Welcome to Snow School!

Our Snow School staff are committed to the development of skills to ensure that everyone safely enjoys winter sports on the slopes. Whether you are a skier or snowboarder, young or old, expert or novice, our instructors are ready to guide you in advancing your skills and in having a positive experience on the slopes at Sir Sam’s Ski / Ride.

Our programs focus on skills development, safety and increasing the comfort of our guests while they ski and/or snow board at Sir Sam’s or on any hill. With proper technique, learned at any age, skiing and snowboarding can become a part of your family culture as it has ours.

To  register and pay for camps please email snowschool@sirsams.com or call 705-754-2298.

March Break Update

With the  government announcement regarding the postponement of March Break, all March Break Snow School programming has been cancelled. Please contact the snow school at 705-754-2298 or snowschool@sirsams.com for credit or refund. 

Important Changes for 2020/21

Please do not attend lessons if anyone in your household has traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, or are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19.

All camp/lesson participants, including instructors, must wear a face covering for the duration of the lesson.

Lessons will use the Time Tunnel as much as possible to avoid the close proximity of the chair lift. We will insure the upper tunnel is open.

There will be no indoor warming space. Please make sure all participants are dressed appropriately for the weather.

All Merry Mite lesson participants ages 6 and under require a parent to accompany them for the duration of their camp, program or private lesson to assist when the skier falls, needs assistance with mitts, face covering or bathroom breaks. The accompanying adult will be given a complementary lift ticket for the duration of the lesson if requested.

Parent participation MAY be requested for children ages 7-15 at the discretion of the instructor and/or supervisor. The accompanying adult will be given a complementary lift ticket for the duration of the lesson if requested.

We ask the only 1 parent/adult accompany child(ren) at drop off and pick up time. – Masks are required to be worn by parent/adult at drop off and pick up.

All participants in group lessons will be on the same equipment during the lesson, i.e. If you are skiing you will ONLY be with other skiers, boarders will ONLY be with other borders.

Holiday Camps

We are offering three holiday camps this season — two over the Christmas holidays, one during March Break — with each camp running for (4) days.

New this season we are offering 2 camps for each Christmas and New Years camps.

Morning camps start at 9:45am and finish at 11:45am. Afternoon camps start at 12:30pm and finish at 2:30 pm

Read our Camps and Programs Cancellation Policy here.

Christmas Camp
4 days | December 20 – 23, 2021

New Year’s Camp
4 days | December 27 – 30, 2021

March Break Camp
4 days | March 14 – 17, 2022

Price: $220.00
Price indicated does not include lift tickets or rentals, see below for special camp pricing:

Ages 7 – 13
(4) half-day lift tickets $120.00
(4) Full-day lift tickets $140.00
Rental $120.00

Merry Mites (Ages 3 – 6)
(4) lift tickets $25.00
Rental $75.00

Prices do not include HST.

Holiday Race Camps

Ages 7+

New Years Recreational Race Camp
4 days | December 27 – 30, 2021

March Break Recreational Race Camp
4 days | March 14-17, 2022

9:45–11:45

  • Racers are expected to have a valid lift ticket for each day of camp.
  • Racers must be able to ride chair lift alone (lower bar by self)
  • Must have completed the CSIA Tiger Level/comfortable on Black Diamond Runsl
  • Must be approved by Snow School Director

Price: $320.00 + HST

7-Week Programs

Our 7-week programs are an excellent opportunity for young skiers to focus on their skill development over an extended period of time. Saturdays from 9:45am – 11:45am and 12:30pm- 2:30pm, starting January 8 and running to February 26, with no programming on February 19 (Family Day weekend).

Price: $385.00
Price shown does not include lift tickets or rentals, see below for special program pricing:

Ages 7 – 13
(7) half-day lift tickets $210.00
(7) full-day lift tickets $245.00
Rental $210.00

Merry Mites (Ages 3 – 6)
(7) lift tickets $43.75
Rental $131.25

Read our Camps and Programs Cancellation Policy here.

Prices do not include HST.

