First Time - Ski

WinSport Ski Lessons - First Time
WinSport Snow School is the largest in Canada and offers close proximity to the city, short and frequent lesson, five magic carpets and progressive terrain making it the ideal place to learn. We put 35,000 people on snow every year and you can be next!

Looking to try for the first time or develop lifelong skills; we have options for you. Our lessons start at age three and are perfect for all ages and abilities. Having a hard time choosing? Call our team at 403-247-5452 ext. 4 and we can help you choose the program that fits your goals.

Just want to try?
  • Discover lessons provide a 90-minute lesson, teaching you the basics and getting you out on snow with a lift ticket and rentals for the day.
  • Ready to commit and learn more? Move to the Next Step and build on on new skills you have in this 90-minute lesson with rentals and a lift ticket.
Building skills for a trip to the mountains
  • Develop your skills quickly for a ski day with family, friends or coworkers and try our ski in 3. These are a group of 3 lessons that are built to progress your skills.
Level 1- Make the leap
  • Level 1 is the first in our learning pathway. Grasp the basics and learn how to be safe on the hill before you move on to the next level.
  • To complement our existing five week and PD day programming we have added ski in three levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 before your holiday travels for both kids and adults. Choose the option that fits best for you.

AGES
3 - 5

AGES
6 - 12

AGES
13 - 17

AGES
18+

WOMEN
AGES 18+

First Time Ages 3 - 5

Level 1

Through the use of skiing games we strive to build fundamental ski movements that can be leveraged in future lessons and programs. Before moving to the next level, it is important that all participants show competency in the key goal areas. Level 1 may be repeated multiple times to help build a solid foundation for a long skiing future.
Click here to view progression card »
Key Goals
  • Walk on skis
  • Slide straight down a beginner hill
  • Use snow plow to control speed
  • Come to complete stop on small incline
  • Introduction to turning skis while moving

Prerequisites
  • No previous skiing experience required
  • Able to:
    • Remain active for 90 minutes
    • Function in a group learning setting without parents
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Parent & Tot

Learn something new together in a fun, social atmosphere in a small group setting that allows for lots of individual attention. Children develop their skiing through skill-based games while parents learn tips from instructors on how to continue fostering their child ski development.
Key Goals
  • Introduce basic skills
  • Build comfort and confidence on the snow

Prerequisites
  • Parents must be able to ski at an intermediate level and bring their own equipment (including a CSA approved helmet)
  • No previous skiing experience required for preschooler
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First Time Ages 6 - 12

Level 1

Skiing related games are used to provide a fun and active introduction to skiing with the hope of building a lifelong love of the sport. Level 1 may be repeated multiple times to help build a solid foundation for a long skiing future.
Click here to view progression card »
Key Goals
  • Make complete stops
  • Complete turns of varying size on green terrain

Prerequisites
  • No previous skiing experience required
View Dates & Book »

Discover Ski

Discover a new passion for skiing in a fun and safe learning environment. Tailored to suit the learning style and abilities of each group, basic skills are learned and practiced through ski-related games in the beginner area. This single 90-minute lesson includes lift ticket and rentals.

  • Weekend: $60
  • Midweek: $50
Key Goals
  • Come to a stop using a snow plow (pizza shape)
  • May progress to turning, as skill level allows

Prerequisites
  • No previous skiing experience required
  • Able to:
    • Be active on skis for 90 minutes
View Dates & Book »

Ski in 3 - Youth

Whether you’ve never been on skis before or you already have some experience but would like a refresher, this extremely popular adult program is now available for youth! This program is a wonderful way to learn the basics of skiing in a fun and safe environment with an experienced instructor. These are a group of 3 lessons that are built to progress your skills prior to any holiday travels you have.

These 3 lessons include lift ticket and rentals.

Cost: $150

Dates:
  • December 18, 19, 20
  • February 12, 13, 14
  • March  19, 20, 21
Key Goals
  • Make a full stop
  • Complete turns of varying sizes on green terrain
  • Foster a lifelong love of skiing
  • Chairlift may be used, depending on the group

Prerequisites
  • No previous skiing experience required
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First Time Ages 13 - 17

Level 1


Skiing related games are used to provide a fun introduction to skiing and teach key skills with the hope of building a lifelong love of the sport in teens. Level 1 may be repeated multiple times to help build a solid foundation for a long skiing future.
Key Goals
  • Make a full stop
  • Complete turns of varying sizes on green terrain
  • Foster a lifelong love of skiing

Prerequisites
  • No previous skiing experience required
View Dates & Book »

Discover Ski

Designed for a more mature group looking to discover the basics of skiing, this program covers the fundamentals but with slightly more technical insight into skiing progression and a slightly quicker pace than our youth program. This single 90-minute lesson includes lift ticket and rentals.
  • Weekend: $60
  • Midweek: $50
Key Goals
  • Come to a stop using a snow plow (pizza shape)
  • Introduce turning by end of session

Prerequisites
  • No previous skiing experience required
View Dates & Book »

Ski In 3

Whether you’ve never been on skis before or you already have some experience but would like a refresher, this extremely popular program is a great way to learn the basics of skiing in a fun and safe environment with an experienced instructor. These are a group of 3 lessons that are built to progress your skills.These 3 lessons include lift ticket and rentals.Please note that the start times change on weekends.

Friday’s start time is 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday the start time is 9:00 a.m.

