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Youth Lessons

Young kids and mom follows ski instructors turns

Lesson Info

Availability is limited. Advanced reservations and payment are required. These lesson options fill up quickly, therefore, we highly recommend booking your lesson at least 72 hours in advance

CostMorning – $129
Afternoon – $99
DatesDecember 10 – April 9
Skill LevelLevels 1-6 Beginner & Intermediate
Your youth will be matched with other skiers or riders of a similar ability level. We strive to keep class sizes to a maximum of 5. Click here to find out your youth’s level!
Where to MeetColumbine Beginner’s Area
 Located at the bottom of chair 7, just off highway 550. Look for the Ski School signs.
When to Meet9:15am for morning lessons &
12:45pm for afternoon lessons
If renting equipment, please plan on an extra 30 minutes to 1 hour to get fitted and to get to the meeting place on time.
Tickets & PassesValid lift access is required during the lesson. 
Kids 12 and under ski free with a Power Kids Pass, or allow time to pick up a free kids day pass at the ticket window before the lesson.

What to Bring

Skis or Snowboard
Fully Functional & properly fitting gear is necessary. Reserve rental equipment here.

Required for ages 12 & under, and highly recommended for all.

Appropriate Clothing/Gear
May include- warm layers, snow jacket, snow pants, neck gaiter, non-fleece mittens/gloves, goggles, and hand warmers. Applying sunscreen and lip balm is highly recommended.

Sunblock & Lip Balm
It helps to apply these on kids prior to drop-off.

Water and snacks
Hydration and food will help maintain your energy levels during your lesson session. 

  • Instructor helps young student bundle up before heading down the mountain
  • Purgatory ski school instructor helps student step into her ski bindings
  • Ski school instructor teaches how to switch edges on skis
  • Youth ski school lessons stops to pose for a photo with the Needles Mountain range in the background

The fine print


  • Meet in the Columbine Beginner’s Area – located at the bottom of chair 7, just off highway 550.
  • Allow adequate time to get to the resort ahead of your scheduled lesson time, especially on snowy days. 
  • Please prepare to arrive at your lesson 15 minutes ahead of schedule time for all lesson options. 
  • We recommend leaving Durango 1-1.5 hours ahead of the lesson time on days where road conditions are not clear. 
  • Check the Snow Report for updated road conditions before heading to the resort to plan accordingly by visiting .
  • We reserve the right to charge a fee for excessively late pick-up for a participant in our programs.


  • Our Ski School team requires 24 hours notice (from the start time of lesson) for a request for rescheduling and/or cancellations for Group Lessons. 
  • A $20 charge will be implemented for day-of reschedules/cancellations unless Purgatory’s Transportation Department indicates adverse driving conditions due to unstable weather.
  • Eligible refunds will be paid to the original payment option used to create the original lesson reservation. Please allow 48-72 hours for the cancellation request to be fulfilled on our end, then an additional 3-7 business days for the refund to process with the bank. 

If you are unable to make your lesson, please email [email protected] with the following information (and/or forward your confirmation email):

  1. Name(s) of Participant(s)
  2. Birthdate(s) of Participant(s) 
  3. Phone Number 
  4. Date(s) of Lesson(s)
  5. Lesson Type Purchased (such as; AM or PM session, Ski or Snowboard, Adult, Youth, or Child lesson)
  6. Request of Cancellation or Reschedule (please make note of the desired reschedule time/date)
  7. Reason for Cancellation or Reschedule

We cannot guarantee our Ski School Team will have the availability to reschedule your lesson.

Gratuities for instructors are not required, but are an appropriate and appreciated gesture.

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