Snow School - Mount Washington Alpine Resort


Mount Washington offers ski or snowboard lessons, packages, and rentals, to all ages skill levels, or abilities.

Save when you plan ahead and purchase before arriving at the mountain! Many of our Lessons & Programs offer early booking savings. See the Rec Guide for details! 

Click through to pages below for specific information.

The Ability Guide

Use our easy-to-follow Ability Guide online or in the Recreation Guide to find your skill level for our seasonal and drop-in lesson programs. If you're new to snow sports, discover what Green Circle, Blue Square and Black Diamond trail ratings mean.

Ability Guide is for Tots, Youth and Adults; beginner to expert.


Lessons at Mount Washington

Discover Lessons
First Time Ski or Snowboarding

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 needed (ski/board, boots, poles, and helmet) and a 1 ¾ hour beginner lesson. Please note: Family Discovery Program for ages 7+ only

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Group Lessons at Mount Washington

Group Lessons
Ski or Snowboard

Group lessons are a fun way to learn with others of similar abilities. Pros are trained to deal with splits in classes to keep the learning environment fun and active. All group sessions are 1.45-hours in length and a max. of 5 people per group. Please Note: Group Lessons are available for ability levels 1-4.

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Private Lessons at Mount Washington

Private Lessons
Ski or Snowboard

Private lessons are the best way to improve your skiing and snowboarding technique. Whether you are looking to take your abilities to the next level or you just want to fine-tune your turns, then consider taking a private lesson with one of our expert instructors. As a bonus you get lift-line priority, which means more time on the snow and less in the line-up. Ages 3+.

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Camps, Clinics & Clinics

Camps, Clinics &

Mount Washington Snow School offers camps, clinics, and multi-day programs for skiers and snowboarders, with a variety of levels available from never-evers to advanced skiers and riders.
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Instructor Courses

Instructional Courses
Learn to Teach

The Level 1 Certification provides you with the essentials needed to effectively
teach skiing and is also a prerequisite to employment on the mountain as a ski
instructor. Courses are three days in length and will focus on personal skiing
skill improvement along with teaching skill progression and safe teaching
practices. Must be 14 years or older to attend.
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Snow Sport Recreation Guide

Snow Sports Available to Book Now!

Our Snow Sports Recreation Guide is available now! Pick up a copy or click below to download and view online to start planning your season of lessons, programs, rentals and activities on the snow here at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. Our Rec Sales Agents are available via email and phone to assist with booking your experience. We can't wait to hear from you! You can also click here to view Lesson & Rental details on pages of our website.

From all the ski and snowboard action in the alpine, to the peaceful offerings of the Nordic Centre at Raven Lodge, to our calendar of events, rentals and gear services, Instructor Courses and more, The Rec Guide is your key to winter 2023/24 recreation. Pick up your physical copy of The Rec Guide at local Comox Valley retailers, including Ski Tak Hut, Valhalla Pure, Blue Toque, The Visitor Centre, Roam Media in Cumberland, the local libraries and various other recreation centres. 


Group Lessons at Mount Washington

Alpine Gear Rentals
The Experience Centre

The Rossignol Experience Centre rents everything needed for a fun day on the slopes. Full packages including skis/snowboard, boots and poles, are available to rent. Daily as well as seasonal rentals are available.

Book your rentals in advance online, before you arrive at the resort. Add on your lift ticket with your rentals in the shopping cart! 

Tip: Save time by picking up your gear ahead of time, after 3pm for the next day at no additional cost. You can also add your lift ticket to your online rental booking!

Alpine Rentals
Lessons at Mount Washington

Performance Rentals & Gear Services
The Rossignol Demo Centre

Ski the best selection of all-mountain, powder and carving skis and boards available from Rossignol from The Demo Centre. Located conveniently next to the Alpine Lodge and Eagle Chairlift, the Rossignol Demo Centre is also your stop for gear tuning, repair, and boot fitting services. 

Guests are welcome to come in and learn about the technology behind skis, snowboards and boots. A fleet of all-new Rossignol demo skis and snowboards is available to take out for a test ride. Professional boot fitting and repair services will help keep your gear riding smoothly all season.

The Demo Centre also caters to first-time skiers and snowboarders with a full range of beginner-specific gear designs to make learning to turn easy.

Demo Centre


Mount Washington Raven Lodge

Lessons and Programs
Learn to XC Ski

Welcome to the Nordic Centre at Raven Lodge! These lessons are customized for any ability level from beginners to experts, with classic and skate XC lessons, snowshoe tours, fat biking and more!
Lessons and Programs
Mount Washington Raven Lodge

Nordic Rentals
Cross-Country Skiing, Fat Biking and Snowshoeing

Our full-service Nordic rental shop is conveniently located in the Nordic Centre’s picturesque Raven Lodge. We feature a full line of Rossignol skate and classic skis and boots, MSR snowshoes as well as Rocky Mountain Blizzard bikes. Save time in the rental line and rent your gear online.
Nordic Rentals
SAFETY Binding Release Info
Binding Release information
RESERVE Purchase Your Lesson
IMPORTANT Know Before You Go

Reservations are strongly encouraged. Please go online to 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
  • 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.

Snow School

We highly recommend booking your lesson in advance to guarantee your spot. Our instructors book up quickly and can't always accommodate last-minute walk-in requests.

Snow School Call Centre


Contact Us

Mount Washington Alpine Resort
P.O. Box 3069, STN Main
Courtenay, British Columbia, V9N 5N3
Toll-Free: 1-888-231-1499
First Aid 1-250-334-5741


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