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Great Bear Ski & Snowboard Lessons


Great Bear Lesson

Skiing & Snowboarding Instruction For Every Experience Level

  • You may begin booking lessons when we officially announce our opening date in December.
  • Lesson punch cards sold during the 2021/2022 season will expire 12/31/22. 

Whether you’re experienced or a total beginner, the experts at the Great Bear SnowSports School can transform your winter by teaching you how to ski or snowboard. 

Our teaching methods follow the American Teaching System  from PSIA-AASI, focusing on a positive environment, fostering progress at your own pace.


  1.5 Hour
1 student $60
2-3 students $50 per person
4-6 students $45 per person
Join A Group (ages 13+) $45 per person
  • Must be at least 4 years old for ski lessons. Children 4 and 5 years old must take an individual lesson.
  • Must be at least 6 years old for snowboard lessons.
  • Join A Group lessons are only offered on Sundays at 9 am. It's a great way to meet new people while learning a new sport at a great value! You will participate in a group of up to 6 people (of varying skill levels and age) per instructor. These lessons are intended for beginners.
  • Lessons do not include lift ticket and rentals, unless otherwise specified.
  • Tips are appreciated but not expected.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Reservation are highly recommended (lessons are non-refundable, unless Great Bear Ski Valley cancels the event due to inclement weather or other unavoidable circumstances. May reschedule at no charge up to 48 hours before lesson start time by contacting 
  2. You may buy your lift ticket online or at check in! Rentals are only availalbe to purchase in person - fill out your rental information online ahead of your first visit. Rental equipment is reserved only for guests who book a lesson. Tickets & Rentals
  3. Arrive at least 30 minutes before your schedule lesson time and check in at the SnowSports Desk downstairs.
  4. And most importantly...HAVE FUN!


For more info or to schedule a lesson, please call us at 605-367-4309 or email


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Lesson punch cards! 

Want a great deal on an individual lesson? Great Bear offers 3-use punch cards. Punch cards sold during the 2022/2023 season expire December 31, 2023.

Schedule a lesson time that is convenient for you. Use the 10-digit code on your punch card to book your next lesson online!

Private Lesson Punch Card$155 (save $25)
Private Lesson Package Punch Card  (includes lift ticket & rental)$360 (save $45) 


NEW Snow Riders Academy!

This 3-lesson program puts an emphasis on safety and fun, while allowing participants (ages 7 to 14) to move through the levels at their own pace. Each lesson is 90 minutes.

The January session will be held January 7, 14 and 21. If a class is canceled due to weather, a make-up class will be held January 28. The February session will be held February 4, 11 and 18. If a class is canceled due to weather, a make-up class will be held February 25. When the session is completed, each student will receive a bonus lift ticket! 

Lesson (includes lift tickets)$200 per session
Add Rental Package$100 per session



    Adaptive Skiing Lessons

    The Great Bear Adaptive Ski Program (GBASP) provides people with special needs the opportunity to enjoy downhill snow skiing in a safe and fun learning environment. The program strives to positively enhance the lives of the people we serve by promoting health, independence, and well-being.  

    We have a limited supply of adaptive ski equipment at no cost to the user with purchase of a lift ticket.

    People requiring special accommodations or equipment should call 605-367-4309 at least 48 hours in advance of their visit to allow for personnel and equipment scheduling. Special needs will be accommodated whenever reasonably possible. 

    Upon receiving your completed participant application, GBASP will contact you to schedule a lesson. On the day of your first lesson please arrive at Great Bear 30 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled lesson time in order to obtain your lift ticket, gather ski equipment, and be fitted for any adaptive equipment that may be needed. After fitting, skiers will begin an ability appropriate lesson with a GBASP instructor. While on the snow, adaptive skiers will be assisted by one lead instructor and up to 3 additional aides. Upon completion of the lesson, the skier and instructors will return to the lodge and debrief on the days achievements.

    Please download the GBASP application form, complete and submit to Great Bear at

    Adaptive Skiing Lesson Rates:

    All lessons include 2 hours of private instruction, equipment and a lift ticket.

    2 hour lesson $40

    If you do not require a lesson there is no cost for rental gear (if needed) with the purchase of your lift ticket. If you require assistance when loading or unloading the chairlift, please contact us 48 hours prior to your visit so that we may arrange assistance.

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