Programs and Lessons

Parents often ask, "When is the best time to start my child skiing?". Experts around the world would agree that children, based on their physical and emotional maturity levels, do best starting between the ages of 4 and 7.

Our "Little Colonel" group lesson program is designed with just those ages in mind. Our Little Colonel instructors specialize in communicating basic skiing skills and safety, while emphasizing the FUN to be had on the mountain. Lessons, lifts, and rentals are available at affordable pricing, and can be arranged as a 6 week program or call 518-692-7337 to reserve a time on a particular day that is convenient for you. 

HURRY: Time slots fill up fast!
This program sells out almost every year, so just a heads up!

Beginner age 8 to Adult

Here is everything you need for a great day on the slopes!
Let us lead you down the trail to become the skier or snowboarder you hope to be, with a skilled instructor who will prepare you for the next step toward proficiency. This special is available only on weekends and holiday weeks.

This $49 package includes rental equipment, lift ticket for learning centers, and up to three, 1.5 hour lessons per visit. Lesson times for this program are offered at 9:30am, 11:30am; and 2:00pm. A beginner can choose one or up to all three lessons times that day.
Now that you have accomplished the basics of turning and stopping in the learning centers, you are ready to proceed up the chairlift to the summit! The learn to Ski or Ride Better special takes you to the next level with a 1 1/2 hour lesson, rentals and an 8 hour weekend or holiday “all mountain” lift pass. $68 for Adults and $58 for Juniors 12 years old and under. 

Lesson times are 9:30am or 2:00pm. Tickets may be obtained at the Willard Mountain ticket desk with no reservations.

No forms needed - come to desk
(Weekday and Weekend Ski and Ride Programs)

Known at Willard as our “Super Pass”, those from 8 – 108+ can take advantage of lift tickets, hour and a half lessons, and / or rentals, that coincide with our Little Colonel lesson and ticket times. This 6-week program is an opportunity for older siblings, parents, grandparents or friends to ski or ride while Little Colonel is in session. Not affiliated with a Little Colonel skier? No problem! This is still the program for you.

Skiers and Riders of all levels are invited to improve their skills with our group lessons. Before and after the 6-week program, your lift ticket is still valid during your time slot, and equipment can be rented during these additional days for just $8. After March 1st, your “Super Pass” will be accepted as a Season Pass for the remainder of the season!  (Click on Registration form for dates, times and prices)

Tuesday-Friday Evenings, Friday-Sunday all day
Click here for the Weekday Super Pass Registration Form Click here for the Weekend Super Pass Registration Form
The Willard Mountain STAR Program, for ages 5 to 12, is a progressive learning experience that requires the completion of designated tasks before graduating to the next star level. Those in the STAR program are committed to 16 sessions held on Saturdays and Holiday Weeks from 9am-11 and 12-2pm. STAR tuition does not include lift tickets.

The STAR student does not have to be a proficient skier to enter the program, but WILL graduate as a highly accomplished skier. Entry level students will learn basic skills on the easiest terrain, while our more experienced will master black diamond trails. Gold star graduates will excel in timed runs and jumps in preparation of entering the advanced Mountain Masters and All Mountain programs. Students are required to complete the entire STAR Program before enrolling in these advanced learning programs. 
(Click on Registration form for dates, times and prices)

Click here for the Star Program Registration Form
Mountain Masters is a great first step after STAR Program. This program is designed for those who wish to increase their confidence and control, and acquiring the ability and knowledge to ski safely on virtually any terrain found at an approved US ski resort, without committing to jumps and terrain park features.  
Instructors utilize the drills and standards set forth in the USSA “Skills Assessment Program” that is widely accepted by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA).
(Click on Registration form for dates, times and prices)

Click here for the Mountain Masters Registration Form
The All Mountain Program is a youth skiing adventure developed for the accomplished skier who has graduated the STAR program with their Gold Star or has reached level 7-8 in ski school.   
Skiers will be taught how to attack steeps, moguls, jumps, park features and glades. This program is taught by a carefully selected staff who have mastered their craft without forgetting how to keep skiing challenging, fun and safe.
(Click on Registration form for dates, times and prices)

Click here for the All Mountain Registration Form
Willard Mountain’s Freestyle has been long known for its excellence in training and is a highly-regarded force in the Northeast’s competitive freestyle circles. If you don’t believe us, ask Bruce Bolesky who often comments about his Willard Mountain Freestyle days. He eventually became a National Amateur Freestyle Champion in 1975 and competed in the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. He states, “I can’t give Willard Mountain enough credit for my ability to excel in the sport of skiing. As a young man, I was able to train and compete through Willard Mountain. The coaches were exceptional. The ability to spin the laps and keep training on the lift system allowed tight and well-orchestrated training sessions. The staff and management at Willard made it so easy for me to progress in the sport. Smaller ski areas have bigger hearts!”

