Lesson structure

Students are assessed and 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. 

TO SEE THE CHANGES THAT HAVE BEEN MADE THIS SEASON TO ACCOMODATE COVID-19 RECOMMENDATIONS, PLEASE READ MOUNT PAKENHAM'S COVID RESPONSE PLAN

You can also read the Ontario Ski Area Operating Plan here.

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

Mini (age 4-5) GROUP LESSONS FOR AGES 4/5/6 ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 2020-2021 SEASON. PLEASE SEE PRIVATE LESSON OR PARENT &TOT LESSON OPTIONS.  
Private Lessons for students age 4,5 or 6 can have either 1 student or 2 students. 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 are offered in a private lesson setting.

Explorers (ages 7+) Ski and Snowboard
Class sizes may range from a minimum of 3 to maximum of 8. 

**GROUP LESSONS FOR AGES 4-6 WILL NOT BE OFFERED FOR THE 2020/2021 SEASON.  PLEASE SEE OUR PRIVATE LESSON OR PARENT AND TOT OPTION.**

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.


(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 lessons are 55 minutes on snow with a 5 min grace period. 

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule classes. 

Please ensure you and your child are familiar with the Alpine Responsibility Code

updated 10/2020 MOUNT PAKENHAM RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE LESSON STRUCTURE AND PROTOCOLS WITHOUT NOTICE