Kids Ski & Snowboard Lessons
Ages 3-12

Kids Ski & Snowboard Lessons

Growing kids? Enroll them in a ski or snowboard lesson geared toward their skiing ability, age and development. The end result is always fun on snow. 

Plan Ahead for Family Fun on the Slopes

  • Group lesson availability for 2020-21 will be posted soon.
  • Reservations are required to guarantee a spot and can be purchased online until midnight the day before the lesson. 
  • A lift ticket is not included and is required to participate in the lesson. 
  • Rental skis and boots are $15 per day; a helmet rental is an additional $10 per day.
  • All lessons start at 10AM--Full-Day Lesson pick-up is between 3PM and 3:15PM; Half-Day Lesson pick-up is at 12PM. 
  • Drop-off ends at 9AM. Your child must be checked-in, have their equipment, and be ready to go on snow by this time. Late arrivals may be denied enrollment for the day. 
  • MAX 5 First Experience lessons provide a smaller group for children who have never skied or snowboarded before, or who are not gliding independently. Find more information at the bottom of this page. 
  • Holidays include December 24 - January 1; January 18-19; February 15-23. No half-day lessons are available on Saturdays or during holiday periods. 

Mini Mogul Munchkins 

Ski lessons for ages 3-5 
Mini Munchkins - 2019/20Saturday/HolidayNon-Holiday
Full-Day $140 $125
Max 5 First Experience Full-Day $225 $200
Half-Day N/A

$115

Mogul Munchkins 

Ski lessons for ages 6-7
Mogul Munchkins - 2019/20Weekend/HolidayNon-Holiday
Full-Day  $120 $100
MAX 5 First Experience Full-Day $200 $175
Half-Day  N/A

$90



Mogul Meisters

Ski or snowboard lessons for ages 8-12
Mogul Meisters - 2019/20Weekend/HolidayNon-Holiday
Full-Day $110 $90
MAX 5 First Experience Full-Day $190 $165
Half-Day  N/A $80

Buy In Bulk, Shred All Season

    • Mogul Munchkin

      30-Day Pass

      $1,549

      Includes 30 Full-Day lessons with lunch during the 2019-20 winter season. Passes are transferable between siblings.

      Lift tickets are not included.

    • Mogul Meisters

      30-Day Pass

      $1,349
      Ages 8-12

      Includes 30 Full-Day lessons with lunch during the 2019-20 winter season. Passes are transferable between siblings.

      Lift tickets are not included.

Tiny Turns

Tiny Turns combines day care with a one-hour private ski clinic for children ages 3-4 who have never skied before. Available weekends only.

Children's Lesson Details

  • A smaller group, guaranteed. With a maximum of five children per instructor, this class style provides your child with more individualized instruction for their first experience and allows your child to progress at a much faster rate. 

    • Available only for children who have never skied/snowboarded before or who are not gliding independently. 
    • Program includes a full-day lesson and lunch.
    • Rental skis and boots are $15 per day; a helmet rental is an additional $10 per day.
    • Available by reservation only.  
  • The Sunday River SnowSports School is located slopeside, adjacent to South Ridge Lodge, where you'll find signage for each program by age. 

  • Come early and avoid the crowds! We open for registration and drop-off at 8AM weekends and holidays, and 8:45AM on weekdays. Your child must be registered by 9AM for Full-Day and Half-Day lessons, so please allow time to get your child settled. Late arrivals may be denied enrollment for the day.

    To save time at registration, be sure to fill out the online registration form sent with your confirmation email.

    SnowSport School instructors will take care of all your child's equipment needs when they arrive for their lesson, including skis/snowboards/boots and lift tickets as needed. You do not need to visit the rental shop or lift ticket windows in the South Ridge Lodge. 

    Shoes, boots, small backpacks with extra layers may be stored in cubbies while your child is in lessons. Please make sure to label your children's belongings.  If your child is in lessons for more than one day, you may leave your skis/board and boots here overnight.  Our building closes at 4PM daily. Please make sure that you have retrieved all of your belongings by then.  

    • Lessons may include play time, cold weather breaks, and rest periods depending on the needs of the group. 
    • Our Full-Day programs include lunch with healthy, kid-friendly menu options. Your child's group may also take a snack break during the morning and/or afternoon session. You may pack snacks and a lunch for your child but please give it to a Team Member at registration. We are a peanut/nut-free ski school. 
    • If a child refuses to participate in their program, they will wait inside with a Team Member and a parent will be contacted. 
    • All children's programs have been carefully designed to include age-appropriate activities. Please do not enroll your child in a program that isn't designed for their age group. 
    • Please evaluate your child's abilities realistically, and remember that Sunday River offers varied and challenging terrain. Instructors reserve the right to move a child to the most appropriate program for their ability. 
  • Pick-up for our Half-Day program is at 12PM; pick-up for our all day program is between 3PM and 3:15PM.  Mini Mogul Munchkins and Mogul Munchkins are picked up inside where you dropped your kiddos off.  Mogul Meisters are picked up outside in front of the SnowSports School near the fire pit.

  • Please make sure to label all belongings.

    • Goggles
    • Helmet (available for rent at our locations)
    • Wind/waterproof insulated jacket
    • Wind/waterproof insulated snow pants
    • Long underwear, tops and bottoms 
    • Waterproof mittens or gloves
    • Wool/synthetic ski or snowboard socks (no cotton)
    • Neckwarmer
    • Spare under clothes

    Shoes, boots, small backpacks with extra layers may be stored in cubbies while your child is in lessons. If your child is in lessons for more than one day, you may leave your skis/board and boots here overnight. Our building closes at 4PM daily. Please make sure that you have retrieved all of your belongings by then.

