Beginner Lessons

New to the Sport?


We understand that snow sports can be intimidating for first-timers or those who are re-entering the sport after a long absence. The Big White Ski and Board School Team is super excited to introduce/reintroduce you to this lifetime Winter Sport! Learning from our top quality Pros on one of the best learning areas in the world, will help enhance your Ski or Snowboard Experience from Day one.

We love snow sports and are passionate about making your first experience on snow amazing! For only $30.00 extra why not upgrade from Discover Half Day to Discover Full Day; you‘ll get an extra 2-hour lesson.

Please Note: You can only participate in these programs once.

Frequently Asked Questions >>

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Please contact Ski School to register.

Direct: 250-491-6101
Toll Free: 1-866-491-9040

 

2019-2020 Program Rates

  • Ages 3-4

     

    The Ski Cubs Discover Half Day program gives children a positive experience for their first time skiing in a fun, safe and encouraging group lesson environment, with small class ratios. The Next Step program then provides the perfect way to progress new ski skills.

     

    Program Rates

    Discover Half Day program
    Price $85
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • tot day lift ticket
     
    Next Step ^
    Price $85
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • tot day lift ticket

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice.
    ^Previous participation in the Discover Program required for registration in the Next Step program.
    *Discover and Next Step programs include Day Tickets for the mountain, this program does not include night lift tickets.

     

     

    Program Times

    Morning session
    Meeting Time* 8:45am
    Lesson Time 9:45am - 11:45am
     
    Afternoon session
    Meeting Time* 12:15pm
    Lesson Time 1:15pm - 3:15pm

    *Meet at the Kids Centre
    Please note: this program is offered as skiing only for ages 3-4.

  • Ages 5-7

     

    The Snow Riders Discover Half Day and Full Day programs give children a positive experience for their first time skiing or snowboarding in a fun, safe and encouraging group lesson environment. The Next Step program then provides the perfect way to progress new ski and snowboard skills.

     

    Program Rates

    Discover Half Day program (age 5)
    Price
    $85
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • tot day lift ticket
     
    Discover Half Day program (age 6-7)
    Price
    $90
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • child beginner lift ticket
     
    Discover Full Day program (age 5-7)
    Price
    $140
    Includes
    • Two 2-hour group ski or snowboard lessons
    • supervised lunch
    • full day rental equipment
    • child beginner lift ticket
     
    Next Step^ (age 5)
    Price
    $85
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • tot day lift ticket
     
    Next Step^ (age 6-7)
    Price
    $115
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • child full mountain day lift ticket

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice.
    ^Previous participation in the Discover Program required for registration in the Next Step program.
    *Discover and Next Step programs include Day Tickets for the mountain, this program does not include night lift tickets.

     

    Program Times

    Morning session
    Meeting Time* 8:45am
    Lesson Time 9:45am - 11:45am
     
    Afternoon session
    Meeting Time* 12:15pm
    Lesson Time 1:15pm - 3:15pm
     
    Full Day session
    Meeting Time* 8:45am
    Lesson Time 9:45am - 3:15pm^

    *Meet at the Kids Centre
    ^Includes 1.5 hour supervised lunch and play break

  • Ages 8-12

     

    The Ridge Runners Discover Half Day and Full Day programs give children a positive experience for their first time skiing or snowboarding in a fun, safe and encouraging group lesson environment. The Next Step program then provides the perfect way to progress new ski and snowboard skills.

     

    Program Rates

    Discover Half Day program
    Price
    $90
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • child beginner lift ticket
     
    Discover Full Day program
    Price
    $140
    Includes
    • Two 2-hour group ski or snowboard lessons
    • supervised lunch
    • full day rental equipment
    • child beginner lift ticket
     
    Next Step^
    Price
    $115
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • child full mountain day lift ticket

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice.
    ^Previous participation in the Discover Program required for registration in the Next Step program.
    *Discover and Next Step programs include Day Tickets for the mountain, this program does not include night lift tickets.

     

    Program Times

    Morning session
    Meeting Time* 8:45am
    Lesson Time 9:45am - 11:45am
     
    Afternoon session
    Meeting Time* 12:15pm
    Lesson Time 1:15pm - 3:15pm
     
    Full Day session
    Meeting Time* 8:45am
    Lesson Time 9:45am - 3:15pm^

    *Meet at the Kids Centre
    ^Includes 1.5 hour supervised lunch and play break

  • Adult (13+)

     

    These Discover Half Day and Full Day programs give teens and adults a positive experience for their first time skiing or snowboarding in a fun, safe and encouraging group lesson environment. The Next Step program then provides the perfect way to progress new ski and snowboard skills.

     

    Program Rates

    Discover Half Day program
    Price
    $110
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • adult beginner lift ticket
     
    Discover Full Day program
    Price
    $140
    Includes
    • Two 2-hour group ski or snowboard lessons
    • full day rental equipment
    • adult beginner lift ticket
     
    Next Step^
    Price
    $145
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • full mountain lift ticket

    *Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice.
    ^Previous participation in the Discover Program required for registration in the Next Step program.
    *Discover and Next Step programs include Day Tickets for the mountain, this program does not include night lift tickets.

