Where to Learn: Colorado Ski & Snowboard Schools

A person is snowboarding on a snowy slope in Winter Park with trees in the background.

Winter is the time when people flock to Colorado’s ski resorts to experience bluebird days, thrilling descents and powdery snow. If you’re ready to get in on the fun, but need a lesson to get started, head to Grand County. With some of the closest ski mountains to Denver and one of the best ski schools in North America, it’s an easy choice for beginners or anyone looking to improve. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or just starting out, taking a ski lesson at Winter Park Resort or Granby Ranch is your ticket to a safer and more enjoyable day on the Colorado slopes.

Ski & Snowboard Lessons Near Denver

Ski & Snowboard Lessons for Kids

At Winter Park Resort, the Ski and Ride School offers convenient and organized lessons for children (ages 4-14). Groups are arranged based on skill level, age and individual goals. The full-day and half-day programs provide all the basics the kiddos need to get started. Plus, with GPS access, you can view and share the highlights and stats of your child's mountain exploration. Winter Park Resort, set against a stunning, snowcapped backdrop, is an ideal environment for kids to learn safely and enjoy the slopes.

Winter Park Resort: Kids Ski Lessons | Kids Snowboard Lessons

At Granby Ranch, children's lessons are divided by age into fun-filled programs for Tykes (ages 4-5) and Juniors (ages 6-12). Facilities include a magic-carpet lift as well as beginner and intermediate terrain that boosts confidence. Instructors cover the basics of ski and snowboard equipment, safety and of course, how to carve down the snowy hills.

Granby Ranch: Tyke Ski Lessons | Junior Ski LessonsJunior Snowboard Lessons

Ski & Snowboard Lessons for Adult Beginners

For skiers and snowboarders ages 14 and up, Winter Park Resort offers group full- and half-day lessons in both skiing and snowboarding. It’s great for beginners who want an expert to show them the ropes and answer any questions. If you've always skied and want to give snowboarding a shot, Winter Park's entry-level group lessons for adults are the perfect place to start.

Winter Park Resort: Beginner / Intermediate Ski and Snowboard Lessons

At Granby Ranch, adult group lessons help beginners quickly learn the basics of skiing or riding. The resort's intimate size and often less-crowded slopes also give newbies a leg up on runs, so they can learn in more open areas. Plus, Granby Ranch has plenty of fun and friendly greens so you can spend a whole weekend getting comfortable on your skis.

Granby Ranch: Adult Ski Lessons | Adult Snowboard Lessons

Ski & Snowboard Lessons for Non-Beginner Adults

Already know how to ski or snowboard, but want to take your skills to the next level? Aspiring terrain-park shredders can get a private lesson at Winter Park. And for those seeking a graduation to black-diamond runs, an intermediate to advanced group lesson will quickly build your confidence. 

Winter Park Resort: Intermediate/Advanced Ski and Snowboard Lessons | Private Ski and Snowboard Lessons

Meanwhile, Granby Ranch offers clinics and classes for intermediate to advanced athletes to hone their skills. Options like Carving Camp teach you how to ski at higher speeds and achieve greater grip while carving down more difficult trails. Meanwhile, their Trick Camp builds up your proficiency at the park.

Granby Ranch: Carving Camp | Trick Camp | Multi-Week Camp

Adaptive Ski Lessons

Whether you're interested in adaptive skiing, snowboarding, ski biking or snowshoeing, The National Sports Center for the Disabled has immersive lessons for you or your family member. Learn with specially trained instructors with adaptive gear tailored to your style. Family sessions also allow a parent or adult to learn proper technique for assisting a family member with special needs. From weekly group programs to one-on-one sessions, there’s tons of excitement waiting with this awesome organization.

NSCD: Adaptive Alpine Ski, Snowboard and Ski Bike Lessons

Ski Rentals Near Winter Park & Granby

If you’re new to skiing or snowboarding, chances are you don’t have all the gear yet. To get the equipment you need for your lesson, check out some of these ski rentals near Winter Park and Granby:

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