Snow School
at Mt Washington

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First-time, developing skills or pushing to the next level. Snow School is here to help.
From never-ever’s to seasoned veterans, the Mount Washington Snow School will slide you up to the next level in your sport. The mountain is known as one of the easiest places to learn to ski and ride in North America, but we are so much more! With our snow instructors by your side, the entire mountain is an ideal training ground for all levels of skier and riders; our adventurous blue runs, tucked-away glades and wide-open powder-filled bowls all have propelled athletics to achieve their goals - including Olympic gold medal wins!

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SnowSports Recreation Guide Mount Washington

2022.23 SnowSports Recreation Guide
Alpine & Nordic

Reserve your dates now for the winter season, and view our online Snow Sports Recreation Guide.

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Need help booking, call us at 250-338-1386 ext 384 or email

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Operational Updates: Daily Dispatch

Our team works hard to keep you informed on status updates from around the resort including lift delays, weather events, road interruptions and more details you need to know. Find Daily Dispatch updates on our Mount Washington Mobile App or webpage.
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Bears Den Day Care at Mount Washington

Bears Den Daycare
Child Care Services

The Bear's Den Daycare is a supervised indoor playtime for Tots aged 18 months to 5 years old. Our daycare staff create a fun and safe environment for your tots with games, toys and crafts, in our licensed facility.

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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 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!

This introductory package is designed for those that have never skied or snowboarded before.  This 3 lesson progression allows skiers and boarders to learn at their own pace as they progress from the Easy Acres Learning area to the hawk chair. 

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Discover Snow School sports

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

Rookie Year-Offer is 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. This program is only available by phone or email. Call 250-338-1386 or email

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Snowminds Instructor Courses

Become a Ski Instructor (ages 18+)

Category: Instructor Training
Sports: Ski/Snowboard
Age: Adult
Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Snowminds, in close partnership with the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance and renowned ski schools, like Mount Washington Alpine Resort, offers you the opportunity to become a ski or snowboard instructor in Canada. As a company built by former ski instructors, the work we do is highly personal for us and we have successfully trained more than 2,500 ski and snowboard instructors worldwide in the last seven years. If you have a passion for snow, we hope to get to know you and help make the next adventure one that stays with you for life.

The Instructor Course
You will receive a 3-week comprehensive training program with a careful focus on your technique and development both on and off-piste. Our experienced coaches will work with you individually to improve your understanding of different terrain, mountain safety, and everything else you need to learn to become a competent instructor. The course then culminates with you becoming a certified Level 1 instructor in Canada with a job guarantee. 

Job Guarantee
After the successful completion of the training program, you will be enrolled as a ski instructor intern at the Mt Washington Snow Sports School. In this role, you will get to work a full Canadian winter season in what we humbly consider to be the world's best job. Of course, you will have to work hard to achieve your qualification, but we will support you all the way and are proud to say we have a 100% passing rate in Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

Everyone with basic ski or snowboard skills can become an instructor. The most important thing is that you have the motivation. When you apply for Snowminds, we will first call you for an interview where you can hear more about Snowminds, what to expect from the experience and ​to make sure your profile fits with the Mount Washington Alpine Resort’s standards. 

Off-piste Course
In addition to your CSIA Level 1 course, you can also add 20 days of backcountry training together with Snowminds and an experienced CSGA (Canadian Ski Guide Association) certified guide in Mount Washington Alpine Resort. This internationally acclaimed off-piste course offers you the chance to take the first big step towards being a professional off-piste guide. At the end of the prep course, you will be ready to pass the 8-day Operation Level 1 exam with flying colours.

11-week Course - Level 1 and Level 2
We have furthermore created an 11-week training course, which gives you the opportunity to enjoy the snow and focus 100% on developing your own technique during the winter season on ski or snowboard. Our starting point is your current technical level, so you can participate whether you are a beginner or an expert. After the season you will be educated Canadian Level 1 and 2 Instructor, which will certainly develop you tremendously and will allow you to work a season as a ski instructor or snowboard instructor.

The first step is to send us an email and get the conversation started. We look forward to hearing from you.


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Women's Week at  Mount Washington Alpine Resort

Women's Week
Discounted Packages

Enjoy our Women's Week packages all week long, from Feb 27 - Mar. 3, 2023. Lessons are taught by and designed especially for women. Women of similar abilities are grouped into small classes to meet new friends and revisit old ones as you improve your skiing technique. Reservations are required, space may be limited.

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Private Lessons at Mount Washington

Private Lessons
Ski or Snowboard

Private Lessons are the best investment you can make into your child's skiing and snowboarding techniques. Lessons are 1, 2, or 3 hours and include lift line priority loading. Lesson times are available throughout the day subject to availability and for all ability levels.

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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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5 week adult freeRide Program

5-Week Adult
FreeRide Program

This 5-week program promotes the development of all-mountain skiing and riding by combining elements of freestyle, race and general improvement strategies for you. Working with the same pro will give you the opportunity to work on something new each week, as you develop your technique through exercises and guided mileage. Adults are grouped by ability level and first-timers are welcome! Book by Dec. 18th to save!

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10-Week Freeride at  Mount Washington Alpine Resort

10-Week FreeRide
Starting January 15th or 16th

This 10-week program promotes the development of all-mountain skiing and riding by combining elements of freestyle, race and general improvement strategies. Every Saturday or Sunday your child will be grouped with the same instructor to allow for awesome skill progression and tons of fun. Lunch is supervised or can be purchased as an option along with rentals and tickets. Book by Dec. 18th to save!

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10-Week VI Riders & Comp at  Mount Washington Alpine Resort

10-Week VI Riders
& Competitive Snowboard Program

We’ve teamed up with VI Riders for a 10-week freestyle development program starting January 14th or 15th ,2023 for snowboarders with a focus on learning new tricks and mastering the fundamentals of snowboarding. Riders will work on all-mountain skills and spend time learning tricks in the terrain park. Rider development is of a freestyle nature and training is in a fun, confidence-building atmosphere. EarlyBird Pricing is Available if Booked by Dec. 16th, 2022.

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Tiny Tots New Program Skiing

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.

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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 3-4). 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

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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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.


How old does my child need to be in order to ride the lifts?

Tots 3+ are permitted to Ride the Eagle chairlift Scenic Chairlift ride provided the child must be able to aid in self-rescue in the unlikely event of an emergency.

Children 6+ are permitted to Ride in the Bike Park provided the child must be able to aid in self-rescue in the unlikely event of an emergency as well as being a competent rider, and having a bike that meets all our requirements.


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