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 four mornings over a period of four 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 Snowport School offerings and you can't beat the price!

Adult Lessons, Snowsports Weeks, Weekend Camps and Local Clinics

Purchase tickets for all lessons, Snowsport Weeks and Camps, and Local's Clinics at the Adult Snowsports office, call  800.776.1111 or email the Ernie Blake Snowsports School.

ADULT 1ST EXPERIENCE
Includes lesson, lift ticket and rental gear!
 
Full Day for Beginners
Lesson/Lift/Rental
Starts at 9:30AM – 3:30PM with one hour break for lunch (not included)
Meets at Pioneer Beginner Area
First time skiers and riders are guaranteed a ride on the chair lift.
Arrive one hour before lesson start-time to check in with the Snowsports Office and be fitted for rental equipment.
$ 175
Two Full Days for Beginners
Lesson/Lift/Rental
Starts at 9:30AM – 3:30PM with one hour break for lunch (not included)
Meets at Pioneer Beginner Area
First time skiers and riders are guaranteed a ride on the chair lift.
Arrive one hour before lesson start-time to check in with the Snowsports Office and be fitted for rental equipment.
$ 275
Half Day for Beginners
Lesson/Lift/Rental
Starts at 1 PM
Starts at 1:00PM – 3:30PM with one hour break for lunch (not included)
Meets at Pioneer Beginner Area
No guarantee on chair lift ride.
Arrive one hour before lesson start-time to check in with the Snowsports Office and be fitted for rental equipment.
$ 110
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
For all levels,  these prices are for the small group lessons only.
Lift ticket and rental gear are purchased separately.
 
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.

Taos Terrain Workshop
Small group lessons for skiers or riders levels 7-10 who want to explore Blue, Blacks, and Double Black runs
2.5 hour lessons are at 1:00pm.

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
Buy 3 get 1 free
Transferable and valid all season
$ 75



$75



$225


 
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.  Out 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 private lesson meeting area at the base of chair 1 or the Children’s Center.

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 or 1:00PM at the private lesson meeting area at the base of chair 1 or the Children’s Center.

5 Package Private Lessons
Buy 4 full day private lessons and get your fifth one free! Pick and choose when your optimal times for learning are with this five-lesson package where your private instructor will spend five full days with you and share the knowledge that they have collected over the years. There truly is no better way to maximize your skiing or riding skills.
$700 for 1-4 people


$475 for 1-4 people



$3000 for 1-4 peole
Guided Session
We get it, “lessons” aren’t for everyone.  Hang out with one of our Mountain Guides and pick up some tips while exploring the mountains and seeing Taos Ski Valley from the eyes of one of our pros who know the mountain like the back of their hand.
2.5 hour Session
Blue, Black & Double Black Terrain
Starts at  1:00PM - 3:30PM
Starts Dec. 15 Daily
Maximum 4 people in a class

First Tracks
Picture yourself standing at the top of the mountain just after the sun has risen from beyond Wheeler Peak.  The cool mountain air is offset by the adrenaline you feel as you push off on freshly groomed corduroy.  Embrace this moment of serenity because it is unlike anything else! 
Sunrise Tracks participants must be intermediate or better level skiers, age 14+.  Space is limited and reservations are required.  A valid pass for that day is required. Led by some of Taos' finest Snowsports instructors, this guided session primarily takes place on intermediate groomed trails that have been approved by Ski Patrol. 
Schedule
8:00 am - Meet and greet at the base of Lift 1 to head up the mountain
8:20 am - Load Lift 2
8:30 am - Patrol greeting at the top of Lift 2 for a quick mountain overview
8:35 am - Ski/ride to Lift 7 and load Lift 7
8:45 am - Ski/ride to Lift 4
8:55 am - Load Lift 4
9:15 - 9:30 am - Program ends at the base of Lift 1

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.
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Full Day – 6 hours $350
Half Day – 3 hours $240

 
SNOWSPORTS SKI WEEKS
For all levels,  these prices are for the small group lessons only.
Lift ticket and rental gear are purchased separately.
 
