Learn to Ski with Friends & Family

Family and Friends Beginner

group lessons


Ski & Ride Academy in Mountain Village

301 Resort Drive
Tannersville, PA 18372


(570) 629-1661



Let the fun and love of winter begin with a family and friends lesson! It’s the perfect way to learn the basics while making lasting memories with your favorite people. The family and friends beginner lesson is a great introduction to skiing and snowboarding. With a family and friends ground lesson, you’re able to keep your group together and have fun learning a new sport. Our instructors will teach to the least experienced in the group and help create lasting memories. With this lesson type, you’re able to keep your group together!

lesson information

All lessons MUST be purchased online. Space is extremely limited. Please purchase in advance to ensure availability. Please arrive at least 45 minutes prior to your lesson start time to allow time to park (lots D2, D3, D7) and get lift tickets/rentals.

AGES: 4 and up – at least one person must be 13 years old to purchase the lesson and accompany young children
ABILITY: First timers and beginners (green terrain) only
LESSON LENGTH: 1 hour on the snow
LIFT TICKETS: Lift tickets are not included with the Family & Friends lesson but are required to be on the snow.
RENTALS: A full ski or snowboard rental set is included for the entire day. These include skis or a snowboard with bindings, boots and a helmet. Rentals do not include jackets, snowpants, goggles, or gloves. Please come dressed for your lesson.
TIMES: 9am, 11am, 1pm, and 3pm mid-week & every hour Friday through Sunday.

Please note: Small groups will be combined with other small groups. The maximum in a group is 8 people. If you have specific questions about skiing or snowboarding lessons, please contact us at [email protected] or 570-629-1665

things to know

  • Family and friends lesson bookings require a minimum of 2 people per booking.
  • The Rental Shop opens 30 minutes before the 9AM lesson midweek and 60 minutes before the 9AM lesson on weekends and holidays.
  • This lesson is not for intermediate skiers and riders. If you are looking for your child to ski/ride on blue terrain, please select a private lesson.
  • If you choose to join the lesson and have experience, our instructors will be teaching to the least experienced person in the group. Day lessons may be available on site, stop by the Ski and Ride Academy to check availability.

Yes we offer Children’s Lessons through Camelback Ski & Ride Academy. Children’s Lessons take place Monday – Friday | Ski & Ride Academy in Mountain Village and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays | Kids Learning Center at Adventure Base Camp.

Children and their families will be permitted inside to get their rentals after getting their tickets from the kiosks outside. Lessons should be purchased ahead of time online.

Yes and Yes again! Under the new Camelback Ski & Ride Academy, we have Family & Friends Beginner Lessons and Private Lessons. These lessons will be located at Ski and Ride Academy at Mountain Village (Camelback Ski Mountain Base Area). These lessons are available for purchase online.

Yes. The Kids Learning Center is in an area where parents can watch the lesson.

Lessons do not come with a locker. Lockers are available on property on a first come first serve basis.

Currently we do not offer full day or half day lessons for children. Our children’s lessons are 90-minute lessons.

All lift tickets are to be purchased online. Guest must complete a waiver online too. There will be kiosks for guests to print their tickets once they arrive to the mountain, please print before your lesson time. If you have a lesson package with rentals or need rentals we will direct you to the rental shop. Please have your rentals and lift ticket at the start of your lesson.

Family and Friends and Private lessons: Once you have your lift ticket and rentals, you will check in at the Ski and Ride Academy across from the exit of rentals.

Children’s lessons at Adventure Basecamp: After your child is fitted with boots and equipment Lesson check in when you exit the rental shop.

Arrive early enough so you won’t be rushed. On weekends and during prime (holiday) periods, plan to arrive at the Ski and Ride Academy Lesson Pre-check  at least 90 minutes prior to your lesson start time if you have a family and friends lesson or private lesson and need equipment. On (non-holiday) midweek days, plan to arrive at Ski and Ride Academy Lesson Pre-check 45 minutes prior to your lesson start time. Remember… earlier is always better! If you have a children’s lesson package, arrive 45 minutes before your child’s lesson.

