Own the slopes.

Learn to ski at Canaan Valley Resort, the premier ski location for new and veteran skiers alike! We've dedicated more than 30 percent of our terrain to beginners, including: 

  • Timber Trail, 1.25 miles long and a guest favorite
  • Critters Crawl, the new beginner trail (featuring a "magic carpet" surface lift)
  • Dedicated beginners area and trail for lessons

Group and private lessons are available.

Introductory Ski or Snowboard Lessons

New to the slopes? Our Ski School offers introductory lessons Monday—Friday (non-holiday) that are perfect for beginners. Minimum age for ski lessons is 7 years old, and minimum for snowboarding is 9 years. 

Included in the package:

  • One—day lift ticket
  • Your choice of ski or snowboard rental
  • Introductory group lesson (1.25 hours) 


  • Junior (ages 7—12), $69
  • Adult (ages 13 and older), $89

*Please note: We recommend making reservations in advance to save your spot. Call (304) 866-4121, ext. 2630.

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Other Lesson Types

Private Lessons

Master the slopes in private lessons with our knowledgeable instructors. Whether you're just learning the sport or looking to sharpen your skills, you'll get tips, tricks, and personalized advice. Minimum age for skiing is 3 years old, and minimum for snowboarding is 6 years. 

Lesson times:

  • 9:30 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.

Lesson rates:

  • Private (1.25 hours) — $110
    • Additional person (up to 3) — $55 per person
  • Half-day Private (2.5 hours) — $180 
    • Additional person (up to 3) — $90 per person
  • Full Day (6 hours) — $300
    • Additional person (up to 3) — $150

Please note: Half-day lessons begin at 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., and full-day lessons begin at 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Children's Programs

Full-day lessons are available Friday—Monday and all holidays, and half-day lessons are available daily.

Rate includes:

  • Lesson
  • Lift ticket
  • Ski or snowboard rental
  • Helmet rental
  • Snack
  • Lunch (for full-day students)

Please note: We have limited class space, so please reserve your spot in advance by calling (304) 866-4121, ext. 2630.

Canaan Cub Club

Bring the kids and we'll teach them how to ski at the perfect Mid-Atlantic location, alongside others of similar age and skill level. Available for ages 5—8, these lessons with our qualified instructors will teach your children the basics of skiing.

Please note: Cub Club attendees can only take ski lessons. Snowboard lessons are not available.

Mountain Adventure

Children ages 9-12 can hit the slopes with a qualified instructor for half-day or full-day lessons in skiing or snowboarding. 

Please note: lesson participants meet at the Children's Ski & Play School check-in desk located on the first floor of the Ski School building.


  • Reservations are strongly encouraged—instructor availability is limited
  • A $50 cancellation fee will be applied to guest's credit card if cancellations are made with less than a 48-hour notice
  • All students must purchase a lift ticket and rental (unless otherwise stated).
  • For safety purposes, helmets are highly recommended. Helmet rentals are therefore included in the price of Children's Ski & Play programs. 
  • All children must be potty trained. 

Adaptive Lessons

Schedule adaptive lessons with our instructors and receive a personalized lesson customized to your ability. For more information or to make a reservation, call (304) 866-4121, ext. 2630. 

Rate: $35 per hour

Please note: Availability and duration contingent upon specific equipment/instruction needs as well as individual's ability.

Telemark Lessons

Ready to expand your skiing skills? Try telemark skiing, which combines both Alpine and Nordic skiing. Call (304) 866-4121, ext. 2630 to schedule your lesson today!

Please note: Telemark equipment is not available. 

Cross Country Ski Lessons

Join us by yourself or as a group for cross country ski lessons! Our knowledgeable instructors will take you on the slopes and show you the ropes.  

Rates: $40 per person ($30 without rentals)

Lesson times: 

  • 9:30 a.m.
  • 11:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.

Please note: Lessons are based on instructor availability, so advanced reservations are recommended. Call (304) 866-4121, ext. 2629 or 2630.

Smart Style Terrain Initiative

The National Ski Areas Association and Burton Snowboards is introducing the "Smart Style" Terrain Park Safety initiative to emphasize the proper use of terrain parks. This cooperative effort with the Professional Ski Instructors of America and the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (PSIA-AASI).

Have questions about lessons or equipment rentals?

Contact us or give us a call at (304) 866-4121, ext. 2630, and we'll provide the information you need!

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