Are Winter Park Ski Lessons for Kids worth the money? (2023)

I don’t know about you, but I try to stick to ourfamily vacation budget. I’ve seen and read about people going on ski vacations and thought, “Wow, those ski lessons seem expensive, are they really worth it? I mean really, how much can young children learn in one day on skis to make the lessons worth the price tag?” During a recent visit to theWinter Park Ski Resort’s Ski School during spring break I got to find out with my kids.

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Table of Contents

  • 1 Signing in for your Winter Park ski lessons
  • 2 What your kids can expect
  • 3 First day lessonresults
  • 4 Post lesson reality
  • 5 Is Winter Park Ski School with kids worth it?

Signing in for your Winter Park ski lessons

Initially I was a little nervous about dropping my kids off at a new place, to try a new activity, with people we didn’t know. What if my 3 year old decided to lay in the snow and not participate? What if my 6 year old got hurt? What if they have to go to the bathroom at an inopportune time? As soon as we filled out the registration information my mind was put at ease. They take down all the emergency contact, allergy, and medical information when your child is signed up for lessons. All that critical information is printed onto their lesson ticket and zip tied to their coat. I also found their instructor to student ratio impressive. My daughter’s class (3’s & 4’s) was a ratio of one instructor to four children. My son’s class (4-6 year olds) was a ratio of one instructor to six children. Each child also has a GPS strapped onto their leg (more on the GPS later). Each age group is also broken down even further into skill level. For example, my children were both in “Learn to Ski” in their respective age group, while other children were in “Learn to Stop”, “Control by Turning”, etc.

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What your kids can expect

Winter Park Resort seems to have thought of everything when planning out the Ski School. The day starts at 9:15 and ends at 3pm. The children eat lunch together and have a few kid-friendly options to choose from. The beginner slopes are adjacent to the Ski School building. The building has the children’s rentals, a play room, and restrooms. My son’s classes was taken up the chair lift to a very flat green hill (Marmot Flats) for part of the afternoon. That green is also located right next to a restroom building. His class also had a snowmobile shuttle the class down the mountain, as they were not advanced enough to ski all the way back to the bottom.

The Ski School instructors are young adults who are amazing with the children. They are enthusiasticwhen they see thekids in the morning and are great at getting their students excited for a day of skiing. The class for 3 and 4 year olds meets in a fun play room indoors. My daughter was a little hesitant at drop off. The instructors immediately engaged her and offered her the last Olaf sheet to color. Older studentsmeet at the Ski School slopes right next to the Ski School building. My son was instantly excited about the “magic carpet” that takes the kids to the top of the little learning slope.

The instructors are also great skiers who have the skills to patiently teach the children the basics of skiing in a way they understand. My husband skis about once a year. He doesn’t have the ability to ski backwards or know how to teach the kids based on their own skill level. We saw a few parents skiing with straps on their young children, guiding them down the slopes as they both skied gracefully together. My husband admittedly was not ready to do that with our kids.

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First day lessonresults

At the end of the day, my children who had never put on skis, were both confidently riding up the “magic carpet” and skiing down the small slopes. They both had huge smiles on their faces and were so proud to show us their skills. I expected them to be puddles at pick up time. They were tired, but they were so proud of their accomplishments, they wanted to keep their skis on a little longer.

The instructors werevery comfortable talking with parents about each child’s progress. We got a card with comments about how each child did and what level they are recommended to take if they continue with lessons. The card also includes a coupon for $20 off another lesson and their GPS tracker number. You enter their GPS tracker information into a website and it shows on a map where your child skied. This is great information so you can see exactly what they did during the day, especially if you plan to take them out yourself. You will know what runs they are comfortable skiing.

Post lesson reality

The day after my kids’ lessons was interesting. My daughter became unable to even stand up confidently on skis in my presence. My son wanted to learn more but it was difficult between my husband and I to help each child. I tried to take my son up one of the lifts to the flats. He fell getting off the lift, largely due to me trying to help him. We got off the lift, he skied for about 3 minutes and then asked to ride the lift down. FYI, you can do that. The people who run the lift are used to kids needing to ride the lift down and are more than happy to help. My son wanted to do skiing more advanced than the little slopes but we weren’t sure what exactly to do to help him build on what he already learned. I had just learned how to ski the day before, so I was useless.

