Snowsports School

Hilltop Snowsports School Office Hours:

We are closed for the season. We will be booking ski and snowboard lessons for the 2022-23 winter season starting in October.

Here at Hilltop Snowsports School, we enjoy passing on our love of winter and snowsports! We will share techniques with you to become a better skier or snowboarder in a fun and engaging atmosphere. We offer group and private lessons to adults and children for skiing and snowboarding. We can’t wait to see you on the snow!

We’re booking ALL lessons in-person and over the phone. If you aren’t able to reach us by phone, the best thing you can do to get your lesson booked is: leave us a voicemail message and then answer the phone when we call you back.

Thank you for supporting your local non-profit ski area! We accept credit card payment only. (Updated 4/6/2022)

How do I determine my ability level?

Skiing

LevelAbilityTerrainPrior ExperiencePrerequisite SkillsWorking Towards
1BeginnerBeginner Area/FlatsNoneNoneBalancing Well and Stopping On Both Skis
2Learn-To-TurnGreen RunsCan Balance Well and Stop On Both SkisWalking, Stopping, Balance, Slight SteeringLinking Wedge Turns Both Directions
3IntermediateGreen & Blue RunsCan Link Wedge Turns Both DirectionsWedge Turns and SteeringLinking Parallel Turns Confidently All-Mountain
FFreestyleAll Mountain and Terrain ParkCan Link Parallel Turns Confidently All-MountainParallel Turns, Speed Control, All of the AboveSliding Rails and Boxes, Jumps, Grabs, Spins

Snowboarding

LevelAbilityTerrainPrior ExperiencePrerequisite SkillsWorking Towards
1BeginnerBeginner Area/FlatsNoneNoneBalancing Well and Side-Slips On Both Edges
2Learn-To-TurnGreen RunsCan Balance Well and Side-Slip On Both EdgesSkating, Balance, Side-Slips Linking Basic Skidded Turns Both Directions
3IntermediateGreen & Blue RunsCan Link Basic Skidded Turns Both DirectionsLinked Toeside and Heelside Turns and SteeringDynamic Turns Confidently All-Mountain
FFreestyleAll Mountain and Terrain ParkCan Link Turns Confidently All-MountainDynamic Turns, Speed Control, All of the AboveSliding Rails and Boxes, Jumps, Grabs, Spins
Tiny Turns • Ages 3 – 6 (Private 1-on-1 Lessons for YOUNG KIDS)

Tiny Turns are one hour 1-on-1 skiing or snowboarding private lessons designed for children ages 3 to 6.  What a great way to get your child started on the slope! Students will be given vests with handles on the back so instructors can assist the young student. Tiny Turns lessons will be able to access the entire hill with the students’ needs in mind.

We are offering Tiny Turns lessons for any ability level!

1-Hour 
Lesson $55
Lesson + Rental $75
This lesson comes with a lift ticket if the student doesn’t already have a season pass.

These lessons happen daily. Call us or come to the snowsports school desk to check our availability.

*Young students generally tire easily and are at a different stage in their motor skill development than older kids.
For this reason we cap these lessons at one hour per day, per student.*

Mogul Moose • Ages 7-12 (Kids Weekend Group Lessons)

Mogul Moose is a weekend kids program for skiers and snowboarders at the beginner to intermediate level. Students will learn how to get started skiing and snowboarding and will also develop techniques and confidence on the slope while having fun with their group.

We are offering this program for:
Level 1:  Beginner
Level 2:  Learn-To-Turn
Level 3:  Intermediate

For specific descriptions and videos on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab above.

The program happens:
Saturday or Sunday in the
Morning: 10:00am – 12:00pm or
Afternoon: 1:00pm – 3:00pm.

Each session contains four lessons. We offer this program in three sessions:

Session I
Saturdays Jan 8 – Jan 29
Sundays Jan 9 – Jan 30

Session II
Feb 5 – Feb 26
Feb 6 – Feb 27

Session III
March 5 – March 26
March 6 – March 27

Session Cost
Program $200
Program + Rental $280
This program comes with a lift ticket for each day if students don’t already have a season pass.

