Lessons at Bear Valley

Learning how to ski or snowboard has never been easier. The Bear Valley Snow Sports Department specializes in safe and fun lessons that teach the skills of skiing and snowboarding.  Let our expert ski and snowboard instructors teach you how to slide with confidence and a smile! Choose the links below based on the age of the person you would like to start experiencing the fun of snow sports!

Due to reduced capacity this season, lessons must be booked 48 hours in advance of your arrival date. 

Please view our COVID-19 policies and procedures to learn more about how we are adapting the way lessons are provided this season.

Watch this video about where to go when you arrive at Bear Valley Resort, and what to do before your lessons. 

SKIER ABILITY LEVELS

BEGINNER

Level 1: You have never skied before. Level 2: You can ski in a cautious wedge. Level 3: You can make round turns with confidence on green terrain.

INTERMEDIATE

Level 4: Links turns with speed control and brings skis together parallel at the end of the turn on green and easier blue runs. Level 5: Confident on green and easy blue runs. You ski mostly parallel but may wedge or step to start the turns. Level 6: Use a parallel stance on smooth blue runs and are testing your skills on varied terrain and snow conditions.

ADVANCED

Level 7: You ski with controlled parallel turns, maintaining rhythm and speed control on groomed black runs. Level 8: You ski with good technique on all terrain and snow conditions, using carved short radius turns.  

 

SNOWBOARDER ABILITY LEVELS

BEGINNER

Level 1: You have never snowboarded before. Level 2: You can side slip on toe or heel, sliding left and right. Level 3: You are able to slide left and right in control on both edges or complete an independent heel and toe turn on green terrain.

INTERMEDIATE

Level 4: You are able to complete a linked toe and heel turn on gentle green terrain and looking toward easy blue runs. Level 5: You are able to complete linked turns on toe and heel side on green and blue runs. Level 6: You are able to complete linked turns with minimal traverse comfortably on all blue terrain and easy black runs.

ADVANCED

Level 7: You are able to link turns with rhythm and flow on difficult blue and most black runs. Level 8: Join your instructors to make turns of any kind, anywhere, anytime all over the mountain and in all snow conditions, taking your riding to the highest Level.