerwear. (If you arrive with a group, the group leader should proceed to the Group Sales office located in the Rental Building on the side by the parking lot.)
  • If you are renting equipment, you can proceed across the plaza to the rental shop after purchasing your rental or lift/lesson/rental package tickets. Minors must have the signature of a parent or guardian in order to rent equipment. (Releases can be downloaded here.)
  • If you are enrolled in a Discovery lesson or a Youth Discovery lesson, you can proceed to the Discovery teaching area located at the base of the mountain (just off the plaza) after receiving your rentals. The Discovery area is open from 10am-12:30PM, 1:30-4pm and 6pm-8:30pm daily. You may enter and begin your lesson anytime during open hours.

Boots: You will receive your boots first. The rental technician will use your street shoe size to assure that you get the proper fit. Your boots should feel quite snug around your foot, but not too tight. Once your boots are buckled or closed, you should be able to wiggle your toes, but your heel should not move excessively when you pull up. If your boots feel too loose or too tight, please let the technician know to receive a different size.

 

Skis: Bindings mounted on top of your skis hold your boots to the skis. Your bindings will be adjusted according to your weight, height, age, and ability level. You will also be issued ski poles. You should select poles that put your elbow at about a 90 degree angle with the pole planted in the snow. 

 

To step into your skis, place the ledge on the front of your boot under the front part of the binding or “toe piece,” then line up your heel with the back of the binding, or “heel cup,” and press down with the heel of the boot. To remove your skis, simply press down on the lever located at the back of your bindings with your ski pole tip and lift up on the heel of your boot.

 

Snowboards: Our technicians will choose the right snowboard for you based on your weight, height, and ability level. They will also use this information to set the position of your bindings, which hold your boots onto your snowboard. Bear Creek uses only strap-in bindings, which contain two straps and a high backplate to secure your feet to the snowboard. These bindings offer good control and comfort.

Whether on the slopes or in the parks, we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable snowsports experience. Please respect all of our guests and team members, and help us to maintain a friendly, courteous, and relaxing atmosphere.

 

Please review our safety tips here.