Beginner Lessons

New to the Sport?

We understand that skiing can also be intimidating for first-timers or those who are re-entering the sport after a long absence. Our Discover Packages and Next Step Programs are all designed to help ease your fears, and to get you started down the right path.

Contact Us

Direct: 250-491-6101
Toll Free: 1-866-491-9040

 

  • Ages 3-4

    The Ski Cubs Discover Half Day program gives children a positive experience for their first time skiing in a fun, safe and encouraging group lesson environment, with small class ratios. The Next Step program then provides the perfect way to progress new ski skills.

     

    2018-19 Program Rates

    Discover Half Day program
    Price $79
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • tot day lift ticket
     
    Next Step ^
    Price $79
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • tot day lift ticket

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice.
    ^Previous participation in the Discover Program required for registration in the Next Step program.

     

    Program Times

    Morning session
    Meeting Time* 8:45am
    Lesson Time 9:45am - 11:45am
     
    Afternoon session
    Meeting Time* 12:15pm
    Lesson Time 1:15pm - 3:15pm

    *Meet at the Kids Centre
    Please note: this program is offered as skiing only for ages 3-4.

  • Ages 5-7

    The Snow Riders Discover Half Day and Full Day programs give children a positive experience for their first time skiing or snowboarding in a fun, safe and encouraging group lesson environment. The Next Step program then provides the perfect way to progress new ski and snowboard skills.

     

    2018-19 Program Rates

    Discover Half Day program (age 5)
    Price
    $79
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • tot day lift ticket
     
    Discover Half Day program (age 6-7)
    Price
    $85
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • child beginner lift ticket
     
    Discover Full Day program (age 5-7)
    Price
    $129
    Includes
    • Two 2-hour group ski or snowboard lessons
    • full day rental equipment
    • child beginner lift ticket
     
    Next Step^ (age 5)
    Price
    $79
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • tot day lift ticket
     
    Next Step^ (age 6-7)
    Price
    $99
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • child full mountain day lift ticket

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice.
    ^Previous participation in the Discover Program required for registration in the Next Step program.

     

    Program Times

    Morning session
    Meeting Time* 8:45am
    Lesson Time 9:45am - 11:45am
     
    Afternoon session
    Meeting Time* 12:15pm
    Lesson Time 1:15pm - 3:15pm
     
    Full Day session
    Meeting Time* 8:45am
    Lesson Time 9:45am - 3:15pm^

    *Meet at the Kids Centre
    ^Includes 1.5 hour lunch and supervised play break

  • Ages 8-12

    The Ridge Runners Discover Half Day and Full Day programs give children a positive experience for their first time skiing or snowboarding in a fun, safe and encouraging group lesson environment. The Next Step program then provides the perfect way to progress new ski and snowboard skills.

     

    2018-19 Program Rates

    Discover Half Day program
    Price
    $85
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • child beginner lift ticket
     
    Discover Full Day program
    Price
    $129
    Includes
    • Two 2-hour group ski or snowboard lessons
    • full day rental equipment
    • child beginner lift ticket
     
    Next Step^
    Price
    $99
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • child full mountain day lift ticket

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice.
    ^Previous participation in the Discover Program required for registration in the Next Step program.

     

    Program Times

    Morning session
    Meeting Time* 8:45am
    Lesson Time 9:45am - 11:45am
     
    Afternoon session
    Meeting Time* 12:15pm
    Lesson Time 1:15pm - 3:15pm
     
    Full Day session
    Meeting Time* 8:45am
    Lesson Time 9:45am - 3:15pm^

    *Meet at the Kids Centre
    ^Includes 1.5 hour lunch and supervised play break

  • Adult (13+)

    These Discover Half Day and Full Day programs give teens and adults a positive experience for their first time skiing or snowboarding in a fun, safe and encouraging group lesson environment. The Next Step program then provides the perfect way to progress new ski and snowboard skills.

     

    2018-19 Program Rates

    Discover Half Day program
    Price
    $99
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • adult beginner lift ticket
     
    Discover Full Day program
    Price
    $129
    Includes
    • Two 2-hour group ski or snowboard lessons
    • full day rental equipment
    • adult beginner lift ticket
     
    Next Step^
    Price
    $129
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • full mountain lift ticket

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice.
    ^Previous participation in the Discover Program required for registration in the Next Step program.

