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At Kissing Bridge, our SnowSports School instructors bring a wealth of skiing and snowboard knowledge, as well as their passion for the sport, to each and every lesson they teach.  Our instructional staff is well trained and inspired to provide you and your family a friendly environment for group, private and children’s lessons.  Most members of the SnowSports School staff are certified members of PSIA-E (Professional Ski Instructors of America) and AASI (American Association of Snowboard Instructors). Whether this is your “First Time” or “Another Time”, our instructors are ready to meet your individual needs in a Safe, FUN and nurturing environment.

First Time Learn to Ski or Snowboard Introductory Package

Designed for the true “First Time” skier or snowboarder age 9 years and older.  Our caring and professional instructors will introduce you to your WNY skiing or riding experience!

Package includes:

  • 90 minute group lesson
  • Ski or Snowboard rental equipment
  • All-Day Beginner Hill lift ticket
  • Pre-reservation not required. Lessons offered daily – register at the Central Area SnowSports desk or at the Learning Center at the Central Area.
  • $50.
  • For First Time Lesson times, please see our Group Lesson Schedule below.

Next Step Ski or Snowboard Package

For the skier or snowboarder who has learned the basics and wants to improve their skiing or riding and try new terrain! This package includes a one hour long group intermediate or advanced lesson, rental equipment, and all area Unlimited lift ticket. Students 9 years of age and older.

Package includes:

  • 60 minute group lesson
  • Ski or Snowboard rental equipment
  • All-Area Unlimited lift ticket
  • Pre-reservation not required. Lessons offered daily – register at the Central Area SnowSports desk or at the Learning Center at the Central Area.
  • $90.
  • For Next Step Lesson times, please see our Group Lesson Schedule below.

Group Lessons

Whether you want to continue working on your new skills or tune up your old skills, our instructors are ready to help!

  • For skiers and snowboarders, ages 9 years and older.
  • Groups are created based on students skill levels, from Novice to Advanced.
  • Pre-reservation not required. Lessons offered daily – register at the Central Area SnowSports desk or at the Learning Center at the Central Area.
  • Lift ticket not included. Options available to “bundle” rental equipment and lift ticket.
  • One-hour group lesson: $30.
  • For Group Lesson times, please see our Group Lesson Schedule below.

Group Lesson Schedule

Need a First Time, Next Step, or Group Lesson? All of our seasoned instructors are available at the following times to help you master that new skill.

Monday – Friday Saturday & Sunday
11:00 am (Central) 10:00 am (Central)
1:00 pm (Central) 12:00 pm (Central)
3:00 pm (Central)
6:00 pm (Central – Saturday’s Only)
7:00 pm (Central)
  • Weekday Group Lessons begin on opening day.
  • Student “Ski Club” group lessons begin January 2nd
  • KB 6 lesson package ends February 24, 2018
  • Group Lessons end for the season on March 18, 2018  (Note: Evening lessons end March 3, 2018)

“Free” lessons for Season Pass, 10 pack, & E-Card holders

A number of our multiple day / season pass programs include lessons as a part of their package.

  • Lessons begin when the season starts and end March 3, 2018
  • For students of all ability levels, ages 9 and older
  • Register for your lesson at the Central Ticket Counter or SnowSports lesson counter
  • Lessons offered at the Central Area only

Lesson Schedule for Season Pass, 10 Pack, & E-Card holders:

  • Follow the regular Group Lesson Schedule

Family “FUN” Experience

A “First Time” package for parents and their children to learn to ski or snowboard together as a family.  This session includes a 90 minute family coaching session, rental equipment and beginner lift hill tickets for 2 parents (adults) and 2 children.  Everyone in the group must choose the same discipline, skiing or snowboarding.  A “family focused” instructor will be assigned to work with your group, however, the lesson content will be adjusted to the youngest member in your group.  After the coaching session, your instructor will offer “tips” to parents as to how to continue coaching their children on the slopes.

$235.00 per family group

To schedule your “Family Fun Experience” coaching session at the most convenient time for your family, please call the SnowSports School at 716-592-4963 ext. 2230 or 2231.

“Learn with the Ladies”

First Time learn to ski program for adult females of any age! Sessions taught in a relaxed atmosphere by one of our compassionate ski instructors, who will introduce you to the sport in a safe, FUN environment! Bring your friends and make a day of it enjoying our WNY winter and slopes at Kissing Bridge! (Tuesdays only in January and February)

Session includes:

  • 2-hour First Time Group lesson at 11am
  • Rental equipment for the day
  • All-Area unlimited lift ticket
  • First Time program is for First Time skiers only.
  • $45 per session

Register in the Kissing Bridge Central Ticket Center – plan to arrive early to give yourself enough time to go through the rental shop.