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After lunch that day I went on short run by myself. My husband stuck around the beginner slopes with the children. I came back 30 minutes later to my daughter zooming down the slopes. Funny how independent she can be when I am not around. She was going fast and loving it. The problem was, she couldn’t stop. We have a great video of my husband running after her as she is screaming with joy.

It was apparent that our children loved skiing but we were not equipped to help them grow as skiers. We asked them if they would like to go to Ski School again the next day and they both said yes. I quickly went over to the Ski School building and gladly handed over my card to pay for them both to attend another day in a higher lever. After the second day of lessons my son confidently lead my husband up the lift, he got off the lift gracefully, and skied all the way back down the mountain (via the easiest green route). It was a complete 180 from the experience of the prior day.

Is Winter Park Ski School with kids worth it?

I am going to be completely honest with you here. I never expected to be the type of person who shells out money for ski lessons. Ski School isn’t cheap, but it is well worth it. There are a few reasons, and here is why:

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  • First, Ski School offers a package deal that includes rentals. The kids also receive lunch and a lift ticket with their lesson. They can go up the lifts again after their lesson. If you are already budgeting to rent equipment and buy a lift ticket, adding on lessons isn’t that much more expensive.
  • Secondly, the growth and confidence in skiing that is gained in Ski School in one day is miles above anything my husband or I could have done in multiple days.
  • Third, our children being in ski school gave my husband and I a chance to ski together. There is nothing wrong with Mom and Dad having some alone time during a family vacation.

My son has already asked if we can go back to Winter Park for Spring Break next year. We hope to be able to, and if we do, I guarantee you I’ll be budgeting for at least one day of lessons at the Winter ParkSki School.

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Many thanks to Winter Park Resort for hosting our first day of ski lessons for the purpose of review. We gladly paid for the children’s second day of lessons ourselves. As always my opinions are my own; when they aren’t you will be the first to know.

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Are private ski lessons worth it for kids? ›

The advantage of a private kids' ski lesson is that the instructor will solely focus on the child's needs and skills, meaning that progress is generally faster. Developing and improving the skiing technique or correcting wrong habits in kids who already are experienced skiers is also best done in a private lesson.

Is it worth taking a ski lesson? ›

If you are just starting out skiing or snowboarding, then lessons are an absolute must. You want to be safe on the mountain and learn valuable fundamental skills, and you can get this by learning from a professional. Family ski safety is a priority and that begins with learning how to ski and snowboard from an expert.

What is the best age to teach a child to ski? ›

Age 3, consensus seems to be, is a good start for kids and skiing—that's the starting age for many ski schools. For snowboarding, kids younger than 5 often have trouble getting the mechanics of standing sideways on a board, and the recommend starting age is 7.

How much are ski lessons in Winter Park? ›

Save up to 20% when you book 72 hours in advance!
Type21/22 Prices (includes up to 5 participants)*Lesson Duration
Half Day MorningFrom $474 - $7693 Hrs, 9:15am - 12:15pm
Half Day AfternoonFrom $474 - $7693 Hrs, 1pm - 4pm
Full DayFrom $799 - $10446 Hrs, 9:15am - 3:15pm

How many ski lessons does a child need? ›

Five lessons? Again, different for every child but hopefully they will learn how to put on equipment, walk on their skis, glide and be able to stop after the first day. Three lessons typically has them riding a chairlift, turning, and comfortable on green runs. After five they may be exploring steeper terrain.

Can kids ski without lessons? ›

Yes, you do. If you've never skied before, heading out on the mountain isn't just dangerous for you, it's also dangerous for those around you. In fact, statistically, most injuries resulting from skier-collisions involve a beginner. But that shouldn't frighten you.

How much should a ski lesson cost? ›

Prices for private tuition usually range for $600-850 for a full day (6 hours) of lessons or $250-525 for half a day (3 hours). You can usually also find private lessons for one hour. Prices usually starts around $110. You can often save some money if you book your lessons from home and pay in advance.

