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Learn to Ski or Snowboard

Sunday River's Perfect Turn Ski and Snowboard School offers one of the most comprehensive programs in the country to introduce first-timers to skiing or snowboarding. We'll be with you every step of the way from your arrival to your first turns. 

Reservations are strongly suggested and are taken up until 4:00PM the day before the lesson. We may be able to accommodate walk-ins if space is available, but reservations are the only way to guarantee a place with us. Full payment is due at the time of reservation. Call 207-824-5959 or book online

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Our Perfect Turn Discovery Center is an entire facility specifically designed to introduce people to snow sports in a comfortable setting. Located next to South Ridge Lodge, the Discovery Center is where you'll check-in, meet your coach, pick up your equipment, and learn about what you'll be doing before you head out on the hill with your group. You can also store any personal belongings or clothes here to pick up at the end of the day.

Once out on the snow, you'll learn how to glide, turn, and stop on your skis or snowboard on ouSundance trail, which is wide, gentle, and specifically designed for fun and easy learning. A sliding surface lift runs along the learning area for an easy ride up to the top of the slope. Depending on how quickly you pick up the basics, you may ride a chairlift on your first day and explore the learning area in South Ridge, which offers mellow and welcoming terrain for beginners and is serviced by a chairlift that is simple to load and unload.

Snowboarder on chairlift.

We'll provide your coach, all of the necessary equipment, and your lift ticket. Here's what you should bring:

  • Snow pants
  • An insulated jacket
  • A helmet (Rental fee is $10 per day, multi-day discount available)
  • A neck wrap or scarf
  • Warm mittens or gloves
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • Goggles or sunglasses can help but are optional
  • A smile

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Learning Programs

One-Day Learn To Ski & Snowboard Program

Includes all the ski or snowboard equipment you'll need, up to a three-hour clinic with one of our coaches, and a lift ticket to access all our beginner terrain and lifts. After your clinic is done, you're free to keep your lift ticket for the rest of the day to continue practicing the new skills you've learned and explore our beginner terrain at your own pace. One-Day Programs are based in the Discovery Center at South Ridge. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your start time.

Clinic Times:

  • Learn to Ski clinics are available at 9:00AM*, 10:00AM, 10:30AM*, and 12:30PM.
  • Learn to Snowboard clinics are available at 10:15AM and 12:45PM*.

*Offered on Saturdays and holidays only.

Learn to Ski or Snowboard Lodging Packages

Our Learn to Ski or Snowboard Lodging Package includes two or more days on the slopes learning to ski or snowboard, with lodging, lift tickets, clinics, and rental equipment included. Your first day will be spent in our One-Day Program, and for your second day you'll keep your equipment and lift ticket and have a 90-minute beginner clinic to continue practicing the fundamentals and learning new skills. Reservations for a Learn to lodging package can be booked through reservations, 1-800-543-2754.

Two-Day Learn to Ski or Snowboard Upgrade Package

This package is designed for guests who have completed our One Day Learn to Ski or Snowboard package and are ready to learn more!  It includes a 90-minute clinic, equipment rental, and a limited access lift ticket for two days. This package may be used on non-consecutive days at Sunday River or Sugarloaf and is valid for one year from the date of purchase. 

One-Day Learn to Ski or Snowboard Program $49 non-holiday ($79 holiday*)
Two-Day Learn to Ski or Snowboard Package $100**
Learn to Ski or Snowboard Lodging Packages Rates

Learn to programs are available to ages 15 and older. 
*Holiday periods are December 23, 2016, through January 1, 2017; January 14-16, 2017; February 17-26, 2017.
**Only guests who have purchased the One-Day Learn To Package in the 2016-17 season are eligible to purchase the Two-Day Learn To Upgrade Package.

Reservations are strongly suggested and are taken up until 4PM the day before the lesson. We may be able to accommodate walk-ins if space is available, but reservations are the only way to guarantee a place with us. Full payment is due at the time of reservation. Call 207-824-5959 or book online. Reservations may be changed or canceled up to 24 hours in advance without penalty. Cancellations made within 24 hours are non-refundable. Should you need to change your reservation please contact us at 207-824-5959.