Beginner Lessons

Big White Ski & Board School

Pre-registration for all lessons is mandatory. We are asking guests to register for any lessons at least 24-hours before their required date; this is due to capacity restrictions and regulations.
 
Direct: 250-491-6101
Toll Free: 1-866-491-9040

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 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.

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

 

2021-2022 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 $105
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • tot day lift ticket
     
    Next Step ^
    Price $105
    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.

     

    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
    $105
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • tot day lift ticket
     
    Discover Half Day program (age 6-7)
    Price
    $111
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • child beginner lift ticket
     
    Discover Full Day program (age 5-7)
    Price
    $159
    Includes
    • Two 2-hour group ski or snowboard lessons
    • full day rental equipment
    • child beginner lift ticket
     
    Next Step^ (age 5)
    Price
    $105
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • tot day lift ticket
     
    Next Step^ (age 6-7)
    Price
    $162
    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.

     

    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

  • 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
    $111
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • child beginner lift ticket
     
    Discover Full Day program
    Price
    $159
    Includes
    • Two 2-hour group ski or snowboard lessons
    • full day rental equipment
    • child beginner lift ticket
     
    Next Step^
    Price
    $162
    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.

     

    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

  • 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
    $119
    Includes
    • 2-hour group ski or snowboard lesson
    • full day rental equipment
    • adult beginner lift ticket
     
    Discover Full Day program
    Price
    $150
    Includes
    • Two 2-hour group ski or snowboard lessons
    • full day rental equipment
    • adult beginner lift ticket
     
    Next Step^
    Price
    $194
    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.

     

    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.

    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?
    Clothing rentals have been suspended for the 21/22 season.

    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, children 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 them the lesson. 

    Can I reschedule my lesson? How much notice is required?
    Group lessons can be re-scheduled but we ask for at least 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 + tax, within 24 hours is $50 + tax.

    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 late to the lesson, 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. Children 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. 

    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?
    Children under the age of 13 receive a complimentary helmet when renting a full set of equipment from the Rental Shop (excludes Under 13 Kids' Season Passholder Season Renters).

    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?
    We have instructors who are qualified to teach children and adults with cognitive, and sensory challenges, please see our 'Adaptive Ski Program' webpage for further information. If you would like coaching for any physical challenges, please see Powderhounds Adaptive Snow Sports’.

    Do you offer day care services?
    Our Daycare operations are suspended for the 21/22 season.

    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 your child to be put in the same group as their friends, 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 as they will be offered snacks and drinks during the lesson.

    Will I be able to meet my child during lunch time?
    The Kids Centre will NOT be offering lunch during full day lessons for the 21/22 season, therefore parents/guardians will need to collect their children for the lunch break and bring them back to the Kids Centre for their afternoon lesson.

    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 $105 2-hour group ski lesson, full day rental equipment, tot day lift ticket
Next Step^ $105 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.

 

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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