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Welcome to Lost Trail’s Snow Sports

Lost Trail Snow
Sports School

Lost Trail Snow Sports School has been creating lifetime skiers since 1938. Level up your skiing and riding this season by taking a lesson with one of our certified instructors.

Open Thursday-Sunday 9:30am-4pm

Book Lessons: SkiSchool@LostTrail.com

PRIVATE AND GROUP LESSONS

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private ski lessons

Ages: 3 & UP
Abilities: All
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PRIVATE BOARD LESSONS

Ages: 3 & UP
Abilities: All
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Group lessons

Ages: 7 & UP
Abilities:1-9
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BEGINNER LESSONS

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1-2-3 PROGRAM

Ages: 7 & UP
Abilities: 0
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FIRST TIMER

Ages: 7 & UP
Abilities: 0
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LITTLE PAWS

Ages: 3-6
Abilities: 0
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General Information for Lessons

General Information About Snow Sports School

  • Lesson registration for the 2023/24 season will open on November 7, 2023. We recommend booking early for holidays.
  • Book your lesson over the phone at 406.360.6704 or in person at our booking desk in Snow Sports School during operational hours.
  • Lessons must be booked 24 hours in advance. Day-of bookings may be accepted if there is availability.
  • We require all children age 12 and under to be picked up by a parent at the end of their lesson.
  • Please refer to our FAQ section for questions about how to prepare for your lesson, what to wear, what to expect during your lesson, and other helpful info.

Cancellation Policy

  • Please notify the Snow Sports School as early as possible if you will not be able to join for the day. We understand kids and adults get sick at the last minute, road conditions make it unsafe to travel.

SKIING LEVELS 1 – 9

  •  
  • THE BEGINNER ZONE – Level 1: Never skied.
  • Level 2: Slide slightly change direction & come to a stop. Green terrain
  • THE ADVANCED BEGINNER ZONE – Level 3: Link wedge turns (same size) w/o stopping easy green terrain.
  • Level 4: Linking turns together smoothly, all green & easiest blue terrain.
  • THE INTERMEDIATE ZONE – Level 5: Skiing mostly parallel in a couple different turn sizes & shapes, beginning to use poles, can hockey stop in both directions.” – All green terrain & most blue terrain.
  • Level 6: Skiing parallel & confidently groomed blues. Exploring un-groomed trails & easiest bumps. Makes same turn sizes & shapes on un-groomed trails. All groomed blues, easy blue bumps, easy groomed blacks.
  • Level 7: Parallel turns with/pole plant, all blue & black terrain. Exploring un-groomed black terrain, including bumps. Changes turn sizes & shapes for different challenges.
  • THE ADVANCED/EXPERT ZONE – Level 8: Makes different turn size & shape, including rhythmic short turns & large carved turns, all blue & black terrain (groomed or un-groomed). Comfortable exploring harder blacks and easier double black terrain.
  • Level 9: Skis entire mountain working to ski faster, smoother, difficult lines. learning different strategies in the hardest terrain and snow conditions.

SNOWBOARDING LEVELS 1 – 9

  • THE BEGINNER ZONE – Level 1: Never snowboarded.
  • Level 2: Sliding, traversing both directions, & stopping. Greens
  • THE ADVANCED BEGINNER ZONE – Level 3: Controls speed moving across hill, can stop with confidence, starting to turn both directions. Green terrain.
  • Level 4: Links skidded turns on green terrain.
  • THE INTERMEDIATE ZONE – Level 5: Confident all green terrain, working on easy blue terrain.
  • Level 6: Explores switch riding, easy bumps, & freestyle. Groomed blue terrain.
  • Level 7: Rides blue terrain in varied conditions including bumps, trees, and terrain parks. Blue terrain and groomed black terrain.
  • THE ADVANCED/EXPERT ZONE – Level 8: Confident performing dynamic turns on varied terrain and snow conditions, including trees, steeps and powder. Black & easier double-black terrain.
  • Level 9: Rides entire mountain. Working on tactics & techniques.

Layer Up

The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. This gives you flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and your activity.

Wicking layer: This is the layer worn next to your skin, usually consisting of long underwear.

