Behind every gold medal winner is a great coach. Think of our experienced ski instructors as your coach—there to help you be the skier or rider you want to be. With Whiteface as your classroom—and playground—we'll work with you to build skills that will stick with you for a lifetime.
Ski Lessons Last a Lifetime
Starting from scratch? Our 3-Day Parallel from the Start program guarantees you'll be skiing from the top of Little Whiteface by the third day! Boarders can benefit from the Burton Learn to Ride Program. Take a lesson at Whiteface and you'll come away with more than just a few pointers. You'll have a lasting confidence, know-how and affection for the sport that will lead you to the top of the mountain again and again. Our instructors do this because they love to ski and ride. They'll share tips on technique, but they'll also share their love of this sport and this mountain. In essence, that's what great coaches do—they inspire. At the end of a day, not only will you ski better, you'll love it better.
Beginner's Guide to Whiteface
Should I take a lesson?
Many would be skiers and riders have headed out on the hill with the best of intentions accompanied by friends or relatives eager to get them started, but a good skier isn't necessarily an effective teacher. Our ski and snowboard instructors are highly trained and poses the proper techniques to get you on your feet and learning fast. A lesson will help you to get the most out your experience on the mountain.
Where do I go?
Lessons and programs for those 12 & Under are based out of the Bear Den Lodge. The Bear Den Mountain area is known for it's gentle rolling terrain, wide open glades and easy ski access back to the main base area. Lessons and programs for Teens & Adults are based out of the Main Base Lodge. Private lessons are available at both base lodges and advanced reservations are highly recommended. You may drop off your gear in the loading and unloading zones at either base lodge before parking in one of our six lots. Please note the name of the lot you are parked in so you can properly inform the shuttle bus driver upon your return.
What should I wear?
Remember that temperatures vary at different times of day and on different mountain areas, and you might be outside longer than you planned. Here is a list of things you'll need
- Several non-cotton layers - long underwear, turtleneck, etc.
- Ski/snowboard socks (poly-pro or wool), put these on just before your ski/snowboard boots
- Water-repellent outer layers (jeans are not recommended)
- Warm mittens or gloves
- Helmet (Required for children 12 & under in a snowsports program)
- If you forget any of your gear we have an apparel shop on the main level of the base lodge
- We do not rent winter clothing
Do I need a reservation?
Reservations are strongly recommended for those taking private lessons and kids programs. To speak with a reservations agent directly, call 518-946-2223 and select option 3. Reservations for class lessons are not necessary.
When should I arrive for my lesson?
You should plan on arriving at the mountain at least 45 minutes before your lesson or program is scheduled to begin as it may take time to park, unload, register and get situated with your rental equipment. During holiday periods you may want to arrive earlier. In general, lesson times are 10:00 am and 1:00 pm but please refer to specific information related to your chosen program to confirm times.
Where do I keep all my stuff during my lesson?
We have lockers available on both levels of the Main Base Lodge and the Bear Den Lodge as well as bag check and overnight ski storage in the lower level of both lodges. If you are going to keep your valuables on your person while skiing (keys, wallet, cell phone) they should secured in an inner chest pocket with a zipper whenever possible. We provide ski and snowboard racks for temporary storage at many locations throughout the mountain, if you wish to secure your equipment with your own lock you may do so, or you can rend a lock from Brookside Apparel.
Can I rent equipment at the mountain?
Yes. In fact, our adult beginner programs include equipment rental. We even carry a high performance line of rentals for advanced skiers. Rentals are available at both the Main Base Lodge and the Bear Den Lodge.