Ski & Snowboard Lessons at Taos Ski Valley

​Ski School for All Levels

The Ernie Blake Snowsports School is a great way to improve your skills, have fun, and get to know the mountain. The Snowsports School offers Snowsports Weeks that meet for six consecutive mornings, weekend camps, local clinics that meet for six mornings over a period of six weeks, private, and small group instruction. No matter what your ability and how many days you will be skiing or riding you should try one of these offerings. Taos is legendary for it's great instructors and the benefits of participating in Snowsport School offerings and you can't beat the price!

Adult Lessons, Snowsports Weeks, Weekend Camps and Local Clinics

Discount lift tickets can be purchased online 48 hours or more in advance and you can also book your lessons, Snowsport Weeks, and Local's Clinics online, or at the Adult Snowsports office which is located on the Resort Plaze to the right of Lift 1.  For more information call  866-968-7386 ext. 2255 or email the Ernie Blake Snowsports School.

ADULT BEGINNERS
Includes lesson, novice lift ticket and rental gear!
2019/2020
 
Full Day for Beginners
Includes a lift ticket for our noivce hills (lower mountain-pioneer, strawberry hill and the Rueggli), equpiment rental, and a morning and afternoon lesson. Beginners only.
Pick up tickets at Adults Snowsports School or Rental Shop one hour prior to lesson.
Classes meet at 9:30am at the Green flag at the Pioneer base area, to the left of Lift 1 
Novice lift ticket, rentals, AM & PM lessons are included.
$ 200
Two Full Days for Beginners
Includes a lift ticket for our noivce hills (lower mountain-pioneer, strawberry hill and the Rueggli), equpiment rental, and a morning and afternoon lesson. Beginners only.
Pick up tickets at Adults Snowsports School or Rental Shop one hour prior to lesson.
Classes meet at 9:30am at the green flag at the Pioneer base area.
Novice lift ticket, rentals, AM & PM lessons.
$ 300
Half Day for Beginners
Includes a lift ticket for our noivce hills (lower mountain-pioneer, strawberry hill and the Rueggli), equpiment rental, and a morning and afternoon lesson. Beginners only.
Pick up tickets at Adults Snowsports School or Rental Shop one hour prior to lesson.
Classes meet  at 9:30am at the green flag at the Pioneer base area.
Novice lift ticket, rentals, half day lesson.
$ 150
Already Have a Lift Ticket and Want Lessons and Rental Gear?
Contact the Ski School at 800.776.1111 and they will set you up!
 
ADULT CLASS LESSONS
Small Group Lessons For Skiers and Riders levels Green to Black  
2019/2020
 
Green To Blue Lessons
Small group lessons for skiers or riders who have been able to make it down Whitefeather, our esasiet full-mountain run, amd are now ready to bridge the gap between our first eperience lessons and our Mountain Experience regular adult class lessons.
2.5 hour lessons are at 9:30am or 1:00pm
Meet at the Green or Blue flags at the base area, to the left of Lift 1.
Pick up tickets at the Snowsports School or Taos Sports Rental Shop one hour prior to the lessons.
Includes full mountain lift ticket, rentals, morning OR afternoon lesson

Mountain Experience
Small group lessons for skiers or riders who are able to ski or ride Green and Blue level terrain .
2.5 hour lessons are at either 9:30am-noon or 1:00pm-3:30pm. 
Meet at the Blue or Black flags at the base, just to the left of Lift 1.Pick up tickets at the Snowsports School or Taos Sports Rental Shop one hour prior to the lessons.
Does not include lift ticket or rentals. 

4 Package Small Group Lessons
Dream of hiking The Ridge or tackling West Basin? Repetition is the key to success. The more you are out on this storied mountain, the better you will get and the more comfortable you will feel.  The Multi Day Program gives you the opportunity and flexibility to learn at your own pace.
2.5 hour session 4-Pack
Ski and riding levels above Green to Blue.
Group lessons meet at 9:30 am or 1 pm.
Meet at the Blue or Black flags at the base, just to the left of Lift 1.
Does not include lift ticket or rentals.
Transferable and valid all season
$ 200






$75







$ 240


 
Private Lessons for Skiing, Snowboarding or Telemark
Full Day: The progress you can make in one day with our skiing/riding pros is almost unbelievable.  Our well trained (and in many cases PSIA & AASI certified) professionals use the most up-to-date, tried-and-true techniques and practices to help you take your skills to the next level.  And once you get to the next level, they also know the fun secret stashes to show you where to use those new skills at.
Meets at 9:00AM or 10:00AM at the red flags outside the snowsports office, to the right of Lift 1.

Half Day: Three hours with one of our professionals will make a world of difference in your skiing or riding.  The knowledge you will walk away with will help your skillset for years to come. Plus, chances are you will hear some amazing Taos Ski Valley stories from your instructor during your lift ride. Meets at 9:00AM at the red flags outside the snowsports office, to the right of Lift 1.

PM Half Day Private Lessons 
Meets at 1:00PM at the red flags outside the snowsports office,  to the right of Lift 1

* Does not inlcude lift ticket or gear. This is for the private small group lessons only.

$700 for small group




$475 for small group




$380
 
Adaptive Program
Disabled skiers and riders of all ages and varying abilities can benefit from instruction with an adaptive pro from the Ernie Blake Snowsports School. Our trained instructors assess, equip, and teach students with disabilities in a one-on-one setting. This allows each student to be coached according to their specific needs, abilities and learning styles while optimizing their skiing or riding experiences. We offer adaptive lessons for two, three, and four track skiers, snowboarders, bi-skiers and beginning to advanced mono-skiers as well as accommodate different cognitive and physical abilities.We offer lessons for three to six hours. Your first visit will meet inside the Snowsports School Ticket Office for an initial assessment and to properly fit appropriate adaptive equipment. We require advance reservations for all adaptive lessons. We strongly encourage you to make your reservations as early as possible to make certain that an appropriate instructor and any necessary equipment is available.For more information and to reserve, please contact 866.968.7386 x 2255.