Is it safe to ski without lessons? ›

You may be wondering, "can I go skiing without lessons?" Well, the ski industry has made some incredible technological advancements when it comes to beginner skis. The new skis make learning so much easier and more fun, but that doesn't mean you should skip taking a lesson.

Is it hard to teach kids to ski? ›

While you can learn at any age, kids have the advantage of being flexible, nimble and relatively fearless. Most ski schools will teach children as young as age 3. With good instruction, many kids can ski independently on a beginner slope in just a few days.

How long does it take a 5 year old to learn to ski? ›

The magic ski age is around 5

If given the chance, and at least three consecutive days of learning, a kid around 4.5 to 5 years old may be able to get the basics of listening, turning, stopping and managing the lifts enough to get out of the ski school corral and onto the wide-open green runs.

Is it easier for a child to learn to ski or snowboard? ›

There is no right or wrong answer! There are some things you can think about however; It is important to note that although skiing can be initially easier, generally, once the skill of sideways sliding is learnt snowboarding is generally thought to be much easier to master.

Should my child ski or snowboard first? ›

Regardless of age, the general rule surrounding skiing and snowboarding is this; Skiing is easier to learn but harder to master, whereas snowboarding is harder to learn but easier to master. On a snowboard, you are learning a few wholly new techniques at once.

Is Winter Park good for beginners? ›

Winter Park is the optimal ski resort for beginners. Between Winter Park Mountain, Mary Jane and Vasquez Ridge, there are many easy runs that lead down to the valley. A few chair lifts connect the easy slopes and there are some beginners' slopes at the Winter Park Village base stations and the Mary Jane Base Area.

Does Winter Park have a magic carpet? ›

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The surface area lift, fondly named a 'magic carpet,' is the place to start. Here the slopes are easy and relatively smooth.

How much do ski lessons cost in Colorado? ›

Colorado Family Ski Directory 2019/20
ResortAdultSki/Ride School
Monarch Mountain$79Full day $119; half-day $89
Powderhorn Mountain Resort$79Group lessons start at age 8. A 4-hour lesson is $119.
Purgatory Resort$99A variety of programs are available for kids ages 4+; rates from $70
Ski Granby Ranch$89Starting at $189.
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How do I teach my 5 year old to ski? ›

Teaching my 5 year old to Ski! - YouTube

How many days does it take to learn to ski? ›

with modern ski equipment and good instruction an average adult can be skiing simple green terrain at the end of their first day. But, for those skills to take hold it'll be on the order of three to five days before they're really comfortable on skis.

How do I prepare for my first ski lesson? ›

Skiing for Beginners: Top Tips for First-Time Skiers
  1. Pack warm and waterproof clothing. ...
  2. Wear goggles & a helmet. ...
  3. Choose a beginner-friendly ski resort. ...
  4. Rent your larger equipment. ...
  5. Take an introductory lesson. ...
  6. Forget the poles (for now) ...
  7. Opt for an all-in-one package. ...
  8. Bend your knees.
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How do I teach my 6 year old to ski? ›

Teaching Your Own Kids To Ski (It's Easier Than You Think) - YouTube

Are private or group ski lessons better? ›

Generally speaking, the rule is: Ski school lessons are more affordable and a great way to meet other skiers who are the same ability level as you. Private ski lessons are more expensive but allow you to progress at your natural pace (however fast or slow that may be) with much more one-on-one support.

Is it hard to teach kids to ski? ›

While you can learn at any age, kids have the advantage of being flexible, nimble and relatively fearless. Most ski schools will teach children as young as age 3. With good instruction, many kids can ski independently on a beginner slope in just a few days.

How do I teach my child to parallel ski? ›

Beginner Ski Lesson #2.3 - Preparing to ski Parallel - YouTube

Are private snowboard lessons worth it? ›

The short answer to “are snowboarding lessons worth it” is: yes. They are one hundred percent worth it. Anyone can benefit from lessons in something, no matter how skilled they are, and if you're new to snowboarding, lessons will get you out on the slopes and feeling confident much faster.


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4. Winter Park Resort Ski and Ride School
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5. Winter Park Resort Ski and Ride School Fullday Lessons
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