Have a question about lessons? Check out these FAQs.
Do I need to book in advance?
Highly recommended. Popular instructors and lesson times book up fast. We recommend calling as soon as your plans are made. Private lessons are offered for both skiing and snowboarding for all ability levels.
What time should I leave in order to make it to my lesson on time?
We recommend on arriving for morning lessons when the rental shops open at 8AM, and at least an hour before afternoon lessons begin. If you are able, be sure to pick up your rentals the afternoon before your scheduled lesson date, anytime after 2:30PM.
What level are you?
BEGINNER: If you have never skied/snowboarded before, or if you know the basics and are comfortable on easy trails.
INTERMEDIATE: If you are comfortable making turns on most blue runs.
ADVANCED/EXPERT: If you are confident skiing/snowboarding on all terrain, including steep and challenging features.
Where are the Ski and Snowboard School locations?
Kids Morning Lessons | Snow Summit | Adventure Academy
Kids Lessons on Weekends & Holidays | Bear Mountain | Adventure Academy
Kids Afternoon Lessons | Snow Summit and Bear Mountain | Red Flag
Privates Lessons | Snow Summit and Bear Mountain | Purple Flag
Adult Group Lessons | Snow Summit and Bear Mountain | Red Flag
What should I wear?
Because Big Bear Mountain Resort is located at a high elevation, weather conditions can vary in a short period of time and the sun can be harmful to your skin and body if you're not prepared. Layering is the best way to maximize your comfort if/when the weather shifts.
Avoid cotton fabrics, as they retain moisture from snow and perspiration. Start with a moisture-wicking inner layer (such as wool or silk) and add an insulating middle piece (such as a fleece, sweater or vest). Top off with a wind and water resistant shell layer to protect you from the elements.
Goggles or sunglasses
Water-Resistant Pants & Jackets
Any tips to help me with the high altitude?
High altitude means less atmosphere to filter the sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to hitting the slopes, then re-apply every 2–3 hours. Drink 10–16 ounces of fluid before hitting the slopes, and continue replenishing throughout the day. Focus on water and carbohydrate-replacing drinks. Modify caffeine and alcohol intake. Don’t forget to give yourself enough time and energy to last throughout the day.
What do I need to know about private lessons?
To book a private lesson call 844.GO2.BEAR at least 1 day in advance between 8AM–8PM. Popular instructors and lesson times book up fast, so we recommend calling as soon as your plans are made.
A valid lift ticket is required for all private lessons.
What do I need to know about putting my kids in lessons?
Helmets, mitts/gloves, and eye protection (sunglasses or goggles) are required for all children ages 3–12 enrolled in Ski and Snowboard School programs. Helmet rentals are available. Lessons start promptly at the designated time. We recommend arriving at the rental shop at least 1 hr before lesson time in order for your children to be set up with equipment.
All kids need to be at least 3 years old, and must be potty trained – no diapers.
Kids' ski and snowboard lessons are separated into 3 age groups to accommodate the learning readiness children at each of these age groups:
3–4 years (skiing and snowboarding)
5–7 years (skiing and snowboarding)
8–12 years (skiing and snowboarding)