  • Look for thermal underwear made of a synthetic or silk fiber that has “wicking” power. This means the fibers will move moisture away from your skin. This keeps you warm, dry and comfortable.
  • Even though it’s cold, you might sweat. Skiing/snowboarding are considered exercise after all.
  • The wicking layer should fit snugly (not tight) next to the skin in order to effectively wick moisture.

Insulating layer: The middle layer could include sweaters, sweatshirts, vests and pullovers. This layer is to keep heat in and cold out by insulation. Comfort is key for the insulating layer. It should be loose enough to trap air between layers but not so bulky that it restricts movement. Try to avoid cotton because it retains moisture. Popular insulation materials include:

  • Fleece: a synthetic material which maintains its insulating ability even when wet and spreads the moisture out so it dries quickly.
  • Wool: which naturally wicks away moisture.

Protection layer: The exterior layer, generally a shell (coat) and pants, serves as your guard against the elements of winter. It should repel water from snow, sleet or rain and block the wind, while also letting perspiration evaporate. Whether you are a skier or snowboarder, your protection layer should fit comfortably, offering you maximum range of motion.

  • Most winter shells and pants are made waterproof and are breathable to some extent. This keeps moisture on the outside but allows perspiration to escape.
  • Don’t wear jeans or sweatpants. Denim is not waterproof, so water will soak through the fabric.
  • Look for functional hoods, cuffs, pockets and zippers – details that truly make garments comfortable.
 
  • 1st Timer lessons are one and one half hours.
  • Group Lessons are two hours long.
  • Private lessons are one, two or all day (10 – 3).
  • First timer lessons start on the hour from 10:00 to 1:00.
  • Group and Private Lessons start at 10:00 and 1:00
  • Please be at the meeting place in front of the lodge 5 minutes before your lesson starts.
  • They sure can if they are at the same level as you are, they just need to check in with the snow sports school office and get signed in.

Weekly programs

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FRIDAY WINTER CLINICS

Ages: Adult
Abilities: 0
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all mountain

Ages: 7 & UP
Abilities: Advanced Beginner
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General Information for 7 Week Programs

General Information About Snow School Programs

  • Program registration for the 2023/24 season will open on November 7, 2023. We recommend booking early, space is limited.
  • Sign up for programs by filling out our online Google Forms and paying through the link via the Google Form.
  • Please call 406.360.6704 or email skischool@losttrail.com with questions about our programs 
  • We require all children aged 12 and under to be picked up by a parent or designated guardian at the end of their lesson at the ski school clock outside of the lodge at the top of our bunny hill.
  • Please refer to our FAQ section for questions about how to prepare for your lesson, what to wear, what to expect during your lesson, and other helpful info.

Cancellation Policy

  • Payment and Non-Refundability: Full payment for the program is required upon registration. Please note that all payments are non-refundable. This policy is in place to ensure the sustainability of our program and the quality of experience for all participants.

SKIING LEVELS 1 – 9

  •  
  • THE BEGINNER ZONE – Level 1: Never skied.
  • Level 2: Slide slightly change direction & come to a stop. Green terrain
  • THE ADVANCED BEGINNER ZONE – Level 3: Link wedge turns (same size) w/o stopping easy green terrain.
  • Level 4: Linking turns together smoothly, all green & easiest blue terrain.
  • THE INTERMEDIATE ZONE – Level 5: Skiing mostly parallel in a couple different turn sizes & shapes, beginning to use poles, can hockey stop in both directions.” – All green terrain & most blue terrain.
  • Level 6: Skiing parallel & confidently groomed blues. Exploring un-groomed trails & easiest bumps. Makes same turn sizes & shapes on un-groomed trails. All groomed blues, easy blue bumps, easy groomed blacks.
  • Level 7: Parallel turns with/pole plant, all blue & black terrain. Exploring un-groomed black terrain, including bumps. Changes turn sizes & shapes for different challenges.
  • THE ADVANCED/EXPERT ZONE – Level 8: Makes different turn size & shape, including rhythmic short turns & large carved turns, all blue & black terrain (groomed or un-groomed). Comfortable exploring harder blacks and easier double black terrain.
  • Level 9: Skis entire mountain working to ski faster, smoother, difficult lines. learning different strategies in the hardest terrain and snow conditions.

