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Smugglers' Snow Sport University Programs for Adults

Lessons for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing that guarantee you'll have fun!

Our Snow Sport Programs are the best you will ever experience! We guarantee that you will have fun, learn to ski or snowboard or will improve technique, no matter what your current level of ability — novice to expert — or we will refund the entire lesson portion of your vacation package. It's as simple as that.

SSU programs are available December 5, 2014 - April 12, 2015

View our Winter Adult SSU Programs!
Do you remember the last time you surprised yourself by doing something you had only dreamed about or the rush you got after you challenged yourself and were successful?

At SSU, our instructors strive to help you break down barriers and surprise yourself every clinic, lesson, and session. Whether you're new to the sport and are looking to build confidence, or you're an intermediate looking to explore more challenging terrain, our highly qualified instructors can help you develop the skills and state of mind to meet those goals. For advanced skiers and riders, our instructors are your skilled guides, helping you experience the thrill and challenge of new and hidden terrain — opening a world of on and off-trail adventures you might never discover on your own.

Why should kids have all the fun? Discover the confident skier or rider that lurks within you!

Read about the Snow Sport University lesson experience for adults on family travel website pitstopsforkids.com!

For more information click on one of the SSU Programs below. You'll also find useful tips from our expert instructors!
Adult Group Lessons
Whatever your goals, our highly qualified SSU instructors can help you build the skills and state of mind you need to start exploring more of the mountain.

Adult Alpine Lessons
2-hour Lessons: Ski or Snowboard
Are you a first-time skier or snowboarder — or looking for the coaching that will move you to the next level? Group lessons are designed to help each individual, novice to expert! Guaranteed to get results.

Daily, levels 1-9
10:00 am - 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Non-holiday* rate: $75 per person, per lesson Holiday* rate: $95 per person, per lesson. Included with Club Smugglers' Summit Package your choice of 10:00am or 1:00pm group lesson. Pre-registration is required as space is limited for this program.

*Holiday time periods: December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015, January 17-19, 2015 and February 14-22, 2015

Expertís tip: Sideslipping

Sideslipping is a key tactical tool for any skier who wants to be more versatile. The key to effective sideslipping is to maintain good fore/aft balance. Start off on a hill with some pitch to it, and just tip your legs down the hill, releasing the edges and sliding. Tip the legs uphill to set the edge, with a focus on staying balanced over the whole foot. After playing in both directions, do the same thing, but shift your weight from the tip of the ski to the tail and vice versa, and notice the effect the movement has on the skis. You should feel like you are fluttering down the hill like a falling leaf. Mastering sideslipping will let you get down any kind of terrain in almost any conditions.
-Oliver Blackman, PSIA level 1 certified instructor

Snowshoe Lesson Treks
1 1/2-hour group lesson. Try one of our group treks, and you'll discover one of the oldest -and easiest!- ways to enjoy the beauty of Winter! Equipment will be provided and each session begins with a brief overview of technique. But rest assured, if you can walk, you can snowshoe!

Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10:00 am and Saturday 1:00 pm;
$45 per person, per session

Cross-Country Lessons
1 1/2-hour group lesson. Experience the serenity of cross-country skiing and discover our meandering 30-kilometer network of trails through the Vermont woods. From beginner to expert ... success guaranteed!

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, & Saturday 10:00 am
$45 per person, per session


Adult Private Lessons
Private instruction is the best way to tailor lessons to your precise needs. Try one and get exactly what you're looking for!

1-Hour Alpine & Telemark Ski or Snowboard Private Lessons
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Private lessons will give you that boost you need to move to the next level in your skiing or riding. They allow our instructors to determine your personal needs and goals in order to tailor the entire lesson to you! You can even request your choice of instructors. Available in one hour or multi hour sessions for skiing, snowboarding, or telemark. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, particularly during holiday periods and at peak times, when space and instructors may be limited.

Offered daily, start time upon request.
Non-holiday* rate: $105 first person, $75 per additional person, $75 per additional hour.
Holiday* rate: $125 first person, $75 per additional person, $75 per additional hour.

*Holiday time periods: December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015, January 17-19, 2015 and February 14-22, 2015

6-Hour Private Instruction or Guided Tour
This program is ideal for the individual or group that wants personal, private instruction and guiding for the whole day. With your personal coach, you can spend the entire day exploring and enhancing your skills, or your group can split up the day between family members of different ages and abilities.
Daily, 9:00 am or 10:00 am start time.
Non-Holiday $780 for group of up to 5 people. Holiday* $800 for group of 5 people. Pre-registration is required as space is limited for this program.

