Child Ski Center (3-6 years old)


The Diamond Peak Child Ski Center provides Lake Tahoe's best learn-to-ski programs for kids ages 3-6 of all ability levels. With a separate learning area, surface lift, and low child-to-instructor ratio of 5:1 max, your children are sure to receive the attention they deserve in a safe, uncrowded and fun environment. Our instructors are dedicated to providing your children with the tools necessary to enhance their abilities and reach their full potential, all while having a fun experience on the mountain. 

2019-20 Season Rates

Pricing below includes value (midweek), weekend and peak rates for the 2019-20 ski season. 2019-20 Peak Periods are: December 21, 2019 - January 5, 2020; January 17-20, 2020; February 14-23, 2020. Weekend pricing applies to all non-peak weekends starting January 11.  


All Child Ski Center lessons including group, private and semi-private lessons can be booked in advance by phone or in person. Call 775-832-1177 to book a lesson, or leave a voicemail and an agent will contact you. You can generally expect a phone call or reply within 48 hours.

A paid reservation is necessary to guarantee all Child Ski Center lessons. All products are subject to availability and may reach capacity at any time. Cancellation fees apply. 

Same day reservations, if available, must be made in person. 

CALL 775-832-1177 TO BOOK

Private & Semi-Private Packages - Ski or Snowboard (ages 3-6)*

Kids as young as 3 years old can learn to ski, snowboard, or improve their skills through private instruction with our enthusiastic instructors. Personalized one-on-one instruction is the fastest way for your child to pick up skiing or snowboarding!. Equipment rentals (including helmets & goggles) and lift tickets are included for all Child Ski School Private Lesson programs. Semi-private lessons are also available for a pair of siblings or friends (ages 4-6) of the same ability level who want to learn together with a dedicated instructor.

Individual (per hour) $160$175$199
Semi-Private (per hour)$255$270$298

Let us know if your child has any special needs or requirements so we can pair them with the best instructor for your child. All equipment needs to be returned by 3:30pm. 

*Semi-private lessons are not available for snowboarding or for 3-year-olds.

Group Ski Lesson Packages (ages 4-6)

Group ski lesson packages include lesson, ski rentals, lift ticket, helmet/goggle rentals (if needed), and snacks. Please read the descriptions of the different levels below to figure out which level to sign your child up for. We advise that you arrive at least 1 hour before the lesson starts to ensure enough time to get fitted for rental equipment, etc.   

March of the Penguins All Day Package: 

The All Day Package begins at 10:15 a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m. The package includes a supervised lunch, snacks, morning and afternoon lessons. Children can enjoy a complete “camp experience” with the possibility of doing arts and crafts, watching age approriate movies, participating in theme days and other fun activities when they’re taking breaks from skiing. This package also allows parents to enjoy a whole day of skiing on their own! Drop off begins as early as 8 a.m. so you are ready to hit the slopes when the lifts start spinning. (Details: Drop off begins at 8:00 a.m., the morning lesson is 10:15 a.m. - noon, followed by lunch, rest, and play time. In the afternoon they will have another lesson from 1:45-3:30 p.m.) 

All-Day Package$210$235$255

March of the Penguins Half Day Package:

The Half Day package includes a 1 hour 45 minute lesson, ski rentals, lift ticket, helmet/goggle rentals (if needed), and snacks. This is a great option for first-timers, little ones who may not have the stamina for the all day option, or those who want to spend some family time on the slopes during part of the day. 

Half-Day Package$135$145$170

Half Day Schedule

ScheduleMorning SessionAfternoon Session
Drop Off8-10am1-1:30pm
Lesson Period10:15am-12pm1:45-3:30pm
Pick Up Period12:15-12:30pm3:45-4pm

Group Lesson Levels

If you are planning to register in advance for a Child Ski Center lesson package, please read the descriptions below of the different levels we use to classify kids in our lesson programs. Our staff will assist you in determining the correct level for your child, evaluate them at the beginning of the lesson and ensure they are in the proper level.

White - Level 1 = Your child has never skied before, is learning how to stop in a wedge, or needs a reminder of how to make a controlled wedge stop. Lesson will start inside the Child Ski Center with boot and balance exercises. The remainder of the lesson will be out on the snow in the Yard, the Child Ski Center learning area, with a dedicated surface lift. Parents can view children from outside the Yard.

Yellow - Level 2 = Your child has mastered stopping in a wedge consistently every time and is ready to learn how to make wedge turns on a beginner run. Lesson will be taught on the School Yard beginner run and School House chairlift.

Green - Level 3 = Your child can make controlled wedge turns in both directions and control their speed as needed. All children in this group must be able to stop every time the instructor asks them to. The class must remain together at all times. Lesson will be taught on Lodge Pole run and Lodge Pole chairlift.

Blue - Level 4 = Your child has good control on all green runs and is starting to learn parallel turns. Children in this level must be able to make controlled linked turns on green runs, ski parallel across the hill, and safely ski down blue runs. All children must be able to keep up with the pace of the class. Lesson will be taught on various green and blue runs accessed by Lodge Pole, Lakeview or Red Fox chairlifts.

Black - Level 5 = Your child can ski parallel down blue runs and is being introduced to black runs and various terrain. Children must be able to ski the entire mountain, staying together in a group. Lesson will be taught using all areas of Diamond Peak.

Cancellation/No Show Policy

Changes and/or cancellations made 24 hours or more before the start of your lesson are subject to a $25 administration fee per lesson booked (the fee will be applied for each individual participant and every day booked). No-shows, changes and/or cancellations made within 24 hours of the start of your lesson are non-refundable; and your credit card will be charged the full price of your reserved lesson. We do not issue refunds due to weather or snow conditions (unless the entire resort is closed on the day of your scheduled lesson).

Essentials & Fun

The Child Ski Center (CSC) has everything you need for your kids to have a fun day on the slopes! Lift tickets, ski/snowboard rental equipment, helmets and goggles are included with all lessons and your child will be fitted for his or her gear inside the Child Ski Center. If you have your own equipment, you are welcome to bring it but there is no additional discount. In addition to skiing and snowboarding, your children may have the opportunity to enjoy other activities such as crafts, and games only available to kids in the CSC programs.

100% Lesson Guarantee!

We are so confident in our instructors and programs that we give all of our lessons a 100% guarantee. If we do not address your personal needs in a lesson, we will give you another lesson at no charge. Watch the video below to learn about what you can expect when you bring your kids to Diamond Peak’s Child Ski Center.

Safety First! Helmet & Chairlift Policy

Helmets are provided for all Child Ski Center programs but if you have your own you are welcome to bring it. There’s some great information at

Kids on Lifts: We take chairlift safety seriously and require that children under 51" must ride the lift with a partner. For more information, please visit

Visit the Mountain Safety page for more tips and reminders for keeping you and your little ones safe and smiling.

Kids Lesson Series: Silver Stars 6-Week Programs

Diamond Peak's 6-week kids lesson series offer professional instruction over six super-fun sessions. All kids will receive age and ability appropriate instruction to enhance their skills and install a life-long love for skiing or snowboarding. Skiing is available for all ages (4-12) and snowboarding is available for kids ages 7-12. Click here for full details and registration information.


Contact Diamond Peak Ski Resort for more information about lessons for ages 3-6:

  • General Information & reservations: 775-832-1177