Mt. Hood Meadows Ski & Snowboard School is an industry leader for students wanting to advance their skills or learn to ski/ride for the first time.
Terrain & Facilities: Mt. Hood Meadows has some of the best terrain, lifts and facilities for lesson participants in the Northwest. Our fully enclosed Conveyor Lift the “Ballroom Carpet” is very easy for beginners to load and unload compared to rope tows and chairlifts, while protecting riders from the outside conditions. This gives students a gradual introduction to uphill travel without any intimidation.
Our indoor Children’s Learning Center provides a place where kids can do art projects and play games before and after lessons, eat lunch and take breaks from the weather in our secure facility away from the rest of the public. The “CLC” has its own state of the art rental equipment for lesson participants with early rise technology which makes skis and boards easier to turn especially in deeper snow. There is even room for our youngest students to practice using their equipment indoors before heading out on the snow. This indoor introduction allows kids to get comfortable in their boots, learn to put on and take off their equipment and practice the basic stopping position before they use the same skills while sliding on snow.
We have a great variety of beginner through advanced terrain, which allows students to ski a variety of runs no matter what their ability so they can progress slowly to steeper terrain without the need to make any large increases in terrain difficulty to keep progressing.
Instructor Training: At Mt. Hood Meadows, our instructor training team is composed of some of the top ski professionals in the country. Our Snowsports Services Director, Chris Kastner, is a former PSIA Alpine team member and we have five current PSIA-NW Technical Team, members, more than any other school in the Northwest. Our instructor training program is recognized around the Northwest as a model for other resorts because of our large investment in it.
Student Centered Lessons: We hire instructors who are passionate about snow sports and who are excited to share that passion with their students. Not every student has the same background or goals therefore we work hard to get to know each of our students and what they are hoping to get out of our lessons so we can customize the experience for them.
Focus on Safety: As with any sport, Skiing & Snowboarding carry with them inherent risks. We work hard to educate students on how they can reduce these risks. Some of the tools which facilitate this are the skier/rider Responsibility Code to help snow sports participants understand how to conduct themselves safely and the edict associated with participating in skiing & Snowboarding. We use Smart Style to teach the safety and edict associated with using terrain parks and our innovative Lifts Stars program which helps students learn the basics of riding a chairlift in a fun and exciting way.
Our staff is excited to share their passion for snow sports with you!
KIDS LESSONS (age 4 - 12)
Daily Ski and Snowboard Group Lessons
Holiday Kids Camps at Christmas and Spring Break
Sno-Blaster Weekly Group Coaching Sessions for Elementary School Age
Trailblazer Weekly Group Coaching Sessions for Middle School Age
ADULT LESSONS (age 13 and older)
Daily Group Lessons
New Adventure First Time Packages
Midweek Adult Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday Programs
Weekend Weekly Coaching Sessions for High School or Adults
I am proud of our professional staff and the quality of the lessons we provide. If you have any comments, questions, concerns or kudos for our staff, shoot me an email. It's just like we teach - the only way we'll get better is through the guidance of a teacher. I look forward to hearing from you, and perhaps we can take a run together the next time you're at the mountain!
eMail Chris Kastner
Snow Sports Services Director