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Reserve online or call 1-800-397-1320 to speak with us directly. Must be 21 to make reservation.

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Ski & Board Lessons

Whether you’re a first timer or you’re already breezing through the blues, our more than 50 professional instructors will you help you get the most out of Chestnut Mountain. While they’re serious about snowsport instruction, there’s also a big emphasis on enjoyment. At the Chestnut Mountain Ski School, you’re sure to improve your skills and have a blast along the way.

Group Lessons, Times & Rates

A one-hour group experience taught by our Chestnut Mountain certified instructors.  Utilizing station teaching techniques, our group lessons are geared for beginners and those looking for a refresher in the learning area.  Lesson will be offered throughout the day and will be first come first served.

$35/hour for group, $75/hour for private. Private or semi-private lessons can be arranged. Children must be 7 years old or older to be in a group lesson.

Group Lesson Times:  

9:30am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm, 4:00pm & *6:00pm

Lesson times may change depending on hours of operation for that day.  Click Here To See Daily Slope Hours

* No 6:00 pm Lessons On Sundays.

(Special 6:00pm Lessons On Holiday Sundays 1/14/24 & 2/18/24)

Private Lessons

Customize your own group or take a private lesson with one of our PSIA/AASI certified instructors (as available).  Private lessons are built around the student or customized group’s specific goals and motivations.  Groups can be built up to 4 students, but lessons should be booked with similar experience levels and abilities.  Groups of different ages can be placed together, but the instructor will teach to the lowest level of experience.  Lessons are 50 minutes beginning on the hour, and you must have a valid lift ticket.  Please arrive at the ski school desk 10 minutes before your scheduled lesson.  If private lessons are no longer available online please call (815-777-4652) or email ( for reservations.

Please call 815.777.4652 or email for more information.

Private & Semi- Private Lessons Rates

One Hour (1 person) – $75

One Hour (2 person) – $150
One Hour (3 person) – $175
One Hour (4 person) – $200

There is a limit of four people to a semi-private lesson.

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Powder Pups


You will be required to be on-premises when your children are participating in our programs. We encourage you to watch your child’s progress from a discreet distance, as to not distract them during their lessons. Instructors utilize a mountain paging system to notify you if any concerns arise during the lesson. You may also leave messages for your children or family members at the Children’s Center. Our programs fill up fast, so advanced reservations are required. Registrations starts at 8:30 a.m. Please allow a half hour to register your child at the Children’s Center.

Powder Pups Program (Ages 4-10)

Chestnut Mountain’s Powder Rangers Program is geared toward 4-10 year olds who want to improve their skills on the slopes. It’s a playful, yet challenging program with instructors who specialize in teaching youth skiers. All classes are grouped by age and ability level, ensuring that each skier is matched up with their peers on the peak.

Powder Program Lesson Times & Rates

Half Day Lesson Times:

Saturday, Sunday & *Holidays (9am to 12pm & 1pm to 4pm)

Half-day Lesson: $160 (Without Rental )  $208 (Includes Rental).  All Powder Pups lessons include use of helmet if needed.

These programs fill up fast, so advanced reservations are required.  Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Please allow a half hour to register your child at the Children’s Center.

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Burton Learn to Ride

Burton Learn To Ride Program (Ages 7 & Older)
The biggest name in snowboarding has teamed up with Chestnut Mountain to provide new riders with a solid foundation on which to build their skills. The Learn To Ride (LTR) Program has been developed by a team of knowledgeable professionals in the snowboarding industry to make learning snowboard easy, fun and exciting. It’s the perfect program for beginner boarders.

General Details

By joining forces with the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI), the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors (CASI) and rental shops around the globe, Burton Snowboard has established a learning program that really works. They’ve developed boards, boots and bindings specifically designed for the beginner rider, and have tested these products with real people in real lessons to ensure their quality and performance. All elements of the Learn To Ride Center are designed by riders, for riders – from equipment setup to instruction and appropriate learning terrain. Because the ultimate goal of LTR is to eliminate the stressful pressures of learning a new sport – making it fun, easy and enjoyable for all the young boarders. It’s a program that gets results. Beginners will feel comfortable enough on a board to be linking turns on their very first day out.

Burton Learn To Ride Program Rates

Program Includes: Lift Ticket, Snowboard Rental, & 2-Hour Lesson
Cost: $160 (Saturday, Sunday & *Holidays)
*Holiday Dates: 12/23/23 – 1/2/24, 1/15/24 & 2/19/24
Lesson Times: 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.

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