It's Your Season to Learn

Take Your Skills to New Heights at SoCal's Largest Beginner Area
Big Bear Mountain Resort is home to the largest learning area and best instructors in Southern California, with lesson options for skiers and riders of all ages and abilities, from first-timers to seasoned snow pros. Take your skills to new heights this winter with a group or private lesson at Bear Mountain or Snow Summit. Plus, get perks like priority lift access during your lesson. Online lesson reservations must be reserved at least 1 day prior to arrival to ensure instructor availability. Guests may buy day-of at the ticket windows if space is available.

NOTE: Children ages 12 & under are required to wear a helmet, protected eyewear, and gloves/mittens.

Big Bear Mountain Resort season passes on sale now
HAPPY OPENING DAY: 21/22 BBMR and Ikon Pass Holders get early access at Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, today, Dec. 2 with Bear Mountain and Snow Summit opening daily to the general public tomorrow, Dec. 3.
    • Packages

      At this time, group lessons are not available at Bear Mountain. Check back later in December for more class times at Bear Mountain.


      Bundle your lesson with equipment rentals and/or a lift ticket and save. These packages are offered for group lessons only. You will be placed in a class based on your age group, ability and type of equipment (ski vs snowboard). Start by adding a group lesson to your cart. From there, you will be given options to add on lift tickets or equipment rentals at a discounted price.

      BBMR Pass Icon, black and white Pass holder discounts applicable by calling 844.GO2.BEAR
      Skier taking a lesson from an instructor. Skier taking a lesson from an instructor.
      Adult (Ages 13+)

      Prices range from $131-$239

      The more you bundle, the more you save! Plus, your rentals and lift tickets are valid for all-day access at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit so you can experience alpine good times before and after your lesson.

      PackagePriceLesson Time
      Group Lesson + Lift Ticket + Rental$159-$2399:15AM-11AM, 11:15AM-1PM, 2PM-3:45PM
      Group Lesson + Lift Ticket$131-$2119:15AM-11AM, 11:15AM-1PM, 2PM-3:45PM

      Prices are based on holiday/peak dates and are subject to change anytime.
      • Lesson: 1 hour and 45 minutes (105 minutes)
      • Lift Ticket: Valid on reservation date before and after scheduled lesson time. Check operation hours.
      • Rentals: Valid on reservation date. May be used before and after scheduled lesson time. Includes skis/poles or snowboard, and boots. Helmets and snow pants are not included but may be added on for an additional fee. Goggles, jackets, and glove rentals are not available.
      Two skiers taking a lesson, girl skier giving instructor a high five./ Two skiers taking a lesson, girl skier giving instructor a high five./
      Adventurer (Ages 8-12)

      Prices range from $143-$248

      Give your kids the gift of alpine good times by adding a group lesson or a lesson + lift ticket to their rental reservations.

      NOTE: Children are required to wear a helmet, protected eyewear, and gloves/mittens.

      PackagePriceLesson Time
      Group Lesson + Lift Ticket + Rental$165-$2489AM-Noon, 1PM-4PM
      Group Lesson + Lift Ticket$143-$2269AM-Noon, 1PM-4PM

      Prices are based on holiday/peak dates and are subject to change anytime.
      • Lesson: 3 hours (180 minutes)
      • Lift Ticket: Valid on reservation date before and after scheduled lesson time. Check operation hours.
      • Rentals: Valid on reservation date. May be used before and after scheduled lesson time. Includes skis/poles or snowboard, and boots. Helmets and snow pants are not included but may be added on for an additional fee. Goggles, jackets, and glove rentals are not available.
      Young child taking a snowboard lesson. Young child taking a snowboard lesson.
      Explorer (Ages 5-7)

      Prices range from $143-$248

      Give your groms the gift of alpine good times by adding a group lesson or a lesson + lift ticket to their rental reservation.

      NOTE: Children are required to wear a helmet, protected eyewear, and gloves/mittens.