7-week Recreational Race Camp

Ages 7+

Saturdays from 9:45 – 11:45, starting January 8 and running to February 26, with no programming on February 19 (Family Day weekend).

  • Racers are expected to have a valid lift ticket for each day of camp.
  • Racers must be able to ride chair lift alone (lower bar by self)
  • Must have completed the CSIA Tiger Level/comfortable on black diamond runs
  • Must be approved by Snow School Director

Price: $500.00 + HST

Private Lessons

All snow school participants must wear an approved/certified snow sport helmet during all lessons.

To book a Private Lesson, or for lesson availability, please contact the Snow School Desk by email snowschool@sirsams.com

Important information for successful private lessons!
  • Everyone taking a private lesson requires a valid lift ticket or seasons pass.  Lift tickets and rentals are not included in the price of a private lesson.
  • All lesson participants must wear an approved snow sport helmet during lessons.
  • All private lessons must be pre-booked and pre-paid.
  • When booking a semi-private lesson (more than one person) we recommend that all participants should be of similar ability level to maximize your lesson experience.
  • You are welcome to request a special instructor at time of booking, please note that it is not a guarantee that you will get them but we will try our best to get you with someone similar if requested instructor is not available.
  • You must check in at the snow school desk prior to EVERY lesson booked.
  • Advanced/ Free Style lessons are subject to availability.  Please inquire well in advance.
  • Lessons and programs will not be cancelled or refunded due to inclement weather conditions.
  • Your lesson time is the time you are expected to be ready to ski/board for your lesson.
  • Please come dressed and ready to ski prior to meeting your instructor, for ALL late comers your lesson time will not be extended.

Private Lessons

Ages 7+

Our experienced pros will provide you with focused attention on the development of your ski or snowboard skills with a one-on-one approach. A semi-private lesson for up to three people is also available, please ensure all participants are of a similar ability level to ensure a successful lesson.

Price: $75.23/1 hour, $123.90/2 hour (lesson only)

Add additional participants to private lessons for $35.40/person (1 hour) or $61.95/person (2 hour).

Lesson price DOES NOT include lift ticket and rentals.

Prices do not include HST.

Merry Mite Private Lessons

Ages 3 – 6

For our youngest soon-to-be skiers/boarders, our most popular option is a private lesson. One-on-one attention provides the best instruction possible, ensuring they progress at their own pace. Our Snow Pros understand the uncertainty that comes with learning new things; they coax, encourage and care for your children every step of the way.

Please note, we do not offer Semi-private lessons for this age group.

Price: $44.25/hour, $79.70/2 hours (lesson only).

Lesson price DOES NOT include lift ticket and rentals.

Prices do not include HST.

Parent and Tot (Ski Only)

Ages 3 – 6

Geared for little ones that are more comfortable with mom or dad (grandparents welcome too!) around or for those parents who would like some tips for skiing with their little ones.

Price: $79.70/ 1 hour (lesson only)

Lesson price DOES NOT include lift ticket and rentals.

Prices do not include HST.

Freestyle/Park/Advanced Lessons (Ski Only)

Ages 7+

Looking for something different to add to your skiing skills? Book a lesson with one or our Park Certified or Level 3 or above instructors to advance your skiing skills or learn how to hit those rails safely.

Price: $84.10/1 hour; $137.20/2 hour

Lesson price DOES NOT include lift ticket and rentals

Prices do not include HST.

Discover Ski & Snowboarding

Sir Sam’s has made getting involved in skiing or snowboarding easier with Sir Sam’s Discover Ski & Snowboard lessons! Our talented group of pros will teach you the skills you will need to hit the slopes with confidence.

Please note, We DO NOT offer mixed lessons. All lesson participants will be on the same equipment during the lesson — skiers with skiers, boarders with boarders.

To book a Discover Lesson, please contact the Snow School Desk at 705-754-2298 or by email snowschool@sirsams.com

Discover Level 1

Ages 7+
Ski or Snowboard

The Discover Level 1 lessons is an introduction to skiing or snowboarding, and is suited to people trying either for the first time, or are not yet comfortable on skis or snowboard.

