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Learn to Ski or Snowboard

 *Learn to ski or snowboard for just $29! *

From the opening of our ski school in December through the end of January you can learn to ski or snowboard for just $29! Learn more below.



Sunday River's Perfect Turn Ski and Snowboard School offers one of the most comprehensive programs in the country to introduce first-timers to skiing or snowboarding. From the time you arrive we'll be with you every step of the way from your arrival to your first turns.

Our Perfect Turn Discovery Center is an entire facility specifically designed to intoduce people to snow sports in a comfortable setting. Located next to South Ridge Lodge, the Discovery Center is where you'll check in, meet your coach, pick up your equipment, and learn about what you'll be doing before you head out on the hill with your group. You can also store any personal belongings or clothes here to pick up at the end of the day.

We'll provide your coach, all of the necessary equipment, and your lift ticket. Here's what you should bring:

  - Snow pants
  - An insulated jacket
  - A hat (we'll provide a helmet)
  - A neck wrap or scarf
  - Warm mittens or gloves
  -  Wool or synthetic socks
  - Goggles or sunglasses can help, but are optional
  - A smile

Your First Day.

You will learn how to glide, turn, and stop on your skis or snowboard within our beginner area. Our learning slope is wide, gentle and designed to help making learning fun and easy. Along the side is a sliding "carpet" lift which makes it easy to ride up to the top of the slope. Depending on how quickly you pick up the basics, you may ride a chair lift on your first day and explore the beginner trails on our South Ridge area. You'll also be introduced to snow safety. South Ridge offers mellow and welcoming terrain for beginners. 

Learning Programs.

Our One-Day Learn To Ski & Snowboard Program  includes all the ski or snowboard equipment you'll need, a three-hour clinic with one of our beginner coachs, and a lift ticket to access all our beginner terrain and lifts.  After your clinic is done you're free to use your equipment and lift ticket for the rest of the day to continue practicing the new skills you've learned and explore our beginner terrain at your own pace.  One-day programs are based in the Discovery Center and are scheduled on weekends and holidays at 9 am, 10 am, and 1 pm. During the week programs run at 10 am and 1 pm. Programs run all winter from mid-December to early April.

For those who are ready to commit to learning to ski or snowboard we offer two more options:

Our Weekend Learning Getway includes a two days of learning to ski or snowboard with lodging included. Your first day will be spent in taking our one-day program, and for your second day you'll keep your equipment and lift ticket and have a 90-minute beginner clinc.

Our Three-Day Learking Package includes three individual days which may be spread out over the winter. The first day is our full one-day program, then days two and three each include a lift ticket, equipment rental and a 90-minute beginner clinic.

Take The First Step

Reservations aren't required for our learn to ski and snowboard programs, but they are recommended--especially on weekends and holidays. You may make reservations by calling the Perfect Turn Ski & Snowboard School at 207-824-5080 or emailing ptreservations@sundayriver.com. Please have a credit card handy, as we will use it to reserve your spot.  If you're not able to make a reservation, just check in at the Discovery Center next to South Ridge Lodge to register and an available clinic.

One-Day Learn to Ski or Snowboard Program $29* before January 31, $80 after
Three-Day Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package
$180


*From the opening of our ski school in mid-December through the end of January 2015 you can learn to ski or snowboard through our One-Day Program for just $29.  This special rate is available every day of the week, but not valid over the holiday periods of  December 26 to January 1 and January 17 to 18.  Resevations are recommended - please call 207-824-5080.

Please call 207-824-5080 for more information.