  • If your child is in a full-day lesson and is having lunch with us, you can expect the following meals from our peanut/nut-free ski school program. Your child may bring their own lunch and snacks if you prefer. 

    Hot Lunch Options 
    One offered daily

    • Mac and cheese
    • Hot dogs
    • Chicken fingers
    • Pizza
    • Grilled cheese
    • French toast sticks
    • Pasta with or without sauce
    • Fish sticks
    • Meatball subs
    • Slider burgers

    Other Lunch Options
    Offered daily

    • Cheese sandwich
    • Jelly sandwich
    • Deli sandwich
    • Gluten-free sandwich
    • Salad
    • Soup
    • Cereal
    • Fruit salad
    • Bananas
    • Cantaloupe
    • Pickles
    • Carrots
    • Apples
    • Yogurt
    • Cheese sticks

    Drinks

    • Milk
    • Chocolate Milk
    • Water

    Snacks

    • Animal crackers
    • Goldfish
    • Granola bars
    • Hot chocolate
  • Safety is the foundation of our learning environment at the SnowSports School. The Skier Responsibility Code, and if applicable SMART Style and PEEPs, will be incorporated into your children's skier education. It's never too early to learn about safe skiing!

    • In case of an emergency, the emergency contacts listed on the registration form will be contacted. 
    • Please be sure to notify the Children's Center Team of any medical or emotional needs your child may have, including allergies or other health conditions. 
    • Medical information must also be listed on your child's registration form. 
  • Our Essential Eligibility Criteria for skiers and riders taking lessons at Sunday River SnowSports School may help you determine whether the student's needs can be met best through a group lesson, a private lesson, or an adaptive lesson. All guests are welcome and important at the Sunday River SnowSports School. Our goal is to provide a professional level of care and service for the best possible experience for all.

    The Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) below outlines the essential eligibility standards that are required for ALL guests to participate in ski and snowboard lessons, group or private, at the Sunday River Resort. Adaptive lessons at the Sunday River Ski Resort are conducted by Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation and may be subject to different EEC's. The purpose of the EEC is to give our Team Members, our students, and their families the information they need to make an accurate, objective assessment when deciding if an individual's abilities are appropriate for a lesson format.  Specifically, the EEC assists in the determination of whether or not a student:

    • has a willingness, desire and motivation to participate in the sport of skiing or snowboarding in a lesson environment.
    • will or will not present a safety risk to themselves or others.
    • will or will not distract from the experience of other lesson participants.  

    In order to participate in a ski or snowboard lesson, a student must meet a basic level of physical and cognitive abilities. For some individuals, the basic level of function can be achieved with additional assistance or other reasonable accommodation.

     The EEC listed below specify the most basic functions necessary to allow for the safe participation in a ski or snowboard lesson. Although this list is intended to be comprehensive, there may be situations and variables that do not appear below and there are many different situations (such as weather, crowds, group dynamics, etc.) that make it impossible to list every form in which inclusion may take place. Therefore, this list is not inclusive, and Sunday River Resort reserves the right to determine additional criteria at any time.  

    Physical Abilities  The student is able to do the following, independently:

    • Visit restrooms by themselves, stop with the lesson on a trail, or maneuver in a lift line.
    • Participate in the lesson without being under the influence of any controlled substance, intoxicant, drug, or hallucinatory agent.
    • Perform all functions of the lesson within a reasonable time frame, without holding up the movement of the entire lesson.
    • Continue with the lesson throughout the day without causing detours in terrain selection, additional breaks or other changes in the normal course of the lesson plan as designed for the entire lesson.
    • Negotiate level-appropriate terrain without hindering the experience of other guests or causing risk to personal safety.
    • Travel at an appropriate level of speed for their ability.
    • Follow the National Ski Areas Association's "Your Responsibility Code," which requires that all skiers and riders:
      • Always stay in control.
      • People ahead of you have the right-of-way.
      • Stop in a safe place for you and others.
      • Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield.
      • Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
      • Observe signs and warnings to keep off closed trails.
      • Know how to use the lifts safely.      

    Behavior/ Reasoning Abilities  The student is able to do the following, independently:

    • Communicate personal needs to the instructor.
    • Follow directions as communicated by the instructor.
    • Maintain a reasonable level of willingness, desire and motivation to participate in the sport of skiing or snowboarding in a lesson environment.
    • Refrain from discourteous behavior or profane language while engaged in the lesson.
    • Socialize with a group of similar age and ability level students, without requiring extra attention from the instructor that distracts from the instructor's reasonable care of the entire group.
    • Understand the cause and effect relationships in which an action or behavior may place the physical safety of himself or others at risk.
    • Maintain the amount of attention and focus necessary to participate for the full duration of the lesson.         
    • Make arrangements for an authorized caretaker to dispense medications, as the instructor and other Sunday River Team Members are not permitted to do so.
    • Disclose any allergies or medications that could affect their participation in the program to the program Team Member and/or their instructor prior to the lesson. Food allergies must be known ahead of time if the student is to be eating the provided lunch as part of their lesson program.
    • Avoid leaving the class without permission.  

    The instructor has the authority to cease the student's participation in the lesson:

    • The student exhibits any behavior that makes the lesson unsafe to the student, instructor, and/or others on the mountain.
    • The student makes it apparent that they no longer want to continue the lesson.
    • The prevailing conditions and circumstances warrant.  

    If you or your child do not meet one or more of the specific requirements above, please consider taking advantage of the ski programming from Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation, an independent non-profit organization located on-property at Sunday River Resort.

    Contact Information:

    Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation
    8 Sundance Lane Newry, Maine 04261 
    207-824-2440 
    info@maineadaptive.org 
    maineadaptive.org

  • Gratuities are not included and are not expected. However, they are always appreciated if you feel that the service warrants it.