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2020-21 Scheduled Season NOV 20 - MAR 21

Why Take Lessons?

The joy of skiing really starts when you can turn and ski in control on intermediate terrain. Guidance and coaching from a trained professional instructor makes the goal much easier to accomplish. For the average person, it takes 3 times to be comfortable and in control on the more difficult terrain. Taking a series of 3 lessons will give you a skill for life. Trained instructors accelerate the learning process- you’ll learn faster than if you try to teach yourself or with the assistance of well-meaning friends.

Beginner Group Lessons

Classes are small, grouped by similar ability in a fun, supportive and social atmosphere. Lessons are purchased at the ski school counter on the lower level of the lodge. Ages 6 and up.

Choose a Level that is Right for You:
  • Beginner 1: Those who have never skied/snowboarded before. Become familiar with equipment, learn balance, sliding, getting up and stopping on the easiest terrain.
  • Beginner 2: You have skied/snowboarded before and are not ready for more difficult terrain. Develop confidence and improve control by learning to link turns on easiest terrain, and make the transition to the chairlifts.

1-hour group lesson: $20
Three 1-hour group lessons: $60

Lesson Times: 10:00 am, 11:15 am, 2:00 pm, 6:15 pm and 7:30 pm

Intermediate Workshops

This is where the fun begins! You can ride the chairlift, make some turns and stop but you do not feel confident. Receive personalized attention and individual feedback in a small group setting. Take on new challenges. Try fun drills and exercises that will help you maximize your time on the hill.

Coaches will focus on your personal goals:
  • Fall less & have more fun!
  • Increase your confidence and level of efficiency
  • Eliminate thigh burn
  • Prepare to ski or ride at bigger areas
  • Keep up with your friends or family
  • Common goals for skiers: Wedge to parallel turns, pole use, developing rhythm & turn shape
  • Common goals for snowboarders: Toe & heel turns and getting comfortable with linked turns in control

1-hour Workshop: $20
Offered daily at 12:30 pm

Private Lessons

There is no better way to improve than to receive personalized instruction and individual feedback. For all ages and abilities. Reservations suggested.

1-hour lesson: $60
Each additional person: 

Lesson Times: 10:00 am, 11:15 am, 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:15 pm, 6:15 pm, and 7:30 pm

Ultimate Private

3 is the magic number. If you take 3 private lessons you will have a skill for life.
For all ages and abilities. Reservations suggested.

Three 1-hour lessons: $180
Each additional person: $75

SKIwee and Cruiser Camp Programs

Skiwee and Cruiser Camp programs are designed to teach beginning skiers and snowboarders. These are instruction and play programs for skiers age 4-10 and snowboarders ages 7-12. The packages include a slope ticket, equipment rental, helmet rental and group instruction. Register at the French-Swiss Ski College counter, lower level of the lodge at Appalachian Ski Mtn. Please note: Registration times are strictly observed. Limited availability, reservations suggested.

Please call about 4 & 5 year olds (828-295-9311)

4 & 5 year olds are only allowed in the AM class from 10-12

Skiwee & Cruiser Camp

Registration Required by: SKIwee* (skiers)
Ages 4-10
Cruiser Camp** (snowboarders) Ages 7-12
9am-5pm Ticket w/ 4 hrs of instruction 9am $82 $94
9am-5pm Ticket w/ 2 hrs of instruction*** 9am – noon 82 94
1-5 pm Ticket w/ 2 hrs of instruction noon 62 74
*SKIwee program offered daily
**Cruiser Camp program offered weekends and holidays only
***You are too late for the morning session of lessons, but you want to start riding by noon.

Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package

Only Offered Early & Late Season (Opening Day through Dec. 14 & Mar 9-22)

Try skiing or snowboarding when the slopes are not busy. This special packages includes 1-hr group lesson, equipment rental and slope ticket. Reservations required at least one day in advance. For ages 6 and up

1-hour group lesson, Equipment rental & slope ticket:  Ski – $52  Snowboard – $64

Lesson Times: 10:00 am, 11:15 am, 2:00 pm, 6:15 pm and 7:30 pm

Which Lesson is Right for You?

Group: All levels, age 6 and over. Group lessons offer the opportunity to improve with skiers or snowboarders of similar ability in a fun, supportive and social atmosphere. Sign up for more than one and improve faster. These are small classes, with never more than 10 people in a group.

Private: Skiing or snowboarding one on one with a private instructor is the most productive way to learn the sport. Time is spent progressing at your pace, tailored exclusively to address your specific needs. Private and semi-private lessons can be arranged at any of the times listed. Reservations suggested.

Ultimate Private: Looking for a big improvement in a few short hours? Meet a personal instructor for a skill evaluation, determine your objectives and develop a three-lesson plan to reach your goals.