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Welcome to the sport of skiing and snowboarding! This lesson is designed for anyone who has never skied or snowboarded before.
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2022.23 SnowSports Recreation Guide
Alpine & Nordic

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Need help booking, call us at 250-338-1386 ext 384 or email lessons@mountwashington.ca

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Discover Skiing and Snowboarding

Welcome to the sport of Skiing and Snowboarding! This lesson is designed for those who have never skied or snowboarded before. This all-inclusive package includes: an Easy Acres lift ticket, all the rental equipment (ski/board, boots, poles, and helmet) needed and a 1.45-hour beginner lesson.

Please note: No tots in the Family Discovery Program

Discovery Days at Mount Washington

FREE Discovery Days
December 12 - 16, 2022

Crisp winter air. Trees covered in snow. Carving down the hill with friends. Sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace... For many Canadians, skiing or snowboarding is more than just an activity, it’s a full-day experience! That’s what makes it so special and why we think everyone deserves to give it a try. Learn how to ski, snowboard or cross-country ski completely FREE this holiday season with Discovery Days, December 12-16. The package includes a Lesson, Easy Acres lift ticket, and equipment rental. Available for anyone 13+ who has never skied or snowboarded before.

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Discover Ski (ages 4-6) or Snowboard Package (ages 5-6)

Available Daily
(includes lift, 1 hr & 45 min lesson and rentals.)

Start Times

Price

Daily
9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm
$64.00

Discover Ski and Snowboard Package (ages 7-12yrs)

Available Daily
(includes lift, 1 hr & 45 min lesson and rentals.)

Start Times

Price

Daily
9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm
$79.00
Weekends & Holidays
9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm
$79.00
Weekends & Holiday Special
3:30 pm
$74.00

Discover Ski or Snowboard Package (ages 13-17 yrs)

Available Daily
(includes lift, 1 hr & 45 min lesson and rentals.)

Start Times

Price

7-days/week
9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm
$114.00
Weekends & Holidays
9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm
$114.00
Weekends & Holiday Special
03:30 pm
$94.00

Discover Ski or Snowboard Package (ages 18+ yrs)

Available Daily
(includes lift, 1 hr & 45 min lesson and rentals.)

Start Times

Price

7-days/week
9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm
$114.00
Weekends & Holidays
9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm
$114.00
Weekends & Holiday Special
03:30 pm
$94.00

Family Discover Ski or Snowboard Package (ages 7+ yrs)

Available Daily
(includes lift, 1 hr & 45 min lesson and rentals.)

Start Times

Price

Daily
9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm
$369.00
Weekends & Holiday
9 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm
$369.00
Weekends & Holiday Special
3:30 pm
$319.00

(*) available night skiing evenings only Friday to Sunday, holidays. (**) Family Discover package is for 2 adults and up to 4 children

Please note the Family Discover Program is only available as a one-time special introductory offer. Families may purchase our other Family group products upon completion of the Discovery program

Know Before You Go

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Please go online to mountwashington.ca to book or call (250) 338-1386 ext 384, to speak with a lesson specialist. Class sizes are limited to ensure fun and safety

Know before you go! Prepare to make the most of your time with us on the snow.
  • Allow a minimum of 1.25 hours between your arrival in the resort or departing your condo and the lesson start time (i.e. for a 9 am lesson, plan to arrive by 8 am).
  • If you already have equipment please proceed directly to the outdoor lesson meeting areas. If you require a pass please visit the Ticket Windows outside of the Alpine Lodge.
  • You are responsible for supervising your child (4+ years) prior to meeting the instructor on the snow 10 minutes prior to the scheduled lesson start time.
  • Please be aware that all lessons start promptly at the scheduled start time regardless of weather conditions or reduced lift operations. There are no refunds for missed lessons.
  • Consider checking in the night before! On nights that the resort is open for night skiing, you are welcome to visit us in the Experience Centre until 8 pm.
  • You are responsible for supervising your child (4yr +) prior to meeting the instructor on the snow 10 minutes prior to the scheduled lesson start time.
  • Please be aware that all lessons start promptly at the scheduled start time regardless of weather conditions or reduced lift operations. There are no refunds for missed lessons.
  • You are responsible for meeting your child in the assigned meeting place outside Mountain Kids. Mount Washington is responsible for supervising your child during scheduled lesson times only. Tots will not be released on their own and you may be charged for additional care.
Knowing your reservation number will speed up the check-in process. If possible, please also have this handy upon arrival. Thanks for choosing to visit us at the Mount Washington Snow School! We look forward to welcoming you on the snow you soon.

