The Diamond Peak Child Ski Center provides Lake Tahoe's best learn-to-ski programs for kids ages 3-6 of all abilities. 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.
Ages: Group and private lessons are available for children 4-6 years old. 3 year-olds are accepted in private lessons only.
Pricing below includes regular and peak period rates for the 2018-19 ski season. Cancellation fees apply; see below.
2018-19 Peak periods: December 22, 2018 - January 6, 2019; January 19-21, 2019; February 15-24, 2019.
Pro Tips: Arrive early (especially on weekends & peak periods) to get a spot in the Child Ski Center's programs. Day-of registration for the all-day and 1/2-day programs begins at 8 a.m. Dress your child in layers as weather can change rapidly.
Single-day and half-day packages can only be booked in person on the day of the lesson. The Child Ski Center does take advance reservations for private lessons and mulit-day all-day group lessons. Submit a lesson request by filling out the form below, call 775-832-1130, email CSCreservations@diamondpeak.com, or book in person at the resort. Please include your name, phone number, your child's name, lesson type and date(s) in your voicemail or email and we will get back to you as soon as we can.
Due to the high volume of inquries during the holiday period, it may take a few days for us to return lesson requests. If you get our voicemail, the best way to get in touch with us is to fill out a Lesson Request Form.
Group Ski Lesson Packages (ages 4-6)
Group lesson packages include lesson, ski rentals, lift ticket, and snacks. Register in person at the Child Ski Center on the day of your lesson. 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 a.m. and runs until 3:30 p.m. and includes a supervised lunch and morning and afternoon lessons; this frees parents up to enjoy a whole day of skiing on their own! Drop off your children as early as 8 a.m. so you are ready to hit the slopes when the lifts start spinning. Register in person; space limited. (Details: This program starts with a morning lesson from 10:15 a.m. - noon, followed by lunch, rest, and playtime. In the afternoon they will have another lesson from 1:45-3:30 p.m.) Advance reservations can be made for 2-day-consecutive or 3-day-consecutive All-Day packages in person at the resort or by calling 775-832-1130.
March of the Penguins Half Day Package:
Register in person at the Child Ski Center on the day of your lesson starting at 8 a.m for the morning session and 10:30am for the afternoon session. Afternoon upgrades are on a space-available basis. We do not take advance reservations for the half-day package - all reservations are made day-of on a first-come first-served basis.
|2 Hour Package||$130||$165|
Half Day Schedule
|Registration & Drop Off||Morning Session||Afternoon Session|
Registration & Drop Off
1pm-1:30pm drop off
|Pick Up Period||12:15-12:30pm||3:45-4pm|
Private Lessons - Ski or Snowboard (ages 3-6)
Get personal attention with one-on-one instruction where children as young as 3 years old can learn to ski or snowboard or improve their skills. Equipment rentals and lift tickets are included for all Child Ski School Private Lesson programs. To book private lessons, call (775) 832-1130. If you get our voicemail, the best way to inquire about private lessons is to fill out a Lesson Request Form online. Cancellation fees apply; see below.
|Per hour||$150||$180||add $85/hour ($95 peak)|
|1.5 Hour Powder Pete Mid-Day (12 - 1:30 p.m.)||$220||$250||add $105 ($125 peak)|
|Diamond Pete Special (9am-12pm OR 10am-1pm OR 1-4pm)||$290||$330||add $165 ($175 peak)|
The Diamond Pete Special is an extended private lesson that includes two (2) 55-minute sessions of one-on-one instruction with a break in between, a supervised lunch, 1 hour of play and rest time, and snacks. Available from 9 a.m. - noon, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., or 1-4 p.m., based on availability.
Let us know if your child has any special needs or requirements so we can pair him or her with the best instructor for your child.
* Note: 3-year-olds are only allowed in one-on-one private lessons and are not permitted in semi-private lessons.
Group Lesson Levels Explained
If you are planning to register online 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. We have a limited inventory of each level lesson per day, so if the level you are looking for is sold out, please book a different day or give us a call at 775-832-1130 to discuss with our staff. Do not book your child into a level they are not ready for.
White - Level 1 = Your child has never skied before, or needs a refresher on how to stop. Lesson will be held in the private Child Ski Center learning area with 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 ski most green runs in a wedge. All children in this group must be able to stop every time the instructor ask 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 can ski most blue runs and is starting to ski parallel. Children in this level must be able to wedge down blue runs safely and be prepared to start making parallel turns. All children must be keep up with the pace of the class. Lesson will be taught on various runs accessed by Lakeview or Red Fox chairlifts.
Black - Level 5 = Your child can ski most black runs, skiing parallel with an introduction to using poles. Children must be able to ski the entire mountain, staying together in a group. This is the first level at which poles will be used. 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 and ski/snowboard rental equipment 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 recommended but not required. Diamond Peak believes that it is a parental responsibility to be informed and to decide whether their child wears a ski helmet. There’s some great information at www.lidsonkids.org. Helmet rentals are available at the Child Ski Center for $10 ($15 peak periods); limited quantity available.
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 KidsOnLifts.org.
Visit the Mountain Safety page for more tips and reminders for keeping you and your little ones safe and smiling.
Kids Lesson Series: 6-Week Programs
Diamond Peak's 6-week kids lesson series offer professional instruction over six super-fun sessions. Kids ages 4-12 ski or snowboard with the same group (based upon ability level) and progress rapidly through the fundamentals that will instill a life-long love of skiing or snowboarding. Click here for full details and registration information.
2018 Registration Dates -
- Nov. 19–Nov. 26: Incline Village Picture Pass Holders
- Nov. 27-Dec.14: Public