Learn to Ski or Snowboard

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 check in, we'll be with you every step of the way from your arrival to your first turns. Reservations for a Learn to Ski or Snowboard clinic can be made by calling 207-824-5080 and are strongly recommended to reserve your spot.

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.

Once out on the snow you'll learn how to glide, turn, and stop on your skis or snowboard on our learning area slope, which is wide, gentle, and specifically designed for fun and easy learning. A sliding "carpet" lift runs along the learning area for an easy ride up to the top of the slope. Depending on how quickly you pick up the basics, you may ride a chairlift on your first day and explore the learning area in South Ridge. South Ridge offers mellow and welcoming terrain for beginners and is serviced by a chairlift that is simple to load and unload.

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 helmet (Rental fee is $10 per day, multi-day discount available)
- A neck wrap or scarf
- Warm mittens or gloves
-  Wool or synthetic socks
- Goggles or sunglasses can help, but are optional
- A smile

Learning Programs*

One-Day Learn To Ski & Snowboard Program

Includes all the ski or snowboard equipment you'll need, up to a three-hour clinic with one of our coaches, and a lift ticket to access all our beginner terrain and lifts. After your clinic is done you're free to keep your 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 at South Ridge and are scheduled on weekends and holidays at 9:00AM, 10:00AM, and 12:30PM for skiing and 10:15AM and 12:45PM for snowboard. During the week, programs run at 10:00AM and 12:30PM for skiing and 10:15AM and 12:45PM for snowboard. We ask that you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the clinic. Programs begin December 5 (weather permitting) and continue through early April.

Learn to Ski or Snowboard Lodging Packages

Our Learn to Ski or Snowboard Lodging Package includes two days on the slopes learning to ski or snowboard, with lodging and rental equipment included. Your first day will be spent in our One-Day Program, and for your second day you'll keep your equipment and lift ticket and have a 90-minute beginner clinic to continue practicing the fundamentals and learning new skills.

Three-Day Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package

Our Three-Day Package (ages 15+) will guide you through your first three days on the hill and is the most effective way to learn to ski or snowboard, guaranteeing you will reach a comfort level in riding the lift and skiing or snowboarding on beginner terrain. The first day is our First Experience package, then days two and three consist of 90-minute beginner group clinics. The Three-Day package includes equipment rental, clinics, and a limited access lift ticket* for each day. This package may be used on non-consecutive days at Sunday River or Sugarloaf, and is valid for one year from the date of purchase. 

One-Day Learn to Ski or Snowboard Program $39 non-holiday ($79 holiday*)
Learn to Ski or Snowboard Lodging Packages Rates vary by date
Three-Day Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package TBD

Learn-to programs are available to ages 15 and older. 
* Holiday periods are December 26, 2015 through January 1, 2016; January 16-18, 2016; February 13-21, 2016. 

Take The First Step
Reservations aren't required for our learn to ski and snowboard programs, but they are highly recommended--especially on weekends and holidays. Reservations can be made by calling the Perfect Turn Ski & Snowboard School at 207-824-5080 or emailing ptreservations@sundayriver.com. A credit card is required 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 for an available clinic.