New Hampshire ski areas have fantastic learn to ski and ride programs throughout the season. Without a doubt, the best way to start your new sport (dare we say, your new passion?) is to take a lesson - even several lessons - with a professional ski instructor. This ensures you will have the best experience, and learn the right techniques from the get-go.

Below are links to each of Ski NH's member "Learn-to" web pages. We've also highlighted some exciting programs that our ski areas are doing to help make learning more fun and more appealing this year.

Black Mountain

Learn to Ski Lessons at Black Mountain include 90 minute group lesson, and all-day lift ticket and rental equipment for $79.

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Bretton Woods

Red Carpet Learn to Ski/Burton Learn to Ride- Start your day with a fun and easy introduction to the sport of skiing or snowboarding. The package includes ski or board rental, a group lesson and unlimited access to the Learning Center Quad. Offered daily at 10 am and 1 pm for $85.

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Cannon Mountain

The Snowsports School at Cannon Mountain is located slopeside in the Brookside Learning Center adjacent to the Peabody Base Lodge in the main base area off exit 34C. The Cannon Mountain ski school is certified by Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), and we are nearly 100 ski instructors and 20 snowboard instructors strong. Our staff ranges from National team members to level 1 certified instructor along with new trainees.

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Cranmore Mountain Resort

GET stands for Guaranteed Easy Turns. A proven learning program for beginners that gets them skiing and riding fast and easy. GET programs have helped beginners to start skiing and riding with confidence in just one lesson. Be sure to use your GET Value Card for additional savings and fun on your next visit.

GET is all about fun but there’s more to it than that. It’s about sharing the pride and joy of learning successfully and feeling the sensation of being in control on snow. For family members age 13+, friends who always wanted to try skiing but never felt ready, and anyone who wants to be part of a fun sports culture, GET is the best way to go.

GetStarted With GET 1, Ski or Snowboard - designed for the absolute beginner. $99 (Reserve online, in advance and save $5).  Includes: 2 hours of instruction, equipment rental and helmet, and Beginner Basin lift ticket. Be sure to use your GET Value Card with resort wide savings for the rest of the season. 

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Dartmouth Skiway

This program for the over 18 crowd, provides the opportunity to discover the joys of snowsports during an uncrowded time on the slopes. The goal of this program is to introduce/increase skills of in small groups taught by our professional instructors. The program is 6 weeks long with each session lasting 90 minutes. Session times are Friday mornings from 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM (customized times/groups may be available by contacting the Snowsports School Director).

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Granite Gorge

Granite Gorge offers group lessons on weekend days at 11am and 1pm, as well as on select holidays.  Private and semi-private lessons are available by appointment.

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Gunstock Mountain Resort

Are you a first time skier or snowboarder age 6 or older? If you are, Gunstock invites you to join the nationally recognized and award winning learn to ski or ride program - Mountain Magic. Whether you are 6 or 106, your first day is magical. This all-inclusive package offers Head BYS System rental skis or Burton LTR snowboards, lift tickets and group instruction from patient, fun and passionate instructors.

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King Pine at Purity Spring Resort

We have lessons for all levels, whether it's your first time or you want to brush up on skills. Check out our kids programs and adaptive programs. Find out all you need to know at our Ski & Snowboard School website.

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Loon Mountain Resort

With lessons and equipment specially designed for learning, Loon’s Learn-to-Ski or Ride packages are a convenient & easy way to start skiing or snowboarding. Offered for ages 14 & up, each package includes a novice lift ticket, equipment rentals, and a group lesson. Full-day and half-day packages are available.

Loon also offers a variety of camps and programs for kids as young as 3 and up.  

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McIntyre Ski Area

The Snowsports School at McIntyre consists of skiing & snowboarding lesson programs for kids and adults.  We also offer private, semi-private, and group lessons on Thursday and Friday evenings, weekends, and holidays.  From very beginners to seasoned skiers and riders, our friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you reach your snowsports goals.

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Mount Sunapee Resort

Mount Sunapee’s Three Day Start Program gives you everything you need to become a skier, snowboarder, or telemark skier.

On Day 1, you receive a two hour lesson, use of rental skis or a snowboard that is specially designed to make learning easier and an all-day ticket to the South Peak Learning Area as well as a voucher with discounts for Day Two for $89. Day Two with your voucher from Day 1, you have three options: Choose an All-Mountain ticket for $49, or an All-Mountain ticket and rentals for $59, or an All-Mountain ticket, rentals, and 2-hour group lesson for $69. You also get a voucher for Day Three. Then come back and do it all over again, choose from the same options as Day Two with valid voucher!

Mount Sunapee's Learning Center also features many lesson programs designed to help teach your children how to ski and ride safely while having a blast at the same time.  Check out our Children's Lesson Programs to learn more about Mount Sunapee's many fun programs and amenities designed to help teach your children the fundamentals of skiing and riding in a fun and exciting environment. 


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Pats Peak

We take great pride in holding the title: The premier teaching mountain in New Hampshire. We strive to provide our guests with only the highest quality of instruction with the very best skiing and riding conditions. Over 300 professional instructors allow us to gear every lesson toward the student's age and ability, while providing a fun-learning environment.  Click "More" below to learn all about Pats Peak's learn to ski and ride lesson programs.

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Ragged Mountain Resort

Ragged Mountain Resort offers learn to ski and snowboard programs for all ages and ability levels based on the American Teaching System. We offer group lessons, private lessons, day and half day programs for kids at our Adventure Camp. We also offer the Welcome to Snow program for first-time skiers over the age of 13. For more information or to book a lesson, please call 603.768.3600 ext. 3032 

Bebe Wood’s Free Learn to Ski & Ride for Free.
3 Lessons, Lift Tickets, and Brand New Rossignol Rental Equipment: ALL FOR FREE!
If you thought that learning to ski or snowboard was something you could never accomplish or afford, Ragged Mountain Resort has some great news for you! Our new Bebe Wood’s Free Learn to Ski & Ride Program makes it fun and easy for anyone over the age of 7 to learn without any risk to your wallet.

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Waterville Valley Resort

For ages 7 and up, Waterville Valley's Learn to Ski & Ride inclusive beginner's package includes a 2 hour beginner lesson, quality rental equipment and a lower mountain lift ticket*. The Learn to Ski & Ride package is offered at 10am or 1:30pm on weekends & holidays, and at 10am or 1pm midweek.

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Whaleback Mountain

Whaleback offers a “First Time On Snow” Special for $89 which includes a private 1 ½ hour lesson, lift ticket, and rental package.

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