Bliss, that aha moment when skiing or riding just feels right. Whether it's a white-knuckle steep or placid green circle, mogul field or fresh groomer. When you really nail it on skis or a board, all is right with the world. Every one of Utah's 14 resorts staff enthusiastic, PSIA-certified instructors waiting to show you how to make it happen. Programs and clinics run the gamut from silly-fun kids' lessons where belly laughs are as important as changing pizza turns into French fries, to specialized clinics and camps that both work on skills and explore coveted nooks and crannies as well as secret powder stashes. Taking a ski or snowboard lesson is about a whole lot more than improving technique. Line cutting, access to insider's info about the best places to eat and après, and touring the mountain with someone who knows it like the back of their hand are just a few of the perks you'll enjoy with an instructor. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month in Utah, celebrated with a boatload of deals and discounts. So what are you waiting for? Find your bliss. See how much fun taking a ski or snowboard lesson can truly be.
Dain's How To Series
Brighton Resort's Dain Craig is not only a certified PSIA ski instructor but he also teaches ski instructors how to teach.
Dain's How To: Get your legs/body in shape for the ski season. 6 quick exercises to start the tune-up.
- One of the best exercises is to simply hike mountains trails, then run the trails.
- My personal favorite. Jogging. Start slow but build up to 3-5 miles several times a week.
Use this guide to find the right ski school for you.
Hone your deep powder skills with Alta's Alf Engen Ski School afternoon two-and-a-half-hour advanced and expert skier's workshop, limited to five skiers per instructor.
Thanks to the addition of the new Little Beaver Triple Chairlift, PSIA-certified instructors show newbies the ropes on Beaver Mountain's expanded beginner terrain.
An entire mountain at Brian Head Resort is dedicated beginner and intermediate terrain, making this southern Utah oasis the ideal venue for first timers, families and those getting back into snow sliding.
Why limit learning time to the daylight hours? Brighton offers night skiing and riding lessons on more than 200 acres Monday through Saturday, early December through early April.
Have a world class experience at Canyons Ski and Snowboard School! Our instructors, who come to us from all over the globe, are passionate about teaching Skiing and Snowboarding, and their enthusiasm is contagious! Whatever lesson you chose, you are sure to have a day of fun while enjoying the “Greatest Snow on Earth®
Skiers of all levels hit the slopes at Deer Valley Resort for the three- or five-day Mahre Training Center Ski Camps, conducted in part by Olympic medalists Phil and Steve Mahre.
Eagle Point Resort's Tushar Mountain Tours offers guided ski excursion into the pristine backcountry surrounding the resort. Tour options include an overnight in one of two backcountry yurts.
Park City Mountain Resort's Kids Signature programs combine instruction with off-slope activities creating the perfect mix of fun and learning. Classes are limited to five or three kids per instructor.
Grab your girlfriends and head to Powder Mountain—northern Utah's intermediate paradise—for the Tuesday SheSkis and Boards Women's Clinic, open to all ability levels.
Snowbasin's dedicated Grizzly Club instructors show the youngest shredders basic fundamentals through well-developed activities that are fun, exciting and adventurous.
Snowbird's veteran instructors average over 20 years experience and know every square inch of the mountain. Let one of them help you experience everything NOT on the trail map.
Find and ride Big Cottonwood Canyon's secret stashes days after a storm with a seasoned instructor from Solitude's Snowsports Academy. Two-hour morning powder lessons begin at just $90.
In addition to lift-assisted alpine skiing and riding, Sundance Resort's Nordic center offers 15K of daily groomed trails, available for skating and classic cross country skiing and lessons.
Dominated by beginner and intermediate terrain, Wolf Mountain offers affordable ski and snowboard programs for all skills and sizes.
Whether your kids are just starting to ski, have had lessons or not. . . parents always have to ask the question, "am I doing the right thing?" I had a chat with Dain Craig from Brighton to sort it all out.
Women ski differently than men. We ski for the enjoyment, not for the competition (most of us) and we're just built a little different. After a 5 week women's clinic taught by a female instructor, I became a better skier. At Deer Valley, not only good skiing, but of course, good food and great conditions.
Lessons pay off. Plain and simple, don't try to teach your kids to ski or snowboard...too stressful on them and you. We've had a little snowboarding break, but we're back to boarding and Brighton and learning...it's about the pants.
Powderhound Cat went out and found someone to TRY SKIING just to tell you the same message - January is the best time to hit the slopes!
These days everyone has a helmet. If you don't, you should. In fact, most ski resorts will not give lessons for kids without helmets. You don't always have to buy one, you can rent as well. But how do you now which one is "good" and how should they fit?
Snowbasin is such a great "secret". Not really anymore. It is only 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City-all fast driving and some of the best skiing in Utah. The kids did a lesson, Mom and Dad skied, and I've been informed..."I'm too slow" to get any good video.
Brennan's excitement about his snowboarding continues. He turns 5 with a snowboard cake, hits the slopes with his birthday hat and has a great day in Brighton powder. Emily...gives the terrain park a try. Well, sort of.
It’s important to me that you know that my learning to ski experience was not all ribbons and roses… at all. At my fifth lesson, I hit my skiing low. I was doing really well on the bunny slope. Too well, I guess. So my instructor asked if I wanted to take on something a little more challenging.
I am often asked "where is the best place to take lessons?". There is no right answer because we all look for something different. In starting our weekly lessons at Deer Valley, the Bambi class is small, the food is awesome and Mommy time is superb!
Follow Block's Beginner Blog special guest series to witness her journey and determine if skiing just might be a possiblity for you too!
Trying to ski or snowboard as an adult can be scary. For kids, there isn't quite the fear. I followed along as Julie took her first lesson at Snowbird and we got some great tips!
When starting skiing or boarding, it's always tough to decide on equipment. Does it fit right, what about socks and do I need a helmet? I'm doing a 4 week series featuring great tips for parents and kids. First stop...the rental shop.