Discovery Program Lessons (Ages 3-4)

Ages: Kids
Ability Level: Beginner
Age Range: 3-4

Wild Mountain is the place for your children to explore Sierra's winter wonderland! From Adventure Zones to terrain parks, your children will have tons to cheer about. Our instructors have the training, personality and patience to get kids out on the slopes and keep them smiling. Our programs are categorized by age and ability level to ensure your kids get the most out of their mountain experience!

What Level Am I?

Lesson Details, Itinerary + Important Info

The Discovery learn-to-ski program caters to little ones with short attention spans. Children learn the fundamentals of skiing in the morning and afternoon. This includes on-snow movement activities such as walking and snow play in ski boots and a basic introduction to sliding on one and two skis. Outdoor adventure time is also combined with indoor activities.

8:30am Ski & Snowboard School Opens.

Your child must be registered and dropped off before 9:15am in order for them to participate in the full program

9:15 am – 10:00 am Indoor Activities

During this period all children are fitted with equipment and partake in indoor activities such as arts & crafts, games and coloring. This helps them get comfortable in their new environment and to introduce the sport in a fun and exciting way

10:00 am Outdoor Snow Play

This includes on snow activities such as snow walks, snow painting, snow castle building, tobogganing and occasional snow tubing! All children will gently be introduced to the snow and mountains through a series of games and exploring with our highly trained staff.

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Time

Children enrolled in the Full Day program will eat lunch at Wild Mountain.

12:45 pm Afternoon Lesson Drop Off

Drop off is at the Wild Mountain Registration Area. Lesson begins at 1:00pm and offers 2 hours of on snow skiing/riding alongside outdoor snow play and learning activities.

3:15pm - 3:30 pm Pick Up Time

Children in Full Day and Afternoon lessons are ready for pick up in the Corral. Your child's instructor will be available should you have any questions.

4:00 pm

Wild Mountain Closes. Check availability for the following day and make a reservation.

3:46 – Considered late pick and late fee(s) will apply

Late Policy

Pick up time for the daycare is at 3:30. We allow a 15-minute grace period after which a late fee applies. From 3:46pm – 4:00pm a $35 late fee will be charged per child. At 4:00pm and every 30 minutes thereafter a $50 additional charge (per child) will be applied.

Parents... Remember that a good night's sleep, a hearty breakfast and plenty of fluids will help keep your child energized and active.

Children must be toilet trained and socially and emotionally ready for Ski & Snowboard School.

Parent Contact

In case we need to contact you, the Ski & Snowboard School will use the contact numbers you provided during registration. Cell Phones have limited coverage at our resort; please check your messages throughout the day.

Please also periodically check the message boards located at the base of the lifts and in the base area. If your child's name appears here contact us as soon as possible.

For the safety of your child, parents MUST remain on the premises.

Allergies or Medication

Please be sure to inform us if your child has any food allergies or dietary requirements. Children with allergies or dietary restrictions are welcome to bring their own lunch to be stored by the staff. However, lunch cannot contain tree nuts or peanuts due to our health policies. The Wild Mountain staff is not authorized to administer medication to children.

Pick Up

For your child's safety, when picking up your child, you MUST have the pickup slip that was given to you at the beginning of the day. If you misplace the slip, please contact the Ski & Snowboard School prior to the scheduled pickup time.

Report Cards

At the end of the lesson your child will receive a report card detailing what they learned and what level they should enter into should you choose to return.

Bring your report card next time to help us learn a little more about you and your skiing/riding!


Children should arrive, dressed in layers, ready to ski or board. This includes: waterproof pants and jacket, warm socks, waterproof mittens, goggles/sunglasses, sun block. Retail items are available at the Wild Mountain Ski & Snowboard School.

Helmets and ski pants are available for rental.

We are not responsible for lost items.


We don't issue refunds due to weather, when children are unwilling to participate or if they become ill after being in our care.

To ensure a smooth check-in process, we suggest arriving to the mountain an hour before your child's lesson time. Purchase lesson packages and tickets at the Learn to Ski/Ride building or online below.