Key Goals
  • Comfortably ride from the top of the hill to the bottom by the end of day 3. Chairlift may be used, depending on the group

Prerequisites
  • No previous skiing experience required
View Dates & Book »
Add a 4th day to your Ski in 3 at Sunshine Village.

Sunshine Village

Add a 4th day to your Ski in 3 at Sunshine Village.

We are excited to work with our key mountain partner Sunshine Village to bring you a unique offer to extend your Ski in 3/Snowboard in 3 lessons. Take the skills you have learned in your first three lessons at WinSport and apply them at the Sunshine Village mountain in a 4th lesson offered to you at a significantly reduced price! Sunshine Village instructors will help you continue to build on your skills by introducing you to beginner terrain on the Rockies best snow. It is a great way to apply your skills while getting a feel for the snow at a mountain resort.

Your 4th day at Sunshine Village will include lift ticket, lesson and rentals on selected Sundays throughout the season.

Dates to choose from are: December 17th / January 28th / February 25th / March 11th / April 15th

  • 2-hour lesson with lift ticket & rentals $99+GST - You save $116 off full price
  • Full day lesson with lift ticket & rentals $129+GST - You save $126 off full price

This offer is exclusive to people who have registered and completed their Ski in 3 Lessons at WinSport. Upon registration for this program you will receive an email from the WinSport Snow School providing the link to register for this program at Sunshine Village.

If you do not receive the email please reach out to our Guest Services team via phone 403-247-5452 ext. 4 or email info@winsport.ca

First Time Ages 18+

Level 1

A program starts with basic skills and works towards creating skiers who are comfortable riding on beginner terrain without assistance. Level 1 groups will rarely use the chair lift, but the instructor will consider it if the skill level of the group allows.
Key Goals
  • Complete turns of varying size on green terrain
  • Make complete stops on slightly steeper terrain
  • Build confidence on skis and feel in control in a new environment

Prerequisites
  • No previous skiing experience required
View Dates & Book »

Discover Ski

Designed for a more mature group looking to discover the basics of skiing, this program covers the fundamentals but with slightly more technical insight into skiing progression and a slightly quicker pace than our youth program. This single 90-minute lesson includes lift ticket and rentals.
  • Weekend: $60
  • Midweek: $50
Key Goals
  • Come to a stop using a snow plow (pizza shape)
  • Introduce turning by end of session


Prerequisites
  • No previous skiing experience required
View Dates & Book »

Ski In 3

Whether you’ve never been on skis before or you already have some experience but would like a refresher, this extremely popular program is a great way to learn the basics of skiing in a fun and safe environment with an experienced instructor. These are a group of 3 lessons that are built to progress your skills.These 3 lessons include lift ticket and rentals.

Friday’s start time is 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday the start time is 9:00 a.m.

Key Goals
  • Comfortably ride from the top of the hill to the bottom by the end of day 3. Chairlift may be used, depending on the group

Prerequisites
  • No previous skiing experience required
View Dates & Book »
Add a 4th day to your Ski in 3 at Sunshine Village.

Sunshine Village

Add a 4th day to your Ski in 3 at Sunshine Village.

We are excited to work with our key mountain partner Sunshine Village to bring you a unique offer to extend your Ski in 3/Snowboard in 3 lessons. Take the skills you have learned in your first three lessons at WinSport and apply them at the Sunshine Village mountain in a 4th lesson offered to you at a significantly reduced price! Sunshine Village instructors will help you continue to build on your skills by introducing you to beginner terrain on the Rockies best snow. It is a great way to apply your skills while getting a feel for the snow at a mountain resort.

Your 4th day at Sunshine Village will include lift ticket, lesson and rentals on selected Sundays throughout the season.

Dates to choose from are: December 17th / January 28th / February 25th / March 11th / April 15th

  • 2-hour lesson with lift ticket & rentals $99+GST - You save $116 off full price
  • Full day lesson with lift ticket & rentals $129+GST - You save $126 off full price

This offer is exclusive to people who have registered and completed their Ski in 3 Lessons at WinSport. Upon registration for this program you will receive an email from the WinSport Snow School providing the link to register for this program at Sunshine Village.

If you do not receive the email please reach out to our Guest Services team via phone 403-247-5452 ext. 4 or email info@winsport.ca

First Time Women Only Ages 18+
Ski Cellar Snowboard

WinSport is proud to support Women’s programs and encourages women of all ages to come learn to ski or snowboard this winter or to progress your skills in the next level. Ski Cellar Snowboard, a local Calgary retailer for more than 70 years has partnered with WinSport for the last 20 years to grow interest in skiing and snowboarding, bring more people to snow and welcome women to try the sport, stay engaged and keep their families active all winter long. As part of our women’s only programs, you’ll be in a group of like-minded women in a non-intimidating setting to help you learn and you will have the opportunity to hear about the latest technology in equipment that is best suited to women to keep you comfortable on the hill.

On the second night of your program, join us for a short presentation from Ski Cellar Snowboard about topics in the industry relevant to women, women’s equipment and fit, prizes, hot chocolate and an opportunity to visit the mountains this winter!

Level 1

A program starts with basic skills and works towards creating skiers who are comfortable riding on beginner terrain without assistance. Level 1 groups will rarely use the chair lift, but the instructor will consider it if the skill level of the group allows.
Key Goals
  • Complete turns of varying size on green terrain
  • Make complete stops on slightly steeper terrain
  • Build confidence on skis and feel in control in a new environment

Prerequisites
  • No previous skiing experience required
View Dates - Women Only Level 1 »
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