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First Time Skier or Snowboarder

First Time Lessons

Learning to ski or snowboard really only takes a sense of adventure and a willingness to give it a try. With the right attitude, you'll very quickly find yourself moving beyond the beginner level. Adult First Time Group Lessons are for students ages 13 and older, and are presented in a group format (usually with six or less first timers learning together).

Lesson start times are at 10 AM and 1 PM, as well as 4 PM for Meadows After Dark. Check in at the lesson area, which is on the snow side of the North Lodge, 10 minutes prior to the lesson start time. Just look for the green banners and fencing.

How to get here:
The best way to get here from Portland is to take one of our Park & Ride buses. If you plan on driving, get directions here. You should expect about 1.5-2 hours of driving time from Portland, and should plan for an 8:30 AM arrival on weekends and holidays, and a 9 AM arrival on weekdays, in order to make the first group lesson of the day.

What to wear:
Waterproof pants, jacket, and gloves, a hat that covers your ears, and goggles as well. (Sunglasses are OK on sunny days). Sunscreen is recommended every day. Dressing in layers is always a good idea so you can adjust your temperature.

What to expect:
In your first two hour lesson, you should expect to spend about 30 minutes getting introduced to your equipment, sliding around on flat terrain, learning to walk up hill, and how to get up from a fall. You will then spend the next 45 minutes learning to turn at least one direction and stop. After we practice these skills, the group will head to the Buttercup Chairlift to continue working on turning and stopping for the rest of the lesson. Our goal for your first lesson is to get you skiing or riding the Buttercup Chair on your own!