2016/17 Wild Mountain + Burton Experience Rates

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Lessons Rate
Non-peak / Peak Window Price
Inquire or Book Now
Full Day Lesson Package
Includes lesson, lift ticket, lunch and rental equipment. Helmets not included.
$179 | $199
3-PAK Lesson Package* $125/day Buy Now
10-PAK Lesson Package* $85/day Buy Now
Reserve a day of your Wild Mountain 3-PAK or 10-PAK Lesson Package online.*
Reserve Now
*3-PAK + 10-PAK Reservation Request: Please note this is only a reservation request and you must already have a purchased 3 or 10PAK program for the current season. Your lesson will be confirmed via email. Reservations must be made at least 24-48 hours in advance. Walk-ins may be available and start at 8:00 a.m. on weekends and 8:30 a.m. weekdays. 
*The 3-PAKs and 10-PAKs are valid for any three days or ten days of the season, including holiday dates, and dates do not need to be consecutive. Non-transferable. Non-refundable. Afternoon lessons are based on availability.

2016/17 Discovery Lesson Only Rates (For Season Passholders)

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Lessons Rate
Non-peak / Peak Window Price
Inquire Now
Full Day Lesson ONLY* $169 | $189 Call In Only
530.659.7453 x150
*Valid for Sierra-at-Tahoe child season passholders only and does not include rental equipment or helmet. Non-transferable. Non-refundable. Afternoon lessons are based on availability.

2016-17 Peak Dates

December 26-31, 2016 | January 14-15, 2017 | February 18-25, 2017

Things Parents Should Know

  • If you haven’t already made a reservation online, to save time, please call 530.659.7453 x150 to make your reservation 48 hours prior to your arrival.
  • Please note that lessons are subject to selling out. While reservations are not required, we strongly recommended you make them at least 48 hours prior to your arrival. 
  • We recommend you arrive by 8:30 a.m. (8:00 a.m. on Saturdays and holidays) to allow for ample time for the check-in process. The check-in and registration process for full-day and morning classes ends at 9:00 am sharp. Afternoon lesson check-in and registration ends at 12:00 pm and is based on availability.
  • One adult must remain present at Sierra-at-Tahoe throughout the day in case of emergency.
  • Dress child appropriately for the weather. Layers are best.
  • Be sure your child has eye protection (goggles for snowy days and sunglasses for sunny days).
  • Hats, gloves, sunscreen and other items you might forget are available at the Wild Mountain Children's Center.
  • Ski pants and helmet rentals are available at the Wild Mountain Children's Center.
  • Be sure your child eats breakfast. Lunch is included in all full-day programs.
  • If your child has any food allergies or special diets, parents may provide your child a lunch. Absolutely no peanut or nut products can be brought from home.
  • Our kitchen is friendly to allergies, but cannot guarantee food has not come in contact with other foods containing allergens or meat.
  • Your child will be placed in a group according to their age and ability level. Although you will make a preliminary assessment, final placement is determined with consideration toward the safety of your child and other class members.
  • Adult lift tickets can be purchased at Wild Mountain Children's Center.
  • Cancellation Policy for single-day reservations: please call 530.659.7453 x150 at least 24 hours in advance for full refund. $30 fee applies for cancellations made before 7:00 a.m. the day of the reservation. Full amount will be charged for cancellations after 7:00 a.m.
  • The 3-PAKs and 10-PAKs are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Is your 3 or 4 year old ready for ski/board school?

Is your child ready for a full day of skiing?  Our Ski Program can be a fun filled experience for children.  However, it can also be a demanding day both physically and emotionally for some 3 and 4 year olds. 

Please read through the below characteristics to help you decide if a day in ski/snowboard school is the right option for your child.  Children who exhibit most of these behaviors may be ready to learn to ski or snowboard.  Please remember that all children MUST be fully potty trained to attend ski/snowboard school.

  • My child attends daycare or preschool several days a week
  • My child does not need naps
  • My child responds to verbal directions and requests
  • My child is comfortable interacting with other children and adults
  • My child can focus on a single activity for an extended period of time
  • My child easily adapts to new surroundings and situations
  • My child is excited and wants to learn to ski today 

If this sounds like your child, we invite you to check out the program itinerary. If you have concerns or feel unsure whether the program is suitable for your child, please check out our licensed day care center or feel free to come and have a chat with us.

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