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Ski & Snowboard School Questions & Answers

Basic Information

Q: What lessons do you offer?


Group Lesson

Lesson Start



Full Day Group Lesson 10 AM 4 HR$95
AM Group Lesson 10 AM2 HR$69
PM Group Lesson 1 PM2 HR$69


Private Lesson

Lesson Start



Private 9 AM, 10 AM or 1 PM2 HR$250 
Private 9 AM or 1 PM 3 HR$375 
Private 9 AM or 10 AM5 HR$555
Friends & Family9 AM, 10 AM or 1 PM2 HR$290 for 2 participants
(+$70 for each additional)
Friends & Family9 AM or 1 PM 3 HR$445 for 2 participants
(+$75 for each additional)
Friends & Family9 AM or 10 AM5 HR$650 for 2 participants
(+$80 for each additional)


Specialty Lessons

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Snowbike10 AM or 1 PM2 HRView here
Pegbike10 AM or 1 PM2 HRView here
Strider Bike10 AM or 1 PM2 HR$99
Free Lesson w/purchase of full-price ticket10 AM4 HR$99 (18+)
$75 + lunch (4-17)
World’s Best Spring Break lesson10 AM2 HR$19 w/World’s Best Spring Break lift ticket
Local’s ProgramMore information:
Adult Program
Kid’s Program


Q: Do I need to make reservations?
A: We strongly recommend making lesson & rental reservations in advance. Book online here, over the phone at 970-385-2149, or in person at Purgatory Resort.

Q:What time should we arrive?
A: Standard, non-holiday days 
Morning Lessons (Afternoon Lessons)

  • 8:30 – 9:15 (12:00 – 12:30) Pick up rentals from Rental Shop*
  • 9:15 – 9:30 (12:30 – 12:45 ) Pick up lesson vouchers from Ski & Snowboard School Reservation Desk
  • 9:30 (12:45) Check-In starts at our Base Area meeting place
  • 10:00 (1:00) Lesson starts, NO Late Arrivals🞡

Peak Days**
Morning Lessons (Afternoon Lessons)

  • 8:00 – 9:00 (11:45 – 12:15) Pick up rentals from Rental Shop*
  • 8:30 – 9:15 (12:00 – 12:30 ) Pick up lesson vouchers from Ski & Snowboard School Reservation Desk
  • 9:15 (12:30) Check-In starts at our Base Area meeting place
  • 10:00 (1:00) Lesson starts, No Late Arrivals🞡

* Rentals & lesson vouchers can be picked up the evening before between 2:30 & 4:00 pm. 
** Peak Days are December 21 – January 5, January 17-19, February 15-17, & March 7-18
🞡Exceptions can be made with prior written notice to purgschool@purgatoryresrot.com

Q: What’s included?
A: Lessons, rentals, and lift tickets are sold separately. The only exception is our Free Lesson product, which is sold as a package with a full-price lift ticket.

Q: What should I wear/bring?
A: Proper clothing includes warm layers, snow jackets, snow pants, gloves, and goggles. Helmets are required for students ages 12 and under, and strongly recommended for everyone. (Need some of these items? Check out Purgatory Sports just below the Ski & Snowboard School office in the Village Plaza building.

Q: What is the Cancellation Policy?
To receive a full refund, Ski & Snowboard School needs to be notified at least 24 hours in advance of the lesson. Reach us at 970-385-2149 or via email at purgschool@purgatoryresort.com; rescheduling may be limited.

Group Lessons

Q: Who will be in my group?
A: We break down classes by discipline, age, and ability. While we do our best to adhere to class size limits, classes may be larger on busy days. Contact Ski & Snowboard School for private lesson options.

Cub Lessons: 4-5 yo, up to 5 students Children Lessons: 6-12 yo, up to 8 students
Teen Lessons: 13 to 17 yo, up to 8 students Adult Lessons: 18+, up to 8 students

Q: How do you determine ability levels?
A: Our instructors complete a verbal assessment determining what terrain and skills you are comfortable with. For higher levels, a skills assessment will be done to ensure you’re placed in the correct group.

Q: Do you provide lunch?
A: Lunch is provided for full-day kids’ lessons, ages 4-12. Snacks are available for all kids’ lessons.
For teens, parents have the option to purchase a $7 lunch valid during the lesson with an instructor.

Q: Can you accommodate food allergies?
A: We take food allergies and sensitivities very seriously. Please reach out to our reservation staff at 970-385-2149 or purgschool@purgatoryresort.com, to ensure all dietary restrictions are appropriately addressed. 

Q: Can I watch my child’s lesson?
A: We want to make the most of our time on the snow. Parents can often be distracting to their child’s class engagement and can take away from other participants’ experiences. We ask parents to respect this class dynamic and save interactions until after the lesson. 

Q: What is flaik?
A: flaik is a GPS-based alpine guest tracking system. Children enrolled in lift-served lessons will be equipped with a lightweight locator. The Ski & Snowboard School staff uses this technology to track their students’ progress. Images are captured multiple times per second, allowing detailed analysis of location and turn shape. Parents and children can review and re-live the day at the end of the lesson.

This system ensures increased safety and peace of mind for both parents and instructors.

Q: Can my 3-year-old join group ski lessons?
A: We have a strict age limit for our group lessons. Younger students require one-on-one attention and help from instructors that take away from other participants in the lesson. We offer a half-day snow play class and private one-on-one lessons as alternative options. Call 970-385-2149 or email for more information.


Private Lessons

Q: How do I schedule a Private Lesson?
A: Private Lessons can only be scheduled with our Ski & Snowboard School reservationists. Call 970-385-2149, email purgschool@purgatoryresort.com, or book in person at Purgatory Resort. Reservations are highly recommended, availability is limited.

Q: Where do we meet?
A: Pick up your lesson voucher no later than 30 minutes prior to the start time. Vouchers are available at the Ski & Snowboard School Reservation Desk. You will be directed to the on-snow meeting place.

Q: Do you offer semi-private lessons?
A: For those looking to build their own group, we offer a Friends and Family lesson. For the best experience groups should be similar in age & ability. Groups must be the same discipline and no more than five participants per instructor. 

Q: Can I request an instructor?
A: Yes! You can request your favorite instructor for a private lesson. Advanced reservations are recommended as our instructors quickly book up with Private Request Lessons. 



Free Lesson

We are proud to offer first-time skiers and snowboarders a free lesson with the purchase of full-price lift ticket, or value of. Current prices are:
$95 for Adults (18+)
$75 for Youth (4-17)
$7 Optional Teen Lunch (13-17)
$5 Required Child Lunch (4-12)
*Must purchase the free Lesson product to redeem lessons, regular/discounted lift tickets not applicable. Valid only for first-time participants. The ticket and lesson must be used by the participant.

World’s Best Spring Break Lesson

Purchase a World’s Best Spring Break lift ticket and take advantage of a morning group lesson for only $19!
*Purchase must be made online. Only valid for AM lessons.

Local’s Programs

We offer multi-week Kids and Adult local programs to help develop skiing and boarding skills. Learn more below:

Kid’s Snowburners & ATP Program

Women’s & Men’s 8 Week Program


Snow Bike Lessons

Snowbikes and Pegbikes are a great way to hit the slopes! These disciplines have their own unique instruction and equipment. Learn more by clicking here.


Check out our Welcome to Purgatory video to get answers to many frequently asked questions, or keep reading for more information. Still have questions? Call (970) 385-2149 or email purgschool@purgatoryresort.com.