      PackagePriceLesson Time
      Group Lesson + Lift Ticket + Rental$165-$2489AM-Noon, 1PM-4PM
      Group Lesson + Lift Ticket$143-$2269AM-Noon, 1PM-4PM

      Prices are based on holiday/peak dates and are subject to change anytime.
      • Lesson: 3 hours (180 minutes)
      • Lift Ticket: Valid on reservation date before and after scheduled lesson time. Check operation hours.
      • Rentals: Valid on reservation date. May be used before and after scheduled lesson time. Includes skis/poles or snowboard, and boots. Helmets and snow pants are not included but may be added on for an additional fee. Goggles, jackets, and glove rentals are not available.
      Sunset view of chairlifts in the mountains. Sunset view of chairlifts in the mountains.
      Package Night Lessons

      Prices range from $100-$203

      Experience night skiing or snowboarding by a group lesson or a lesson + lift ticket to your rental reservation. Not available to reserve online. To book, call 844.GO2.BEAR.

      Night Session lessons are from 4PM-5:45PM but rentals and lift tickets are valid from 3PM-8:30PM at Snow Summit.

      NOTE: Children ages 8-12 are required to wear a helmet and gloves/mittens. Protected eyewear recommended.

      PackagePriceLesson Time
      Adult Lesson + Lift Ticket + Rental
      Adult Lesson + Lift Ticket
      $135-$203
      $100-$140
      4PM-5:45PM
      Adventurer Lesson + Lift Ticket + Rental
      Adventurer Lesson + Lift Ticket
      $135-$203
      $100-$140
      4PM-5:45PM
      ExplorerNot Available
      Not Available

      Prices are based on holiday/peak dates and are subject to change anytime.
      • Lesson: 1 hour & 45 minutes (105 minutes)
      • Lift Ticket: Valid from 3PM-8:30PM on reservation date. Lift ticket may be used before and after scheduled lesson time.
      • Rentals: Valid from 3PM-8:30PM on reservation date. May be used before and after scheduled lesson time. Includes skis/poles or snowboard, and boots. Helmets and snow pants are not included but may be added on for an additional fee. Goggles, jackets, and glove rentals are not available.
    • Group A La Carte

      At this time, group lessons are not available at Bear Mountain. Check back later in December for more class times at Bear Mountain.


      If you already have a season pass or lift ticket, book an al la carte group lesson online today. Adult group lessons typically do not exceed 10 students and child group lessons are typically smaller. Guests looking for a smaller class size than what is offered for a group lesson should book a private lesson.

      A LA CARTE LESSONS DO NOT INCLUDE LIFT TICKETS. A valid lift ticket or season pass is required for all lessons.

      BBMR Pass Icon, black and white Pass holder discounts applicable by calling 844.GO2.BEAR
      All guests must have a valid season pass or lift ticket to participate in on-hill activities, including lessons, regardless of whether the activities include accessing chairlifts or magic carpets.

      Big Bear Mountain Resort offers a la carte ski/snowboard lessons to accommodate guests with the following:
      • BBMR or Ikon Pass season passes
      • Birthday lift tickets
      • Military lift tickets
      • Senior (80+) lift tickets
      • Activity Change Vouchers

      Two snowboarders facing snowboard instructor. Two snowboarders facing snowboard instructor.
      Adult (Ages 13+)

      Prices range from $75-$119
      Times: 9:15AM-11AM, 11:15AM-1PM, 2PM-3:45PM


      Our fun-loving, professional instructors will teach you how to ski and snowboard with a positive and engaging approach, so you can learn the basics, or be challenged to go to the next level.

      Young kids taking a ski lesson. Young kids taking a ski lesson.
      Adventurer (Ages 8-12)

      Prices range from $125-$188
      Times: 9AM-12AM, 1PM-4PM


      At Big Bear Mountain Resort, we believe that building confidence and learning proper technique is just as important as taking your first turns or grinding your first rail. Let our supportive coaches, help your kids develop the skills -- and spirit -- they need to succeed on the slopes.

      NOTE: Children are required to wear a helmet, protected eyewear, and gloves/mittens.

      Two young kids taking a ski lesson. Two young kids taking a ski lesson.
      Explorer (Ages 5-7)

      Prices range from $125-$188
      Times: 9AM-12AM, 1PM-4PM


      Our coaches specialize in teaching kids the skills they need to succeed on the slopes with a positive approach that puts the "fun" in fundamentals.

