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Home Lessons Learn to Ski or Ride
Lessons Learn to Ski or Ride
Learn To Ski or Ride
Beginning Dec 10 | For Ages 15+

Learn To Ski or Ride

Pick Your Program

Ideal for first timers, our Learn to Ski Packages include everything you need to get started skiing or riding. Your Perfect Turn instructor will help you get fitted for rental equipment before your 90 minute lesson, then you'll explore the lower mountain terrain at your own pace. 

  • The standard Learn to Ski Package includes:
    • A full rental set up rental equipment,
    • 90 minute lesson
    • Lower mountain lift ticket
      Valid on the Moosecalator, Snubber, Sawduster, and Skidway lifts
  • New Max 4: opt for a smaller group with a guarantee of no more than 4 students per class
  • Book 3 days and get a free lift ticket voucher to use later
    • Learn To Ski Or Ride

      Standard

      $100
      • Includes full-day lower-mountain lift ticket and full equipment rental
      • 90 minute group lesson
      • Designed for beginners
      • Available as a one day lesson or three day series
      • Access the Terrain  Based Learning™ Area
      • Group lessons, organized by age and experience
    • Learn To Ski Or Ride

      Max 4

      $150

      MAX 4: learn at your own pace with no more than four students per instructor

      • Includes full-day lower-mountain lift ticket and full equipment rental
      • 90 minute semi-private lesson
      • Designed for beginners
      • Access the Terrain  Based Learning™ Area
    • Learn To Ski Or Ride

      Three Day

      $200

      Practice makes perfect. Book three days and receive a free lift ticket voucher to use later.

      • Includes full-day lower-mountain lift ticket and full equipment rental
      • 90 minute group lesson
      • Designed for beginners
      • Access the Terrain  Based Learning™ Area

SCHEDULE

Lesson Type Frequency Time
Standard Daily 10am & 1pm
Max 4 Sun - Fri
Sat & Peak Weeks*
9:30am
9:30am & 12pm

*2021/22 Peak Weeks are Dec. 24 2021 - Jan 2, 2022; Jan. 15-16, 2022; Feb. 21-27, 2022

THREE DAY LEARN TO
On Days Two & Three, meet at the Perfect Turn Hut on the Landing. On Day One, meet at Perfect Turn Rentals, located on the first floor of the Base Lodge on the east side of the building.

New: Terrain Based Learning™

We've teamed up with SNOW Operating to make your first day of sliding easier and more fun for you. 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...

Know Before You Go

Lesson Details

  • Sugarloaf offers a wide variety of terrain, including extremely challenging trails. Be sure to realistically evaluate your abilities when choosing a lesson program. 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 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: 8:15-9:30am  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.