Pico Mountain's Group Lessons are specially formatted to place guests with similar ability levels together, ensuring the maximum benefit for each student.
Our student centered approach ensures you get exactly what you need out of the day, whether you’re just starting out or honing your skills on Giant Killer- it’s never too late to get some guidance from our professional staff.
- Designed for participants that have skied or snowboarded before.
- If you are a first timer, check out our First Time Ski & Ride program for the most suitable program.
- Lessons meet at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. for 1 hour and 45 minute on snow sessions.
- Midweek afternoon lessons are by reservation only. Please book before 12:00 p.m. on the day of your lesson.
- Please arrive at least 30 minutes early for ticketing and equipment
Lift ticket not included. Group lessons with only one participant will be upgraded to a 1 hour private lesson at no additional charge.
- Lessons available Thursday through Monday and daily during peak periods, December 24, 2016 through January 1, 2017, January 14-16, 2017 and February 18-26, 2017.
- Pico Mountain requires all Snow Sports participants ages 17 and under to wear a snow sports helmet while in a lesson. Helmets are included at no charge as part of our equipment rental package for this age group.
- Reservations are recommended. Please call 866-233-1195.
- All rates are subject to change without notice.
What Level Skier / Rider Are You?
Pico matches you with the right class by first asking you to classify yourself into one of four categories. Once on the mountain, our instructors will help you determine the best level within that category in order to maximize your learning experience.
- First time on skis or snowboard
- Will be learning to glide, turn and stop
Green Stripe Level
- Have skied or snowboarded at least once before
- May or may not have ridden a chairlift (depending on conditions and resort)
- Working on linking turns, building confidence
- Can link turns together, control speed and stop on Easier trails (Green Circle)
- Can ride a chairlift independently
- Can make different size turns on Easier trails (Green Circle)
- Working toward becoming a more comfortable and relaxed skier or rider
- Starting to venture onto some More Difficult trails (Blue Square)
- Continuing to develop turn shapes and sizes and building confidence
Blue / Black Level
- Skis or snowboards on a variety of More Difficult trails (Blue Square) and some or all Most Difficult trails (Black Diamond)
- Starting to carve turns and use the skis or board as a tool
- Developing more dynamic skills, varied turn shape and varied speed
- Interested in skiing and snowboarding on steeper trails, carving more precise turns, flat ground freestyle maneuvers and an introduction to terrain parks
- Wants to become more comfortable skiing and snowboarding in variable and increasingly challenging conditions
- Wants to be a more versatile skier or snowboarder and refine existing skills
- May explore other terrain choices like Extremely Difficult trails (Double Black Diamond), tree skiing areas and different kinds of freestyle terrain, including terrain parks