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 booking online or calling 800.MAMMOTH as soon as your plans are made, reserving tickets and rentals at the same time. First Time Beginner Packages include rentals and Beginner Lift Tickets, while Private Lessons do not.
What time should I leave in order to make it to my lesson on time?
We recommend allowing at least an hour to get through the rental process and dress your children so they are prepared for their lesson. Rental shops open at 8AM daily throughout the season, or you can pick up rental reservations between 1–3PM the day prior. Aim to check in 5 to 10 minutes prior to the start of your lesson. Remember everything takes longer when it snows.
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 3–14 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 hour 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 ages 13 & 14 may feel more comfortable learning in adult or child-focused settings, depending on the individual. Parents may elect either Adult or Kid Group Lessons for this age range. Helmets and protective eyewear are required for anyone 14 and under, even while in adult group lessons.
What should I bring?
REQUIRED for all children 14 and under:
Goggles or sunglasses (goggles highly recommended for stormy days)
Skis & boots or snowboard & boots
Neck gaiter for cold or stormy days
Water-resistant pants & jackets
Will I be required to wear a mask during the lesson?
Masks are required indoors and in gondolas.
Do I need to book my rental equipment in advance?
Many group lessons are available as a package including rentals. Other rentals are bookable online in advance and may be picked up from 1–3PM the day prior, or starting at 8AM the day of your reservation. Rentals must be picked up at the rental location indicated in your reservation.
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. Visit our Safety & Conduct page for more information.