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Ski & Snowboard Lessons

At Sugarloaf, ski and snowboard lessons are as effective as they are fun with our Guaranteed Learning Method. We combine progressive slope difficulty with the Perfect Turn coaching system to make learning to ski or ride easy and fun.

Find Your Lesson

Learn to Ski or Ride

Beginning Dec 10 | Ideal for first-timers, our Learn-To program includes everything you need to get started, from a full rental set-up, to a 90 minute lesson, and lower-mountain lift ticket.

Kid's Lessons

Beginning Dec 10 | Daily half or full day group lessons for kids 1½ - 14 years old, organized by age and ability. Our professional instructors keep the focus on skill development, safety, and fun.

Adult Lessons

Beginning Dec 10 | Take your skills to the next level with personalized instruction from a Perfect Turn ski or snowboard professional.

Seasonal Programs

Beginning Dec 11 | For skiers and riders who believe that winter is a way of life, sign up for one of our season-long programs, with offerings for all ages.

Private Lessons

Beginning Dec 10 | Take your skills to the next level at your own pace with a private lesson from one of our Perfect Turn ski or snowboard professionals.

Partner Programs

Choose from elite level competition training or introductory adaptive instruction programs, offered by our local partners.

Know Before You Go

Lesson Details

  • Sugarloaf offers a wide variety of terrain, including extremely challenging trails. Be sure to realistically evaluate your or your child's abilities when choosing your lesson. Instructors reserve the right to move students to the most appropriate program for their ability. 

    If you're not sure which lesson is right for you, please give us a call to review your options: 207.237.6924

  • Lift tickets are included with: Learn To Ski/Ride. Students will get their lift ticket from their instructor at the lesson. 

    Lift tickets are not included with: Mountain Experience, Mountain Magic, Mountain Adventure, or Private Lessons. If you don't have a season pass, you'll need to purchase a day ticket online (pro tip- the earlier you buy, the more you save). 

    Once you've bought your ticket online, you can pick it up at one of several Online Express Kiosks around the resort.

    Your first lift ticket purchase of the season will include a one-time charge of $5 for your Go Card, which can be reloaded at no additional cost throughout the season.

  • If you're renting equipment, be sure to reserve your rentals online in advance. If you're able to pick up your equipment the night before your lesson, please do so in the Rental Shop on the second floor of the Base Lodge. To pick up equipment the day of your lesson, head to the Perfect Turn area on the first floor of the Base Lodge during the times below:

    • Kids: 9:00-9:30am daily in the Perfect Turn Rental Shop, located on the first floor of the Base Lodge on the east side.
    • Adult Learn to Ski/Ride Max 4: 9am daily, 9am & 12:30pm Saturdays and vacation weeks
    • Adult Learn to Ski/Ride: 9:30am daily
    • Adult lessons other than Learn to Ski/Ride should coordinate rentals directly with the Rental Shop, open 8am-5pm daily.

    Whether you're renting equipment or using your own, helmets are required for everyone participating in Perfect Turn.

  • When skiing or riding in Maine, layering works best. Be sure to have a waterproof jacket, pants, and plenty of layers underneath. Helmets, goggles, a neck gaiter or buff, and gloves are highly recommended for all of our skiing and riding guests. Masks are required for lift lines and inside lodges.

  • With the exception of Adult Learn to Ski/Ride, all lesson participants will meet their instructors outside, ready to go. There will not be access to cubbies or lockers in the base lodge, so please plan accordingly. Plan to arrive at your meeting place 15 minutes before your lesson to check in with your instructor.
    Meeting Places:

    Lesson Meeting Place Time Directions
    Adult Learn to Ski/Ride Perfect Turn Rentals 9:30am or 12:30pm First floor of the Base Lodge, east side
    Mountain Experience & Private Lessons Perfect Turn Hut 15 minutes before lesson Directly uphill from the Base Lodge
    Mountain Magic & Adventure Outside the east side of the Base Lodge on Natalie's Birches 9:15am From the Beach, walk through Food Truck Alley and take a left down the hill.
  • Lessons may include cold weather breaks and rest periods depending on the needs of the group. These will be done in a manner that promotes social distancing- all Team Members and children over the age of 5 will be required to wear a mask when they are inside. If a child refuses to participate in their program, we will contact their parents. We do not have staff inside to watch children this year.

Terrain Based Learning

We've partnered with SNOW Operating to make your first day of sliding easier and even more fun. By using specifically shaped snow features to naturally control your speed and body position, Terrain Based Learning™ removes the traditional fears and anxieties associated with your first time sliding on snow, allowing you to focus purely on the fun!
Using Terrain Based Learning™, we've simplified the process of learning to ski or snowboard down to four simple steps: