APR 20 2014 
Regular Ski Hours

Monday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday: Closed (except during holidays)
Wednesday: Noon - 9:00pm
Thursday: Noon - 9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am - 4:30pm
All hours are weather permitting


Saturdays: 10:30am - 3:30pm
Sundays: 10:30am - 3:30pm

Last Updated: 1/15/2014
Snow Sports School
Ski Big Bear is the perfect place to learn to ski or snowboard.  Our gentle learner slopes, affordable rentals and quality instruction will have you making turns in no time. 

Private ski and snowboard lessons are available every hour throughout the day everyday and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.  It is advisable to make reservations during holiday periods. 

Level 1 1st time beginner group lessons and 2nd time beginner group lessons are available on weekends and holidays at 10:00am, 12pm and 2:30pm.   Reservations are not taken for group lessons but it is recommended that you arrive and pay for lesson at least 1 hour in advance.

Everyone taking a lesson must have a lift ticket valid for the time during which their lesson occurs.

Group Lesson (7 yrs and older) $32
Snowboard Group Lesson (7 yrs and older) $32
Private Lesson (4 yrs and older) $75
Additional people in private lesson $35 each
Book of 5 Private Lessons $325
2 hour private lessons are available for $135 (4 yrs and older)

Learn to Ski or Board packages include a lift ticket for the Magic Carpet lift, rental equipment and a lesson.
7-12 yr. old Learn to Ski/Board with Group Lesson $95
13 yrs and older Learn to Ski/Board with Group Lesson $107

The Big Bear Cub Program is available to children 4-12 years of age on Saturdays, Sundays and during holiday periods.  This program provides 2 consecutive hours of private lessons.  If you prefer to break the 2 hours up, you may pick up your child after the first hour and return them to the Snow Sports Learning Area at the begining of the third hour.

Big Bear Cub Program only $135
Big Bear Cub Program with Lift ticket only
(for the child that has their own equipment)
Big Bear Cub Program with Rental equipment only
(for the child that is 4-5 yrs. old with a parent buying a ticket or a child that already has a season pass)
Big Bear Cub Program with Lift ticket and Rental $185
Big Bear Cub Program


Chris Ramirez, Snow Sports School Director

Chris Ramirez

John Gardas, Assistant Snow Sports School Director
How long has John been skiing?
John's been skiing for 30+ years!
What is John's favorite thing about teaching others to ski? John loves to see his students reach a "breakthrough moment" and they light up with a big smile.
What is something people may not know about John? John's a musician and has been playing drums and percussion for 40 years. If you want to learn how to play the drums, maybe ask John for a lesson in that too!
What does John do when he is not on the slopes? You can find him at home (or on the slopes) with his wife Jeanne-Marie and daughters Gabrielle, 16 and Brooke,12. He also likes working on his house, golfing, playing drums and percussion, and spending time on the lake in the summer.
Hometown: Honesdale

"I have to say, I am truly blessed in life and am proud to be involved in the Snow Sports School at Ski Big Bear!"