      NOTE: Children are required to wear a helmet, protected eyewear, and gloves/mittens.

      Snowy ski runs lite up in the evening. Snowy ski runs lite up in the evening.
      Group Night Lessons

      Prices range from $79-$119
      Ages: 8 & up
      Time: 4PM-5:45PM


      Learn how to ski or ride under the lights on select dates at Snow Summit. Not available to reserve online. To book, call 844.GO2.BEAR.

      NOTE: Children ages 8-12 are required to wear a helmet and gloves/mittens. Protected eyewear recommended.

      Group lessons for kids 4 and under are unavailable until further notice. Ski and snowboard lessons for children age 4 are available during private lessons only.
    • Private Classes

      At this time, private lessons are available Snow Summit daily and at Bear Mountain Saturday thru Sunday only. Check back later in December for more class times at Bear Mountain.


      Looking for a more personal learning experience? Book a private lesson and enjoy a fully immersive experience that's uniquely tailored to your needs and skill set. If you are booking a private lesson with your own personal group of friends and family, you must all be using the same type of equipment (ski vs snowboard).

      All private lessons include:
      • A dedicated instructor and customizable experience
      • Priority lift access during your lesson
      • Option to bring friends and split the cost
      Private lessons are available for parties of 5 or fewer. For parties of 5 or more, an additional private lesson and instructor must be booked. Children must be at least 4 years old and potty trained – no diapers. No more than 2 (two) 4 year olds in a private lesson. Pricing is subject to change.

      Lesson length1-2 person price*Additional price per person (max 5)
      6 Hours$725-$1,015$75
      3 Hours$439-$615$60
      1 Hour (Day)$206-$288$55
      1 Hour (Night)$163-$228$55

      **Price based on peak and holiday dates.

      How is private lesson pricing determined?

      All private lesson pricing is based on 2 participants enrolled in the lesson. Pricing does not decrease for single participants and an additional fee will be assessed for private lessons with more than 2 enrolled participants (max 5).
      Snowboarding holding hands to instructor for balance. Snowboarding holding hands to instructor for balance.
      6-Hour Lesson

      Prices range from $725-$1,015
      Time: 9AM-3PM
      Ages: 4 & up


      Spend a full day on the slopes with a private instructor.

      Please note: 6-hour private lessons include a mandatory 30-minute lunch break. Instructors are prohibited from dining with students, therefore any children enrolled in a private lesson should be capable of dining independently or make accommodations with a parent/guardian.

      Young snowboarder taking a private lesson with instructor. Young snowboarder taking a private lesson with instructor.
      3-Hour Lesson

      Prices range from $439-$615
      Time: 9AM-12PM, 1PM-4PM
      Ages: 4 & up


      If you're looking for an in-depth experience, but don't need an instructor for the whole day, book a 3-hour private lesson to get the training you need in half the time.

      Young skier taking next to a beary themed blow up for practice. Young skier taking next to a beary themed blow up for practice.
      1-Hour Lesson

      Prices range from $206-$288
      Time: 2PM-3PM, 3PM-4PM
      Ages: 4 & up


      Perfect for skiers or riders looking for a quick refresher or just want to focus on learning a specific skill. Not available to reserve online. To book, call 844.GO2.BEAR.

      snowy trees in the evening on the slopes. snowy trees in the evening on the slopes.
      1-Hour Night Session

      Prices range from $163-$228
      Time: 4PM-5PM
      Ages: 8 & up


      Take your skills to new heights under the stars at Snow Summit on select dates. Not available to reserve online. To book, call 844.GO2.BEAR.

    • Adaptive Ski School

      Bear Mountain is proud to partner with the United States Adaptive Recreation Center (USARC) to provide skiing and snowboarding for adaptive athletes of all ages. USARC uses the best adaptive equipment, the most effective teaching techniques available, and private one-on-one instruction to maximize each participant’s potential. For more info, visit USARC's website or call 909.584.0269.

