Smugglers' Snow Sport University Programs for Adults
Lessons for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing that guarantee you'll have fun!
Please read the following programming descriptions carefully. Changes have been made to program age eligibility, timing, and meeting locations. Please be aware that as further information is made available by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), Vermont Ski Areas Association (VSAA), other state and federal agencies, and Smugglers' Notch, programming details may need to be further amended.
All participants and instructors will be required to wear masks when closer than 6 feet. Guests will be able to ride the lifts with their travel group only. When in a lesson if no one from their travel group is present they will ride the chairlift by themselves. Adults can ride the lift with their children while their child is in a lesson, if needed. All participants in Snow Sport University programs will be required to adhere to the Vermont State Travel Guidelines. Participants are also required to fill out a release form online. Go to smuggs.com/ssuattestation
Please note: These Snow Sport University options for you and your family may continue to be updated. For up-to-date information on the following Snow Sport University options, due to COVID-19 restrictions, please check back.
SSU programs are availableDecember 11, 2020 - April 4, 2021
NOW is the time to turn your ski & snowboard dreams into reality.
Every passionate skier and snowboarder dreams of breaking through new barriers, getting to the next level, and conquering new terrain ... That’s Snow Sport University’s reason for being. Our success is measured by your accomplishments.
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.
To book an SSU Adult Lesson or Program call 800-523-2754.
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.
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.
2020-2021 Non-holiday* rate: 10:00 am lessons $85 per person, per lesson. 1:00 pm lessons $59 per person, per lesson. 2020-2021 Holiday* rate: 10:00 am lessons $105 per person, per lesson. 1:00 pm lessons $79 per person, per lesson.
Levels: Level 1/Beginner (Morse Mountain) to Level 9/Advanced (Sterling/Madonna Mountains).
A lift ticket is required for all Snow Sport University programs. Discounts are available when families purchase our Mountain Experience Package.
*Holiday time periods: December 26, 2020-January 1, 2021, January 16-18, 2021 & February 13-21, 2021
Expert's 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
Adult Private Lessons
Private coaching is the best way to tailor lessons to meet your needs. Try one and get exactly what you're looking for!
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. Doug Cook, PSIA Level 3 certified instructor
Women's Weekly Clinics
Our women's programs are led by expert female coaches focused on offering fun and confidence boosting sessions with plenty of skiing and riding tips, tricks and terrain tactics that address the differences of how women move on snow.
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.
Available Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm Ages 5 - adult. 2019-2020 Rate: $59 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.
To book an SSU Adult Lesson or Program call 800-523-2754.
Smugglers' uses hands-free RFID technology at all of our mountain lifts. A personalized Notch Card is required and available to purchase for $5 plus tax. Once purchased this reusable all-season card will have the option to reload online for various products and at our point of sale locations. For more information, visit smuggs.com/notchcard
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