1st Time Ski / Snowboard Lessons

1st Time Lessons


Beginner Skiing and Snowboarding Lessons

Our ski resort provides one of the best beginner skiing and snowboarding experiences in Massachusetts designed for ages 6 and up, who have never had a lesson from a professional or those who have not been on the slopes in many years. Our 1st Time skiing / snowboarding package provides everything you need for a day on the slopes including rentals, lift access and instruction. Jiminy’s beginner ski and snowboarding lessons are run out of the Doc Maynard Building and utilizes specialized equipment, combined with Terrain Based Learning to create a self-contained dedicated learning environment, specifically designed for beginners. Our first time skier and snowboarders programs make learning quicker, easier and way more fun! 

Please check back frequently for updates and further information on our beginner skiing and snowboarding programs, as Massachusetts guidelines and resort operational procedures may change during the course of the season. Feel free to contact our ski school for specific guidelines closer to your lesson. 

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Here’s What’s Included in Our Beginner Ski and Snowboard Packages

Jiminy Peak wants to make it effortless for all of our guests to experience the thrills of a new snowsport, so we’ve specifically designed our first time ski and snowboarding packages to make it easy for you to hit the slopes this season. Here’s what you need to know about our beginner ski and snowboarding packages: 

  • Beginner Skiing / Snowboarding Lessons are offered every half hour, 9 am - 2:30 pm, daily.

  • Cost is $119 Mid-week, non-holiday; $129 weekends, holidays and holiday periods.

  • 1st time lessons may only be taken once 

  • Pre-purchase is required for the program and pre-registration is required for rental equipment. Please book a time and reserve rentals using the buttons below,or call 413.738.5500 x6205. 

  • Masks or facial coverings are required and social distancing will be enforced. 

Our beginner ski and snowboard package prices include all equipment rentals including a helmet for everyone and wrist guards for snowboarders, a lower mountain lift ticket and a 1-hour private / semi-private beginner ski or snowboard lesson. You can use your lift ticket after your private lesson until 6pm. Please return all equipment to the rental shop after you are done skiing or snowboarding for the day. 

Shred the Mountain With Confidence 

Learning to ski for beginners is not as easy as it might seem, especially if you are using online videos or begging your friends to teach you. Booking a beginner ski or snowboard lesson before you hit the slopes your first time makes for a way more enjoyable and easier experience. Our seasoned instructors will be able to flatten your learning curve by providing you with feedback on what you can do specifically to improve your skills and abilities. Our Terrain Based Learning area also creates one of most efficient, fun, and easiest beginner skiing and snowboarding experiences in Massachusetts. Combined with our expert instructors, Terrain Based Learning leads to increased confidence and skill levels in a shorter time frame compared to traditional beginner ski or snowboarding lessons. 

Skills Learned During Beginner Skiing Sessions?

During your beginner skiing lesson you will learn: 

  • Putting on / taking off skis

  • Walking on skis

  • Side-stepping uphill

  • Body position

  • Left turns and right turns

  • Stopping on command

  • Speed control

  • Loading and unloading a chairlift. 

It is our goal to cover all beginner skiing skills, however it is possible that not all participants will learn all skills mentioned. Instructors will reinforce positive progress and suggest next steps at the end of the lesson. 

Skills Learned During Beginner Snowboarding Lessons?

During your beginner snowboarding lesson you will learn: 

  • How to put on and take off your snowboard

  • Skating or gliding with one foot out / one foot in

  • Toe-side and heel-side awareness

  • Stopping on command both toe-side and heel-side

  • How to Load and unload a chairlift. 

It is our goal to cover all beginner snowboarding skills, however it is possible that not all participants will learn all skills mentioned. Instructors will reinforce positive progress and suggest next steps at the end of the lesson.  

Ready to Learn to Ski or Snowboard Like a Pro? 

Jiminy Peak’s Terrain Based Learning for beginner ski and snowboarding lessons creates one of the best first time experiences in Massachusetts. Participants will learn how to ski or snowboard in a specially designed area for beginners that teaches skills based on feel and your own intuition. Reserve your spot today and see how truly easy it is to learn a new snowsport with Jiminy Peak! 

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Terrain Based Learning

With Jiminy’s revolutionary Terrain Based Learning our beginner ski and snowboard lessons are able to teach skills by feel and intuition rather than verbal commands or visual demonstrations. Our Terrain Based Learning methods use the snow in our specially designed terrain park to control speed, change directions and introduce vertical motion (weighting and unweighting). And did we mention it’s more fun! This style of learning is more like recess for beginner skiers and snowboarders than a boring classroom.