Snow School

With over 1,000 instructors teaching as many as 250,000 lessons in a season, the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School is regarded as one of the best ski and snowboard schools in North America. Offering lessons in over 26 different languages, Snow School programs offer up the best possible opportunity to improve skills and gain confidence, skip lift lines, and discover the wonders of Whistler Blackcomb with insider knowledge that is truly enviable.

Whistler Blackcomb has proudly adopted the newest trend in ski and snowboard instruction with the introduction of Terrain Based Learning to its Snow School program. Terrain Based Learning is a relatively new, and proven, way to increase ski and snowboard participation with first-timers.  The concept involves building small terrain features for beginners to experience the proper sensations and skills to adjust to the terrain changes in a safe environment.  These methods allow participants to experience the true feelings of skiing and snowboarding, making the learning process quicker while encouraging confidence and resulting in faster progression.

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Ski With An Olympian Program

Whistler Blackcomb continues to celebrate its Olympic legacy from hosting the 2010 Games with the "Ski With An Olympian" Snow School program. The 'Ski With An Olympian" program is Whistler Blackcomb Snow School's most elite product and offers guests the chance to hire an Olympic athlete to be their own personal guide. This exclusive program includes a full-day of skiing or riding guided by an Olympic athlete, with capacity capped at five people per group, and like all other Snow School lessons, the “Ski With An Olympian" program also gives guests lift line priority.

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Private Lessons & Guides

Private lessons provide the ultimate learning experience and are the best way to explore the mountains. Privates are available in one-on-one sessions or in a group of up to five family members or friends of similar ability. New as of 2014.2015, kids as young as 30 months (2.5 years) can participate in private lessons.

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Kids And Youth Lessons

Every child will have a fun and memorable learning experience at Whistler Kids. Skiing lessons are available for ages three and up; snowboard lessons for ages four and up. A variety of lessons and programs are offered for all ages including Adventure Camps, Holiday camps, Youth Ride Tribe and Freeride Camps.

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Adult Lessons - MAX4

Small class sizes with a maximum of 4 students provide individual attention in a fun and safe environment, while moving around the mountains with ease in this compact sized group.  

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Adult Camps

Multi-day lesson programs deliver an unbeatable on-mountain and social experience for men and women, skiers and riders. Themed camps include The North Face Women’s Camps, Extremely Canadian Freeskiing Camps, Backcountry Clinics and more.

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Adaptive Lessons

Catering to beginners through advanced skiers and riders with disabilities, the adaptive program makes snow sports accessible to everyone. 

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Discover Whistler Days

Knowing that guests of all ability levels who take a lesson are likely to build a deeper connection to their snow sliding pursuits, Whistler Blackcomb offers significant savings of 25% off select Snow School programs during special weeks in the season to encourage more people to try.

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Introduction

With over 1,000 instructors teaching as many as 250,000 lessons in a season, the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School is regarded as one of the best ski and snowboard schools in North America. Offering lessons in over 26 different languages, Snow School programs offer up the best possible opportunity to improve skills and gain confidence, skip lift lines, and discover the wonders of Whistler Blackcomb with insider knowledge that is truly enviable.

Terrain Based Learning – Snow School

Whistler Blackcomb has joined only a few resorts in North America in the newest trend in ski and snowboard instruction with the introduction of Terrain Based Learning to its Snow School program. Terrain Based Learning is a relatively new, and proven, way to increase ski and snowboard participation with first-timers. The concept involves building small terrain features for beginners to experience the proper sensations and skills to adjust to the terrain changes in a safe environment. These methods allow participants to experience the true feelings of skiing and snowboarding, making the learning process quicker while encouraging confidence and resulting in faster progression.

EXTREMELY CANADIAN BACKCOUNTRY CLINICS

Extremely Canadian, Whistler Blackcomb’s Steep Skiing Clinic founders, now offers Backcountry Clinics. Guests learn techniques and tactics to improve powder skiing and snowboarding and to navigate the backcountry safely. This program is designed for advanced-intermediate to expert skiers and riders. Groups or private clinics are available and can be booked through Whistler Blackcomb

Ongoing Training Means Learning From The Best

With over 1,000 instructors teaching as many as 250,000 lessons in a season, the Whistler Blackcomb Snow School is regarded as one of the best ski and snowboard schools in North America. Each instructor is fully certified by the Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance or the equivalent international certification, and all have undergone extensive training in the latest and most innovative teaching techniques in the world. Whistler Blackcomb invests over $250,000 in instructor training each year.

Whistler Blackcomb Snow School Fun Facts

Whistler Blackcomb instructors can teach lessons in over 26 different languages. The most children’s ski or snowboard lessons ever taught in a single day was over 1,750 lessons across both mountains. All kids enrolled in a lesson wear a Flaik GPS system so they can track their daily lesson online (while ensuring that mountain staff can track the kids wherever they might stray).

Flaik Tracking Solution For Extra Safety And To Track The Day On The Slopes

Flaik is a real-time tracking solution for skiers and riders that not only provides extra safety, but allows participants to log their day to see what runs they were on and how much vertical was achieved. Included in all Whistler Kids programs and private lessons, Flaik provides real time GPS tracking of the exact location of guests. Once registered on www.flaik.com, users can view their day on the mountain online and share it with friends and family. A world leader in high alpine tracking, Flaik provides a great way to enhance a guest’s experience on the mountains. With the ability to see their runs online after their lesson, Flaik provides a great talking point and provides a new way to enjoy and remember their day.

A Backstage Pass To The Best Kind Of Stage

Whether brushing up on skills, or just wanting to be guided around, Whistler Blackcomb Snow School instructors offer up the goods. Considered a backstage pass of sorts, a Snow School session provides access to an instructor who knows the mountains intimately, can jump to the front of the line, and can regale with entertaining stories derived from spending 100+ days on snow each season. Guests who take a Snow School lesson/session star in their own gala performance and get the most out of any day on the mountains.

Addressing Intimidation Factors The Key To Beginner Fun

One of the challenges the ski industry faces to encourage newcomers to the sport involves addressing certain intimidation factors that may prevent people from strapping on a pair of skis or a board. And in the years to come, the gap will only increase as Baby Boomers begin to vacate the mountains, further increasing the need to educate a new generation on the joys that snow sliding can provide. To fill the void Boomers will inevitably leave, and continue to grow the sport for all ages, the ski industry constantly works to entice people to the sport and remove hurdles that prevent people from trying. Among a variety of different “learn to” initiatives, Whistler Blackcomb offers a section of the web site dedicated to newcomers to the sport, including info on rentals, lessons, and advice, plus tips on what to wear and even how to talk the lingo.