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 snowboarders 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 2 days prior to arrival to ensure instructor availability. Guests may buy day-of at the ticket windows if space is available.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Lessons at Bear Mountain are offered Friday through Sunday only. Daily operations at Bear Mountain start December 9.
During a group lesson, each student will be placed in a class based on age, ability, and type of equipment (ski vs snowboard). Adult group lessons typically do not exceed 10 students and child group lessons are typically smaller. Subject to change based on staffing and holiday peak dates. Group lessons are the less expensive lesson option if you're looking for ways to save.

Guests looking for a smaller class size and a more personal learning experience than what is offered for a group lesson should book a private lesson. Private lessons offer a fully immersive experience that's uniquely tailored to your needs and skill set. Plus, with your own instructor, you have the option to bring your own friends* and split the cost!


GroupPrivate
Lowest Price
Pass holder discount applicable
Customizable experience
Dedicated instructor
Lift priority during lesson
Option to add on a discounted lift ticket
Option to add on a discounted equipment rentals
Your own friends in a group


*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).
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$709-$1,105$75
3 Hours$435-$675$60
1 Hour (Day)$205-$315$55
1 Hour (Night)$225$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).
  • Bundle & Save: Discounted lift tickets and equipment rentals are offered as an add-on for all group lessons during check out. Start by adding a group lesson to your cart. From there, you will be given options to add on lift tickets and equipment rentals.
    • Adult Group Lesson Add-On Discounted Lift Ticket $79
    • Adult Group Lesson Add-On Discounted Ski or Snowboard Rental (Beginner) $35
    • Child Group Lesson Add-On Discounted Lift Ticket $39
    • Child Group Lesson Add-On Discounted Ski or Snowboard Rental (Beginner) $25
    Please note: Private lessons are not offered discounted rates for lift ticket and equipment rentals. All lessons (group or private) require a lift ticket or 22/23 Ikon Pass or BBMR Season Pass to access the terrain, even if your skills do not require the use of chairlifts.
  • 22/23 BBMR Dual, Anytime & Midweek Pass Holders: Save 10% off group lessons - apply discount at ticket window
  • 22/23 Ikon Pass Holders: Ikon Pass saves 15% and Ikon Base Pass saves 10% off group lessons - apply discount at ticket window
  • Group Discount: Bring 15 or more people and save big on lessons* - request a group rate

*Blackout dates apply on December 24-31, 2022; January 1-7, 14-16, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18-20, 25; March 4, 2023 for Groups of 15 or more.
Get the best rates when you purchase in advance. Prices range based on availability, peak holidays and periods. Pricing is subject to change at any time. Prices are the same whether you're renting to ski or snowboard.
Lesson Size/Type Adult Price Child Price
Group
$85-$135 $139-$209
Private 1 Hour $205-$315
3 Hours $435-$675
6 Hours $709-$1,105
Night $225
1 Hour $205-$315
3 Hours $435-$675
6 Hours $709-$1,105
Night $225
Night Session $115 $115


Prices do not include lift tickets/terrain access or equipment rentals.
Class Type Hours
Group Child Classes
Ages 5-12
9AM-12PM
1PM-4PM
Group Adult Classes
Ages 13+
9:15AM-11AM
11:15AM-1PM
2PM-3:45PM
Private Classes
Ages 4+
9AM-3PM (6 Hours)
9AM-12PM (3 Hours)
1PM-4PM (3 Hours)
2PM-3PM (1 Hour)
3PM-4PM (1 Hour)
Group Night Classes
Ages 8+
4PM-5:45PM
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    • 1-hour private lessons are not available to be reserved online. You must visit us in-person to book a 1-hour lesson at Bear Mountain or Snow Summit. Not available to pre-book online or in the call center.
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      Ski at Snow Summit
      Take your skills to new heights with a 1-hour private ski lesson during the day or option to learn under the stars with a 1-hour private Night Session lesson at Snow Summit on select dates.

      Must book in-person.
      Two snowboarders facing snowboard instructor.
      Snowboard at Snow Summit
      Take your skills to new heights with a 1-hour private snowboard lesson during the day or option to learn under the stars with a 1-hour private Night Session lesson at Snow Summit on select dates.

      Must book in-person.
      snowy trees in the evening on the slopes.
      Ski at Bear Mountain
      Perfect for anyone that needs a quick refresher or just wants to focus on a specific skill. Reserve your own ski professional for a fun and educational day on the slopes at Bear Mountain.

      Must book in-person.
      Snowboarding holding hands to instructor for balance.
      Snowboard at Bear Mountain
      Make your day an amazing one by lining up your own personal pro. Our knowledgeable and caring pros will allow you to experience the mountain like no other. Skip the lift lines, and have the day tailored your way.

      Must book in-person.
    • A season pass or lift ticket to access any terrain, even if your skill level does not require use of chairlifts.
      Big Bear Mountain Resort does not automatically include a Lift Ticket with every Lesson because there are guests taking a lesson that may already have a Season Pass, Military vouchers, etc.
      Children in the same age range, ability level, and equipment type may be enrolled in the same group lesson, subject to availability. No exceptions. If you would like your children to be enrolled in the same class but do not meet these requirements, please consider booking a private lesson.
      Children (ages 5-12) enrolled in lessons must wear a helmet. Helmets are not required for adults, (ages 13+) enrolled in lessons, but are highly recommended.
      Group lessons are available for Explorers (ages 5-7), Adventurers (ages 8-12), and adults (ages 13+). Private lessons are available for ages 4+, provided they know how to use the restroom on their own and no longer require diapers.
      Group lesson sizes vary, depending on demand and availability. Adult group lessons typically do not exceed 10 students. Subject to change based on staffing and holiday peak dates. Child group lessons are typically smaller.
      To ensure lesson type and instructor availability, we highly recommend booking lessons in advance. Guests may purchase lessons upon arrival, but risk having their lesson type or time slot being sold out.

      All lesson purchases made online are required to be made at least 2 days in advance for processing.
      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. Learn more about checking in.
      We will conduct a brief on-site assessment and place you in the appropriate group class based on your age, ability, and type of equipment (ski vs snowboard).

      BEGINNER: If you have never skied/snowboarded before, never been on a chairlift, or cannot stop or turn.

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

      ADVANCED:
      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 Explorers (5-7 years old) and Adventurers (8-12 years old). Lesson categories and curriculum are based on 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). No more than 2 (two) 4 year olds in a private lesson.
      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 on a first come, first serve basis. 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.
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    Using Gift Cards, ACV, and other Forms of Payment
    Gift Cards, Pass Holder Discounts, Pass Cash, and Activity Change Vouchers cannot be applied online at this time. These forms of payments can only be used in-person or by calling 844.GO2.BEAR. Credit card tokenization is the process of de-identifying sensitive cardholder data by converting it to a string of randomly generated numbers called a "token." Similar to encryption, tokenization obfuscates the original data to render it unreadable in the event of a data breach or other exposure. If you are having issues with your card, please call your bank directly.

    Refund & Cancellation Policy
    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. Once you make a purchase, if those funds are removed from Big Bear Mountain Resort's account and given back to you, your purchased tickets will become void and irredeemable for entry. Fraudulent attempts to force a bank or credit card chargeback by claiming you didn’t make the ticket purchase or can’t identify the purchase on your bank statement will result in being barred from attending future events hosted by Big Bear Mountain Resort.

    Promotional sales or events including but not limited to Glow Golf and Above the Boom, do not qualify for refunds. All sales are final.

    Risk Warning & Emergency Hotline

    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.
    Avoid Fraud

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