Includes a 2 hour* group lesson, rentals (all day) and lower tunnel lift ticket (all day). Discover Level 1 lessons start at 10:00am each day​.

Price: $84.10 + HST

Discover Level 2

Ages 7+
Ski or Snowboard

Discover Level 2 lesson is designed for skiers and snowboarders who are comfortable on their equipment, can stop confidently, get up on own, and are learning to progress with turning.

Includes a 2 hour* group lesson, rentals and half-day full-hill lift ticket. Discover Level 2 lessons start at 1:00pm each day​

Price: $106.20 + HST

*Note if there are 2 or less participants in the class, lessons will only be 1 hour in length.

If you are interested in reserving a discover lesson for you own group, there must be a minimum of 4 participants ages 7+. Contact snow school desk for details.

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Private Lessons

1 hour Private Lesson: $66.37

2 hour Private Lesson: $110.62

1 Hour Semi-Private Lesson: $48.67

2 Hour Semi-Private Lesson: $79.60

Merry Mite Private Lessons

Ages 3 – 6
$50/hour + HST

For our youngest soon-to-be skiers/boarders, our most popular option is a private lesson. One-on-one attention provides the best instruction possible, ensuring they progress at their own pace. Our Snow Pros understand the uncertainty that comes with learning new things, they coax, encourage and care for children every step of the way. They will meet the child dressed and ready to ski/board at a pre-determined meeting place.

Includes ski or snowboard rental for the duration of the lesson.

Book lesson appointments with the Snow School Desk, by phone 705-754-2298 or by email at snowschool@sirsams.com

Discover Ski/Snowboard
Discover Skiing Package. For those that have never skied before. This package is offered at 10:00am Includes 2-hour Group Lesson, Handle Tow, Lower Time Tunnel and Rentals $75.27
Private Junior Skiing/Snowboarding Package for ages 7–13 years. For those that require a refresher or further instruction as well as rentals. A ticket is included to access the lifts for the day remaining after your lesson. Includes a 1-hour private lesson as well as access to the lifts and rentals $87.61
Discover Snowboard Package. For those that have never snowboarded before. This package is offered at 10:00am. Includes 2-hour Group Lesson, Handle Tow, Lower Time Tunnel and Rentals $75.27
For some of these programs you may upgrade your lift ticket for $17.40 to a full-day pass after the lesson.
Apprentice Program

Apprentice Program

A pre-CSIA/CASI Level 1, 8-week program for youths 13-14 years of age interested in becoming ski/snowboard instructors. This program includes a minimum of (5) on-the-hill sessions with a Level 3 instructor. Sessions will take place Sunday afternoons and are sure to be fun-filled, skill-building experiences. Apprentices will be shadowing lessons on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Once the Level 1 course has been successfully completed, apprentice graduates will be given priority employment as a Sir Sam’s instructor. The apprentice hours earned shadowing lessons over Christmas and March break will be applied to volunteer hours for school. This program runs all season.

For more info, or to register, contact the Snow School at 705-754-2298 or email snowschool@sirsams.com

Level 1 Ski / Snowboard Instructor

Level 1 Ski / Snowboard Instructor

CSIA – Canadian Ski Instructors Alliance, Level 1
CASI – Canadian Association of Snowboard Instructors, Level 1

Eligibility: Strong skier (age 15+) or snowboarder (age 16+), minimum age at the time of the course. We recommend that anyone who registers for these courses first participate in the school as a volunteer, for two reasons:

  • First, to gain a better understanding of ski and snowboard instruction;
  • Second, to participate in our Ski and Snowboard School morning and afternoon training sessions.

Simply put, it is very difficult to attend the exams without preparing for them. The School would like to invite you to volunteer and gain the experience needed to be successful course candidate.

Level I CSIA, December 20-21, 2019 (Ski)
Level I CASI, December 20-21, 2019 (Snowboard)

For more information on the Level 1 Ski Instructor Course, click here, and further details on the Level 1 Snowboard Instructor Course, click here.

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