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What to Know Before Taking a Lesson

Posted On: Feb 11, 2020

NOTE: Information contained in this blog, including products or service availability, may be amended for the current season and is subject to change based on weather conditions, operating guidelines, and/or extenuating circumstances.

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Big Bear Mountain Resort (BBMR) is home to the best beginner programs and largest learning areas in Southern California. Whether it's your first day on the slopes or you've skiing or riding for years, taking a lesson from our team of top-notch ski and snowboard instructors is the best way to take your skills to new heights.

BBMR offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons for ages 4 and up as well as all skill levels, including intermediate and advanced skiers/riders and adaptive athletes. So whether you’re looking to learn the basics or want to take on more challenging terrain, we have a program to meet your needs.

Which learning program is right for you? Here’s a quick overview to help you determine your current skill level.

  • BEGINNER: Never skied/snowboarded or been on a chairlift before; need assistance to turn and/or stop
  • INTERMEDIATE: Can comfortably turn, stop, ride the chairlift, and navigate most beginner and low intermediate runs
  • ADVANCED/EXPERT: Confident skiing/snowboarding on all terrain, including steep and challenging features
  • ADAPTIVE: Special equipment or assistance needed to ski/snowboard or ride the chairlift

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In general, BBMR recommends booking lessons in advance to ensure your preferred lesson type, time, and instructor availability during your visit. Online reservations must be made at least 2 days in advance for processing. Book your lessons online.

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Lesson reservations can be made online, in-person at the Bear Mountain or Snow Summit ticket windows, or by calling 844.GO2.BEAR, or at the BBMR shop in the Big Bear Lake Village.

BBMR Visitors Center Shop
40824 Big Bear Blvd, Big Bear Lake, 92315
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BBMR offers lessons a la carte or you can bundle your lesson with rentals and/or a lift ticket to save time and money. We've got you covered.
NOTE: A valid lift ticket or season pass is required for all lessons. Lessons DO NOT include lift access.

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Weather conditions and temperatures can vary at higher altitudes, therefore we recommend wearing multiple layers, including a moisture-wicking base layer, an insulating middle layer, and water-resistant outer layer to protect you from the elements. Need pants for the day? BBMR offers snow pant rentals for $15/day. BBMR does not offer any other clothing rentals, but Big Bear Sports does carry a wide selection of outerwear, accessories, and branded apparel.

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We recommend arriving at least 1.5 hours prior to your scheduled lesson time to ensure you have enough time to park, check-in, and pick up your lift tickets and/or rental equipment.

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Check out this video for some more tips on taking a lesson.



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