Children's Ski & Snowboard Lessons

​Terrain-Based Learning for Kids

The Ernie Blake Snowsports School at Taos Ski Valley offers the Perfect Progression to draw beginner skiers and snowboarders into the sport. The program is broken down into six clearly defined “steps.”


Skiers and snowboarders hone their newly developed skills on gradually increasing slopes where the emphasis is on helping people new to the sport “go” as opposed to having to worry about how to “stop”. 

Beginners start out on zero percent grade to practice getting a feel for the equipment on the snow. The next steps move up to the Magic Carpets, the first at a 5% grade, the second at an 8% grade, letting the skiers/riders experience the flow over the snow.

Step four, hop on the Gondolita for a nice long groomed 10% grade. Step five introduces the chairlift and varying degrees of pitch from 5% to 20%. The final step, six, caps off on the Oslo Trail with a respectable 25% aspect.

This season, to ensure the safety of guests and staff, Children's Snowsports Programs will follow the state and CDC recommendations for public schools regarding COVID-19. Therefore, masks are required for all participants in Children's Programs.

2021/22 Children's Snowsports Programs

  • Ages 6-13
  • Full-Day Classes
  • AM Half-Day Classes
  • 5-Day Shredders (Locals)
  • PROGRAMS FOR AGES 3-5 (at this time) will only be offered as private lessons. Check out the Private Lesson page for more information.
  • Adaptive Full-Day & Half-Day Privates for ages 3+
March 28 -April 4:
  • Both Full and  morning half day available at Rio Hondo Learning Center (RHLC)
  • April 4 RHLC and Strawberry area lifts close for season

For information, pricing and purchase, FAQs and more, CLICK HERE.
Have a question? Call 888-650-0938 or email the Ernie Blake Snowsports School.

For information on Taos Ski Valley Resort's 2021-2022 Covid protocols, see the Winter Operations Plan.

Children's Center & Lessons

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