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.

New This Season - $10 Night Skiing Beginner Lessons

To celebrate the newly-lit beginner area, Big White Ski & Board School is offering lessons on $10 Fridays for the very first time! That’s right! For just $10 drop-in you can get a 1.5hr beginner lesson and learn to ski or board in a safe, fun environment with some of Canada’s best snow sports pros. Drop-in on Friday nights before 6pm at the Ski and Board School desk in the VCM. Lessons are on a first-come, first-served basis and will fill up so make sure you arrive in good time, and if you need rentals, please give yourself at least 45mins to get set up.

Contact Us

Direct: 250-491-6101    Toll Free: 1-866-491-9040    Email: skischool@bigwhite.com

 

  • Discover Half Day - Learn for $72

    This program is designed to give first time skiers and riders of all ages a fun, safe, and encouraging learning experience and an introduction to the sport.

    Includes:

    • 2-hour group lesson
    • Full day rentals
    • Beginner Area Day Ticket

    Meet your pro at our sales desk an hour before the lesson start time so that they can walk you through every step of your first skiing or snowboarding experience.

    Child (3-12 skiing, 5-12 snowboarding)

    Meeting Time Lesson Time Cost
    8:45 am 9:45 am $72.00
    12:15 pm 1:15 pm $72.00

    Adult (13+)

    Meeting Time Lesson Time Cost
    9:00 am 10:00 am $72.00
    12:00 pm 1:00 pm $72.00
  • Discover 4 Day Program

    Want to learn how to ski or snowboard? Here’s your chance! This program is designed to give first time skiers and riders of all ages a fun, safe, and encouraging learning experience.

    Includes:

    • 2-hour lessons
    • Beginner or regular day tickets
    • Full day equipment rentals

    Child (3-12 skiing, 5-12 snowboarding)

    Meeting Time Lesson Time Cost
    8:45 am 9:45 am $219.00
    12:15 pm 1:15 pm $219.00

    *First two lessons include Beginner Tickets, and the final two lessons include regular (full-mountain) Day Tickets.


    Adult (13+)

    Meeting Time Lesson Time Cost
    9:00 am 10:00 am $219.00
    12:00 pm 1:00 pm $219.00

    *First two lessons include Beginner Tickets, and the final two lessons include regular (full-mountain) Day Tickets.

  • Discover Full Day Program

    This program is designed to give first time skiers and riders of all ages a fun, safe, and encouraging learning experience and an introduction to the sport.

    Includes:

    • 4-hour group lesson (two 2-hour lessons).
    • Full day equipment rentals
    • Beginner lift day ticket

    Child (5-12 skiing or snowboarding)

    Meeting Time Lesson Time Cost
    8:45 am 9:45 am $119.00*
    * Includes lunch

    Adult (13+)

    Meeting Time Lesson Time Cost
    9:00 am 10:00 am $99.00
  • Next Step Program

    This package is the perfect progression from the Discover Program. The Next Step is available to guests that have previously participated in a half day or full day Discover lesson program.

    The perfect way to progress your ski or snowboard skills. Present your Discover Lesson receipt to be eligible for this program.

    Includes:

    • 2 hour group lesson
    • Full day equipment rentals
    • All-mountain lift ticket

    Child (3-12 skiing, 5-12 snowboarding)

    Meeting Time Lesson Time Cost
    8:45 am 9:45 am $89.00
    12:15 pm 1:15 pm $89.00

    Adult (13+)

    Meeting Time Lesson Time Cost
    9:00 am 10:00 am $89.00
    12:00 pm 1:00 pm $89.00
  • 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.

This program is designed to give first time skiers and riders of all ages a fun, safe, and encouraging learning experience and an introduction to the sport.

Includes:

  • 2-hour group lesson
  • Full day rentals
  • Beginner Area Day Ticket

Meet your pro at our sales desk an hour before the lesson start time so that they can walk you through every step of your first skiing or snowboarding experience.

Child (3-12 skiing, 5-12 snowboarding)

Meeting Time Lesson Time Cost
8:45 am 9:45 am $72.00
12:15 pm 1:15 pm $72.00

Adult (13+)

Meeting Time Lesson Time Cost
9:00 am 10:00 am $72.00
12:00 pm 1:00 pm $72.00

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