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What To Expect

  • Enhanced safety protocols: We will be limiting the class size of all group and private lessons to six or fewer people. All participants will be required to complete a pre-arrival self-health screening on the day of and prior to the start of their lesson (and each day of consecutive day lessons). All lessons will meet outdoors and practice physical distancing. Children in group lessons will be considered cohorts and will be permitted to ride lifts together with their instructor. For all lessons, participants will meet on snow, not indoors. Face coverings will be required.
  • Lessons & Reservations: Please book your lessons at least 48 hours in advance. A mountain access reservation is included with the purchase of a Ski School lesson and applies to the lesson participant(s) only.
    • If booking a private lesson, please complete this form at least 3 days in advance of your private lesson to reserve mountain access for all guests in your lesson (up to 6 guests are allowed in one private lesson).
  • Lift tickets or Pass Products: A lift ticket or eligible pass product will be required for all lesson participants.
    • Private Lessons: If booking a private lesson, we recommend buying a lift ticket when you book your private lesson, as lift tickets may not be available day-of. If lift tickets are not available online for the day of your private lesson, please contact the Ski & Ride School directly.
  • Lunch: We are offering half-day group lessons currently. These lessons do not include lunch. Private full day lessons will have a break for lunch. Please note, lunch is not included in the purchase of a private lesson.
  • Cancelation Policy: Lesson reservations must be cancelled at least 48 hours before the scheduled lesson start time. To review the full terms of sale and cancellation policy, please click here.
  • Gratuities: Instructor gratuity is at your discretion. Please note, a 15-20% gratuity based on the cost of the lesson will make your instructor feel very appreciated and valued.

What To Bring

  • Face covering: Face coverings will be required for all Ski & Ride School participants.
  • Helmet: The use of helmets is strongly recommended. Children age 14 and under must wear a winter sport protective helmet while participating in ski & ride school, subject to local regulations. In addition, children and teens under age 18 who participate in designated children's classes or programs must wear a helmet. Rental helmets are available at our children's ski school locations for your convenience.
  • Warm clothes including water-resistant outerwear, warm calf-high socks, and gloves or mittens.
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen is recommended, even on cloudy days.

Self-Health Screening

The health and safety of our guests is our first priority. We have established comprehensive Health and Safety measures to keep our guests, employees, and the community safe. All employees are required to undergo a health screening before they arrive at work. All participants will be required to undergo a pre-arrival self-health screening prior to the start of each lesson (a parent or guardian will be required to complete the screening for each child taking a lesson).

The pre-arrival self-health screening is a very simple to use web form that you can access on your smartphone or computer. You will be emailed the form prior your lesson start time and must complete the form the day of the lesson, prior to arriving to the mountain. Below are the screening questions included in the form, so you know what to expect.

  1. Does the lesson participant have a fever [greater than or equal to 100.4 F/ 38 C]?
  2. Does the lesson participant have any signs of the following symptoms (not due to a known health condition)?
    1. Sore throat?
    2. Feeling feverish, including having chills? New or worsening cough?
    3. New loss of taste or smell?
    4. Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing worse than normal for you at altitude?
    5. Muscle or body aches that are not normal for you with exercise or altitude?
    6. New fatigue that is not normal for you with exercise or altitude?
    7. Diarrhea or vomiting?
    8. Runny nose or congestion that is not normal for you?
    9. New or severe headache?
  3. Has the lesson participant tested positive or were they diagnosed with COVID19 within the last 10 days?
  4. Within the past 14 days, has the lesson participant had close contact with anyone that has COVID-19? Close contact is being 6 ft (2m) or closer for more than 15 minutes with a person, caring for them or having direct contact with them or their body fluids (for example kissing, being coughed or sneezed on or sharing a drink or eating utensils)?
  5. Has the lesson participant travelled internationally or domestically in the last 14 days and public health requires quarantine following travel?
  6. We look forward to having you as our guest and providing you and your family with an Experience of a Lifetime!

