Adult Lessons Title

Adult Lessons

Adult skier going downhill

Whether you're a first-time snow seeker or a seasoned winter sports enthusiast, our adult lessons in alpine skiing, snowboarding, telemark, and snowshoeing cater to all skill levels, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the thrill of the mountain.

First Time Lessons:

Embark on your snowy journey with our First Time lessons, designed to make your introduction to winter sports enjoyable and stress-free. Our patient and certified instructors will guide you through the basics, focusing on building a strong foundation and instilling confidence.

From mastering the art of balance to executing controlled turns, you'll be equipped with the essential skills to navigate the slopes with ease. First Time lessons include equipment rental, ensuring you have access to top-quality gear for a seamless learning experience.

Intermediate Lessons:

For those looking to elevate their skills, our Intermediate lessons provide the perfect platform for progression. Delve deeper into the nuances of your chosen discipline, refining techniques and honing your control on varying terrains. Intermediate lessons focus on enhancing your agility, speed, and precision, allowing you to tackle more challenging slopes with confidence. Our experienced instructors will tailor the lessons to address specific areas for improvement, ensuring you make significant strides in your winter sports journey.

Advanced Lessons:

Ready to conquer the most challenging slopes? Our Advanced lessons are designed for seasoned enthusiasts seeking to push their limits and master advanced techniques. Whether you're carving down steep descents in alpine skiing, perfecting tricks on a snowboard, or exploring the art of telemark, our expert instructors will provide personalized guidance to take your skills to new heights. Advanced lessons focus on advanced maneuvers, off-piste exploration, and refining your style to make the most of the mountain's diverse terrain.

Snowshoeing Adventures:

For those looking to explore the winter wonderland at a more leisurely pace, our snowshoeing lessons offer a serene and immersive experience. Discover the tranquility of snow-covered landscapes as our knowledgeable guides lead you through scenic trails. Learn the basics of snowshoeing technique, including proper stride and balance, while enjoying the beauty of the great outdoors.

For more information regarding these programs, please email Ski & Ride School Director, Mike Bouquard Also, to see some of the fun we have in our programs, check out our feed on Instagram.

Equipment & Tips for Beginner Skiers/Snowboarders

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 Ticket Center or at the Learning Center at the Central Area. (First Timers should register at the Learning Center)
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 draw moisture 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!

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 specifically adjusted for your size and skill set.

If you forget something or want “something new” stop into the SnowFlake/245 Ski and Snowboard Shop located at the Central Area. (All New Children’s Ski & Snowboard Equipment Available!)

Demo equipment now available at the Retail Shop in Central!

First Time Learn to Ski or Snowboard Intro Package

Designed for the true “First Time” skier or snowboarder, our caring and professional instructors will introduce you to your WNY skiing or riding experience!

Package includes:

90 minute Group Lesson (ages 12 and older).
All-Day Beginner Hill Lift Ticket

For First Time Lesson times and additional Group Lesson Information, please see our Group Lesson Information & Schedule.

Does not include rentals – $15 rental equipment is only available for purchase on the day of your lesson MUST be purchased in person T-F in the Snowflake Rental Shop Sa-Su for first timers ONLY


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Group Lessons

Whether you want to continue working on your new skills or tune up your old skills, our instructors are ready to help! Group lessons are for skiers or snowboarders and are created based on skill levels, from novice to advanced.

Lift ticket and rental equipment are not included.

Group lessons begin when KB opens for the season.

Options available to “bundle” a lift ticket.

One-hour group lesson: $40 (Pre-reservation required)

5x Transferable Group Lesson Card: $135

For Group Lesson times or more info, please see our Group Lesson Information & Schedule.

Important Dates

Group lessons estimated to begin when KB opens, tentatively planned for 12/23/23.

Group night lessons start 1/4/24.

Group night lessons end date 3/1/24.

Group lessons end Sunday, March 10, 2024.


Private Lessons

To schedule your private lesson, please use the form below.

Is this lesson for an adult or child?
Type of Lesson
Does the participant need rental equipment?
Are you looking for a specific day of the week for your lesson? (Note: We are closed on Mondays except for holidays, as listed below).

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Email or call the Ski & Ride School at 716-592-4963 ext. 2230 prior to filling out the contact form if you have any questions.

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Snowboarder heading down hill at Kissing Bridge