What is the Mammoth Lesson Guarantee?
As one of the leading ski and snowboard schools in the nation, it is our mission to provide you with an outstanding learning experience. If you're not completely satisfied with your lesson, we will offer you another lesson of equal value free of charge.
Do I need to book in advance?
Highly recommended. Popular instructors and lesson times book up fast. We recommend calling as soon as your plans are made. Private lessons are offered for both skiing and snowboarding for all ability levels.
What time should I leave in order to make it to my lesson on time?
Leave for the ski area at 7AM – especially if it's snowing. We recommend on arriving for morning lessons when the rental shops open at 8AM, and at least an hour before afternoon lessons begin. If you are able, be sure to pick up your rentals the afternoon prior to your lesson. Outfit your kids between 8–8:30AM and check in to their lesson by 9AM. Mammoth Kids at both Main and Canyon Lodge open at 8AM daily through the season.
What level are you?
Beginner/Novice: If you have never skied/snowboarded before, or if you know the basics and are comfortable on easy trails.
Intermediate: If you are comfortable making turns on most blue runs.
Advanced/Expert: If you are confident skiing/snowboarding on all terrain, including steep and challenging features.
What do I need to know about private lessons?
Private lessons are offered for both skiing and snowboarding in all skill levels and may include up to 4 additional people of your choosing. For safety reasons, the lesson pace will be geared towards the slowest person(s). For this reason we do not recommend combining groups with young children (under 6) with older kids or adults.
To book a private lesson call 800.MAMMOTH at least 1 day in advance between 8AM–8PM. Popular instructors and lesson times book up fast, so we recommend calling as soon as your plans are made. A valid lift ticket is required for all private lessons.
What do I need to know about putting my kids in lessons?
Helmets and eye protection (sunglasses or goggles) are required for all children ages 3–13 enrolled in Mammoth Ski and Snowboard School programs. Helmet rentals are available. For additional helmet safety information, visit NSAA's Lids on Kids website.
Lessons start promptly at the designated time. We recommend arriving at the rental shop at least 1 hr before lesson time in order for your children to be set up with equipment.
All kids need to be at least 3 years old, and must be potty trained – no diapers.
Kids' ski and snowboard lessons are separated into 3 age groups to accommodate the learning readiness of children at these ages:
3–4 years (skiing and snowboarding)
5–7 years (skiing and snowboarding)
8–12 years (skiing and snowboarding)
What should I bring?
REQUIRED for all children 13 and under:
Eye Protection (goggles or sunglasses)
Skis & Boots or Snowboard & Boots
Goggles on Stormy Days
Neck Gaiter (for cold or stormy days)
Appropriate Cold-Weather Clothing
Water-Resistant Pants & Jackets
What should I wear?
Because Mammoth is located at a high elevation, weather conditions can vary in a short period of time and the sun can be harmful to your skin and body if you're not prepared. Layering is the best way to maximize your comfort if/when the weather shifts.
Avoid cotton fabrics, as they retain moisture from snow and perspiration. Start with a moisture-wicking inner layer (such as wool or silk) and add an insulating middle piece (such as a fleece, sweater or vest). Top off with a wind and water resistant shell layer to protect you from the elements.
Any tips to help me with the high altitude?
High altitude means less atmosphere to filter the sun. Be sure to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes prior to hitting the slopes, then re-apply every 2–3 hours. Drink 10–16 ounces of fluid before hitting the slopes, and continue replenishing throughout the day. Focus on water and carbohydrate-replacing drinks. Modify caffeine and alcohol intake. Don’t forget to give yourself enough time and energy to last throughout the day.