PRIVATE LESSONS

Due to the overwhelming response, we are not accepting any NEW lesson requests UNTIL AT LEAST January 31.

The remaining availability will be reserved for existing requests and reschedules that were canceled due to closure or illness. If you have submitted a request please be patient as we are trying our best to get back to everyone in a timely manner. Since there are many requests that we have yet to schedule an appointment with, we will not be accepting any waitlists.

We apologize for any inconvenience and frustration but we simply cannot accommodate everyone. 

Thank you!

PSIA

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.

WHAT'S NEW THIS YEAR?

Now Accepting up to 5 students!
We are pleased to offer an option for close family and friends. We kindly ask that lessons with 3 or more students that all participants be at least 7 years old.

Choose 60-Minute or 90-Minutes
We will no longer be offering our 30-minute private lessons.

Advanced Appointments RequiredDue to COVID-19 we will not accept any "walk-in" lessons. All private lessons require an advanced reservation at least 24 hours and up to 1-month in advance. Multiple lessons may still be scheduled but only up to one month out.

What Other Changes Should I Expect?
Following strict and always changing guidelines from both the state as well as industry standards we will continue to maintain all our COVID-19 policies as needed or required. Winter sports are entirely outdoor sports. That means guests can enjoy their favorite activities while having plenty of room to breathe. Masks will be required while on property both indoors and outdoors where distance cannot be maintained. This includes loading, riding, and unloading the lifts and tow ropes. Indoor seating including the Lounge and Cafe will be limited including possible time restrictions, we have made adjustments to accommodate more outdoor seating. For a full review of all of our resort policies please visit our report page here.

COVID-19 Sick/Stay-At-Home 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 dis enrollment of any remaining classes without refund.

Absences due to a 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 the 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 the 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.

For even more FAQ keep scrolling to the green section - if these still don't answer your questions, feel free to reach out!

Basic Private | Ages 3 and up*

60-minute ski or snowboard lesson

Starting at $99 ($40 each additional student up to 5)


Our most popular 1-hour lesson is a great length for everyone, it's just enough time to lay foundation work for a stronger skier or rider. 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.

 

Availability:

Per ski school, we are no longer accepting private lesson reservations.


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.

Extended Private | Ages 7 and up

90-minute ski or snowboard lesson

Starting at $139.00  ($50 each additional student up to 5)


For ages 7 through Adult. An extended lesson is a great option for older kids or adults as well as those who need a bit more one-on-one time! Choose a lesson just for one or bring up to 4 friends. The session includes rental equipment for each student.

 

Availability:

Per ski school, we are no longer accepting private lesson reservations.


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.

RESERVATIONS

Lessons are first requested online. Due to the high volume of phone calls, we are unable to assist everyone by phone. We will confirm within 48 hours of submission and provide steps to submit your payment either online or via phone.

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 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.

COMMUNICATION

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.

STUDENT PREP

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 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 COVERING

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 ETTIQUETTE

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.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

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.

General Questions

What types of lessons to you have this season?
This year we will be offering private lessons for children as young as 3** years old through teens and adults! It is never too late to experience snow sports. Private lessons are one-on-one or can be booked to include up to 4 other friends and family.

The only other lesson options will be our multi-week group programs that required advanced reservation, the January Program and the President’s Program. The January program enrollment began in September and in most cases already full. The President’s program is a 3-day program during President’s week, however, holding this program is based on any weather delays/extensions for our January Program. Details will be available in Mid-January. We will not be offering our daily group classes due the nature of inconsistent groupings; this is different from our multi-week programs as the groupings remain consistent.
** Younger students may be permitted if they are able to fit into equipment. We typically have equipment for as young as 2.5 for alpine skiing and 3 for snowboard.

Can I keep my equipment after my lesson?
Should you require to rent equipment on another day or session separate from your lesson day, you will be required to re-rent, including completing a rental form that corresponds to that specific visit. We do not offer overnight rentals except for our seasonal lease equipment (see next question).

Do I need ski poles?
Using poles during a beginner lesson is not recommended. Your instructor will let you know when it is time to incorporate poles into your lesson.

Are Helmets Required?
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.

Do I need a Tift Ticket?
A lift ticket is not included and is not required to participate in the lesson. You may purchase one online in advance for your lesson date or at the time of lesson check-in or after your lesson is completed. Keep in mind we are limited in the number of guests we can have on trails, so we encourage you to purchase your ticket before your lesson instead of after.

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.

What is included in the rental?
Equipment Rentals include either skis, ski boots, and ski poles or a snowboard and snowboard boots. Poles are completely optional and typically not recommended for beginners – especially in lessons.

Do I need to be fitted for rental equipment in advance?
We do not offer advanced fittings for private lessons. We suggest your arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled lesson time.

One or more students in my group has their own equipment, is there a discount?
Sorry, there are no discounts if you any participants do not require equipment.

My children are not similar in age and ability, can they still take a lesson?
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.

Can I practice after my lesson?
A lift ticket is not included and is not required to participate in the lesson, however, if you wish to ski or ride before or after your lesson a discounted ticket is available to students on the day-of their lessons only. You may purchase one online in advance for your lesson date or at the time of lesson check-in or after your lesson is completed. Keep in mind we are limited in the number of guests we can have on trails, so we encourage you to purchase your ticket before your lesson instead of after.

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