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Questions & Answers

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.

  


 

When do group lessons begin and how long do they last?

2 Hour Adult/Teen Group Lesson                             
10:00 am – 12:00 pm                      
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

4 Hour Adult/Teen Group Lesson                             
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
(60 minute break for lunch 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)

2 Hour Kid’s Group Lesson                                           
10:00 am – 12:00 pm                      
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

4 Hour Kid’s Group Lesson                                            
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
(lunch included 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)

3 – 4 y.o. Strider Bike Lesson                                       
10:00 am – 12:00 pm                      
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

When should I arrive for my group lesson?

If you need rental equipment, please arrive to the Ski & Snowboard School Desk about an hour before your lesson start time. You may need an earlier arrival during Holiday time periods. If you have your own equipment, 20-30 minutes prior to your lesson start time is fine (45 minutes for Holiday time periods).

On-snow group/instructor assignments

Once you have your lesson voucher, lift ticket and gear, you’ll be directed to the On-Snow Kids’ or Adult/Teen Podium for group and Instructor assignment

KIDS’:

  • On-Snow Kids’ Podium starts accepting children at 9:30 am for morning lesson times and at 12:45 pm for afternoon lesson times
  • For Holiday time periods the On-Snow Kids’ Podium starts accepting children at 9:15 am for morning lesson times and at 12:30 pm for afternoon lesson times

ADULT/TEEN:

  • On-Snow Adult/Teen Podium starts accepting Guests at 9:30 am for morning lesson times and at 12:45 pm for afternoon lesson times
  • For Holiday time periods the On-Snow Adult/Teen Podium starts accepting Guests at 9:15 am for morning lesson times and at 12:30 pm for afternoon lesson times

When should I arrive for my group lesson?

Once you have your lesson voucher, lift ticket and gear, you’ll be directed to the On-Snow Kids’ Podium, the On-Snow Adult/Teen Podium, or the On-Snow Private Hut for group and Instructor assignment

KIDS’:

  • Meet at the On-Snow Kid’s Podium near the bottom of the Twilight Lift (Lift #4)

ADULT/TEEN:

  • Meet at the On-Snow Adult/Teen Podium in between the Purgatory Village Express (Lift #1) and Twilight Lift (Lift #4)

PRIVATES:

  • Private Lessons meet at the Private Lesson Hut

What is included in a Lesson?

Private Lessons (including Friends + Family Private Experience) and Group Lessons do not include lift tickets, helmets and rental equipment. Lunch is included for ages 4 – 12 y.o., during the 4 Hour Kids’ Group Lessons. Teen lunches are optional and available for purchase with a 4 Hour Teen Group Lesson, but only if you request for your teen to eat lunch with the Instructor.

How many students are in a group lesson?

Group size varies and depends on if we are using Station Teaching (mostly during Holiday and some Weekend time periods). With Station Teaching, a larger group of Students are taken care of by a team of Instructors allowing you to progress at your own rate and move onto the next station when ready. You do not have to wait for the entire group to move ahead.

If we are teaching with regular groups, the goal is to have 8 or less for Adult/Teen Group Lessons.

  • 3 – 4 y.o. Strider Bike Lessons are limited to 3 Students
  • 4 – 5 y.o. Group Lessons are limited to 5 Students

If I have never skied or snowboarded before, which adult lesson should I choose?

Your best option for any lesson scenario is a Private Lesson. Though if you are a never-ever, ages 11 y.o. and up, we have an awesome program for you – your first lesson is FREE. With the purchase of a full-day, full-price lift ticket, you get a complementary 4 Hour Group Lesson Session to use that day. Make sure you book your lesson and rentals well in advance. Kids, ages 12 y.o. and under, are required to wear a helmet during lessons.

Which lesson should I choose for my child if they have never skied or snowboarded before?

Your best option for any lesson scenario is a Private Lesson. Though if you are a never-ever, age 11 y.o. and older, we have an awesome program for you – your first lesson is FREE. With the purchase of a full-day, full-price lift ticket, you get a 4 Hour Group Lesson Session to use that day. Kids, 10 y.o. and under, get a FREE PowerKids Season Pass and will need to purchase a lesson product. Make sure you book your lesson and rentals well in advance. Kids, ages 12 y.o. and under, are required to wear a helmet during lessons.

Do I need to make reservations for group lessons?                                   

It’s always advisable to reserve your lesson (and rentals) well in advance to secure your spot. Please note that cancellations made with a minimum of 24 hours notice will receive a full refund. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 24 hours of the lesson session reservation.

 

 

Can I request an Instructor for my group lesson?

No. The only way to request an Instructor for a lesson session is to reserve them through a Private Lesson (including the Friends + Family Private Experience).

What time can my child take a half day group lesson?

See “When do group lessons begin and how long do they last?”

2 Hour Kid’s Group Lesson                                           
10:00 am – 12:00 pm                      
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Can I be there to watch my child’s lesson?

This is not recommended because it may interfere with the group’s dynamics.

Do I need to make a reservation for a Private Lesson or a Friends & Family Private Experience?

Absolutely. Pre-registration for all lesson products is always advised. And some of our Private Lesson times are pre-registration only. You can learn more about our Private Lesson products, registration and cancellation guidelines here.

What time do lessons break for lunch?

Lessons generally break for lunch between 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Don’t forget that lunch is included with a Kid’s 4 Hour Group Lesson Session.