     

    Program Times

    Morning session
    Meeting Time* 9:00am
    Lesson Time 10:00am - 12:00am
     
    Afternoon session
    Meeting Time* 12:00pm^
    Lesson Time 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    *Meet at the Kids Centre
    ^Full day program participants do not need to meet at 12pm; they meet the instructor just before 1pm for the second lesson

  • FAQ

    Should I take a lesson?

    The short answer - yes. The Big White Ski and Snowboard School employs some of the best instructors from around the world to help you get the most out of our world-class terrain. They’ll put you on the road to a positive skiing or snowboarding experience, where you are spending more time on your feet and less time on the ground.

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    Where do I go when I arrive?

    The Ski School desk is located inside the Village Centre Mall, which is the building with the clock tower in the Village. This is the best place to purchase any lessons required.

    When it’s time for your lesson, meet your instructor outside the Village Centre Mall. They will be standing under a signpost indicating the relevant level for your lesson.

    You can also purchase any lift tickets and rentals from the designated counters on the main floor as well as clothing, gear and souvenirs from the retail stores located in the Village Centre Mall.

    What should I wear?

    If you are new to snow sports and the Canadian winter, you may not be prepared for the cold temperatures. The average temperature at Big White is -5 C and you will be outside all day. Here are some suggestions to help you dress appropriately:

    • Dress in layers.
    • Wear thermal long underwear or tights as a base layer.
    • Outer layer should be water and wind resistant (i.e. a nylon outer shell or better material). If your outer layer is not insulated, add extra layers underneath for warmth. Do not wear jeans!
    • Wool and polyester/fleece blends are warmer and drier than cotton.
    • Socks should be a wool/polyester blend and not too bulky. Only one pair of socks is necessary.
    • Helmets are not mandatory, but are recommended for every skier or snowboarder regardless of age or ability.
    • Gloves or mittens are a must. Preferably with a nylon or leather outer shell to keep hands dry.
    • Wear goggles to protect your eyes on snowy or windy days. Sunglasses or goggles will work on sunny days.
    • Add sunscreen to the list for sunny days.

    What kind of equipment do I need?

    If you’re skiing, you will need ski boots, skis and poles. Snowboarders will need snowboarding boots and a snowboard.

    Our rentals department will be able to fit you with equipment that suits your height, weight and ability. They also have helmets available for rent.

    Big White offers rental skis and snowboards designed for beginners. When renting, simply let your rental technician know you’re starting out in the sport and they’ll help select the right beginner ski or snowboard for you.

    What if I have my own equipment?

    Make sure that it is in good working condition and was recently serviced by a trained technician. 

    What can I expect?

    FUN! Your experience should be all about having a good time and learning something new.

    At the meeting place you will be greeted by your instructor, who will discuss what you want to achieve from your time together and take you to the terrain that’s best suited to your needs. Our ski and snowboard pros are there to help you with equipment and answer any questions you may have about your adventure.

    How do I find more information?

    For a complete explanation of our offerings, speak to the Ski & Board School desk in the Village Centre Mall. Alternatively, phone 250.491.6101 or toll free in North America 1.866.491.9040.

The Ski Cubs Discover Half Day program gives children a positive experience for their first time skiing in a fun, safe and encouraging group lesson environment, with small class ratios. The Next Step program then provides the perfect way to progress new ski skills.

 

2018-19 Program Rates

Program Price Includes
Discover Half Day $79 2-hour group ski lesson, full day rental equipment, tot day lift ticket
Next Step^ $79 2-hour group ski lesson, full day rental equipment, tot day lift ticket

*Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice.
^Previous participation in the Discover Program required for registration in the Next Step program.

 

Program Times

Session Meeting Time* Lesson Time
Morning 8:45am 9:45am - 11:45am
Afternoon 12:15pm 1:15pm - 3:15pm

*Meet at the Kids Centre
Please note: this program is offered as skiing only for ages 3-4.

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