"One-on-One" Ski & snowboard lessons for up to 5 students.
Maximize fun at your own pace with a one-on-one lesson personalized just for you! Private lessons are a "one-on-one" style of instruction based on your experience and your goals. Our instructors have training based on the industry standards set by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI). Several of our instructors have advanced certifications in various specialties including Adaptive, Freestyle, and Children. Private lessons are available for all ages including for children as young as 3* through adults. It's never too early or too late to love Snow Sports.
60-Minute Ski or Snowboard Lesson
Ages 3 and up*
Due to capacity restrictions and to maximize instructor availability we will only be offering 60-minute lessons for the remainder of the season. Choose a lesson just for one or bring up to 4 friends. The session includes rental equipment for each student. We ask that for groups of 3 or more, students be at least 7 years old.
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Maximum of 5 students. Must be at least 7 years old for 2 or more students. The lesson fee includes the use of rental equipment during the lesson. There is no discount if the equipment is not needed. A lift ticket is not included or required DURING the time of the lesson. A discounted ticket option will be available to you at lesson check-in.
We will do our best to accommodate any lessons that have a specific instructor request but due to many variables beyond our control, we cannot guarantee any specific instructor.
Rental Equipment & Helmets
RENTAL PACKAGES: include either ski, ski boots, and ski poles or snowboard and snowboard boots. There is no discount for students that do not require to rent. Poles are completely optional and typically not recommended for beginners – especially in lessons.
HELMETS: We DO NOT (cannot) require helmets. We do not rent helmets and they are not included in any rental equipment package. Helmets for purchase are available while supplies last in a variety of price points, styles, and colors in the pro shop.
A lift ticket is required if you wish to ski or snowboard before or after your lesson. A lift ticket is not included and is not required to participate in the lesson.
A discounted half-priced for any student participating in a lesson is available at check-in on that DAY ONLY. The discount ONLY applies on your lesson day within the ticket session of your lesson (i.e. A 9am lesson may purchase a 9a-12p but not 1pm-4pm).
Any additional guests such as parents or siblings must purchase their tickets online as we cannot guarantee any at the window.
How To Group Ages & Levels
We strongly recommend that students be within reasonable age and experience of each other.
Of course, but just keep in mind the lesson will only progress as fast or slow as the youngest or lowest ability level in the group. Children from ages 7 to 12 have drastically different attention spans than those that are under 7.
Additionally, we find ages roughly 12 or 13 through adult do much better grouped separately from younger students. Of course, we will do our best to teach everyone in the group to ensure a fun & educational experience.
Students that have never experienced a snow sport may be intimated when paired with those who have and those with experience will become bored when paired with those just starting out. Skills and strength aren't learned overnight. It's important to group by experience and age when pairing for a private lesson so everyone gets the best experience.
COVID-19: WHAT TO EXPECT
What We are Doing to Keep Yawgoo Safe
INCREASED CLEANING & SANITIZATION
Sanitizer Stations have been set-up around the facility including at the entrance of the park and other high-traffic areas. While we currently use cleaning products and protocols which meet EPA guidelines and are CDC approved for use and are effective against viruses, bacteria, and other airborne and blood-borne pathogens, we will increase cleaning and sanitation of all areas, with a focus on "high-touch" areas including railings, handles, counters, restrooms, point of sale machines, ski & board rental equipment, food-service areas, and more. We are working with our vendors, distribution partners, and suppliers to ensure the uninterrupted availability of these cleaning supplies and the necessary PPE’s. We ask guests to please not linger so we can promptly clean for the next session.
REDUCED CAPACITIES & NEW LESSON TIMES
We have reduced the program capacity by a third and have changed the structure to accommodate smaller class sizes while still being able to offer a variety of age groups, sport type, and experience level classes daily. We have also incorporated classes earlier in the day to offer an option for home school or e-learners. Classes will have a maximum student ratio of 6 per 1 instructor.
COVID-19 Policies, reminders, and spacing marker information will be posted throughout the facility, as well as on our website, and included with program literature. Guests are asked to review policies to familiarize themselves prior to their visit.
FOOD & DRINK AREAS
All indoor facility capacities will be limited. We are currently considering more outdoor seating with heat where possible, but guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for winter sports. At this time we do not know if outside foods will be permitted.
STAFF SCREENING & TRAINING
All staff members will be trained in proper cleaning & sanitizing, ways to reduce the risk of spread, and how to recognize symptoms. Additionally, protocols will be in place for all departments on how to handle exposure in the event a guest or employee must quarantine. Our staff is instructed to wear face-coverings at-all-times.
