Colorado Ski School: Learn to Ski & Snowboard in Colorado

Colorado ski areas offer acclaimed ski-school learning programs that are the perfect springboard to a lifelong love affair with the slopes. Whether you’ve tried skiing or snowboarding a few times or you want to make that inaugural Colorado mountain trip, taking a professional lesson will help you get the basics down and improve your technique more quickly.

Kids ride the ski lift at Vail Mountain on a Colorado ski vacation

Designed for kids and adults of every age and learning stage, nearly every Colorado ski resort has a family-friendly learning program to get you started. Below are a few examples of the unique programs offered. Also, mark your calendars: January is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month, when many resorts offer great deals on lessons for beginners!

Insider tip: Parking at popular ski resorts can fill up fast, especially on a powder day. Before you go, research the parking situation and seek out guidance on the best vehicle lots, shuttles, free busses and more.


Front Range favorite A-Basin offers half- and full-day private lessons that can accommodate up to four skiers or snowboarders at a time, as well as group lessons. While it's known for expert terrain, the ski area has two mellow learning areas and scenic beginner terrain — so the whole family can enjoy the gorgeous views from the slopes.


The four Aspen/Snowmass mountains have a variety of specialized ski-school programs, including lessons for preschool-age kids, teens, adults and seniors. The Teen Park & Pipe Camp uses the site of ESPN's Winter X Games to perfect mountain moves, and the Women's Edge skiers' program is a four-day, women-specific camp that has been creating friendships for more than 25 years. Find Aspen/Snowmass adaptive ski and snowboard info.


For those looking for something a little different, Beaver Creek's Nordic lessons take students into the White River National Forest backcountry to learn snowshoeing, cross-country or telemark skiing. Find Beaver Creek adaptive ski and snowboard info.


Breck offers a mix of group and private courses, for adults and children no matter their ability level, giving its participants plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor. Find Breckenridge adaptive ski and snowboard info.


Woodward at Copper offers a year-round indoor ski and snowboard camp with foam pits, trampolines, simulated snow and more to allow riders to test their skills before launching outdoors. Find Copper Mountain adaptive ski and snowboard info.


CB Steep Guides' knowledgeable pros lead confident skiers and snowboarders — who want to take their skills to the extreme — down Crested Butte’s well-known untamed terrain. Find Crested Butte adaptive ski and snowboard info.


Camp Keystone is more than just a ski school for your kids. Sure, they'll learn to ski and snowboard, but they'll also participate in lots of other winter activities, including kids' nights out, themed days and other snowy fun. Find Keystone adaptive ski and snowboard info.


Loveland Explorers is a six-week program held in conjunction with the Loveland Racing Team, where coaches work with intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders ages 7 to 14 to develop skills throughout the season.


On a handful of Wednesday afternoons, Monarch offers ski and snowboard clinics just for women that take skills to the next level in a fun, non-competitive environment.


Powderhorn offers lessons for those interested in learning a variety of terrains, including telemark, moguls, powder and more. Find Powderhorn adaptive ski and snowboard info.


Beyond the typical first-timer lessons, Purgatory also offers multi-week clinics, for skiers and riders, as well as those specific to women and men. Find Purgatory adaptive ski and snowboard info.


For those who might not have hit the slopes in a while, Ski Cooper's technique improvement program gives skiers the choice of what they want to improve on and helps take you to the next level with with today's techniques.


Instructors at Ski Granby Ranch's ski and ride school utilize the Haral Harb teaching method, which utilizes specific body movements and shaped skis to get students on the slopes and confident with the fundamentals.


Steamboat’s lessons array includes Happy Camp for ages 3–6 (includes lunch and equipment rentals), as well as private and group lessons for kids, teens and adults skiing and riding. Find Steamboat adaptive ski and snowboard info.


Sunlight's Sunny Pick 3 packs big fun with big value: Book the three pack for three half-day lessons with the bonus of a five-day ski pass for hitting that fluffy Western Slope powder once you've mastered your pizza and French fries.  


Telluride also has a backcountry program, which takes adventurers and private instructors to the resort's hike-to terrain in search of pristine powder and untouched chutes. Find Telluride adaptive ski and snowboard info.


In addition to dozens of options for skiers and/or riders based on age, experience, group size, time available and mountain location, you can also book private lessons with an instructor who can really show you the mountain's ins and outs. Find Vail adaptive ski and snowboard info.


Winter Park has also embraced the ski-bike phenomenon in a unique way. When the sun goes down and following some instruction, the resort's guides lead ski bikers with head lamps down the mountain in the dark of night. Find Winter Park adaptive ski and snowboard info.


Learn more about Colorado's 28 ski resorts, find the best ski resorts for families in the state, discover off-slope winter activities for kids or night activities at Colorado ski resorts.