Our head Freestyle coach Dan Petteys remains committed to providing the same excellence to young skiers that Bruce experienced during his Willard years. Dan is a Certified USAA Mogul and Aerials Coach. Athletes on the Willard Freestyle enjoy competing in local events, State and Eastern Regional Championships. Dan has helped coach at Purgatory near Durango, Co. and brings his experience back home to Willard.
(Click on Registration form for dates, times and prices)

Click here for the Freestyle Team Registration Form
The Willard Mountain Race team has produced very successful skiers over its long racing history, competing in the Southern Vermont Council of Vara against Bromley, Magic Mountain, Mount Snow and Stratton Mountain. Willard Racers are always among the top ranked Section 2 skiers when competing for their High School teams, and many qualify to compete in the in the New York State and Eastern United States Championships.

US Ski Team member and head Coach Jerry McNealus was awarded the Golden Ski Award in 1973 by the Eastern Ski Writers Assoc. This is an honor shared by other skiing greats such as Mikaela Shiffrin and Keifer Christianson in more recent years. Jerry and his assistant coaches dedicate themselves to bringing youth, with a passion for alpine racing, to their fullest racing potential. 
Not sure if you have what it takes to be an Alpine Racer? Join our Holiday Race Camp and check our website for our Willard Mountain Cup races. You do not need to be a Willard Mountain Race Team member to enter.

Click here for the Race Team Registration Form
Holiday Race Camp is the perfect opportunity for youth to experience the thrill of running the gates while receiving expert instruction by the Willard Mountain Race Team coaches. Many who have entered race camp have become members of the Willard Mountain Race Team after getting a taste of what racing is all about.   

Tuition for race camp includes Lift Privileges, coaching and use of the Willard Mountain Training Center. High School and College Teams are also invited to attend. Single day or full week sessions are available.
(Click on Registration form for dates, times and prices)

Click here for the Holiday Race Camp Registration Form
School may be out, but Willard Mountain’s Ski and Snowboard school is in session during the December and February breaks. No notebooks, no pens or pencils, just specials on lifts, lessons and / or rentals for both Juniors (12 years old and under) and adults. This 5 day program is a great opportunity for families and individuals to shake off that Cabin Fever. Programs are available for both full and half day experiences.
(Click on Registration form for dates, times and prices)

Click here for the Holiday Camp Registration Form

Enjoy this relaxing Friday special, an 8-hour “all mountain” lift ticket, a 1 ½ hour lesson at 10:00 am, followed by lunch for only $45! Don’t have equipment? Rent at a discounted price of just $10! This offer is not valid on holiday weeks. This may be purchased at the ticket desk with no reservations.

Multi person private lessons are best suited to people with similar abilities.  
Reservations highly recommended.

1 HOUR - Rates are $110 for 2 people (2 person max).
2 HOURS - Rates are $220 for 2 people, and $325 for 3 people.
Private Ski and Snowboard Lessons are available by appointment for all ages and ability levels.
You may have never been on skis or a board before, possibly you are ready to attack the moguls. Private lessons are you and an instructor spending time learning on the mountain, maximizing your experience.

1 HOUR - Rate of $75 
2 HOURS - Rates of $145 
We offer a wide variety of options to learn to ski and snowboard. You may be a first timer taking one lesson, someone returning to the sport, or even and advanced skier or boarder looking to sharpen skills. We have a learning program that will meet your calendar and budget.

Join any hour and a half group lesson for $25 or sign up for a group lesson any time.
Group lessons are available:

Tuesday and Wednesday 430pm-6pm and 7pm to 830pm. 
Thursday is 12:30-pm-2pm and  4:30-6pm and 7pm-830pm.
Friday 10am-1130am, 12:30pm-2pm, and 5pm-630pm and 7pm-830pm. 

Weekends and Holidays: 
9:30am-11am, 1130am-1pm, and 2pm-330pm

We recommend a private or semi-private lesson for those who feel they will need or desire more individualized instruction.


Reach us by phone or email any time for questions. We are glad to assist anyone to read, clarify, or fill out a form either in person or via phone.

77 Intervale Road
Greenwich, NY 12834

Office: 518-692-7337
Business Hours
Due to weather hours may vary 

Open early December through late March.

Monday - Closed (except holidays)
Tuesday - 4pm - 9pm
Wednesday - 4pm-9pm
Thursday - 12pm - 9pm
Friday - 10am - 9pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm

Holiday & Vacation weeks 9am-5pm
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