Classic Snowsports Ski Week
The Ski Week goes all the way back to the beginning of Taos Ski Valley history.  Ski Weeks helped build the Ski Valley and have been a staple of the business ever since.  Come spend the week at Taos Ski Valley, where you will mix morning lessons in with a group dynamic that create lifelong friends.  It’s a lesson experience unlike any other.
2 hours, 6 days for 12 hours of coaching.
Never-evers will have monring and afternoon lessons on their first two days and thereafter have morning lessons only for a total of 16 hours of coaching.
Runs Sunday through Friday
Meet at Pioneer Base area at 9:30AM.
December 9 – March 24
$ 270
Private Request Snowsports Week
Improve your skiing or riding in ways you never thought possible in this week-intensive where you will dive into everything from technique improvement to the unique cultural aspects of Taos.  Learn about things ranging from improving activation of your core all the way to the best places to eat and drink in Taos. Our instructors have the knowledge that you are looking for.
Full days 9:00AM-3:00PM (lunch break not included) or
Half days 9:00AM-1:00PM
Runs Sunday through Friday
Up to 6 people
$ 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.
Begin on Sunday and end on Friday
6 days of 2 hours of lessons each morning for 12 hours of coaching.
Meets at the Whistlestop at 9:45AM
Week of 2/10
$ 270
Steeps and Bumps Week
Upper intermediate/expert skiers and riders will explore some of the most fun terrain in the Rocky Mountains under the guidance of one of our mountain experts.  They know the best places to have fun on the steeps and will show you where they’re at.
Begin on Sunday and end on Friday
6 days of 2 hours of lessons each morning for 12 hours of coaching. 
Meet at Whistlestop at 9:45AM. 
Week of 2/17
$270
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.
Begin on Sunday and end on Friday
6 morning sessions and 4 afternoon sessions for 20 hours of coaching
Meet at the Pioneer base area on Sunday at 9:30AM
Week of 1/20
$ 400
Telemark Week
First time Telemark skiers must be intermediate alpine skier or rider. Telemark rental equipment is NOT available from the Resort.
2 hours, 6 days for 12 hours of coaching.
Runs Sunday through Friday
Meet at Pioneer Base area at 9:30AM.
Week of 1/27
$270
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.
2 hours, 6 days for 12 hours of coaching.
Runs Sunday through Friday 
Meet at Whistle Stop at 9:45AM
Week of Dec 23, Feb  17, and March 10
$270

SNOWSPORTS WEEKEND CAMPS
For all levels, these prices are for the small group lessons only.
Lift ticket and rental gear are purchased separately.
 
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. 3 days, 10 hours of coaching
Meets Friday at 9:30AM at Pioneer Base area
December 21 through March 24
*Women's Week, Telemark Week & Race Week are also available in a condensed power weekend format.
$ 225
Telemark 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. 3 days, 10 hours of coaching
Meets Friday at 9:30AM at Pioneer Base area
Weekend of Jan 25
$225
Mogul/Steeps 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. 3 days, 10 hours of coaching
Meets Friday at 9:30AM at Pioneer Base area
Weekend of March 1
$225
Race 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. 3 days, 10 hours of coaching
Meets Friday at 9:30AM at Pioneer Base area
Weekend of Feb 22

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, 10 hours of coaching
Meets Friday at 9:30AM at Pioneer Base area
Weekend TBD
$ 225




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LOCAL CLINICS
For all levels, these prices are for the small group lessons only.
Lift ticket and rental gear are purchased separately.

 
Saturday Mornings
9:30am
Session One: 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26
Session Two: 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 3/2
$160
Wednesday Afternoons
1:00pm
Session One: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30
Session Two: 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27
$160
*Beginner levels meet at the Pioneer, Mountain skiers meet at the Whistle Stop.  
2 Session Local Clinc

Sign up for two sessions and save

$300

Purchase tickets for all lessons, Snowsport Weeks and Camps, and Local's Clinics at the Adult Snowsports office, call  800.776.1111 or email the Ernie Blake Snowsports School.