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Beginner Programs

Please note that as of Monday, April 20th all group ski/snowboard lessons will no longer be offered.  Private lessons can  be arranged with an advance reservation by calling 800-829-2442. Please call by 4:00 p.m. the day prior. There will not be any lift-served beginner terrain available. Private lesson participants should be comfortable skiing or riding more difficult, "blue square" terrain in order to ride the chairlift during the lesson.

Mt. Bachelor is committed to creating the next generation of snow riders.  We have developed a series of value-packed learning experiences through the Mt. Bachelor Snowsports School to make the transition from a “never-ever” to a solid intermediate skier or snowboarder as simple and affordable as possible.  Whether you are 6 or 56, Mt. Bachelor offers a learning track just right for any age!


Awarded the Best Beginner Program in America by the National Ski Areas Association!

In April 2012, Mt. Bachelor's SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ learn-to-ski or snowboard program received the coveted "Conversion Cup" award by the National Ski Areas Association, recognizing Mt. Bachelor as having the best beginner program that "converts" first-timers into life-long snow sports enthusiasts.

Mt. Bachelor's Dave Rathbun accepts the 2012 Conversion Cup Trophy.

SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ is an award-winning lesson program designed for those "never-evers" who have not had previous experiences trying to learn to ski or snowboard. The SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ program offers candidates who are committed to becoming a skier or snowboarder this year by committing to a program that includes:

  • 5 lesson packages with a ski or snowboard rental and lift ticket
  • Reserved close-in parking privileges at Sunrise Lodge
  • Instruction by one of Mt. Bachelor's hand-picked instructors based on their communication skills and overall success rate of coaching beginners
  • "Graduation Gifts" that reward those who complete the program with a Season Pass product good for the rest of the season and a discount on a Full Winter Season Passes for two additional years!


NOTE: This program is designed exclusively for those new to snowsports.  It is not meant for someone who already knows one discipline and wants to crossover to another. If you are familiar with skiing or riding and can get on chairlifts, know about the mountain, or have done it before, this program is not for you. We will be assessing this at the outset of the program.  If you are deemed to be already a snowsports participant by your instructor, we will excuse you from the program and offer you a refund for the remainder of the program cost.

SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ Program Cost and Graduation Gifts

Mt. Bachelor's SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ is one of the most affordable learn to ski/snowboard programs in the United States! And better yet, you get hundreds of dollars worth of FREE and discounted passes to Mt. Bachelor after you complete your fifth lesson and "graduate" from the program!




YOUTH 6-12 $199 FREE Season Pass
TEEN 13-18 $199 FREE Season Pass
YOUNG ADULT 19-26 $199 FREE 12 Day Pass
ADULT 19-64 $199 FREE 12 Day Pass
SENIOR 65-69 $199 FREE 12 Day Pass
SENIOR 70+ $199 FREE 12 Day Pass

Other Graduation Gifts include:

  • 50% discount on next year's 2015-2016 Full Winter Season Pass
  • 25% discount on a 2016-2017 Full Winter Season Pass (must have purchased a 2015-2016 Pass)

SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ Registration

SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ enrollment is now available!

Pre-registration is required prior to starting your first lesson. Call us at 800-829-2442 to pre-register.

After you pre-register, you don't need to reserve a lesson on a specific day or time; simply show up any five days between January 5, 2015 and March 20, 2015. Two-hour lessons are offered daily at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. We recommend arriving at Sunrise Lodge at least one hour prior to the lesson start time during midweek lessons, and 1.5 hours prior to lesson time for weekends & holidays, in order to get set-up with comfortable rental equipment. Weekends and holidays can be busy with larger lesson group sizes and longer wait times to rent equipment, so we recommend midweek days for the best SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ experience. There's even a chance you could get a private lesson on a midweek day!  Please note that only one lesson is permitted per day.

Additional SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ Program Details (click to reveal)

Mt. Bachelor is serious about expanding the ranks of skiers and riders and this special introductory offer for those new to snowsports is designed for that purpose.

This program is designed EXCLUSIVELY for those NEW TO SNOWSPORTS. If you are familiar with skiing or riding and can get on chairlifts, know about the mountain, or have done it before, this program is not for you. We will be assessing this at the outset of the program. If you are deemed to be already a snowsports participant by your instructor, we will excuse you from the program and offer you a refund for the remainder of the program cost. Mt. Bachelor is serious about expanding the ranks of skiers and riders and this special introductory offer for those new to snowsports is designed for that purpose.