*You cannot book more than one session until your first/current session has ended.  To keep the quality of the lessons high, we want to make sure we are putting your child in the correct ability level for the next session.  Your child’s instructor will tell you what ability level to put your child in at the end of their session. Only then can you book the next session. *

Hotdoggers • Ages 7-12 (Kids Weekday Group Lessons With A Season Pass)

Hotdoggers is a weekday kids program for skiers and snowboarders at the beginner to intermediate levels. Kids will learn how to get started skiing and snowboarding and will also develop techniques and confidence on the slope while having fun with their group. This program comes with a season pass that encourages students to get lots of practice outside of their lessons.

We are offering this program in three ability levels:
Level 1:  Beginner
Level 2:  Learn-To-Turn
Level 3:  Intermediate

If your child has surpassed our level 3, putting them into a level 3 lesson will be boring for them and frustrating for the kids who actually want to learn level 3 skills.
Check out our new ADVENTURE CAMP! or Kids Freestyle if your child has surpassed level 3!

For specific descriptions and videos on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab above.

The program happens:
Monday & Wednesday  or  
Tuesday & Thursday
4:45pm – 6:45pm. 

Each session contains six lessons. We offer this program in three sessions:

Session I
Mon & Wed: Jan 3 – Jan 19
Tues & Thurs: Jan 4 – Jan 20

Session II
Mon & Wed: Jan 31 – Feb 16
Tues & Thurs: Feb 1 – Feb 17

Session III
Mon & Wed:  Feb 28 – March 23*
Tues & Thurs: March 1 – March 24*
*No lessons March 7-10

Session Cost:
Program $605 (1st Session Bought), $180 each additional session
Program + Rental $725 (1st Session Bought), $300 each additional session
This program comes with a season pass.

*You cannot book more than one session until your first/current session has ended.  To keep the quality of the lessons high, we want to make sure we are putting your child in the correct ability level for the next session.  Your child’s instructor will tell you what ability level to put your child in at the end of their session. Only then can you book the next session. *

ADVENTURE CAMP! • Ages 7-12 (Kids Weekday Group Shred)

ADVENTURE CAMP! is a weekday kids program for advanced skiers and snowboarders only. Kids will shred around the entire hill in a fun and social atmosphere.!
This program is a less structured learning environment, and is instead more focused on fun and friendship.

We are offering this program for advanced skiers and snowboarders only.

Advanced skiers must be able to confidently and consistently link parallel turns around all of Hilltop with speed.
Advanced snowboarders must be able to confidently and consistently link toeside and heelside turns around all of Hilltop with speed.

Students will ride all the terrain at Hilltop, including the terrain park.

For specific descriptions and videos on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab above.

The program happens:
Monday & Wednesday  or  
Tuesday & Thursday
4:45pm – 6:45pm. 

Each session contains six 2-hour group shreds. We offer this program in two sessions:

Session I
Mon & Wed: Jan 31 – Feb 16
Tues & Thurs: Feb 1 – Feb 17

Session II
Mon & Wed:  Feb 28 – March 23*
Tues & Thurs: March 1 – March 24*
*No lessons March 7-10

Session Cost:
Program $300
Program + Rental $420
This program comes with a lift ticket for each day if students don’t already have a season pass.

Winter Break Camp • Ages 7-12 (Kids Week Long Group Lessons)

Winter Break Camp are kids lessons that take place during the winter break in December. These lessons are a great opportunity for beginner to intermediate skiers and snowboarders to continue learning while out of school.

We are offering this program for:
Level 1:  Beginner
Level 2:  Learn-To-Turn
Level 3:  Intermediate

For specific descriptions and videos on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab above.

The program happens:
During Winter Break, Monday-Friday
Morning 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or
Afternoon 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Each session contains five lessons. We are offering this program in two sessions.

Week One: Dec 20-24

Week Two: Dec 27-Dec 31

Session Cost
Program $250
Program + Rental $350
This program comes with a lift ticket for each day if students don’t already have a season pass.

