Advance Your Skills on the Slopes

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.

Ski Early, Save Big — from Opening Day through to December 24, save 25% OFF private lessons and Discover Ski/Snowboard packages, and 50% off daily lift tickets and rentals!

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 – camp, program or private lesson – ages 6 and under will require a parent/adult to accompany them on the lesson to assist when the skier falls, needs assistance with mitts, face covering or bathroom breaks. For camps and 7 week program, the accompanying adult will be given a complementary lift ticket for the duration of the lesson.

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.

All camps start at 9:45 and finish at 11:45.

Read our Camps and Programs Cancellation Policy here.

Christmas Camp
Sold out for skiers, accepting wait list positions. Spots still remain for snowboarders
4 days |  December 20 – 23, 2020

New Year’s Camp
Sold out for skiers and snowboarders, accepting wait list positions
4 days | December 27 – 30, 2020

March Break Camp
4 days | March 15-18, 2021

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+

Christmas Recreational Race Camp
4 days | December 27 – 30, 2020

March Break Recreational Race Camp
4 days | March 15-18, 2021

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
  • 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 9:45 – 11:45, starting January 9 and running to February 27, with no programming on February 13 (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 9 and running to February 27, with no programming on February 13 (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
  • Must be approved by Snow School Director

Price: $500.00 + HST

Private Lessons

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

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 children every step of the way. They will meet the child dressed and ready to ski/board at a pre-determined meeting place.

Parent/Adult with a valid ski pass MUST accompany all Merry Mites on lessons for 2020/2021 season

Price: $44.25/hour (lesson only); $75.23/hour (lift, lesson and rentals)

Prices do not include HST.

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.

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

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

Prices do not include HST.

Freestyle/Park/Advanced Lessons

Ages 7+

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

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 lesson 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 lesson, rentals and lower tunnel lift ticket. Discover Level 1 lessons start at 10:00am each day​

Price: $84.10 + HST

** for 2020/2021 season we are limiting this lesson to max of 5 participants

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 lesson, rentals and half-day lift ticket. Discover Level 1 lessons start at 1:00pm each day​

Price: $106.20 + HST

** for 2020/2021 season we are limiting this lesson to max of 5 participants

Family Discover — New for 2020/21!

Ages 7+
Ski or Snowboard
3-6 participants

Instructors are trained to accommodate different skier/boarder abilities (all participants will be working off the same lift).

Includes a 2 hour lesson, rentals and lift ticket noted below.

Price:  $84.10/person with a lower tunnel-only lift ticket; $106.20/person with a half-day lift ticket

Prices do not include HST.

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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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