Ages: 13+
Ski/Ride Ability: Ski and ride, levels 1-5
Date/Time: Daily at 10am and at 1pm on weekends and holidays from December 10, 2022 through March 26, 2023.
Starting Location: The Farmhouse at Lincoln Peak and Mt. Ellen Base Lodge


**Get 30% off a Sunday through Friday group lesson (non-holiday) when you use Discount Code Lesson23 at Checkout.**

Working with our pros to develop skills in a group setting is a fun and rewarding way for our guests to spend a morning, an afternoon or both. Our group lessons are the perfect way to gain confidence, to reinforce the basics, and to expand your horizons at Sugarbush! If you have completed the First Timer program and are looking for further instruction, group lessons are a great option.

Adult group lessons are recommended for skiers of beginner to intermediate ability level, or levels 1 through 5 on our skill levels chart (found at the bottom of this page.). If you are a higher-level skier looking to work on specific terrain or techniques, we suggest a private lesson.


  • Lessons do not include lift ticket, rental equipment, or snow sports helmet.
  • Two-hour lessons available at Lincoln Peak daily at 10am and at 1pm on weekends and holidays
  • Two-hour lessons available at Mount Ellen at 10am on Saturdays and Sundays and 1pm on Saturdays.
  • Lessons meet outside at the Farmhouse Building at Lincoln Peak or the base lodge at Mt Ellen.
  • Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to the beginning of the lesson, or 45 minutes in advance if you need to pick up rental equipment.

Reservations available online, please contact us with any questions at 802-583-6542 or

  • All Ski & Ride School participants under the age of 13 are required to wear a properly fitted and fastened winter sports helmet. Helmets are recommended for all ages and are included in rental package but feel free to bring your own if preferred.
  • Participants may use terrain features and jumps while skiing and riding in a lesson.
  • Wear water resistant snow pants and jacket suitable to weather and temperature, one pair of socks (polyester or ski designed socks), active-wear long underwear, gloves or mittens (mittens better when cold), goggles or sunglasses, hat (if not wearing a helmet), neck gaiter or face mask, and sunscreen
  • Wearing anything cotton is NOT A GOOD IDEA
  • Get a good night’s sleep, and eat a hearty breakfast
  • Cancellations made prior to 72 hours of the start date will receive a refund, minus a $50 cancellation fee per order.
  • Cancellations made within 72 hours are non-refundable
  • There is no fee to change (reschedule) lessons prior to 72 hours of lesson start date
  • Changes made within 72 hours and at least by 4pm the day prior to lesson date will be charged a $50 rebooking fee per lesson
  • Day of changes are not permitted
  • If the resort is open for skiing/riding there are no refunds or cancellations due to weather, please plan accordingly.

The level descriptions we use here at Sugarbush are a guide that enables the Ski & Ride School to better accommodate guests’ needs. If you have specific goals, please share them with the Ski & Ride School staff so they may better accommodate you needs. Lesson levels are as follows:

Level One
Skiers & Riders: “Never-Ever” – first time skiers and riders.

Level Two
Skiers: Can stop using a wedge (a/k/a “snowplow”).
Riders: Can skid on both toe-side and heel-side and can traverse.

Level Three
Skiers: Can make turns using a wedge.
Riders: Can turn in both directions.

Level Four
Skiers: Can link wedge turns, working on different turn shapes and sizes.
Riders: Can link turns, working on different turn shapes and sizes.

Level Five
Skiers: Using turn shape to control speed, beginning to match skis in open-stance parallel.
Riders: Using turn shape to control speed, beginning freestyle maneuvers.

Level Six
Skiers: Matching skis earlier in turns and using little wedge, more refined ability to control speed and direction, and venturing to easy off-piste terrain.
Riders: Linking shaped turns on most groomed terrain, venturing into terrain parks and off-piste.

Level Seven
Skiers: Parallel on all but the steepest groomed terrain, skiing off-piste, including bumps and trees.
Riders: Confident on all but the steepest groomed terrain, riding off-piste, and beginning to do tricks in the terrain park.

Level Eight
Skiers: Making dynamic parallel turns, skiing fall-line moguls and consistently skiing on all terrain types including the terrain park and NASTAR.
Riders: Making dynamic turns, riding on all terrain and in all snow conditions, and performing tricks in the terrain park.

Level Nine
Skiers & Riders: Confident, in balance and in control using refined technique in all conditions, on all terrain, all of the time. Principal technical focus is tactical and skill blending activities.