    • Frequently Asked Questions
      To ensure lesson and instructor and availability, we highly recommend booking lessons in advance. Guests may purchase lessons upon arrival, but risk having their preferred instructor or lesson being sold out.
      We recommend arriving at Bear Mountain or Snow Summit at least 1.5 hours (90 minutes) prior to your scheduled lesson time to ensure you have enough time to check-in, pick up your lift tickets and/or rental equipment, gear up, and walk to the designated meeting location. Please note that the recommended arrival time does not include parking and shuttling to the resort.
      BBMR offers group and private lessons for ages 4* and up. To get the most out of your time on the mountain, we recommend booking a lesson based on your skill level.

      *BBMR does not currently offer group lessons for children, ages 4 & under. Kids 4 & under may be enrolled in a private lesson, provided they are potty trained (no diapers).

      FIRST-TIME BEGINNER (level 1): If you have never skied/snowboarded before, never been on a chairlift, or cannot stop or turn. NOTE: If you are not a First-Time Beginner, we will conduct a brief on-site assessment and place you in the appropriate class based on your age, ability and type of equipment (ski vs snowboard).

      ADVANCED BEGINNER (level 2):
      If you can turn, stop, ride a moving carpet or the beginner chairlift and navigate beginner runs without assistance.

      INTERMEDIATE: If you can turn, stop, ride the chairlift, and navigate most beginner and low intermediate runs.

      ADVANCED/EXPERT:
      If you are confident skiing/snowboarding on all terrain, including steep and challenging features.


      YES -- Big Bear Mountain Resort offers multiple lesson options for kids, ages 5-12.

      GROUP LESSONS
      Kids group lessons are available for Adventurers (8-12 years old) and Explorers (5-7 years old). Lesson categories and curriculum are based your age, ability and type of equipment (ski vs snowboard).

      PRIVATE LESSONS
      Children must be at least 4 years old and potty trained to be enrolled in a private lesson (no diapers).
      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. We recommend guests wearing sunscreen, snow goggles or any form of protected eyewear, gloves/mitten, and socks.

      NOTE: Children ages 12 and under are required to wear a helmet, snow goggles, and gloves/mittens.
    Skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities have inherent risks that may result in property damage, personal injury, or death. GUESTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SAFETY AND ASSUME ALL INHERENT RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH PARTICIPATING IN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. All guests must follow the Big Bear Mountain Resort rules of conduct and NSAA Responsibility Code. Visit the Safety page for complete details. Lift tickets and season passes may be suspended or revoked without refund at any time for failure to comply with resort rules, misconduct, nuisance, reckless behavior, or fraudulent use. Anyone attempting to use a lift ticket or season pass fraudulently or in a manner for which it is not intended is subject to prosecution under California Penal Code 537(b). Facilities under permit from the U.S. Forest Service.

    ON MOUNTAIN EMERGENCY HOTLINE:
    909.866.2447 or call 911.
    Guests may change or cancel lift ticket, lesson, rental, or activity reservations up to 3 full days prior to the scheduled date for a full refund. Changes or cancellations made within 3 days, up until the day prior to the scheduled date, will result in an Activity Change Voucher being issued for the full value of the activity cost (no fee). Same-day changes, cancellations, or failure to show up to your activity will result in a full forfeit of your payment.

    Learn more about Activity Change Vouchers.

    NOTE: Season lengths may vary annually and are subject to change based on weather conditions, guest wellbeing, and other extenuating circumstances.
    Lift Tickets


    Lift tickets are non-transferable and are not for resale. Violators may be prosecuted under California Penal Code 537 PC.

    Lessons


    To ensure the safety of our guests and employees, all ski, snowboard, and bike lessons at Big Bear Mountain Resort must be booked with a certified, BBMR instructor. Anyone found offering/selling or purchasing a 3rd party/non-BBMR lesson at BBMR will forfeit their resort access, including lift privileges, and be subject to prosecution, pursuant to California Penal Code 537 PC.
    To provide a safe and enjoyable experience, guests are expected to adhere to all posted safety guidelines, staff instructions, and demonstrate respect for others and the environment during their visit.

    Read the Safety & Conduct Policy.
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