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Great Bear Ski & Snowboard Lessons


Great Bear Lesson

Skiing & Snowboarding Instruction For Every Experience Level

CLOSED FOR THE 20/21 WINTER SEASON. Pricing (reflects current rates) and policies subject to change to for 21/22 season.

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.


Private lesson $35
2 Hour private lesson $60
Semi private lesson (2 – 3 students) $25 per person
Group lesson (4 - 6 students) $20 per person
  • Must be at least 4 years old for private ski lessons, 6 years old for snowboard lessons.
  • Semi-private and group lessons are only available to those 6 years of age and older for skiing, 7 years of age and older for snowboarding. 
  • Semi-private and group lessons are not preset by the SnowSports School. Those wishing to take one of these lessons will need to form their own group. When booking online, book all guests at the same time for a semi-private or group lesson.
  • Lessons do not include lift ticket and rentals, unless otherwise specified.
  • Face covering required.
  • Tips are appreciated but not expected.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Reservation are highly recommended. Book now online! Call 367-4309 to book with a gift card (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 BOOK A LESSON
  2. You may buy your lift ticket online or at check in! Rentals are only availalbe to purchase in person - print out your rental waiver online, fill it out and bring it with you to speed up the check in process. Tickets & Rentals
  3. Arrive at least 30 minutes before your schedule lesson time and check in at Guest Services (or the SnowSports Desk downstairs on Holidays, Saturdays and Sundays).
  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, non-transferable punch cards. Punch cards expire December 31, 2022.

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$85 (save $20)
Private Lesson Package Punch Card  (includes lift ticket & rental)$229 (save $41) 


Saturday Snow Bears - NO CLASS FOR 21/22 SEASON

This 3-lesson program puts an emphasis on safety and fun, while allowing participants to move through the levels at their own pace. Snow Bears is for skiers ages 6 to 14 and snowboarders ages 7 to 14. 

Lesson Onlyn/a
With Rental Packagen/a

Thursday Snow Bears  - NO CLASS FOR 20/21 SEASON

This 3-lesson program puts an emphasis on safety and fun, while allowing participants to move through the levels at their own pace. Snow Bears is for skiers ages 6 to 14 and snowboarders ages 7 to 14. 

Lesson Onlyn/a
With Rental Packagen/a

Snow Explorers - NO CLASS FOR 21/22 SEASON

In this special introductory program, children ages 4 and 5 will explore what winter FUN is all about! While learning how to ski, with an emphasis on safety and fun, they will play skill enhancing games and participate in fun winter  activities. Snow Explorers is an excellent lead in program to our Snow Bears youth lesson programs.

All Students             n/a


    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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