*Holiday time periods: December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015, January 17-19, 2015 and February 14-22, 2015

Meet at the Private Lesson meeting place at the Gazebo by the Village Lift. Pre-registration is required as space is limited for this program.

Expertís tip: Side door through the bumps

I like to think of the bumps in a mogul field as a whole bunch of houses. Each house has 4 doors; a front door (uphill), a back door (downhill) and 2 side doors. The front door is always locked: you can't go in that way. You want to enter the bump through a side door and exit out either the back door or the other side door. As your skis move up onto the top of the bump it becomes easy to turn them, exit through the back door or the other side door and aim for the side door of the next bump. Remember this tactic and you can enjoy a smooth ride through the biggest meanest bumps on the mountain.
-Tom Glynn, PSIA Level 3 certified instructor

1-Hour Mom & Me, Dad & Me Ski or Snowboard Semi-Private Lessons
A unique opportunity to learn some of the skills and games that will help you be a teacher for your child or vice versa. You should be at least an intermediate skier or rider, and your child should be a First Timer, age 3-5 years old.
Daily, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$95 per lesson, per hour, includes two persons.

Cross-Country Private Lessons
Get personalized instruction in cross-country ski techniques from our skilled instructors.
Daily 11:45 am - 12:45 am, by appointment.
$60 first person, $30 per additional person, per hour.

1-Hour Mom & Me, Dad & Me Cross-Country Semi-Private Lessons
Daily, 11:45 am - 12:45 am, by appointment.
$60 per lesson, includes two persons.


Special Programs
The Mountain Experience for Skiers
Women's Weekly Clinics
Night Schools for Boarding and Jibbing

The Mountain Experience for Skiers
Maximize your fun - minimize your frustration!
Guided by our most experienced instructors, you and no more than 5 people with similar goals and abilities (or create your own group!) will explore our diverse and challenging terrain with occasional tips to help you build confidence. If you are comfortable skiing on groomed, blue trails and want to expand your horizons, this 4-hour program is for you and is offered daily.

Daily, levels 5-9
10:00 am - 2:00 pm, $139 per adult, per day.
25% OFF with paid Club Smugglers' Summit Package. Add $25 per day for performance demos from 3 Mountain Equipment.
Lunch is included. Advanced sign-up is STRONGLY recommended, as class sizes are limited. Groups leave from the Sterling Mountain SSU building.

Expertís tip: The right and left of it

Intermediate skiers often ask why they find it easy to turn one way but not the other. Once we rule out any physiological reasons, the answer is almost always in the previous turn or turns. Too much rotary in a previous turn causes the next turn to be difficult. Try focusing on a spot down the hill and keep that spot as your reference while making a series of medium radius turns. When your head and shoulders stay more aligned in the direction you are going; your turns will get better in both directions.
ĖDoug Cook, PSIA Level 3 certified instructor

Women's Weekly Clinics
Join us every Wednesday and Saturday at Womenís Weekly, a program designed for women, by women. Meets at 10:00 am at the Gazebo on Morse (levels 1-4) and in front of the SSU building at Sterling (levels 5-9), this 4-hour program will be focused on having fun and keeping the sessions lighthearted. Led by female instructors, the sessions will be filled with skiing and riding tips that focus on differences of how women move on snow. Go to lunch as a group at the Morse Mountain Grille (Levels 1-4) or Green Peppers (Levels 5-9) for a group meal on us! Read more about this program!

Wednesdays & Saturdays, Levels 1-9
10:00 am - 2:00 pm, $139 per adult, per day. Lunch included; 25% OFF with paid Club Smugglers' Summit Package.

Night School for Boarding & Night School for Jibbing
Are you ready for your first snowboard experience? Are you already a skier or rider and want to try your first freestyle moves? Then try one of our Night School programs. Night School for Boarding is a great way for families and everyone else to go snowboarding for the first time. Night School for Jibbing is our program designed to utilize mini, entry-level terrain park features to introduce level 4-6 skiers & riders to the world of freestyle. With one-hour group sessions and another 1 1/2 hours of practice time (with coaches on the hill to help you out), new riders and new jibbers can experience the excitement of snowboarding.

Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm, Sir Henry's Learning Hill. Ages 6 - adult. $49 per person, per session, includes Burton Learn to Ride equipment rental. Must sign up prior to 3:30 pm at the Guest Service Desk or the Ski & Ride Desk. Space available basis. Get outfitted for your equipment between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm at
3 Mountain Equipment Meet at Sir Henry's Learning & Fun Park after you've gotten your equipment.

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