Lesson Cancellation Policy

  • All lessons must be paid in full at the time of booking.
  • Lessons can be cancelled or rescheduled more than 48 hours in advance. Please call the Snow School at 250-338-1386 ext. 384 or email cancellations@mountwashington.ca.
  • There are no refunds or changes allowed within 48 hours of the lesson time unless due to a medical issue or illness.
  • No refunds will be issued due to weather conditions.
  • Guests who are late for their lessons will not be able to join. We will do our best to rebook for later that day.

More Beginner Programs

Discovery Days at Mount Washington

SKI FREE Discovery Days
December 12 - 16, 2022

Crisp winter air. Trees covered in snow. Carving down the hill with friends. Sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace... For many Canadians, skiing or snowboarding is more than just an activity, it’s a full-day experience! That’s what makes it so special and why we think everyone deserves to give it a try. Learn how to ski, snowboard or cross-country ski completely FREE this holiday season with Discovery Days, December 12th-16th. The package includes a Lesson, Easy Acres lift ticket, and equipment rental. Available for anyone 13+ who has never skied or snowboarded before.
Some conditions apply

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Lessons at Mount Washington

Discover Lessons
First Time Ski or Snowboard

Welcome to the sport of Skiing and Snowboarding! Discovery Lessons are designed for all ages who have never skied or snowboarded before. This all-inclusive package includes: an Easy Acres lift ticket, all the rental equipment you need (ski/board, boots, poles, and helmet) needed and a 1.45-hour beginner lesson. Please note: No Tots in family Discovery Program

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Return Trip package

Return Trip
for Discovery Program Grads

A return package that gives a preferred rate after the completion of the Discover Skiing or Snowboarding program. Includes: Lift ticket, 1.45-hour lesson and rentals. Please note: Return Trip is only offered once to those that have completed any Discovery Program, and for level 1 or 2 skiers and boarders.
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Learn to Turn Program

Learn to Turn
SAVE up to 50%

Mount Washington's Learn to Turn program is a combination of three of our most successful and popular programs to help you get out on the slopes faster and with more confidence. We have combined our Discover Skiing & Snowboarding package with two group lessons along with all your rentals, and two all mountain lift tickets. You save up to 50% compared with paying separately!
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Discover Snow School sports

Rookie Year
Ski or Snowboard Program (ages 4-12)

Rookie Year-Offer only valid until December 18th. Rookie Year is a ground-breaking all-inclusive program designed specifically for tots and kids who are first-time skiers and boarders. Unique to Mount Washington, the Rookie Year Program includes, a seasons-pass, seasonal rentals for skiing or snowboarding and 5 group lessons in our Snow School

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More Tot Programs

Tiny Tots New Program for Skiers Only

Tiny Tots
New Program for Skiers Only

Introduce your little ones to the sport of skiing in a fun and safe environment! Our instructors and daycare team will teach the basics of ski equipment, mobility and beginner skiing skills through games and fun activities. Lessons take place in the Mountain Kids Courtyard. Our goal will be to have tots on the teaching carpet by the end of the program. Program is 5 consecutive Sundays.
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Wee Ski & Ride

Wee Ski & Ride
for Skiers & Snowboarders

This is a parent participation program for you and your tot Skiers (ages 2-5) & Boarders (ages 3-5). Tot rentals are included. This 1-hour program allows you to work with your tot on the snow, with the guidance of one of our snow pros.

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5-Week Mighty Tots

5-Week
Mighty Tots Program

5-week program for tots ages 3-6. Fun skill development with other all-mountain skiing & snowboarding tots. Classes are small to ensure a safe learning environment to allow your child to progress with the same instructor for all five sessions.

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THE MOUNTAIN IS CLOSED TO PUBLIC ACCESS UNTIL DECEMBER 9TH
Mount Washington Alpine Resort has crews actively working with machinery in preparations and the public is not permitted to access any mountain property outside of the operating season. Winter Opening Day is for Friday, December 9th with limited terrain in alpine and Nordic. More info

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FAQs

Can I get a refund if my ski season does not go as planned?

A) The add-on Pass Refundable Option allows you to receive a pro-rated refund or deferral of your season pass for the following reasons:

1. Medical – An injury or illness which prevents the use of the pass for the duration of the season that is valid.  The refund is not applicable for an interim injury or illness.

2. Employment Transfer – A transfer by the pass holder’s current employer requiring a change of residence off Vancouver Island and surrounding islands. The refund is not applicable when voluntarily leaving the area for work or travel.
Any family member unable to ski the remainder of the season due to your injury, illness or move, will also receive a refund provided they have purchased the refundable option. Refunds are not available for reasons outside of the list above

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