SSU programs are available December 8, 2017 - April 8, 2018
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.
To book an SSU Adult Lesson or Program call 800-523-2754.
New this Winter, Smugglers' introduces RFID technology. This will allow hands-free gate access to the 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
2-hour Lessons: Ski or Snowboard
Adults - Ski & Snowboard Lessons for ages 18 & older!
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.
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.
Available: Daily, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Levels: Level 1/Beginner (Morse Mountain) to Level 9/Advanced (Sterling/Madonna Mountains).
Non-holiday* rate: $75 per person, per lesson
Holiday* rate: $95 per person, per lesson.
A lift ticket is required for all Snow Sport University programs. If you do not have a lift ticket, one can be purchased for the duration of the lesson for $25, plus $5 for your Notch Card.
Pre-registration is required as space is limited for this program. Included with Club Smugglers' Summit Package your choice of 10:00 am or 1:00 pm group lesson.
*Holiday time periods: December 26, 2017 - January 1, 2018, January 13-15, 2018 and February 17-25, 2018.
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!
Private Lesson Options
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 exhilarating upper mountain terrain with timely tips to help you build confidence. If you are comfortable skiing on groomed, blue trails and want to expand your horizons, or an expert looking to explore our mountains, this 4-hour program is for you.
The Mountain Experience for Skiers
Maximize your fun - minimize your frustration!
Available: Daily, 10:15 am - 2:15 pm (après 2:15 pm - 2:45 pm)
Levels: Level 5-9/Advanced, meet on the Green Peppers Deck at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge.
Rates: $159 per adult, per day, includes lunch and après clinic cocktail with your coach. 25% OFF with paid Club Smugglers' Summit Package. Advanced sign-up is STRONGLY recommended, as class sizes are limited.
Expert's 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.
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.
Women's Weekly Info
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.
Night School for Boarding & 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.
Available Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Ages 6 - adult.
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.
Available: Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10:00 am and Saturday 1:00 pm. December 8, 2017 - April 8, 2018 Weather permitting.
Snowshoe Lesson Treks 1 1/2-hour group lesson
Learn the basic techniques of snowshoeing and back-country terrain tactics. In addition to a basic lesson, a variety of topics and snowshoe destinations are explored during the week. Sign up and discover the wonderful world of Winter.
Rate: $45 per person, per session
Available: Daily, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Join our skilled Nordic instructors for a cross-country group lesson. Learn to ski and enjoy the serenity of the Vermont Winter woods.
Rate: $45 per person, per session. Included with your Club Smugglers' Summit Package.