Lesson Levels Explained

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Diamond Peak offers a variety of learn to ski and snowboard programs, packages, and clinics for beginners, intermediate, and advanced skiers and riders. Our professional instructors, low student-to-instructor ratios, gentle slopes designed for progression, and friendly environment make Diamond Peak the ideal place to learn how to ski or snowboard and Tahoe's best value. When booking a lesson in advance, it's important to understand the different levels of instruction we offer in order to enroll in the correct lesson program for you or your child. 

Please review the different lesson levels below, each of which includes a short video preview of what you will learn in that lesson level. If you feel like your skills fall in between two levels, it's important to choose the lower-level lesson program - our instructors can always teach you relevant skills on terrain you can ski/ride easily, but they will not be able to provide proper instruction on terrain that is above your ability level.

Diamond Peak offers lessons in our Ski & Ride Center (ages 7+) and Child Ski Center (ages 3-6). Find more details on each below or jump to...

Ski & Ride Center (ages 7+) Group Lessons

Our Ski & Ride Center group lesson programs are divided into our Sierra Scout program (ages 7-12) and Adult Lesson program (ages 13+). We divide our group lesson programs into these age ranges based on research into how students learn best within a group setting. Friends or siblings who wish to learn together but span these age categories should enroll in a Friends & Family Private lesson instead. Regardless of which program you fall into, the descriptions of Lesson Levels below should give you a better understanding of what you will learn and what you need to know to get the most out of that lesson.

First-Time Beginner Lessons

Group lessons available for Sierra Scouts (ages 7-12) and Adults (ages 13+). This is the lesson program if you have never skied or snowboarded before. Your instructor will go over the basics of your equipment, how to navigate around the snow, and the basics of sliding and stopping.

School House Beginner Lessons

Group lessons available for Sierra Scouts (ages 7-12) and Adults (ages 13+). This is the lesson program for skiers and snowboarders who know how to put on their gear, slide and stop on their own. You will learn to ride a chairlift safely, control your speed and turn in both directions.

Lodgepole Beginner Lessons

Group lessons available for Sierra Scouts (ages 7-12) and Adults (ages 13+). Skiers and snowboarders at the Lodgepole level should already be comfortable turning and controlling their speed on all green (beginner) terrain and riding the chairlift. You will be working on refining your turning skills in anticipation of progressing to steeper intermediate terrain.

Lakeview Intermediate Lessons

Group lessons available for Sierra Scouts (ages 7-12) only. Skies and snowboarders at the Lakeview level should already be comfortable stopping, turning and controlling their speed on blue (intermediate) terrain and riding the chairlift by yourself. You will be working on refining your turning skills to ski parallel or carve turns on intermediate terrain with confidence.

Crystal Express Advanced Lessons

Group lessons available for Sierra Scouts (ages 7-12) only. Skiers and snowboarders at the Crystal Express level should be comfortable stopping, turning and controlling speed on advanced terrain and off-piste. You will work on refining all of those skills to be able to ski and ride in all conditions everywhere on the mountain.


Child Ski Center (ages 4-6) Group Lessons

Our Child Ski Center group lesson programs feature a maximum 5-to-1 student-to-instructor ratio and meet in the dedicated Child Ski Center location. Kids ages 4 to 6 learn differently than older children, which is why we have developed a dedicated Child Ski Center program for them. (Note: We only teach 3-year-olds in our private lesson programs.) Please review the descriptions of Lesson Levels below to determine which group lesson to enroll your child in. If you feel like your child's skills fall in between two levels, it's important to choose the lower-level lesson program - our instructors can always teach your child relevant skills on terrain they can ski easily, but they will not be able to take your child on terrain that is above their ability level and your lesson will be cancelled. 

CSC First-Time Beginner Lessons

This is the lesson program if your child has never skied before or needs a refresher on the basics. They will learn about ski equipment, how to walk around on the snow, how to ride our magic carpet lift, and how to glide and stop. Lesson program will take place in our dedicated Child Ski Center learning area and one parent must remain present in the learning area during the lesson. For the 2020-21 season, this is the only Child Ski Center group lesson program we will offer. All higher-level kids must be enrolled in a Slide-With-Me parent & child private lesson due to chairlift safety rules.

CSC Slide-With-Me Parent & Child Private Lessons

All children ages 3-6 who have progressed beyond the Child Ski Center learning area, and those looking for more personalized instruction, should be enrolled in a Slide-With-Me parent & child private lesson. These private lessons will be offered by the hour and will focus on developing the child’s skills and giving tips to the parent on how to help their child to progress outside of the lesson. The parent must be able to ski or ride above the ability of their child and be comfortable loading and unloading the chairlift with their child. Personalized one-on-one instruction is the fastest way for your child to pick up skiing or snowboarding!