*You cannot book more than one session until your first session has ended.  To keep the quality of the lessons high, we want to make sure we are putting your child in the correct ability level.  Your instructor will tell you what ability level to put your child in after their first session. Only then can you book the next session.*

Kids Weekday Freestyle • Ages 7-12 (Kids Group Freestyle Lessons)

Kids Freestyle is a weekday program for advanced snowboarders and skiers.  It’s a great next step for kids age 7-12 to learn how to do tricks around the hill and enjoy our terrain park safely.  Instruction will cover park etiquette, how to approach and exit a feature, execute jumps, slide boxes and rails, grabs, spins and other fun freestyle moves. 

We are offering this program for:
Freestyle.
This program is for advanced skiers and snowboarders only. All skiers and snowboarders must be confident linking turns around the entire hill.

For specific descriptions and videos on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab above.

The program happens:
Tuesday & Thursday from 4:45pm to 6:45pm.

Each session contains six lessons. We offer this program in three sessions:

Session I
Tues & Thurs: Jan 4 – Jan 20

Session II
Tues & Thurs: Feb 1 – Feb 17

Session III
Tues & Thurs: Mar 1 – Mar 24*

*No lessons March 7-10

Session Cost:
Program $300
Program + Rental $420
This program comes with a lift ticket each day if students don’t already have a season pass.

*One thing that’s rad about freestyle; is that everyone can hit the same feature, but do different tricks on that feature that are at their ability/comfort level.*

Kids Weekend Freestyle • Ages 7-12 (Kids Group Freestyle Lessons)

Kids Weekend Freestyle is a program for advanced snowboarders and skiers.  It’s a great next step for kids age 7-12 to learn how to do tricks around the hill and enjoy our terrain park safely.  Instruction will cover park etiquette, how to approach and exit a feature, execute jumps, slide boxes and rails, grabs, spins and other fun freestyle moves.

We are offering this program for:
Freestyle.
This program is for advanced skiers and snowboarders only. All skiers and snowboarders must be confident linking turns around the entire hill.

For specific descriptions on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below.

The program happens:
Saturday or Sunday from 10:00pm to 12:00pm.

Each session contains 4 lessons. We offer this program in three sessions:

Session I
Saturday: Jan 8 – Jan 29
Sunday: Jan 9 – Jan 30

Session II
Saturday: Feb 5 – Feb 26
Sunday: Feb 6 – Feb 27

Session III
Saturday: Mar 5 – Mar 26
Sunday: Mar 6 – Mar 27

Session Cost:
Program $200
Program + Rental $280
This program comes with a lift ticket each day if students don’t already have a season pass.

*One thing that’s rad about freestyle; is that everyone can hit the same feature, but do different tricks on that feature that are at their ability/comfort level.*

In-Service lessons • Ages 7-12 (one time kids group lessons while ASD public schools are closed)

In-Service Lessons are kids lessons that take place during the Anchorage School District In-Service days when kids are out of school.
The lifts are spinning extended hours on these days, so we offer kids group ski and snowboard lessons to you so your kids can keep learning on their day off of school.

We are offering this program for:
Level 1:  Beginner
Level 2:  Learn-To-Turn
Level 3:  Intermediate
Freestyle

For specific descriptions on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below.

The program happens:
The Anchorage School District In-Service days when kids are not in school.
Dec 17th, Jan 17th, Feb 18th, Feb 21st, and Mar 4th.
Morning 10:00 am – 12:00 pm or
Afternoon 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Session Cost
Program $50
Program + Rental $70
This program comes with lift ticket for each day if students don’t already have a season pass.

*You cannot book more than one lesson until your first/current lesson has ended.  To keep the quality of the lessons high, we want to make sure we are putting your child in the correct ability level for the next lesson.  Your child’s instructor will tell you what ability level to put your child in at the end of their lesson. Only then can you book the next lesson. *

Monday Night Shredders • ages 13 – 17 (Teens Beginner or Freestyle group lessons)

Monday Night Shredders is our teens skiing and snowboarding program on Monday nights.
This social evening of shredding will be great for teenagers to get some exercise in the winter and to make some new friends.

