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Attention Snow School Inquiries

Snow School and Daycare reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance and is based on availability.

If this email is about booking a Snow School lesson or program, please remember that sending this request does not confirm a lesson booking. You must speak directly with or have paid for your program in order to ensure booking.
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Rookie Year Children

Come Earn Your Wings

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Rookie Year Children

Unique to Mount Washington, this ground breaking, all-inclusive season pass is designed specifically for first-time skiers and boarders. Includes a season pass, unlimited rentals for skiing and snowboarding, and unlimited afternoon group lessons in our Mtn Kids Snow School. Note: Lessons end April 2nd, 2017

The Rossignol Experience Centre is the perfect place for drop-in lessons! Come at your leisure, or
Book ahead to save time and ensure your space. Note: All child lessons include accessories (goggles and protective gear).

Please allow 45 minutes to check-in (more time during holidays).
Children must meet instructors on snow at designated meeting area 10 minutes prior to lesson start time.

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Rookie Year Season Pass (4-6 YRS)

Ages Early Bird
Ends September 30, 2017
Oct 1, 2017 - April 2, 2018
Tots (4-5) $249.00 $349.00

Rookie Year Season Pass (7-12 YRS)

Ages Early Bird
Ends September 30, 2017
Oct 1, 2017 - April 2, 2018
Child (7-12) $449.00 $599.00

Program Details

  • An all inclusive lift, lesson and gear pass for one season, if its your childs first year on snow
  • unlimited skiing and riding on lifts
  • unlimited ski and board rentals
  • unlimited group lesson in the afternoon with our Mountain Kids Snow School
  • That’s a $100 savings off a Child’s season pass, FREE rentals and lessons ALL year long!


  • Any Child who has NEVER Skied before qualifies for Rookie Year, so they can learn to ski.
  • We reserve the right to remove any participant that has provided inacurate information on thier skiing abilities.


Skiing and snowboarding is a lifelong pursuit. We believe it is about enjoying time with family and enjoying the mountains especially in our unique coastal environment. Why not give your child the opportunity to enjoy this sport with Mount Washington’s new program called “Rookie Year”. This program is uniquely all inclusive which gives the Rookie unlimited access to the lifts, unlimited ski or snowboard rentals and afternoon group lessons in the Mt Kids snow school! Your child will ski and snow board on new special learning gear exclusively from Rossignol and Burton that is designed for the first timer. Our award winning Mountain Kids Snow School, has small class sizes so your child will connect with their snow pro and meet new kids that love to ski too….. Most importantly your Rookie will have unlimited access to sliding all season long!


  • 100%! Please call ahead and book your childs 1pm group lesson.
  • Please call at least 24 hours prior to avoid disappointment


  • 100%! Just pay the difference from your childs first time Discover lesson

Season Pass products have restrictions that are available here

Snowschool Tips for Children's Programs

1: Please have the following information available: birth date, accurate height, weight and shoe size of each person taking a lesson.
2: To ensure preferred date and times of lessons or program, pre-booking must be made 48 hours in advance to reserve.
3: Pre-booking lessons through Mount Washington call centre must be made 24 hours in advance, cut off is noon the day prior to lesson.

2017.18 Recreation Guide for Mount Washington

Join the club & let the adventure begin. Find out which season pass is right for you for the 2017.2018 winter ski season? We've got your answer right here!

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Helpful Tips

We have created lessons with your child's needs and pace in mind. Private or Group lessons offer coaching with a maximum of 3 - 6 children of similar abilities. Terrain is chosen to fit your child's abilities and moods. It is a great way to be introduced to the sport (or be reacquainted) with all the mountain has to offer. Our staff are top pros from around the world who speak a variety of languages.

Download Learn to Ride tips from the Burton Learn to Ride Method Centre for kids at Mount Washington.

General Snow School Tips & Information

Drop off is from 9:15am. Lessons start at 9:30am. Please arrive at 8:30am on the first day of your lessons if you need to pick up tickets and rentals.

Rates do not include taxes and are subject to change.

Advance registration is strongly recommended, programs fill up.

Ability Levels Tots (Ages 6-under)

Ability Level (Ages 7+)

Mountain Kids Info

Cancellation Policy

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Tips for Parents

Before You Arrive

Lesson length determined by Program or Lesson in which child is participating in.

Ensure that they are well rested, have eaten breakfast, and have recovered from their journey.

Bring them dressed and ready to ski or snowboard.

Don't worry about tears! Our instructors are kind, caring and trained to calm the fears of your child.

If you wish to check on your child, please phone, leave your contact info, or watch from afar.

Remember, weather conditions can change rapidly. Please ensure that your child is equipped with the following and that all belongings are labeled:

neck gaitor

goggles and/or sunglasses depending on the weather

sunscreen and lip balm applied. We will reapply after lunch.

waterproof & insulated mittens, gloves, jacket and pants (sorry, we don't have clothing rentals for children)

long underwear and turtleneck

warm dry socks

label everything with your child's first and last name

A helmet. Helmets are available for rent and are included in our rental package but supply may be limited at peak times. Helmets are also available for purchase at Outdoor Elements. Helmets are mandatory for all children ages 3-18 participating in our ski and snowboard programs.

Did You Know ... Helmets are included with all lessons for tots and kids!

Pick up tickets and rentals prior to your child's first morning. You can pick up your rentals at our location in Bradley Centre from 10:00am - 2:00pm or from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. After hours, please visit our Snow School Sales Centre in the Bradley Centre open daily December 7th until April 14th..

    If you are picking up tickets and rentals on your child's first morning, plan to arrive at 8:00 am.

    If your child has tickets and equipment, please arrive between 8:30 and 8.45 am lessons start at 9.30am.

Meeting Locations

Children ages 4 - 6 with tickets meet inside the on the snow outside the Bradley building in the lesson area. Proceed to the Bear's Den area of the building through the registration area.

Children 7 - 12 years old with tickets and equipment meet outside the Bradley building. Staff will be available to direct you to the appropriate location for your child's age and ability.

Youth 13 + will meet their instructor in front of the Bradley building.

Your Child's Day

Your child will spend the day with their instructor and group sliding, exploring, laughing, learning and playing.

If your child has special dietary requirements please discuss them with our sales hosts when making your reservation and again when you arrive to drop off your child. Please be aware that we try to operate "nut free" facilities so we ask that you do not pack any nut products should you choose to pack your own lunch or snack.

4-12 year olds have lunch between 12:00pm and 1:00pm.

Actual time on snow will vary depending on weather conditions, the groups ability and stamina. All groups will take a 1 hour lunch break, usually those who are at the early stages of learning to slide on snow and those groups with younger children, will take more frequent breaks throughout the day to rest and recuperate.

Keep in mind that children learn at different rates and that the child's overall enjoyment of their time at Mountain Kids and on the mountain is most important.

End of the Day

Pick up time is 3:30 pm from the base area. You will be required to sign a form, releasing your child from the class at the end of the day.

Children ages 4 - 6 will be picked up from inside the Bears Den.

Children 7-12 will be picked up in front of the Bradley building from within the courtyard.

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Mount Washington Alpine Resort
P.O. Box 3069, STN Main
Courtenay, British Columbia, V9N 5N3
Toll Free: 1-888-231-1499
First Aid 1-250-334-5741


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