SNOWBOARDING LEVELS 1 – 9

  • THE BEGINNER ZONE – Level 1: Never snowboarded.
  • Level 2: Sliding, traversing both directions, & stopping. Greens
  • THE ADVANCED BEGINNER ZONE – Level 3: Controls speed moving across hill, can stop with confidence, starting to turn both directions. Green terrain.
  • Level 4: Links skidded turns on green terrain.
  • THE INTERMEDIATE ZONE – Level 5: Confident all green terrain, working on easy blue terrain.
  • Level 6: Explores switch riding, easy bumps, & freestyle. Groomed blue terrain.
  • Level 7: Rides blue terrain in varied conditions including bumps, trees, and terrain parks. Blue terrain and groomed black terrain.
  • THE ADVANCED/EXPERT ZONE – Level 8: Confident performing dynamic turns on varied terrain and snow conditions, including trees, steeps and powder. Black & easier double-black terrain.
  • Level 9: Rides entire mountain. Working on tactics & techniques.

Layer Up

The best way to dress for winter is to wear layers. This gives you flexibility to add or remove layers, depending on the weather and your activity.

Wicking layer: This is the layer worn next to your skin, usually consisting of long underwear.

  • Look for thermal underwear made of a synthetic or silk fiber that has “wicking” power. This means the fibers will move moisture away from your skin. This keeps you warm, dry and comfortable.
  • Even though it’s cold, you might sweat. Skiing/snowboarding are considered exercise after all.
  • The wicking layer should fit snugly (not tight) next to the skin in order to effectively wick moisture.

Insulating layer: The middle layer could include sweaters, sweatshirts, vests and pullovers. This layer is to keep heat in and cold out by insulation. Comfort is key for the insulating layer. It should be loose enough to trap air between layers but not so bulky that it restricts movement. Try to avoid cotton because it retains moisture. Popular insulation materials include:

  • Fleece: a synthetic material which maintains its insulating ability even when wet and spreads the moisture out so it dries quickly.
  • Wool: which naturally wicks away moisture.

Protection layer: The exterior layer, generally a shell (coat) and pants, serves as your guard against the elements of winter. It should repel water from snow, sleet or rain and block the wind, while also letting perspiration evaporate. Whether you are a skier or snowboarder, your protection layer should fit comfortably, offering you maximum range of motion.

  • Most winter shells and pants are made waterproof and are breathable to some extent. This keeps moisture on the outside but allows perspiration to escape.
  • Don’t wear jeans or sweatpants. Denim is not waterproof, so water will soak through the fabric.
  • Look for functional hoods, cuffs, pockets and zippers – details that truly make garments comfortable.
 
  • The program is six weeks long. If you are unable to make it to one of these days there is a make-up day on the seventh Friday.
  • The program is seven weeks long. If you are unable to make there are no make-up days.
  • Groups are sorted on the first day of the program. You will be paired with skier/boarders of similar ability and goals.
  • You and your coach will determine where you ride. If you are not comfortable going with the group down a specific run you and your coach will set a meeting place to get back together.
  • We try to keep groups under seven. The advanced groups tend to be the largest. This group has in the past had to split into morning and afternoon groups.
  • Your lunch voucher is valued at $20, and is good for one trip through the cafeteria line. Good for food and beverage.
  • Please meet in the Conroy Room at 9:30am on the first day of the program.
  • After the first week you will meet your coach in front of the lodge at 10:00.
  • 3PM at the clock on the tree on the top of the bunny hill is the official end of class unless arrangements are made with the coach and parents.

Plan your visit to Lost Trail today

Whether you’re taking your family out skiing for the first time, racing friends down the mountain, going lone wolf, or getting on the slopes after taking a break, we are committed to keeping skiing and snowboarding affordable and accessible to all. We have a variety of lift tickets, season passes, lessons, and rental options available so you can choose your own adventure.

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Level up your skiing and riding this season with Lost Trail Snow Sports School.

Our top credentialed instructors specialize in teaching those brand new to the slopes and those looking to fine-tune their technique.

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