Ski & Snowboard Lesson Registration

Registration for 2017-18 cross country skiing, downhill skiing, and snowboarding lessons at Como Park Ski Center.

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Introductory Clinics

#6492 Introductory Clinics: Ages 4 - Adult
Students may choose either cross country skiing, downhill skiing, or snowboarding per clinic date. Clinic fees cover lunch at noon (hot dogs, chips, and soda) and rental equipment.

  • Cost: $30/session
  • Dates:
    • Wednesday, Dec. 27 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Thursday, Dec. 28 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    • Friday, Dec. 29 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Adult-Only Lessons

#6763 Adult-Only Lessons: Ages 18+
Adults are welcome in most classes, but adult-only ski and snowboard classes are offered on the dates listed below.

  • Cost: $95
  • Rental Packages:
    • Ski, Boots, and Poles: $50
    • Board and Boots: $75
  • Dates:
    • Wednesdays: Jan. 3–Feb. 7, 7:15 p.m.
    • Thursdays: Jan. 4–Feb. 8, 7:15 p.m.
    • Saturdays: Jan. 6–Feb. 10, 4:15 p.m.
    • Lessons meet five times total. The sixth date is reserved for make-ups due to weather cancellations.

Private Lessons

#6491 Private Ski/Snowboard Lessons: Ages 3 - Adult
Individuals looking for further instruction may register online for private cross country, downhill ski, and snowboard lessons. Lessons are limited to one person/date/hour and are available at just $40/hour. Fees do not include equipment rentals.

Downhill Skiing Lessons

Como Park Ski Center offers several beginner courses, allowing each skier to progress at their own pace. These descriptions should help you choose the correct level, but you can always move during the first class if it is not a perfect fit. Your instructor can help you if you have concerns. Please note the rope tow expectations at each level to ensure your skier’s success.

  • Cost: $95
  • Rental Package (Ski, Boots, and Poles): $50
  • Helmets are provided for free by the Como Park Snowsports Booster Club for all lesson participants
  • Dates:
    • Wednesdays: Jan. 3–Feb. 7* | 6 & 7:15 p.m.
    • Thursdays: Jan. 4–Feb. 8* | 6 & 7:15 p.m.
    • Saturdays: Jan. 6–Feb. 10* | 9 & 10:45 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, & 4:15 p.m.
    • *Lessons meet five times total. The sixth date is reserved for make-ups due to weather cancellations.

#6536 Kinderski: Ages 4-6
Our group lessons instill self-confidence, safety and provide a fun outdoor experience. We play lots of games and move from the basics of putting on boots and skis, gliding, riding the tow rope part way up the hill, making straight runs, and completing first turns. This class level will move to the rope tow during the third lesson and will have priority for learning on the rope tow. Students must be four years old by the time of the first class. (We love teaching three-year-olds too. We suggest private lessons so we can customize the experience.)

#6543 Beginner Level 1A: Ages 7 - Adult
This class is for Kinderski graduates or students age seven and above with little to no prior experience. Students will learn about equipment,
proper stance and balance, and how to steer and stop. This is an excellent advanced review for Kinderski Graduates. These students will be skiing from one half of the total hill height. This
class will move to the rope at the second lesson and have priority for learning on the rope tow.

#6537 Beginner Level 1B: Ages 7 - Adult
This class is for students who are graduates of Level 1A and those with prior skiing experience and proficiency on the rope tow. Lessons will focus on using each ski independently for turning and stopping, and skiing from the top of the front hill. These students will be given priority on the rope tow for review during the first lesson and must be able to use the rope tow independently by the second lesson.

#6538 Advanced Beginner Level 2: Ages 7 - Adult
Students ski down all of the easier slopes at Mount Como including around trees and rolling terrain. Lessons will focus on using the ski edges for turning. Students must be able to use the rope tow and ski from the top of the Como Hill making turns and stops. This class level will move quickly to use all of the rope tows at Como and will move to the back hill as lessons progress.

#6677 Intermediate Level 3: Ages 7 - Adult
This class is for students who want to get better at everything. This level skis most of the Mount Como hills. They will begin to put all of the technical aspects of skiing together such as ski edges, balance, twisting skills, and pressure to get better at turning and controlling speed. These stu- dents use all of the rope tows at Mount Como and ski both the front hill and back hill in order to explore a variety of steeper and bumpy terrain.

#6540 Advanced Intermediate Level 4: Ages 7 - Adult
This class is for students who want to ski all the hills at Como. Lessons focus on skills which allow students to ski steeper and bumpy terrain. Skills include when to use twisting and when to use edging to make turns. Students will be skiing all of the runs at Como and must be comfortable doing so. Skiing speed picks up at this level so skills to control that speed are emphasized.

