9:00AM, 11:30AM, & 1:30PM

BEFORE YOU GO: Instruction Releases

Minors (Under 18) need parent signature to rent equipment and/or participate in instruction programs. Download and complete forms before you go to save time!

Minor Daily Release (PDF)

Adult Daily Release (PDF)


Where do I sign up for lessons?

WEEKENDS & HOLIDAYS : HEATHER MEADOWS BASE AREA Instruction Desk in Mountain Shop at Heather Meadows Base Area Opens at 8:00am

MIDWEEK/ NON-HOLIDAY : WHITE SALMON BASE AREA Instruction Desk just inside the main doors of the White Salmon Day Lodge on the parking lot level. Opens at 8:00am

Questions? Contact Mt Baker Instruction Desk

When should I sign up for lessons? Can I make a reservation?

GROUP LESSONS These lessons operate on a first-come first-served basis, and it is recommended that you sign up at least 1 hour prior to the lesson start times.

PRIVATE LESSONS Private lessons are on a first-come first-served basis, and it is recommended that you sign up at least 1 hour prior to the lesson start times.

For both group and private lessons, we do not allow sign ups less than 30 minutes before the lesson start time.

Can I request a specific instructor?

Yes, for private lessons. Private lessons are very popular, so show up early to sign up day of so that you are not disappointed even if there is no particular instructor you wish to request

Unfortunately, we cannot honor any requests for particular instructors for Intermediate Group, Best for Beginner and Kids lessons.

How do I pay for the lesson or rentals?

Payment for daily lessons & rentals are due at the time of sign up. We accept cash, Visa/MasterCard, Canadian currency, and Mt. Baker Gift Cards.

Please Note: There are no ATMs at Mt. Baker Ski Area.

How do I know if a lesson is right for my ability?

Our instruction programs cover a range of abilities, from beginners to experts. The ability range of each program is noted in the program description. See our ability chart to help determine which level you or your child are.


Do I need a ticket if I am taking a lesson?

Yes, all lessons require a lift ticket to be purchased separately. The only exception is the Best for Beginners package which includes a beginner chair only lift ticket.

Can I upgrade my Best for Beginners Ticket?

No, the Chair 2 only (Chair 7 only on non-holiday weekdays) lift ticket is NOT upgradeable.

Where can I rent equipment?

Ski and snowboard rentals are available at the mountain and are available with lessons or separately. All rentals are located in the same building as the lesson sign ups.

Do you rent clothing, goggles, or gloves?

No, we do not. However, our retail shop has a selection of these items available for purchase.


Group lesson or private lesson?

When it comes to deciding on whether to sign up for a group or private lesson, It depends on your learning style and preference. Beginning skiers and riders usually do quite well in a group environment, but private lessons allow us to tailor your lesson to your individual learning style and preferred pace.

How big will my group lesson be?

We schedule all of our lessons to have a student to instructor ratio of 7 to 1 or less to provide you with individual support while learning how to ski or snowboard. Participants are grouped by age and ability.

How long are lessons?

Lessons vary in length from 1 to 1.5 hours depending on lesson type. Best for Beginner, Intermediate Groups and Private lessons are 1.5 hrs. Lessons for younger students (ages 3-6) tend to be 1 hr.

Where do I pick up my child after the lesson?

Please pick up your child at the same lesson meeting location where you dropped them off. Parents are responsible for picking up their children at the lesson meeting location on time.

What can I do to prepare for my lesson?

Make sure you are well rested, fed, hydrated and clothed. Also be sure to arrive AT LEAST an hour before your desired lesson start time. Visit our Before You Go page for more info.

What should I wear for my lesson?

  • Dress in layers that are designed to wick moisture like polypropylene.
  • Wear one pair of ski/snowboard socks (two pairs can reduce circulation to your feet.)
  • Wear a wind/waterproof jacket and pants over your other layers.
  • Wear sunscreen even on cloudy days.
  • Bring a hat or headband as most of your body heat is lost through your head.
  • Goggles are highly recommended and can be purchased from our retail shop.

Visit our Before You Go page for more info.

Do I really need to take a lesson?

You may already feel confident with your technique; however our skilled instructors will provide personalized feedback to help you improve. Taking a lesson will give you the skills and confidence you need to break through to the next level.


What are the conditions on the mountain?

For current conditions at the ski area, please check the SNOW REPORT or call our snow report phone at (360) 671-0211.

What are the ski area hours of operation?

Ski area hours of operation are 9:00am - 3:30pm. Check SNOW REPORT for current days' operation information.

Do you have a lost and found?

Yes we do. Lost and found items are kept at the ski area with the exception of smaller personal items that are sent down to our Bellingham business office. All other items like clothing, snow gear, skis, boards, boots, backpacks, etc. are kept at the White Salmon lodge. You may file a lost and found report at either lodge's administration office, online, or by emailing

Questions? Contact Mt Baker Instruction Desk