The program costs $199. It is available from January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015, and includes:

  • 5 Lessons on dates of your choice. You can join a 10:00-12:00 or a 1:00-3:00 lesson (One lesson per day).
  • 5 Rental packages good for the entire day of each lesson.
  • 5 lift tickets that will access Carousel and Sunrise lifts, good for the entire day of each lesson.
  • Lessons, rentals and lift tickets are issued to the program participant and are not transferable. The lesson, equipment and lift access are issued as inclusive packages and cannot be used individually among multiple days.
  • Detailed instructor feedback card, updated each week.
  • Upon completion of SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ you will receive Graduation Gifts that include a FREE Winter Season Pass or 12 Day Pass good for the remainder of the 2014-2015 winter season and a significant discount on Winter Season Passes for the next two years!

Program specifics:

  • SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ is a Learn to Ski/Ride program for first timers. If you have previous skiing/riding experience, please consider our Breakthrough or Ride Sessions.
  • Program is based out of the Sunrise Lodge Snowsports School.
  • You do not need to reserve your individual lesson dates. On your dates of participation, arrive at Mt Bachelor’s Sunrise Snowsports & Rental Center one hour prior to your lesson start time. Our staff will assist you in every step from arrival to snow.
  • Register for this program by calling our reservations center at 800-829-2442. You can start your lesson program as soon as January 5, 2015. Just go to the Sunrise Lodge rental shop and let them know you are there to start your SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ program. You will have until March 20, 2015 to complete your 5th lesson.
  • You will be issued a SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ Photo Pass with which you will redeem your lesson, rental and lift access.
  • If you are not new to snow sports as deemed by your instructor, you will be excused and issued a refund for the remainder of the program cost.
  • This is a special introductory offer to expand the ranks of skiers and riders.

Register for SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠ by calling 800-829-2442!

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Other Beginner Program Options

If you already know how to ski or snowboard and wish to cross-over and learn the other discipline, or if you do not want to make the five-visit committment involved with SKI OR RIDE IN 5 ℠, then one of these other Beginner Programs might be right for you!  

  • Add full day rental equipment to any group Snowsports session for just $23 for youth ages 6 - 12 or $29 for teens/adults. (Holiday rental pricing is $25 for youth and $31 for teens/adults.)
  • Lesson times are 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Group lesson programs are available from winter season opening through April 19, 2015.




Cancellation Policy

All Snowsports programs (and Childcare) have a 24-hour Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel or change a lesson or childcare reservation, please contact us at least 24 hours prior to the lesson or child care date. Cancellations or changes within 24 hours of reservation date are subject to a $25 fee. Cancellations or no shows the day of the reservations will forfeit 100% of the reservation product cost. To cancel or change a reservation 24 hours or more in advance of your reservation, contact us at 800-829-2442.

Minor Helmet Requirement

Mt. Bachelor strives to be an industry leader in Mountain Safety. To further this goal we are requiring students 17 and under in any Snowsports School lesson program to wear ski and snowboard specific helmets during lessons. For your convenience Mt. Bachelor offers helmets for rent or sale. Additional information about helmets and Snowsports can be found on the NSAA’s website at

Kids on Lifts

Using a chair lift or gondola while skiing, snowboarding, mountain biking, or even just sightseeing, is an exceptionally safe and secure mode of transportation. Nonetheless incidents and accidents can happen – especially when people are unaware of loading, riding and unloading procedures. Educate your children about loading, riding and unloading lifts. Slope safety and personal responsibility should be discussed prior to hitting the slopes or using a lift.

Keep in mind, when your child loads a lift chair without you, they may not always be riding with another adult. Remember, it's your responsibility to know how to use and ride the lift safely as well as your child's. Having the knowledge and dexterity to use the lift properly will ensure fun for everyone. More info from

Oregon Adaptive Sports

Oregon Adaptive Sports (OAS) provides teaching for a variety of skiing disciplines including two track, three track, four track, mono-skiing, and bi-skiing. Their specialized and innovative equipment and techniques provide an opportunity for anyone with a disability to learn how to ski, build self-esteem and confidence, improve fitness levels, make new friends, and have fun.

The individuals taking advantage of OAS services have a range of disabilities including visual and hearing impairments, amputations, cerebral palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, spina bifida, developmental disabilities, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and many more. Individuals with a permanent or long-term physical or neurological disability who require use of adaptive ski equipment and/or adaptive teaching techniques are eligible for participation.

More information is available at Mt. Bachelor supports Oregon Adaptive Sports through a variety of charitable functions.