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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. Reservations can be made up until 2pm the day prior to your desired lesson time.

CostMorning – $129
Afternoon – $99
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 Meet
Columbine Learning Area
A member of guest services will direct you toward the meetup location. Look for the Ski School signs.
When to Meet15 Minutes Prior to Lesson Start Time
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.
GratuityGratuities for instructors are not required, but are an appropriate and appreciated gesture.

What to Bring

Skis or Snowboard
Fully Functional & properly fitting gear is necessary. Find rentals here.
(required for ages 12 & under, and highly recommended for all)
Appropriate Clothing/Gear
Neck gaiter, goggles, socks, snow pants, non-fleece mittens/gloves, hand warmers.
Sunblock & Lip Balm
It helps to apply these on kids prior to drop-off.
Water and snacks

  • 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

On snowy days, please allow adequate time to get to the resort ahead of your scheduled lesson. We recommend leaving Durango 1-1.5 hours ahead of lesson on days where road conditions are not clear. Check the Snow Report for updated road conditions before heading to the resort.


If you are unable to make your morning lesson and would like to move to the afternoon, please swing by the Ski & Snowboard School desk (located in the Village Center building) or forward email confirmation to [email protected] with a brief explanation of the reason for rescheduling.


Within 48 hours of the lesson purchase, you are eligible for a 100% refund paid to the payment device used to purchase your lesson. Lessons are not refundable or transferable on the date valid. Cancellations and refunds must be made by emailing [email protected].