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Whether it's your first time on the snow or you're a seasoned professional, you will always improve with a private coaching session, either solo or with friends and family.


Fast track your on snow skills with a personalised lesson

Whether it's your first time on the snow or you're a seasoned professional, you will always improve with a private coaching session. Our Ski and Ride School instructors are passionate, experienced and offer supportive instructions in a safe learning environment to suit all levels of skiing, snowboarding, telemark and cross country.

Lessons can be taken solo or with friends and family, however all participants must be the same ability. Skiers and snowboarders cannot be in the same lesson and a valid lift pass is required for all lessons. 

What you need to know

  • Private lessons are very popular and we recommend booking in advance by contacting Hotham Ski and Ride School or The Big D for kids lessons
  • Any private lesson cancelled within 24-hours of start time will not be refunded
  • Helmets for all skiers and snowboarders are highly recommended

Lesson times

Lessons are available daily from 8.30am with the last lesson commencing at 3.30pm. 

Meeting places

Private lessons can be taken from Hotham Central, the Big D, or Dinner Plain at your request. Cross country meets at Jack Frost after 1.00pm only.


Running late? Don't stress. Come and see us at the Ski and Ride Office and we can tailor a beginner lesson to suit your needs. 

Are lift passes & rental gear included in the private lesson price?
No, the price of a private lesson includes the cost of the lesson only. Lift passes & rental gear can be purchased via the Online Shop.

Can adults and children go into a private lesson together?  
We do not recommend that adults take lessons with young children. The instructor will be focused on the youngest child for the majority of the lesson. From experience, we find that the adults do not get much tuition from the instructor.

Can we ski and snowboard in the same private lesson?  
No, you will need to book an instructor for either skiing or snowboarding.

How many people can you book into a private lesson?  
We would recommend no more than 5 guests in a private lesson at one time.

Will there be other members of the public in my private lesson?  
No, the private lesson is booked for you only; if you have friends or family who wish to join your lesson we can do this provided you contact us and let us know. Please note if your lesson has more than 3 people, there is a small additional charge applicable per person.

I want to book a full-day private lesson (6 or 7 hours), is there a lunch break included?  
All instructors must have a 30-minute break during a full-day private lesson; this is not included in the lesson duration if the instructor has a break in our lunchroom. If you would like the instructor to have lunch with you during their break time, this is included in the lesson duration.

What is your cancellation policy?  
We have a strict 24hr cancellation policy, any cancellations made more than 24hrs before the lesson start time will be refunded, we are unable to process any refunds within the 24 hr period. We also do not provide refunds in the event of poor or deteriorating weather on the day, please be mindful of this and check the weather forecast in advance.

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