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Skiing & Snowboarding Instruction For Every Experience Level

SnowSports School 

Whether you’re experienced or a total beginner, the experts at the Great Bear SnowSports School can transform your winter by teaching you to ski or snowboard. Our teaching methods follow the American Teaching System, from the Professional Ski Instructors of America. Our professional staff of downhill and snowboard instructors focuses on a positive environment fostering progress at your own pace.

For more information about our SnowSports School programs, please call us at 605-367-6031.

SnowSports School Registration

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RATES

Private lesson $30
2 Hour private lesson $50
Semi private lesson (2 – 3 students) $20 per person
Group lesson $12 per person

Lesson punch cards! 

Want a great deal on an individual lesson? Great Bear now offers a 3-use Private Lesson Punch Pass, Learn to Ski Pass and Learn to Snowboard Pass.

Private lesson punch card $79 (you save $11)
Learn to ski pass, includes rental $159 (you save $33) 
Learn to snowboard pass, includes rental $189 (you save $27)

Saturday SnowBears

This program is offered on Saturday mornings starting on Jan 6 and ending on Feb 3 from 9am to 11am. In the event that a class is cancelled for a weather-related reason, we will hold a make up class on Saturday, February 10. Snowbears is for skiers ages 6-14, and snowboarders 7-14. The program puts an emphasis on safety, fun and allows participants to move through the levels at their own pace. This is a 3-lesson program where YOU can choose which Saturdays your child attends. Class size is limited so sign up early!

Lesson Only $119
With Rental Package $139

Thursday Snowbears 

Snowbears on Thursday is offered from 4:30pm to 6:30pm in one session. Snowbears is for skiers 6-14, and snowboarders 7-14. The program puts an emphasis on safety and fun and allows participants to move through the levels at their own pace. This year’s Thursday Snowbears will run Thursday, January 4  through Thursday, January 18. In case a class is cancelled for a weather-related reason, we will hold a make up class on Thursday, January 27. Class size is limited so sign up early!

Lesson Only $109
With Rental Package $119

Snow Explorers

We have a special introductory program for those little ones ages 4 and 5. Participants will explore what winter FUN is all about! While learning how to ski, with an emphasis on safety and fun, they will play skill enhancing games and participate in fun winter activities. Snow Explorers is an excellent lead in program to our SnowBears youth lesson programs.  Snow Explorers will be offered this year December 26th—Dec 29th from 9am to 11am.. Space is limited to 12 children, registration must be completed prior to December 21st. Package includes rentals and mid morning snack

All Students              $99

Individual Lessons

Interested in learning in a relaxed environment with fewer students and a professional instructor? You can do it at Great Bear! Here’s what you need to know:

  • Reservations are highly recommended.
  • Semi private and group lessons are only available to those 7 years of age and older.
  • Semi-private and group lessons are not preset by the SnowSports School. Those wishing to take one of these lessons will need to form their own group.
  • Lesson do not include lift ticket and rentals unless otherwise specified.

*Please arrive a half hour early for all scheduled lessons

Sunday Morning Learn to Ski and Snowboard

Every Sunday morning in January at 10:00 am join us for the best Learn to Ski and Snowboard Program ever! For just $20 you get 2 lift tickets, rentals and a group lesson, so bring a friend along! Best of all, you can ski or ride the rest of the day!!!! (PARTICIPANTS MUST BE 14 YEARS OF AGE AND OLDER AND YOU MUST BE REGISTERED BY 9:30AM)

    Adaptive Skiing Lessons

    The Great Bear Adaptive Ski Program (GBASP) provides people with special needs the opportunity to enjoy downhill snow skiing in a safe and fun learning environment. The program strives to positively enhance the lives of the people we serve by promoting health, independence, and well-being.  Great Bear offers Adaptive Skiing Lessons from certified members of the Professional Ski Instructors of America.

    We have a limited supply of adaptive ski equipment at no cost to the user with purchase of a lift ticket.

    People requiring special accommodations or equipment should call 605-367-6031 at least 48 hours in advance of their visit to allow for personnel and equipment scheduling. Special needs will be accommodated whenever reasonably possible. 

    Upon receiving your completed participant application, GBASP will contact you to schedule a Sunday lesson. On the day of your first lesson please arrive at Great Bear 30 minutes prior to the start of the scheduled lesson time in order to obtain your lift ticket, gather ski equipment, and be fitted for any adaptive equipment that may be needed. After fitting, skiers will begin an ability appropriate lesson with a GBASP instructor. While on the snow, adaptive skiers will be assisted by one lead instructor and up to 3 additional GBASP members. Upon completion of the lesson, the skier and instructors will return to the lodge and debrief on the days achievements.

    Please down load the GBASP application form, complete and submit to Great Bear at school@greatbearpark.com

    Adaptive Skiing Lessons Rates:

    All lessons include 2 hours of private instruction, equipment, and a lift ticket. Half day lessons will take place on Sundays from 10:00 am to12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    Full day lessons will take place on Sundays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm with a 1 hour break

    Half day lesson $40
    Full day lesson $60

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