The Ins and Outs of Beaver Creek Ski School

There’s a reason Beaver Creek Ski School used to be the self-proclaimed Ivy League of Ski Schools. Not only are the instructors dedicated, professional and patient, but Beaver Creek’s mountain is set up for skiers and riders of all abilities to learn how to conquer the sport. Whether you’re a novice seeing snow for the first time, or a mom of three who just hasn’t been on skis in 15 years, ski and snowboard school is the place for everyone. Plus, as a ski school student, you get to skip the lift lines! 

It can be extremely dangerous to yourself and to others on the mountain if you overestimate your abilities. There’s absolutely no shame in following an instructor down the slopes until you feel comfortable venturing out on your own. In fact, it will ensure you have a safer and more enjoyable vacation.

The Inn at Riverwalk has a free shuttle service that will take you directly to the resort which makes taking a lesson and all the surrounding logistics incredibly easy. 

What to Know Before You Go

You will get the most bang for your buck if you book your lesson online in advance. That will also guarantee you a spot on your preferred dates. Since lessons do not include a lift ticket or gear rentals, it’s helpful to reserve those in advance as well - and if you’re booking a group lesson, you can add lift ticket and rentals at a discounted rate in your purchase.

It’s important to know where to go and what to bring before you show up for your lesson. It’s encouraged to be fitted for your rental gear the day before, and to check in for your lesson at least 30 minutes in advance. When you purchase your lesson, the check-in location is selected at the time of booking, so check your confirmation to know where to check in as there are multiple locations.

Remember to bring a helmet (or rent one with your gear). This is strongly recommended for all skiers and riders, no matter your ability. Children under the age of 14 are required to wear one while participating in ski school. Wear warm clothes including waterproof outerwear and moisture-wicking base and mid layers. Your socks should be warm wool and rise to at least mid-calf. Always bring mittens and or gloves. Goggles are the best way to protect your eyes and face from wind, snow, sun and snow glare. Lather on the sunscreen, even on a cloudy day! Remember that Beaver Creek Mountain is high elevation and your risk of sunburn is greatly increased. 

There are dozens of lesson options ranging from private or group, beginner to advanced, children or adults, skiing or snowboarding. So it’s really a “choose your own adventure” when selecting which lesson is right for you. 

Dedicated Learning Areas

Beaver Creek has three unique learning areas dedicated to helping you progress your skills. Up the Buckaroo Express Gondola is Haymeadow Park. There are several magic carpets here and also room to freely explore some gentle green slopes. There’s even a slowed-down chairlift for first-timers to practice the intimidating scoop-up and exit of a lift. Haymeadow Park is known for its Smarte Terrain which uses man-made and natural snow features to improve the learning experience for first-time, beginner, and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. Kids ages 3-15 in ski school get to enjoy lunch and sweet treats at the Icecream Parlour.

The next level of progression lands you in Red Buffalo Park. This learning area is at the top of the mountain, peaking at 11,440’ elevation and some of the best views Beaver Creek has to offer. This is the perfect place for beginner or intermediate skiers and riders, or families looking to spend the day together. There are dozens of runs, including some exciting trails through trees to build up practice and confidence. Ski school students can warm up in the Cookie Cabin and enjoy the sugar rush of fresh chocolate chip cookies before going back on the slopes.

The third level of progression is at McCoy Park, Beaver Creek’s newest, dedicated learning area. With 250 skiable acres of groomed terrain, beginners, intermediates and families can safely explore together. This is a unique feature of the mountain since it’s a bowl that’s protected on both sides and offers expansive views. Don’t forget to swing by the Candy Cabin for that sugary pick-me-up after your lesson.

There’s a Run For Everyone

With Beaver Creek Ski School’s “Green Run Guarantee,” students will be exploring certified green runs by the third consecutive day of lessons or the fourth day is free! This is your chance to truly connect with the sport and with nature so you can create lifelong memories. Alongside world-class instructors, dedicated and safe learning areas, and unbeatable views, there’s no better mountain to learn or strengthen your ski or riding skills.