Rental equipment is included with children lessons and friends and family lessons. Rentals include a full ski or snowboard set for the whole day. You will receive skis or a snowboard with bindings, boots and a helmet. Poles are optional however included. Rentals do not include jackets, snowpants, goggles, or gloves. Please come dressed appropriately for your lesson. Private lessons do not come with rentals, you must buy them in Guest Services when you arrive.

While borrowing a friend’s skis or snowboard sounds like a good way to save money, having properly fit gear is well worth it. You need gear that is appropriate for your skill level and that has been tested and maintained for safety and performance. Rentals will give you a much better experience.  Not to mention, you don’t have to schlep rental equipment all over the place.  You simply return it at the end of your day!

Ski (and Snowboard) boots should be snug without being uncomfortable.  They should feel like a strong hug or firm handshake without being tight or painful.  Both kinds of boots are stiffer than a regular shoe for both performance and safety purposes.  One key to success is the correct sock! Changing into a dry, mid-weight technical sock when you put on your boots can make a huge difference in how long your feet stay warm and dry. Also, make sure your sock is not bunched up.

Camelback Resort staffs the most talented and inspiring, professionally trained, ski and snowboard instructors who are dedicated to sharing their passion for these energizing winter sports. You’ll learn the skills you need in the learning area that you’ll use on the slopes. Our children’s lessons and family and friends lessons are beginner lessons that teach you the basics of skiing or riding. As you continue on your journey in snowsports, private lessons are available to work on specific skills. Your instructor will ask what your goals are for the lesson and work with you to achieve those goals.

Please contact the Ski and Ride Academy. They will be able to let you know if there is availability to switch the lesson.

If modifications or cancelations are made within 72 hours to your lesson, there will be a penalty of $25.

Children’s Lessons are for kids ages 4-12. Family & Friends Beginner Lessons are for groups ages 4 and up, with one person in the group age 13 or older.

If you will be arriving by car, at the lodge a standard overnight self-parking is $25 per night/vehicle plus tax, which will be applied at check in. Permit must be displayed until departure and is valid in all lots. For day guests visiting the Aquatopia, Snow tubing Park, Mountain Village (Camelbeach Outdoor Waterpark & Ski Mountain) or Mountain Adventures:

  • General Parking starting at $12/vehicle
  • Premium Parking Lot D2: Mon- Fri starting $40/vehicle | Sat – Sun (plus holidays) starting at $50/vehicle | Handicap Parking $12/vehicle Daily
  • Premium Parking Lot D3: Mon-Fri starting at $30/vehicle Daily | Sat – Sun (plus holidays) starting at $40/vehicle Daily
  • Click Here to access the full parking map

Season Passholders receive free general parking, excluding premium lots. Lodge guests may park in general parking lots, please display your parking permit which will be issued at check-in.

Make it simple and buy general or premium parking by following the Cashless payment instructions on lot signage.

This parking policy gives the ability to ensure that we may offer appropriate and safe parking for all of our guests, monitor/control the flow of traffic and assist in continuing to make parking lot improvements at the resort. Ensuring a smooth and safe process for all our guests.

As a beginner, you should have reasonable expectations about your first day out on the mountain. Hopefully, many of the things below will give you a better idea of what to expect, but there are some important basics to be prepared for:

  • Pace yourself and set reasonable expectations, focus on fun.
  • Learning something new is not always easy, but it will be rewarding and exciting when you succeed.
  • Everyone learns at a different pace.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask your instructor questions, they are there to help you learn.


Family & Friends & Private Lesson | Ski and Ride Academy in Mountain Village, 301 Resort Drive Tannersville, PA 18372.

Children’s Lessons: Monday – Friday | Ski & Ride Academy in Mountain Village and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays | Kids Learning Center at Adventure Base Camp

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