We are offering this program in these ability levels:
Level 1: Beginner
Or Freestyle (You must be confident linking turns around the entire hill.)

For specific descriptions on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below.

This program happens:
Monday nights, 4:45 pm-6:45 pm.

Each session consists of 3 clinics.  Each clinic is 2 hours long.

Session I
Jan 3– Jan 24 *
*No lessons on January 17

Session II
Jan 31 – Feb 14

Session III
Feb 28 – Mar 21 *
*No lessons on March 7

Session Cost
Program $150
w/ Rental $210
This program comes with a lift ticket for each day if students don’t already have a season pass.

*One thing that’s rad about freestyle; is that everyone can hit the same feature, but do different tricks on that feature that are at their ability/comfort level.*

Hilltop JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM • Ages 14 & 15

HILLTOP JUNIOR INSTRUCTOR PROGRAM is a great opportunity for more advanced teen skiers and snowboarders to learn how to teach a sport that they are passionate about.

We are offering this program in this ability level:
You must be confident linking turns (parallel turns for skiers) around all of Hilltop.

This program happens:
Saturdays and Sundays.


9:45 am-12:15 pm for the first 3 weekends.
9:45 am-3:30 pm the last weekend, Feb 5th-27th.

The program consists of an online portion, six 2-hour on-snow clinics, two days of 4-hour shadow lessons.

Session Cost:
Program – $300
Online Portion – $25
To purchase the online portion and to learn more about the program; visit- Junior Instructor Certificate Program – PSIA-AASI LMS (thesnowpros.org)

These clinics come with a lift ticket for each day if students don’t already have a season pass.

Junior Instructors will learn People Skills, Teaching Skills, and Technical Skills specific to their sport of choice. After the program is paid for, the first step will be to complete the Online E-Learning Modules before the on-snow dates in February. The first 3 weekends of the on-snow course will be two hours each day learning professionalism and how to teach. The last weekend will be shadowing real group and private lessons taught by an instructor here at Hilltop Snowsports School. At the end of the program, Junior Instructors will be awarded a nationally recognized certificate by: PSIA/AASI and will be offered a job at Hilltop Snowsports School when they turn 16 years old.

Adult Beginner • ages 18+ (Adult beginner group lessons)

Adult Beginner lessons are a fun way to get introduced to the world of skiing or snowboarding! You will be in a group lesson with other adults who have never done the sport either. These are one time 2-hour group lessons that are fun and low commitment.

We are offering this program in these four ability levels:
Level 1:  Beginner

For specific descriptions on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below.

This program happens:
Saturdays and Sundays 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Lesson Cost:
Program – $50
w/Rental – $70
This lesson comes with a lift ticket if students don’t already have a season pass.

*If two or fewer people attend the lesson, the lesson will be switched to a 1-hour lesson.
With fewer people in a lesson, you are receiving a more premium lesson product as you will receive more individualized attention and feedback.*

Free The Heel! • ages 18+ (Adult beginner Telemark group lessons)

Free The Heel! Telemark lessons are finally here! Come learn how to drop your knee with a group of new telemark enthusiasts.
This program will focus on the telemark specific movements to help you find your graceful flow down the slopes. Some alpine ski experience is required.

We are offering this program to beginner telemark skiers.

Pre-Requisite Skills:
To be eligible for this program, you must be a confident all-mountain alpine skier OR an advanced nordic skier with some alpine ski experience,
OR an advanced snowboarder with some alpine ski experience.

For specific descriptions on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below.

This program happens:
Wednesday nights at 5 PM.

Session I
Jan 12 – Jan 26

Session 2
Feb 9 – Feb 23

Session 3
Mar 16 – Mar 30

Session Cost:
Program – $180
This program comes with a lift ticket for each day if students don’t already have a season pass.

*We do not have telemark ski rentals here at Hilltop. You will need your own telemark skis and boots for this lesson program.
Alaska Pacific University (APU) does have telemark rental gear.*

Shredmaiden X Slope Sisters • ages 18+ (Women’s Beginner or Freestyle Group Sessions)

ShredMaiden X Slope Sisters is a fantastic way to experience the magic of skiing and snowboarding amongst other women on Friday nights! Whether it’s your first time, or you have been skiing and riding for a while and want to jump into the world of freestyle; ShredMaiden X Slope Sisters may just be the highlight of your winter!

