Ski & Snowboard School FAQ

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Ski & Snowboard School FAQ


Gear and Clothing Checklist:

The two most important things to consider when dressing for a lesson are function and warmth. Use this checklist as a guide to make sure you and/or your child are ready for the day.

  • Helmet: Recommended for all ski & snowboard school participants, required for those under 18. Available at Mt. Brighton to rent or buy.
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Water-resistant winter gloves or mittens (not knit)
  • Insulated winter jacket
  • Snow pants  
  • Dress in layers (that way you can add/remove as needed)
    • Long underwear/base layer
    • Long-sleeve shirt
    • Fleece or sweatshirt
    • Ski socks: wear only ONE pair.  Wool or synthetic is preferred to cotton as it will help wick the sweat away
    • Neck warmer recommended in colder temps (available in the Chairlift Ski Shop)
    • Extra change of clothes: shirt, pants, underwear recommended for children 12 & Under
    • Sun protection: recommended for daytime lessons
    • Ski or Snowboard Equipment
      • SKIERS
        • Skis and bindings
        • Boots
        • Poles (optional)

Before Lesson Checklist:

  1. Sign-up for ski or snowboard lessons in advance to secure your or your child’s spot online or over the phone
  2. Secure lift ticket
  3. Print and sign liability waiver
  4. Show up 45-60 minutes prior to your lesson start time

Day-Of Lesson Checklist:

  1. Check-in at your designated location noted on your receipt: arrive 45-60 minutes prior to your lesson start time if you will need rental equipment (30 minutes if bringing your own equipment).
  2. Pickup Rentals: If you are bringing your own equipment, skip to the next step.
  3. Gear up: About 20 minutes before your lesson start time, put on your boots and clothing. Walk around a bit and make sure you feel comfortable in your gear.
  4. Meet instructor at designated location (directed at check-in)

What age can my child begin ski or snowboard lessons?

- At Mt. Brighton, we offer both skiing and snowboarding group lessons to children as young as 3 years old, and private lessons for children as young as 2. We only ask that your little one is able to go to the bathroom without assistance.  

Should my child ski or snowboard?

-When it comes to the debate of which is better – skiing or snowboarding - the only answer is that both are incredibly fun! We recommend talking with your child to figure out which they would prefer. 

Can I rent ski or snowboard equipment at Mt. Brighton? 

-Yes! We rent skis, ski boots, ski poles OR snowboard and snowboard boots. We also rent helmets in all sizes. You can see what equipment looks like HERE.

What can I expect for my child at Mt. Brighton Ski & Ride School?

- First and foremost, we are here to make sure your child has fun learning how to ski or snowboard! We believe having fun is the foundation to a successful Ski & Ride School experience. Our instructors provide a safe, energetic, engaging, and interactive lesson experience, utilizing the most cutting-edge instruction techniques to ensure that your child has the skills needed to navigate a ski hill with complete independence and confidence. We also aim to simplify your experience at Mt. Brighton, which is why our Ski School can assist with all your lift ticket, lesson, and rental needs all in one convenient location. At the end of your child’s lesson, we will provide you with a comprehensive report card, detailing your child’s progress while also providing recommendations for future ski school instruction. It is important to note that the ski school area is also peanut and tree nut free.

Can I join my child to watch their lesson?

- While we understand how special it is to have a child skiing or snowboarding for the first time, we’ve found that children get the most out of their experience when they are able to interact with their instructors and peers, free from any outside influence. We recommend watching from the warmth and comfort of Ore Creek Mountain Grill with a nice hot chocolate in hand!

What type of skis or snowboard should I purchase?

- We have a rental shop onsite with skis, snowboards, boots, poles and helmets! If you prefer to bring your own gear, there are hundreds of ski and snowboard brands available, all of which have their own strengths and weaknesses. We recommend reaching out to your local ski shop professionals to determine what the right equipment would be for your specific needs. 

When should I arrive for my lesson?

- If you plan to use your own equipment, we recommend arriving 15 minutes prior to your scheduled lesson. If you need to rent equipment, plan to arrive 45 – 60 minutes prior to your lesson so we can assist you with your rental needs.  

Do I need a lift ticket to be in a lesson?

- Yes, a lift ticket is required for all ski and snowboard lessons. 


Ski Resort Language - What does it all mean?


  • Green Circle: The easiest trails on a mountain, denoted on trail maps and signs by a green circle. Usually groomed, wide and flat, and not a place for experienced skiers as traffic must remain slow.
  • Blue Square: Intermediate trail denoted on trail maps and signs by a blue square. Usually groomed and often the most popular runs.
  • Black Diamond: Expert trail denoted on trail maps and signs by a black diamond. The trail may or may not be groomed, and can vary from the merely tricky to insanely difficult. A double black diamond indicates the steepest, most difficult runs at a resort.
  • Lift Ticket: Ticket required for all on-hill ski & snowboard access. Lift tickets can be purchased online or at the ticket office and are non-transferrable.
  • Ticket Scanner: Employee at the base area of the hill that will scan your ticket before you access the hill.
  • Carpet Lift or Magic Carpet: Surface lift similar to a conveyor belt built into the ground. Walk onto this lift, stand still with skis or snowboard pointing forward while lift moves you to the top.
  • Rope Tow: A form of surface lift that utilizes a constantly moving rope. Point skis or snowboard straight uphill, grab rope tightly and allow rope to pull you uphill as you stand on your skis or snowboard.
  • Grooming, groomer or groomed terrain: The most common form of trail maintenance, done to spread new snow and to smooth over bumps, icy patches and other obstacles. To groom, tractors known as Snowcats drag giant rakes over the snow.
  • Snowcat: A large vehicle capable of moving on snow. Most commonly used to move snow around the hill and groom terrain. At Mt. Brighton, we do not operate snowcats while we are open to the public.
  • Snow gun: A device used to make man-made snow by forcing water and pressurized air through a cannon-like machine.
  • NASTAR: aka National Standard Race, NASTAR is the world’s largest known recreational ski and snowboard race program. At Mt. Brighton, we offer a NASTAR course that anyone can access for a small fee. We also have an award-winning race development program called XLR8.
  • Balaclava: A facemask worn to cover exposed skin. Helpful in colder temperatures.
  • Moguls: Bumps carved into the snow; typically they are created by the turns of skiers, but they can also be carved out for perfectly shaped mogul field. Generally for intermediate to advanced skiers.
  • Pizza/French Fries: Slang term for an elementary skiing technique where skis are tilted together like a slice of pizza to snowplow down a slope or parallel, side by side like a French fry.
  • Ski Patrol: Trained skiers and snowboarders responsible for slope safety, including marking dangerous obstacles on/near a trail, and assisting or even carting injured riders down a mountain.
  • Terrain Park: A freestyle zone roped off from other downhill runs and filled with jumps, rails, fun boxes, and other assorted obstacles. Parks can also include a halfpipe and boardercross run.