 
SNOWSPORTS SKI  OR RIDE WEEKS
Small Group Lessons for 6 days in a row.
Lift ticket and rental grear are purchased separately.
2019/2020
 
Classic Snowsports Ski Week
The Ski Week goes all the way back to the beginning of Taos Ski Valley history.  Our snowsports week devotees swear by the annual pilgrimage to tune up their skiing and riding, and renew their spirits and their long-time friendships at Taos Ski Valley. Come spend the week at Taos Ski Valley, where you will mix morning lessons in with a group dynamic that create lifelong friends. 
Beginning Sunday, December 15th and ending on Friday, December 20.
Continues EVERY Sunday through Friday  of the season. You can also join on Monday, but the price is the same.
First two day classes meet at the top of chair lift 1 for the ski off and divide into groups based upon abililty level. 
2 hours of lessons each morning for 6 days , totaling 12 hours of coaching  
Lift ticket and rentals not included

1st Experience Week
Includes full mountain lift ticket, rentals and small group lessons
First two days of instruction are morning and afternoon lessons, after the first two days the rest of the week is morning lessons only. 
Runs Sunday through Friday.
$ 300







$ 685
Private Request Snowsports Week
Up to as many people as you want at the same skill level, you choose your instructor, you choose your people, you choose your area of focus. If you have more than 5 people in your group, this is the most bang for your buck.
$ 1,320
Women's Snowsports Week
This one’s for the ladies!  Taught by women who know exactly what techniques are most beneficial for women skiers. Women’s Week will be a bonding experience unlike any other and will include special activities. You’ll definitely walk away from the week with new lifelong girlfriends.
Sunday, February 2nd through Friday, February 7th.  
2 hours of lessons each morning for 6 days, totaling 12 hours of coaching.
Lift ticket and rentals not included
$ 300
Teen and College Ski/Ride Weeks
All skill levels are welcome. This week emphasizes serious fun! More turns, less talk, high-energy skiing/riding  for youth 14 years of age and older. These weeks oftern sell out, so get your tickets in advance.
Sunday, December 22nd through Friday December 27th
Sunday, December 29th through Friday December 23rd
Sunday, February 16th through Friday, Februray 21st
Sunday, March 8th through Friday March 13th.
Sunday, March 15th through Friday March 20th.
2 hours of lessons each morning for 6 days, totaling  12 hours of coaching.
Lift ticket and rentals not included
$ 300
Race Week
Upper intermediate/expert skiers will get low and engage those edges in ways you never thought possible.  Race Week will be a fast-paced venture into the technical world of ski racing where you will be cultivated in the latest techniques from instructors who eat, sleep and breath ski racing.
Sunday, January 12th through Friday, January 17
2 hours of lessons each morning for 6 days, totaling 12 hours of coaching 
Lift ticket and rentals not included
$ 425
   
   

SNOWSPORTS WEEKEND CAMPS
For all levels, these prices are for the small group lessons only.
Lift ticket and rental gear are purchased separately.
2019/2020
Power Weekend
If you don’t have the time to spend the entire week at Taos Ski Valley in a Ski Week, we’ve got a new abridged version that is friendly to your vacation schedule. Spend 3 consecutive days on the mountain with one of our professional instructors and master some new techniques along the way.
4 hours of coaching on Friday and Saturday and 2 hours of coaching on Sunday morning. 
Meets Friday at 9:30am at the Whistlestop
Friday, December 13th through Sunday, December 15th.
Then continues EVERY weekend of the season.
Rentals and lift tickets not included 
$ 300
Femme De Freeride
If you don’t have the time to spend the entire week at Taos Ski Valley in a Ski Week, we’ve got a new abridged version that is friendly to your vacation schedule.  Spend 3 consecutive days on the mountain with one of our professional instructors and master some new techniques along the way.
4 hours of coaching on Friday and Saturday and 2 hours of coaching on Sunday morning. 3 days for 10 hours of coaching in one weekend.
Meets Friday at 9:30AM at Pioneer Base area
Rentals and lift tickets not included
 
   
   
LOCAL CLINICS
For all levels, these prices are for the small group lessons only.
Lift ticket and rental gear are purchased separately.
2019/2020
 
Saturday Mornings
Designed to emphasize the continued growth of local skiers/riders as they develop their skills under the instruction of our skilled coaches.
Also supports you getting to know other local skiers/riders at your same ability.
Six Saturday Mornings: 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25  2/1, 2/8
Meet at the flags at Pioneer Glade base area. 
Rental and lift tickets not included. 
$300
Wednesday Afternoons
Designed to emphasize the continued growth of local skiers/riders as they develop their skills under the instruction of our skilled coaches. Also supports you getting to know other local skiers/riders at your same ability.
Six Wednesday Afternoons: 1/8, 1/15, 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12
Meet at the flags at Pioneer Glade base area. 
Rental and lift tickets not included.
$300
   
   

Discount lift tickets can be purchased online 48 hours of more in advance and you can also book your lessons, Snowsport Weeks, and Local's Clinics online, or at the Adult Snowsports office which is located on the Resort Plaza to the right of Lift 1. For more information call  866-968-7386 ext. 2255 or email the Ernie Blake Snowsports School.