vintage goggles
First Time Ski & Snowboard Lessons

Everyone was a beginner at one-time.

Closed for the Season - Check Back This Fall

Lift tickets, lessons and rentals for the 2024/25 season will become available for booking this fall. Add your email address below to be notified once products are loaded and available for purchase.

New to skiing or snowboarding? No problem, at Sugar Bowl we have staff trained to help you even if you have never touched snow before. The First Time Package provides what you will need to get started all in one convenient bundle, all you need to do is show up and we will take care of the rest.

First Timer Ski or Snowboard Package
Make it your winter resolution to learn how to ski or snowboard this season. Get coaching from the best instructors. Our team can take you from "never ever" to making turns on the slopes in no time.

Sign up for our lesson package and get a half day ski or snowboard lesson, full day lift ticket and all day equipment rental. Our first timer lesson packages are only for ages 13+, however we also offer first time lessons for children aged 4-12. Due to the attention required for children, we are not able to offer the significantly discounted rate.

Ages 13+   |   Starting at $149 Only $99!

It's never too late to learn! For our adult and teen lessons, select a morning session (10:15 am to 12:15 pm) or afternoon session (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm). Package includes a half-day ski or snowboard lesson, limited all day lift ticket (limited to White Pine lift and Flume carpet only) and all day ski or snowboard rentals. This special offer is only available Monday-Friday, non-holiday. If you want to visit on a weekend or holiday, no problem! You can book a full priced beginner lesson here.

Ages 4-6   |   Starting at $277

With a maximum class size of 3 participants per coach, we guarantee an intimate learning environment and close supervision in our children's group lessons for ages 4-6. Select a morning session (10:00 am to 12:00 pm) or afternoon session (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm). Book at afternoon session for the best value. Rates vary based on lesson time and date of lesson.

Ages 7-12   |   Starting a $199

For children ages 7-12 who want to learn how to ski or snowboard, select a morning session (10:00 am to 12:00 pm) or afternoon session (1:00 pm to 3:00 pm). Book an afternoon session for the best value. Rates vary based on lesson time and date of lesson.

Please arrive at least one-hour prior to the lesson start time to get fitted with rental equipment.

Lessons will sell out most weekends and holidays, so to ensure availability, reservations are strongly encouraged. Online reservations are available until two days prior to your lesson date. Within two days, guests are encouraged to call (530) 426-9000, option 3 to check on availability. Day-of, walk-up lessons are available based on instructor availability.

View Cancellation Policy

Phone Icon

Questions or Reservation Assistance:

Call (530) 426-9000, option 3 to speak with a Snowsports Reservations Specialist today.


Tips for a Successful Day

  • Reserve your lesson prior to arrival.
    • Lessons do sell-out especially on weekends & holidays
  • Arrive at least one hour prior to your lesson time
    • This will ensure you get your rental equipment in plenty of time and don't have to rush around
  • Wear appropriate clothing including: (Items below are not included in the package)
    • Warm Jacket & Waterproof Pants
    • Waterproof Gloves
    • Sunglasses or Goggles
    • Warm Hat or Beanie
    • Good Socks (not cotton, wool is best)
    • Wear a Helmet (Rentals Available)
    • Dress in Layers (this helps so you can add more layers for warmth or remove clothing if you are getting too warm)
Beginner Snowboard lesson with female from bay area