Best For Beginners


Learn to ski or snowboard at Mt. Baker with the Best for Beginners package! Best for Beginners is designed for first time skiers and snowboarders and those working towards turning and stopping on easy green terrain. Participants are grouped into lesson classes based on age and ability. Lessons follow a beginner progression, learning one skill and building on it throughout the two hours. Participants can expect to spend the majority of their first lesson on gentle beginner terrain and on the handle tow slope. Some lessons may use the handle tow lift while others may hike around to find the appropriate terrain for their ability. The lesson will prioritize getting to know your equipment, learning how to stay in control, and working towards the skills needed for riding the handle tow or beginner chair lift. This package includes a two hour group lesson, rental equipment (includes helmet and either skis, boots & poles or snowboard & boots) and beginner chair lift ticket. Ages 7 and up. If you’d like to pick your own lesson group, we recommend a private lesson.

Instruction Best for Beginners

Best For Beginner Package

Lesson, All Day Equipment Rental, & Beginner Lift Ticket


tax not included


Duration2 Hours

Age7 & UP

How to Sign Up

Unsure of your ability level? Check our Ability Guidelines to self-assess your skiing or snowboarding level.

We strongly encourage you to reserve your lessons in advance through our online store. Reservations will be available once we have set our Opening Day. Check back here then. This is the best way to ensure the type, day and time of the lesson you want.

We offer limited walk-in availability for Daily Lessons. Availability varies from day to day and is on a first come, first served basis. We recommend signing up at our instruction desk at 8am for morning walk-in lessons and no later than 11am for afternoon walk-in lessons.

Securely make reservations for Daily Lessons at our online store HERE.
Securely register for Multi-Week Lessons at our online store HERE.

During operation, there are days when one of the base areas may be closed, and lift ticket purchasing and indoor facilities will not be available at the closed base area.

*This schedule is dependent on weather, conditions and other factors, and may change without notice. Be sure to check our Snow Report the day before arrival for the anticipated Base Area operations for the following day, and then check the morning of your visit for confirmation of the anticipated operation schedule.
White Salmon Base Area – Open 7 days/week through April 9th
Open Fri-Sat-Sun April 14-23
Heather Meadows Base Area – Open Sat-Sun through April 9, closed Mon-Fri. Also usually open on Holidays.