Lesson FAQ

9:00 AM & 1:30 PM

Main Location: HEATHER MEADOWS BASE AREA Lesson Desk in Mountain Shop at Heather Meadows Base Area Opens at 8:00am.

If Heather Meadows Base Area is closed: WHITE SALMON BASE AREA Lesson Desk on 1st floor of White Salmon Day Lodge.

Reservations and walk-in sign up available for daily lessons (subject to availability).
For walk-ins, it is recommended that you sign up at least 1 hour prior to the lesson start times.

See Daily Lesson page for current day’s operations info.

Questions? Contact Mt Baker Lesson Desk
[email protected]

Yes. You can make reservations for group and private lessons on weekends and holidays at this time.
Limited walk-ins are also available on weekends and holidays. Mid-week daily lessons at walk-in only.

ALL RESERVATIONS ARE FINAL, so please check your favorite forecast and confirm that you are booking for your desired date/time.

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

Online reservations require at credit card or a Mt. Baker gift card to purchase.
Payment for walk-in daily lessons & rentals are due at the time of sign up. We accept cash, local checks, Visa/MasterCard, Canadian currency, and Mt. Baker Gift Cards.

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

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 guidelines to help determine the appropriate ability level.

Yes, 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.

No, the Chair 2 only lift ticket is NOT upgradeable.

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.

We schedule all of our lessons to have a student to instructor ratio of 6 to 1 or less to provide you with individual support while learning how to ski or snowboard. Participants are grouped by age and ability.

Daily lessons are 2 hours long.

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.

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.

  • 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.

    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.

    Visit our self-guide learning area page for tips on getting started on the basics on your own.