“Next Step – Learn with the Ladies”

Program for those who have already completed the First Time program or for ladies who are Beginner to Intermediate skiers. Sessions taught in a relaxed atmosphere where everyone will learn to comfortably ski all terrain at Kissing Bridge at their own pace.  (Tuesdays only in January and February)

Session includes:

  • 2-hour Beginner/Intermediate Group lesson at 1pm
  • Rental equipment for the day
  • All-Area unlimited lift ticket
  • Beginner/Intermediate Group lesson is available to any lady who rides the chairlift.
  • $85 per session

Register in the Kissing Bridge Central Ticket Center – plan to arrive early to give yourself enough time to go through the rental shop.

Private Lessons

Personal and individualized coaching is available for all ages and abilities of skiing and snowboarding.  You can request an instructor or we will choose an instructor who best suits your needs and goals.  Another person can join your lesson, we ask that this person be of the same ability and discipline as you.

  • We offer specialized private lessons for Telemark, Terrain Park, bumps, and gates for skiers and snowboarders.
  • Private lessons are offered daily (dependent on instructor availability) at the Central Area.
  • Lift ticket not included. Options available to “bundle” rental equipment and lift ticket.
  • 90 minute Private Lesson: $120.
  • Add one additional person of the same ability:  $95. (Limit one)

For children up to the age of nine, we offer 1-hour lessons taught by our children’s coaches.

  • 1-hour children’s private lessons are offered at 12:00pm and 3:00pm on weekends only.
  • Children’s Private Lesson: $95.
  • No additional students per lesson

To schedule your private lesson call the SnowSports School at 716-592-4963 ext. 2230 or 2231

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Our Children’s Coaches provide your child time-tested and progressive lessons, from “Never Ever” to Advanced Mountain in a Safe, FUN and Energetic environment.  Many of our Children’s Instructors hold Children’s Specialist credentials from PSIA-E and AASI.  All of them have the special passion for teaching children, understand your child’s needs and foster and challenge their skills development through games and FUN on the slopes.

For more information on our Children’s Programs, please visit our Children’s Program page.

Helpful Tips

We suggest you arrive one hour before your lesson to give you reasonable time register for your lesson, move through the rental shop if needed or to dress accordingly for the weather

First Timers
Upon arrival at the area, take a minute to enjoy the sights and sounds of winter!

  • Register for your chosen lesson time at the Central Area SnowSports Lesson Desk or at the Learning Center at the Central Area.
  • You will be given vouchers for your lesson, rental equipment and a lift ticket.
  • Proceed to the rental shop to get sized for either ski or snowboard equipment.
  • Take a few minutes for a bathroom break and to dress for outside weather.
  • Proceed to the lesson area in front of the main lodges and wait in front of the “First Time” sign.
  • Smile and get ready to enjoy WNY winters!

Dress for Winter!
Temperatures vary at different times of the day or when riding the lifts.  Most likely, you will be outside longer that you normally are!

  • Wear layers of clothing, so you can add or remove layers as the temperature changes – if possible choose non-cotton clothing. Several manufacturers now offer “wicking” type of clothing that helps drawmoisture away from your skin, so you can stay warmer – longer!
  • Warm hat or helmet
  • Neck warmer to protect your face from the wind!
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen/lip protection
  • Warm, dry wool or poly-pro socks – one pair is generally all you need!
  • Wait until you are ready to go for your lesson or to the lifts before you finish dressing!  No need to overheat inside the lodge!

Equipment
Our on-site rental shops offer the most up-to-date equipment for children and adults.  Rental shops are located at the Central Area only.

  • Avoid stepping on wet ground as you try on ski or snowboard boots for proper sizing!
  • Try to pull your jeans or other pants legs out of the top cuff of your ski or snowboard boots, so you can utilize all of the adjustment buckles and straps for a better fit!
  • Once you leave the rental shop, stand your skis or snowboard against one of the racks, so the skis or board can cool down – helps avoid snow from sticking to the bottoms!
  • Rental skis and snowboards look alike, try to remember the number written on your equipment – the equipment was sized and adjusted for you!

If you forget something or want “something new” stop into our on-site Retail Shop located at the Central Area. 

Demo skis are also offered for trial runs at the Retail Shop!