Pioneer Program Lessons (Ages 4-6)

Ages: Kids
Ability Level: First Timer,Beginner,Intermediate,Advanced,All Levels
Age Range: 4-6

Sierra-at-Tahoe is closed for the season! From blazing new trails in West Bowl to the second highest total snowfall on record + more ‘best day evers’ than we can count- the 2022/23 comeback season was one for the books. Keep the good times rollin’ + set yourself up for even more memories ahead by securing a 2023/24 Season Pass starting as low as $299 for a Weekday Pass or just $499 for Unlimited, with NO blackout dates. Buy Now!.

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 Pioneer program is aimed at 4-6 year old children. In order to help develop their mountain skills and get the most enjoyment out of their skiing experience, the lesson combines off and on snow activities geared towards helping children understand the fundamentals and discover a passion for the sport.

On weekends, and holiday periods,  Ski & Snowboard School Opens at 8:00am.

On weekdays we are open from 8:30am. We strongly advise that you aim to arrive, at the parking lot, at this time to allow for sufficient time to register and prepare for the lesson.

Ski & Snowboard School employees will be responsible for your child from drop off until the end of the day.

9:00am Registration Closes

Your child must be registered and dropped off before 9:00am in order for them to participate in the full program.

9:00 am – 10:00 am: Rentals and Class Formation

During this period all children are fitted with equipment for the day.

10:00 am Lesson Begins

This includes a combination of indoor and on snow ski/snowboard related activities continuing their adventure by introducing the physical aspects of the sport.

Children with prior on snow experience are assessed and higher level classes will head out to explore the mountain.

Throughout the morning, healthy snacks and adequate break time is included to keep kids interested and energized.

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch Time

Children will eat lunch at Wild Mountain. If your child has any specific dietary needs such as gluten free, celiac, or vegan we kindly suggest you bring their own lunch.

3:30 pm Pick Up Time

Children 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 pm – Considered late pick up and late fee(s) will apply

Late Policy

Pick up time is at 3:30. We allow a 15-minute grace period after which a late fee applies. From 3:46pm – 4:00pm a $40 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, long warm socks, waterproof mittens, goggles/sunglasses, sun block. Retail items are available at the Wild Mountain Ski & Snowboard School.

Helmets 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 when registration opens. Registration opens at 8:00 on weekends and holidays and at 8:30 on weekdays. Purchase lesson packages online below.

2022/23 Wild Mountain Rates

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.
$279  | $309  SOLD OUT
for the season
3-PAK Lesson Package* $179/day SOLD OUT
for the season
10-PAK Lesson Package* $149/day SOLD OUT
for the season

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- day of and in person inquiries only; no advance reservations available.

*PAK products are a discounted* program and are not eligible for use with Sierra at Tahoe gift cards purchased through Costco. *Other restrictions may apply.


2022/23 Peak Dates

November 25-27, 2022 | December 17 - January 8, 2023 | January 14-16, 2023 | February 18-26, 2023

Things Parents Should Know

  • If you haven’t already made a reservation online, to save time, please reserve online, below.
  • 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 Weekends and holidays) to allow for ample time for the check-in process. The check-in and registration process for full-day ends at 9:00 am sharp.
  • 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 for purchase at the Wild Mountain Children's Center.
  • 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 other than vegetarian, please provide your child a lunch. Absolutely no peanut or nut products can be brought from home.
  • 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.
  • The 3-PAKs and 10-PAKs are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Cancellation Policy for Lessons :

(1) For single day Cancellations made before 7am the day prior to your reservation: No charge.
(2) Cancellations made between 7am the day prior and 7am the day of your reservation: $50.00 cancellation charge.
(3) No Call/No Show or cancelling after 7am the day of the reservation: CHARGED FULL PRICE.

Is your child 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 children.

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 call 530.543.3150.

Enjoy Live Views Around the Mountain

Get a first-person perspective, from anywhere on any device, of what the current mountain conditions are here at Sierra from 12 locations with our live webcams.

View Live Webcams
Earn While You Turn

Level up your Season Pass with My Sierra Rewards Plus + start raking in the points each time you shred. Not only do you get access to Fast Pass perks but you also score FREE tickets + discounts to share with your crew! 

Season Passholder Perks!

Each Season Pass comes jam packed with ‘Passholder only’ Perks that help maximize your play + share the stoke with your friends + family. Enjoy perks like BFF tickets to share with your crew, 20% off on-mountain purchases, bring a friend for FREE Fridays + access to 60 FREE days of skiing with the Powder Alliance! 

Season Pass Perks