     

    Program Times

    Morning session
    Meeting Time* 9:00am
    Lesson Time 10:00am - 12:00am
     
    Afternoon session
    Meeting Time* 12:00pm^
    Lesson Time 1:00pm - 3:00pm

    *Meet at the Kids Centre
    ^Full day program participants do not need to meet at 12pm; they meet the instructor just before 1pm for the second lesson

  • FAQ

     

    Should I take a lesson?
    The short answer - yes. The Big White Ski and Snowboard School employs some of the best instructors from around the world to help you get the most out of our world-class terrain. They’ll put you on the road to a positive skiing or snowboarding experience, where you are spending more time on your feet and less time on the ground.

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    Where do I go when I arrive?
    The Ski School desk is located inside the Village Centre Mall, which is the building with the clock tower in the Village. This is the best place to purchase any lessons required.
    When it’s time for your lesson, meet your instructor outside the Village Centre Mall. They will be standing under a signpost indicating the relevant level for your lesson.

    You can also purchase any lift tickets and rentals from the designated counters on the main floor as well as clothing, gear and souvenirs from the retail stores located in the Village Centre Mall.

    What should I wear?
    If you are new to snow sports and the Canadian winter, you may not be prepared for the cold temperatures. The average temperature at Big White is -5 C and you will be outside all day. Here are some suggestions to help you dress appropriately:

    • Dress in layers.
    • Wear thermal long underwear or tights as a base layer.
    • Outer layer should be water and wind resistant (i.e. a nylon outer shell or better material). If your outer layer is not insulated, add extra layers underneath for warmth. Do not wear jeans!
    • Wool and polyester/fleece blends are warmer and drier than cotton.
    • Socks should be a wool/polyester blend and not too bulky. Only one pair of socks is necessary.
    • Helmets are not mandatory, but are recommended for every skier or snowboarder regardless of age or ability.
    • Gloves or mittens are a must. Preferably with a nylon or leather outer shell to keep hands dry.
    • Wear goggles to protect your eyes on snowy or windy days. Sunglasses or goggles will work on sunny days.
    • Add sunscreen to the list for sunny days.

    What kind of equipment do I need?
    If you’re skiing, you will need ski boots, skis and poles. Snowboarders will need snowboarding boots and a snowboard.
    Our rentals department will be able to fit you with equipment that suits your height, weight and ability. They also have helmets available for rent.
    Big White offers rental skis and snowboards designed for beginners. When renting, simply let your rental technician know you’re starting out in the sport and they’ll help select the right beginner ski or snowboard for you.

    What if I have my own equipment?
    Make sure that it is in good working condition and was recently serviced by a trained technician. 

    Do you have a lost and found?
    Lost & Found is located in the Kids Centre, ask at the front desk. 

    What if I never got a confirmation email?
    Call Big White Ski School - 250 491 6101 - to enquire about your booking. 

    Can I rent appropriate Winter clothing?
    You can find our Rental Clothing at our Happy Valley Rental Shop on the lower level of the Happy Valley Day Lodge. All renters require a photo identification document as well as a valid credit card for a security deposit (Visa Debit, MasterCard Debit, Travel Money Cards and other prepaid credit cards are NOT Accepted for security swipe) . Renters under the age of 16 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian who will need to sign the rental contract on their behalf. 

    Do I need poles?
    We would advise using poles but this depends on the person and the ability levels, if you are unsure simply let your rental technician know and they will assist you in deciding whether to have poles or not. In the Kids Centre, kids may or may not ski with poles depending on their ability. 

    Do I need to purchase a lift-ticket?
    In order to use any of the lifts including magic carpets on the mountain guests need to either have a lift ticket or season pass

    How do you track my progress in Ski School?
    Instructors use a card tick off system that shows a child's progress throughout a lesson, which the child gets to take home. 

    How many people are in each group lesson?
    Depending on the age group. Our Adult program is a maximum of 8 in a group lesson. In our Kids Centre, for our 3-4 year olds we have a maximum of 4 per class. For the 5-7 year olds, we have a maximum of 6 per class. For the 8-12 year olds, we have a maximum of 7 per class. 

    What are the benefits of a private lesson?
    Private Lessons provide guests with the instructors full attention from our SnowPros. The lessons are tailored to move at your pace, and focus exactly on the individual guests wants and needs. 

    Will I be able to pick my instructor?
    You can request a specific instructor at the time of booking the lesson - for group lessons this cannot be guaranteed, for private lessons if the instructor is available we will assign him the lesson. 

    Can I reschedule my lesson? How much notice is required?
    Group lessons can be re-scheduled and we ask 24 hours notice. Private lessons can be re-scheduled but there are administration fees in order to do this - outside of 24 hours is $30, within 24 hours is $50. 