What You Can Do to Keep Snow Sports Going at Yawgoo
The most important element in this plan is we ask of all parents, guardians, and/or participants as well as staff:
If you, your child, or any member of your household is experiencing fever, nausea, cough, sneezing, body aches, fatigue, or any other unexplained symptoms or you may have been exposed to COVID-19 - you may not attend classes or be on property until you provide a physician’s note or proof of a negative COVID-19 test.
While COVID-19 life is not new to us or our children, still we ask parents discuss the importance of social distancing, proper hygiene and face-coverings prior to the start of each lesson.
SOCIAL DISTANCING & SCREENINGS
Given that physical distancing will not always be possible during the lesson, such as when the group rides lifts, all participants (or legal guardians) will be required to perform at-home screening and temperature checks prior to arriving for the lesson. Parents are responsible for ensuring children or any member of their family are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 prior to attending any class.
SPECTATORS & GUESTS
Indoor access will be limited, including seating – we ask you to limit the number of guests you bring to spectate and/or remain in your vehicle if possible. We will not limit the number of guests outdoors, however, there are restrictions on where you may wait for your student. When possible, maintain distance from other guests who are not in your household.
Face-coverings and eye protection are nothing new to the snow sports world, so wearing a face covering while skiing and riding will be a breeze for you! Guests are required to wear face-coverings, specifically while indoors, within 6 feet of other guests.
HYGIENE & RESPIRATORY ETIQUETTE
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, touched a public surface that others may have touched or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Alternatively, hand sanitizer may be used in place of soap & water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean up after yourself.
Storage of personal belongings will be restricted indoors, and guests are encouraged to keep personal belongings with them or in their vehicle. We are not responsible for lost or stolen belongings. Always lock your skis or boards. Per the RI State Fire Marshall, Skis, Boards, & Poles are NOT permitted inside the buildings.
BATHROOMS & INDOOR ACCESS
Bathroom access will be limited indoors due to spacing. Allow time for restroom use as there may be waits. We strongly recommend parents/guardians encourage their children to use the restroom and be dressed if possible before arriving at the facility. Additionally, inside access will be limited to guests dining or accessing the Pro Shop. Masks are required in all indoor locations.
Can I watch my child’s lesson(s)?
We do not discourage watching lessons; however, we really urge you to watch your child from a distance. Some children are easily distracted or anxious when their family is watching which makes it hard for the instructor to engage them in the activity. We are most successful when we have the child’s full attention. Keep in mind for COVID-19 protocols there are limited indoor & outdoor spectating options.
What if my child has bad separation anxiety or refuses to participate?
It is not uncommon for younger students to experience separation anxiety and in some cases refuse to participate. We do not recommend forcing the sport and waiting a year to see how they feel then. In the case of non-participation, we will offer a credit via a Yawgoo Gift Card that can be utilized for a future visit Summer or Winter. We will not offer a refund as we can no longer enroll the spot once classes have begun.
Can we use the learning area when we are not taking a lesson?
The Novice Area Rope Tow may be used any time we are operational. The Hubs Folly Learning Area may be used when lessons are not in session.
Will I ride the chairlift in a first-timer lesson?
First timer lessons will start out in the learning or novice areas located at the base which both feature rope tow lifts. The learning area located at the base of ‘Hubs Folly’ will often be open to students participating in lessons.
My student took a lesson and cannot stop yet, can I retake the lesson?
Learning to ski or snowboard is not an easy process and takes a bit of patience. Skiing and snowboarding will use muscles you may not know you even had, building strength in these muscles takes time. While taking a lesson is a great start, everyone learns differently so it is not uncommon for a student to require more than one lesson to gain confidence in stopping. Simply put, the quantity of lessons taken cannot measure experience level because everyone is different.
What is the COVID-19 Sick Policy?
If you, your child, or any member of your household is experiencing fever, nausea, cough, sneezing, body aches, fatigue or any other unexplained symptoms or if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or someone who is sick, you may not attend classes. Any student failing to stay home with known exposure to or presenting symptoms of COVID-19 will result in disenrollment of any remaining classes without refund. Absences due to suspected medical condition (COVID-19, other sickness or injury will be refunded ONLY in the form of a Yawgoo Valley Gift Card credit to be used for future tickets, lessons, rentals, Pro Shop purchases or food. You are required to provide a physician’s note acknowledging the illness and permission to return to class. You will be issued a credit for missed class(es) once we receive your physician’s note. Students that fail to provide a physician’s note or recent negative COVID-19 test, will be not be permitted on property to attend class for up to 14 days and forfeit any lessons missed without refund or credit. Unexcused absences due to personal reasons, not including facility closures, will not be made-up, credited or refunded. Please consider your schedule and your transportation prior to committing to the program as we typically do not close for snowstorms or other snow sport related weather.