Learn to Ski or Snowboard

You want to learn how to ski or snowboard. Here's why you should learn with us:

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 Perfect Turn's opening date in December through Saturday, January, 31, we will be offering $29 Learn to Ski or Ride packages.* 

What kind of teaching facilities does Perfect Turn have at its disposal?

Our Sprint Discovery Center at the South Ridge Lodge is exactly what it sounds like: an entire facility specifically designed for and dedicated to adults (ages 15+) who'd like to discover snow sports in a comfortable setting. The Discovery Center is also the place to go if you haven't skied or snowboarded in a while, as the equipment has changed and become a lot more user friendly over the past decade.You may register, check in, and fill out all necessary paperwork at the Discovery Center. You will also be fitted for your equipment here.

We'll provide your awesome teacher, all of the necessary gear, and a limited-access lift ticket. Here's what you should bring:

-Warm clothing. Prepare to spend most of your day outside:

  -Ski or snowboard pants
  -An insulated jacket
  -A hat or helmet
  -A neck gator or scarf
  -Waterproof mittens or gloves
  -Wool blend socks
  -Goggles (or at least sunglasses)
  -A smile

Need to stow your personal belongings?

Any street shoes, backpacks, etc. may be left in cubbies at The Discovery Center. 

Alright. You're ready to hit the hill. On your first day, you will learn...

You will learn how to use your equipment first. This includes turning and stopping on your skis or snowboard. You'll also be introduced to the on-snow safety code. South Ridge offers mellow and welcoming terrain for beginners. The Sundance Learning Area is steps from South Ridge Lodge and it's serviced by the Magic Carpet Surface Lift. Depending on how quickly you pick up the basics, you may ride a chair lift on your first day. The South Ridge Express lift adds variety for more confident skiers and riders without any additional intimidation.

You survived. What now?

After your lesson or clinic, you will have the option to return to the Discovery Center or stay slopeside and continue to play in the snow.

When are Learn to Ski or Ride packages available?

On weekends and holidays at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., and 1 p.m. During the week and on non-holidays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Lessons and clinics are offered throughout the season, as long as the  Sundance Learning Area is operational. This is usually between mid-December and mid-April.

Want to sign up?

Great! Reservations aren't required at this point in time, but they are recommended--especially on weekends and holidays. You may make reservations by calling the Perfect Turn Office at (207) 824-5080 or sending a message to ptreservations@sundayriver.com. Please have a credit card handy, as we will use it to reserve your spot. 

Getting here:
As you approach the South Ridge Welcome Center from the parking area, the Discovery Center will be on your right.

Not sure which package is right for you?

If you have one day...

Take a three to four-hour clinic designed for first-time skiers and snowboarders. Your coach will walk you through every step, from arrival to removing your boots at the end of the session. We promise that you'll learn all of the basics and have fun in the process.

If you have three days...

Our three-day package is the most effective way to learn to ski or snowboard. We guarantee that you will leave us confident in your abilities to ride the lift and navigate beginner terrain. The first day consists of our First Experience package. Days two and three continue building your skills with 90-minute beginner group clinics. 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.

How much will it cost?

One-Day Learn to Ski or Ride Clinic $80                       
Three-Day Learn to Ski or Ride Clinic $180

Please call 207-824-5080 for more information.

*This special rate is not available December 26 to January 1 or January 17 to 18.