Skiing is a High Country staple – but if you’re a first time skier, or are in need of brushing up on your skiing skills, it’s easy to be intimidated by the many slopes and mountains that cover the Boone area. Luckily, each of the High Country’s three ski resorts has their own ski school, so you’ll never be too far from a quick lesson. We took a look at each of them to find the best skiing lessons Boone has to offer, no matter your age or experience level.
French-Swiss Ski College
The French-Swiss Ski College has been providing lessons to skiers at Appalachian Ski Mountain since 1969, and provides a variety of classes: from beginner group lessons that have a friendly and supportive atmosphere to intermediate workshops that are more challenging and custom to your level. There’s even instructional play programs for children ages 4 to 12, giving kids a fun learning experience.
If you’re really serious about hitting the slopes, the French-Swiss Ski College’s ultimate private lessons are perfect for you. Just three one-hour lessons can improve your skiing dramatically through the individualized training process. You’ll meet with a personal instructor to evaluate your skills, determine your objectives, and develop a three-lesson plan to reach your goals, making sure you’ll be conquering those slopes in no time.
Beech Mountain Ski & Ride School
Beech Mountain’s Ski & Ride School has lessons for all ability levels and age ranges, offering group and private lessons at six different times every day. The ski school’s slogan is “We Play Outside,” and its mission is to keep students safe, active, and educated about the sport. Ski & Ride primarily teaches children with instructors who took those same lessons at the school when they were younger.
One of the best perks about the Ski & Ride School is that it offers free beginner lessons during January and February with purchase of rental equipment. From Monday to Thursday, enjoy a professional group ski class that will teach you how to ski in no time – it’s a perfect way to start the new year.
Sugar Mountain Resort
Sugar Mountain Resort’s Sugar Bear Ski School is specifically designed to teach skiing to children ages five to ten, making it a fun, family friendly program. Not only do lessons include slope tickets and equipment, but full-day classes also include lunch – making sure kids don’t get too tired out.
In addition to Sugar Bear Ski School, Sugar Mountain Resort also offers regular group and private lessons for all ages. Private lessons are tailored to your individual needs, and you can even have private group lessons with friends or family. Whether you’ve been skiing for years or are brand new to the slopes, the school has a variety of classes to fit your level and needs.
Don’t let the inexperience of skiing stop you or your family from enjoying a fun winter weekend on the High Country slopes. Everyone can experience the excitement and pleasure of skiing – all it takes is a little help putting one ski in front of the other.