Where To Go

Where to Check-In:

  •  All Lessons will check in at the Wilmot Mountain Ski & Ride School
  • On the day of your lesson you will check in with our staff at the Wilmot Mountain Ski & Ride School. The building is at the far south end of the parking lot area. You will need to park in the main parking lot and walk to the Ski & Ride School building. There are minimal “temporary drop off” parking spots for the Ski & Ride School if you are checking in your child or dropping-off someone for their lesson.
  • This building also has our staff offices. Please go to the second glass door.

When to Check-In:

  •  Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of your lesson. If you are renting equipment, please arrive 60 minutes before your lesson.
  • When you check in with our staff, you will be directed where to go to pick up your rentals.
  • Check-In with our staff at the Ski & Ride School before you do anything else. They will get you your reservation packet.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

Yes, a a lift ticket or season pass is required for all lessons.
Yes, a helmet is required for all lessons. Helmets are available onsite for rent or purchase.
Parents are encouraged to leave their child with the instructor in order to have the full attention of the child during the lesson. If you would like to briefly watch the beginning of the lesson, please stay on the opposite side of the fence and watch from a distance. Hanging out at the base or in the lodge for the entire lesson will not be permitted.
Yes, we rent ski boots, skis and poles OR snowboard and snowboard boots. Helmets are also available for rent.  Purchase as add-ons with your lesson.
No, there is no make up dates if your child can not make their lesson. The lessons are date specific and nonrefundable. If Wilmot Mountain closes for any reason, we will contact you with options and next steps.

Lesson reschedules/cancellations must be received via email no later than 48 hours prior to lesson start time. Any cancellation made less than 48 hours prior to lesson will be charged a 50% late cancellation fee. Lessons not cancelled prior to lesson start time will not be eligible for any refund.

For Multiweek/multiday lessons this policy applies to the first day of lessons.

Email: WilmotSkiSchool@vailresorts.com

When you are signing up for a lessons, we will ask what level skier/snowboarder you are. This helps us put you with the right instructor and class for your needs. If you aren’t sure which level your child is, or they are in between levels, please choose a lower level. Our trained instructors will move them up when they are ready.

Ski

Level 0 - First Timer: New to the sport, Never tried it before

Level 1 - Beginner: Spent a few hours on the learning hill, Can successfully put on and take off equipment, Can move around on flat terrain, Comfortable gliding and stopping on easiest learning terrain, Can sometimes make simple direction changes while sliding

Level 2 - Strong Beginner: Comfortable gliding and making turns on beginner terrain, Can make "wedge turns" easily and may even begin parallel turns

Level 3 - Intermediate: Successfully loads and unloads chairlift, Can ski parallel with occasional wedge, Can safely and confidently complete all green terrain and some blue terrain

Level 4 - Strong Intermediate: Can ski parallel consistently and confidently, Can begin to vary size and types of turns, Can safely and confidently complete all beginner and intermediate terrain

Level 5 and 6 - Advanced: Comfortable on variable snow conditions, Comfortable using poles to link turns, Can safely and confidently ski all blue terrain and some advanced terrain

Snowboard

Level 0 - First Timer: New to the sport, Never tried it before

Level 1 - Beginner: Spent a few hours on the learning hill, Can successfully put on and take off equipment, Can move around on flat terrain, Comfortable gliding and stopping on easiest learning terrain, Can sometimes make simple direction changes while sliding

Level 2 - Strong Beginner: Comfortable gliding and making turns on beginner terrain, Can link turn heel to toe easily

Level 3 - Intermediate: Successfully loads and unloads chairlift Board link heel to toe turns, Can safely and confidently complete all green terrain and some blue terrain

Level 4 - Strong Intermediate: Board link heel to toe turns, Can begin to vary size and types of turns, Can safely and confidently complete all beginner and intermediate terrain

Level 5 and 6 - Advanced: Comfortable on variable snow conditions, Can safely and confidently ski all blue terrain and some advanced terrain