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Smugglers' Snow Sport University
Private Lesson Programs

Book a private lesson with our Snow Sport University and you'll always have a friend on a powder day!

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First Time to Expert, individual attention will help take your skills to the next level. Book a private lesson today and become the skier/rider you always wanted to be.

A lift ticket is required for all SSU programs.

SSU programs are available December 9, 2022 - April 2, 2023

NOW is the time to turn your ski & snowboard dreams into reality. Do you want to:
  • Be in control of your day on the mountain, with flexible lesson times?
  • Carve black diamonds like a pro?
  • Completely focus on YOUR goals and aspirations?
  • Conquer your fears?
  • Get better faster, by learning from the best?
  • Get to know our mountains like a local?
  • Improve your technical skills?
  • Keep up with your kids?
  • Learn to ski or ride and build lasting memories with your friends and family (semi-private lessons) with a Guided Family Experience?
  • Learn to teach your kiddos at Mom or Dad and Me?
  • Look better and feel more confident on the slopes?
  • Master steeps, glades, bumps, powder, technical or flat, and forgiving terrain?
  • Stay friends with your friends (friends don’t let friends teach friends)?

Terrain Specific Private Lessons
Trapped in the intermediate zone? Dream of mastering moguls, crushing gladed terrain and tackling serious steeps? Smugglers' Notch has incredible terrain beyond our blue and black groomers with your name on it. Book a Terrain Specific Private Lesson and exchange corduroy for bumps, steeps, and trees where you belong. Meeting Place:
Intermediates meet at the Gazebo by the Village Lift at Morse Mountain.
Advanced & Expert meet at Green Pepper’s deck on the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge.



Private Lesson

Alpine Ski, Snowboard or Telemark Ski Private Lessons

Choose from a variety of options designed to address your specific interests and goals.

Individual Private Lessons for Adults & Children Sometimes private coaching will give you that little boost you need to move to the next level in your skiing or riding and start exploring more of the mountain. It's just you and your personal coach, confirming your needs and goals, and coaching you to a higher level. You can even request your choice of instructors.

Available daily by appointment:
1 hour: 9:00 am & 3:00 pm
2 hour: 10:00 am & 1:00 pm
3 hour: 9:00 am & 1:00 pm
6 hour: 9:00 am & 10:00 am

Levels: First Time, Beginners, & Intermediates meet at the Gazebo by the Village Lift at Morse Mountain.
Advanced & Expert meet at Green Pepper’s deck at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge.
Non-HolidayHoliday*
1-hour - up to 2 people $125 $175
2-hours - up to 2 people $250 $350
3-hours - up to 2 people $375 $525
6-hours - up to 2 people $750 $1050
Preregistration is required. 24 hour cancellation required for refund.

*Holiday dates: December 24, 2022-January 1, 2023, January 14-16, 2023 & February 18-26, 2023
Family Experience

The Family Private Experience

Snow Sport University professionals are pleased to offer a new Guided Family Experience this winter. What makes this product unique is that families can ski and snowboard together in the same private lesson.

Smugglers’ multi-disciplined coaches take these lessons and cater them not only to helping families learn new skills, but also getting the most out of their time on the hill together through topics like terrain selection, finding the best snow, and keeping the kids engaged with the family while also giving them a sense of independence.

2022-2023 Rates: 3-hours, up to 4 people: $600/non-holiday, $650/holiday.
2022-2023 Rates: 6-hours, up to 4 people: $850/non-holiday, $1200/holiday.

Available: Daily by appointment
Half-day 9:00 am - 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Full-day 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Levels: All ages & levels

Preregistration required. 24 hour cancellation required for refund.

*Holiday dates: December 24, 2022-January 1, 2023, January 14-16, 2023 & February 18-26, 2023
Group Private Lessons

6-Hour Private Instruction or Guided Tour

Ideal for the individual or group that wants personal, private coaching and guiding for the entire day. Spend the entire day enhancing your skills and exploring the mountains, or split the day up between family members of different ages and abilities.

Available: Daily 9:00 am or 10:00 am start time.
Levels: First Time, Beginners, Intermediate; Morse Mountain, meet at the Gazebo by the Village Lift. Advanced & Expert, meet on the Green Peppers Deck at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge.
2022-2023 Non-holiday Rates: $850 for up to 4 people.
2022-2023 Holiday*: $1200 for up to 4 people.

Preregistration is required as space is limited for this program. 24 hour cancellation is required for a refund

*Holiday dates: December 24, 2022-January 1, 2023, January 14-16, 2023 & February 18-26, 2023
Terrain Park Private

Terrain Park Private Session
(Ages 7-Adult)

This program is designed to help skiers and snowboarders of intermediate through expert levels get the most fun out of the Upper Mountain Terrain Parks' features.

Offered only when Terrain Parks are open.

Available daily by appointment:
1 hour: 9:00 am & 3:00 pm
2 hour: 10:00 am & 1:00 pm
3 hour: 9:00 am & 1:00 pm
6 hour: 9:00 am & 10:00 am

Levels: Advanced & Expert meet on the Green Peppers Deck at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge.

Preregistration is required. 24 hour cancellation required for refund.

*Holiday dates: December 24, 2022-January 1, 2023, January 14-16, 2023 & February 18-26, 2023
Non-HolidayHoliday*
1-hour - up to 2 people $125 $175
2-hours - up to 2 people $250 $350
3-hours - up to 2 people $375 $525
6-hours - up to 2 people $750 $1050
Preregistration is required. 24 hour cancellation required for refund.

*Holiday dates: December 24, 2022-January 1, 2023, January 14-16, 2023 & February 18-26, 2023
More Info on Notch Card

Notch Card

We use hands-free RFID technology at all our mountain lifts. A personalized Notch Card is required and available to purchase for $5 plus tax. This reusable all-season card will have the option to reload online for various products and at our point of sale locations.

Notch Card Info

Snow Sport University is proud to be a member school of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors.

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