Lesson structure

Students are grouped according to age and ability for fast track learning.  Each group is lead by a professional ski or snowboard instructor who loves sharing their passion for winter sports. With Mount Pakenham’s certified Pros, you and your child are guaranteed to have quality instruction.  Our learning progression, exercises and drills have been developed and tested throughout the years. 

Mount Pakenham’s Pros follow the Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance and the Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors Step system in order to provide you with a consistent learning progression and evaluation process.  Please see step progression videos here: Demonstration Videos 

An evaluation of progress is presented at the end of each multi-lesson program. 

Class sizes are controlled to provide each group with plenty of individual instruction and supervised practice. 

Mini (age 4-5) Ski Only
Class sizes may range from a minimum of 3 to maximum of 5. Minis instructors are chosen specifically for their love and passion for teaching young children. Our Mini Learning area is colourful and inviting for young children and features a carpet lift for easy travel to the top of the beginner hill. Lessons for children aged 3 and under (skiers) and 5 and under (snowboarders), are offered in a private lesson setting.

Explorers (ages 6+) Ski and Snowboard
Class sizes may range from a minimum of 3 to maximum of 10. 

Adult Ski and Snowboard (ages 15+)
Class sizes may range from a minimum of 3 to maximum of 10. Our adult lessons are taught by ADULT INSTRUCTORS.
*NOTE: if you have a child registered in our 10:30 Mini program and would like to enroll in our Adult program, please ask us about our SUPERVISED SNOW PLAY option to cover the final 1/2 hour of your lesson.

(Instructors with larger groups or younger students may be accompanied by Teacher’s Assistants to help on the hill and with the use of lifts.)

Lesson length: All 1 hour long lessons are 55 minutes on snow with a 5 min grace period. All 1.5 hour lessons are 85 minutes on snow with a 5 min grace period.

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule classes.  Classes less than 3 students may have a shorter lesson.