    What if I'm unable to make my lesson due to injury or sickness?
    We can refund any lessons that are missed due to illness if a medical note is supplied. 

    What will happen if I'm late?
    If you are later than 5 minutes you will miss the lesson and not be able to join it. 

    Can I leave my group lesson at any time?
    Adults are free to leave their lesson at point. Kids may only leave lessons when an instructor has been shown the barcode from the guardian of that child. In exceptional circumstances, the guardian will be contacted by Kids Centre for an early pick up. 

    Does my lift ticket include night skiing?
    Discover and Next Step programs include a Day Lift Ticket, meaning you can enjoy the mountain until 3:30pm. If you would like to continue skiing/riding you will have to purchase a Night Lift Ticket.

    What can I expect?
    FUN! Your experience should be all about having a good time and learning something new.

    At the meeting place you will be greeted by your instructor, who will discuss what you want to achieve from your time together and take you to the terrain that’s best suited to your needs. Our ski and snowboard pros are there to help you with equipment and answer any questions you may have about your adventure.

    How do I find more information?
    For a complete explanation of our offerings, speak to the Ski & Board School desk in the Village Centre Mall. Alternatively, phone 250.491.6101 or toll free in North America 1.866.491.9040.

     

    Parent FAQ

    Are helmets for children under 13 still offered for free?
    Yes, children under the age of 13 are able to rent a complimentary helmet for free from the Kids Centre

    Can I ski with my child?
    Yes, we encourage you to book a private lesson and you can choose to share your private experience with your child. Unfortunately, we do not allow parents to attend our kids specific group lessons. 

    Can I track my child's lesson?
    'Flaik Tracking' allows participants to track their day to see what runs they were on and how much vertical they tackled, parents' will receive these emails after each lesson. 

    Can you cater to Special Needs children?
    Our 'Adaptive Ski Program' is for people with physical disabilities we offer adaptive ski coaching that includes downhill Sit-Ski, Mono-Ski and Bi-Ski as well as 3-track and 4-track instruction. We have instructors who are qualified to teach children and adults with cognitive/developmental disabilities, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum as well as visual/hearing impairments. 

    Do you offer day care services?
    We do have a Daycare available - the Tot Town Daycare is ideal for the pre-ski child, or for the child who does not wish to ski the whole day. Each day at Tot Town Daycare Centre is unique, exciting and filled with activities and adventures. Children will have the time of their lives with a mixture of indoor play and (weather permitting) outdoor activities. Enrolment available for children aged 18 months to 5 years old. 

    Is the Ski School a nut-free environment?
    The Kids Centre & Kids Lessons are a nut-free zone. 

    What if my child is separated from their instructor?
    Our 'Flaik Real Time Tracking' system ensures that we are aware of the chidren's location at all times therefore if a child was separated from their instructor the Kids Centre would be notified and the child would rejoin the lesson. 

    Will my child and their friend be able to be in the same group lesson?
    When booking or registering the lesson you can request for kids to be put in the same group, as long as their ages and ability levels are the same we will try our best to accommodate however, we cannot guarantee this in our group lessons. 

    Will my children be able to ski together if they're in separate age groups?
    We can accommodate this within reason - depending on the age gap, ability and the number of other children at that level. We would need to put any older/higher ability children in the lower/younger group. 

    Can you cater to dietary needs?
    Yes, please advise of any dietary requirements when booking/registering your child. Advance notice required to ensure a substitute lunch. 

    Where will the 'Hot Lunch' be prepared/served?
    In the Kids Centre

    Will I be able to meet my child during lunch time?
    The Kids Centre is a 'Parent-Free Zone' so parents aren't allowed into the lunch area but your child may come out to the foyer to see you whilst on lunch. 

    Will my child always ride the chair-lift with their instructor?
    Not always. They will ensure children always ride the lift with a responsible adult. Always one child per one adult. 

    Will my child be made to ride the chair-lift alone?
    No, children will always be with an instructor or adult on the chair-lifts. 

 

The Ski Cubs Discover Half Day program gives children a positive experience for their first time skiing in a fun, safe and encouraging group lesson environment, with small class ratios. The Next Step program then provides the perfect way to progress new ski skills.

 

Program Rates

Program Price Includes
Discover Half Day $85 2-hour group ski lesson, full day rental equipment, tot day lift ticket
Next Step^ $85 2-hour group ski lesson, full day rental equipment, tot day lift ticket

*Prices do not include tax and are subject to change without notice.
^Previous participation in the Discover Program required for registration in the Next Step program.
*Discover and Next Step programs include Day Tickets for the mountain, this program does not include night lift tickets.

 

Program Times

Session Meeting Time* Lesson Time
Morning 8:45am 9:45am - 11:45am
Afternoon 12:15pm 1:15pm - 3:15pm

*Meet at the Kids Centre
Please note: this program is offered as skiing only for ages 3-4.

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