#6541 Advanced Skiing Level 5: Ages 7 - Adult
Students at this level will be skiing all of the Mount Como Hills including some that may not be groomed. This is the class where we start preparing for the next levels of race skiing or
freestyle skiing. Students will be skiing mostly steep, bumpy and ungroomed terrain. We start practicing skiing on one ski, backward skiing, and possibly small jumps and racing gates. All of the fundamental skills of balance, ski edging, ski pressure and ski twisting are fine-tuned before advancing to the next levels.

#19056 Introduction to Freestyle Skiing Level 6a: Ages 7 - Adult
This class is for advanced skiers. Students will be introduced to the basics of Freestyle Skiing, including how to jump and land safely, ride boxes and rails, skiing backward safely, and applying these skills to ski freestyle. Balance, twisting, and awareness of ski edges are emphasized. Twin tip skis and a helmet are required.

#6542 Introduction to Racing Level 6b: Ages 7 - Adult
This class is for advanced skiers. Many of our students go on to race for their high school Alpine Racing Teams and many of our instructors are ski racers. Slalom gates will be set up for racing. Turning and speed are emphasized. Helmets and goggles are required for the race course.

Snowboarding Lessons

  • Cost: $95
  • Rental Package (Board and Boots): $75
  • Helmets are provided for free by the Como Park Snowsports Booster Club for all lesson participants
  • Dates:
    • Wednesdays: Jan. 3–Feb. 7* | 6 & 7:15 p.m.
    • Thursdays: Jan. 4–Feb. 8* | 6 & 7:15 p.m.
    • Saturdays: Jan. 6–Feb. 10* | 9 & 10:45 a.m., 12:30, 2:30, & 4:15 p.m.
    • *Lessons meet five times total. The sixth date is reserved for make-ups due to weather cancellations.

#6631 Level A (No Prior Experience): Ages 8 - Adult
Students will learn about basic skills, equipment, and safety including maneuvering on flat and hilly terrain, falling safely, performing skidded turns, and hopping on flat terrain. Recommended that students be at least eight-years-old by Jan. 1.

#6632 Level B (Advanced Beginner): Ages 8 - Adult
Taking place on gentle terrain, students learn to perform straight runs and turning stops as well as develop balance while riding, hopping, and turning.

#6722 Level C (Intermediate): Ages 8 - Adult
Students will learn to perform skidded turns in both directions, execute flat 180’s and Ollies, and use the rope tow. Instructors will teach students to begin using the edge of the snowboard to round out and perfect turns.

#6634 Level D (Advanced): Ages 8 - Adult
Advanced techniques will be taught, including carved turns, dynamic skidded turns, and air 180’s and 360’s. Further emphasis will be placed on balance and utilizing board edges.

Cross Country Skiing Lessons

#6521 Introduction to Cross Country Skiing: Ages 5 - Adult
This on and off course will introduce students to the basics of cross country skiing, including how to correctly strap into skis and handle ski poles. Lessons will educate students on proper clothing, equipment, and techniques necessary to maintaining safety while skiing throughout Minnesota’s trails. New skiers will learn about trail safety and more before heading out onto a beautiful 1.7 kilometer trail. Participants under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Take our recurring lesson which meets on three Saturdays in January, to increase your progression.

  • Rentals: $15/day
  • 11730 Saturday, Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m.–noon  $15
  • 11731 Saturday, Dec. 9, 12:30–2 p.m. $15
  • 11733 Sunday, Dec. 10, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $15
  • 11734 Sunday, Dec. 10, 1–2:30 p.m. $15
  • 6731 Thursday, Dec. 28, 6:30-8 p.m. $15
  • 6533 Thursday, Jan. 4, 6:30–8 p.m. $15
  • 6532 Thursday, Jan. 11, 6:30–8 p.m. $15
  • 6753 Thursday, Jan. 18, 6:30–8 p.m. $15
  • 6754 Sat , Jan. 6, 13, 20, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. $45

#6523 Intermediate/Advanced Group Lessons: Ages 14 - Adult
For skiers with prior experience, this course will guide students through more challenging terrain to further refine skiing techniques. Topics covered will include the basics of the diagonal stride and transitioning between techniques.

  • Rentals: $15/day
  • 6535 Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:30–8 p.m. $15
  • 6534 Thursday, Feb. 1, 6:30–8 p.m. $15
  • 6755 Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:30–8 p.m. $15
  • 6756 Sat, Jan. 6, 13, 20, noon–1:30 p.m. $45

The Como Park Ski Center, also known as Mount Como, is located at 1431 North Lexington Parkway near Lake Como and the Como Zoo and Conservatory.