We are offering this program in these four ability levels:
Level 1:  Beginner
Level 2: Learn-To-Turn
Level 3: Intermediate
Or Freestyle (You must be confident linking turns around the entire hill.)

For specific descriptions on the different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below.

This program happens:
Friday nights, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm.

Each session consists of 3 clinics.  Each clinic is 2 hours long.

Session I
Jan 7-21

Session II
Feb 4-18

Session III
Mar 4-18

Session Cost:
Program – $150
w/Rental – $210
This clinics come with a lift ticket for each day if students don’t already have a season pass.

*ShredMaiden is sponsoring this all women’s ski and snowboard program. They will be bringing some extra stoke and they will have a giveaway at the end of each session!*

*One thing that’s rad about freestyle; is that everyone can hit the same feature, but do different tricks on that feature that are at their ability/comfort level.*


Kids First Time Ski and Snowboard Scholarship! The deadline to apply is Friday December 17th.


FAQs

Snowsports School Policies, Terms, and Conditions
  • All lessons are final and non-refundable.
  • Absences will not be refunded or made-up.
  • Students will ride the lifts unaccompanied.
  • A minimum of 24-hours’ notice is required to change a private lesson time and date.
  • All private lessons must be completed before the end of the current ski/ride season.
  • Parents/guardians are required to pick up children at the end of lessons, unless the child is age 7 or older and the parent/guardian has signed a “permission to stay late” form that allows the child to “free ride” unsupervised.
  • Children age 13+ will be dismissed at the end of the lesson regardless of whether the parent/guardian is present.
  • If you are late for a lesson, that time will be forfeited from your lesson.
  • Parking here at Hilltop Ski Area can be challenging at times. We recommend showing up early to experience the full lesson time.
  • If Hilltop Snowsports School cancels a group lesson for any reason, a makeup lesson will be offered at the discretion of Hilltop Snowsports School.
    If you cannot attend the makeup lesson we provide, you will forfeit the value of that lesson.
  • We do not guarantee weather or conditions, open terrain or number of lifts operating.
  • Every student will need to fill out a liability waiver for the current ski/ride season.
How do I book a lesson?

We book lessons over the phone or in person when the season starts. If you would like to book a lesson, registration for Hotdoggers will begin October 1st.
Please call the Snowsports School at (907) 346-2169. We don’t book lessons online and this is a decision chosen purposefully.
We want to talk to you to help you find the best lesson for you or your child!

Will my child ride the chair lift with an instructor?

In group lessons the majority of the time students will be partnered with other students for chair rides. The instructor coordinates the students getting on the lift and will train students to ride the lift properly. The instructor will load the chair with the last student if there is space. If there isn’t space, the instructor will ride on the chair behind the group.

Are lift tickets included with lessons?

Yes, lift tickets are included in the price of the lessons. The ticket is good for the whole day of the lesson to encourage the student to practice after the lesson.
Hotdoggers is the only program that comes with a season pass.

Do I need to be with my child for snowsports school check-in?

Yes, students 12 and under must be checked in with a parent or guardian. All snowsports school lessons check-in outside in the snowsports school meeting place.
Private lessons come check in at the Snowsports School booking desk.

Do I need to check-out my child from snowsports school?

Yes. Parents/guardians are required to pick up children at the end of lessons, unless the child is age 7 or older and the parent/guardian has signed a “permission to stay late” form that allows the child to free ride” unsupervised. Children age 13+ will be dismissed at the end of the lesson regardless of whether the parent/guardian is present.

Can I stay with my child during lessons?

During the actual lesson time, we recommend that parents observe from a distance to prevent disrupting the class.

Can I tip our instructors?

Tips are always appreciated, but never expected.  Tips are a great way to show your appreciation of your instructor’s hard work!

What happens if we are late for a lesson?

If you are late for your lesson; we will help the student find their instructor. Time is not made-up for tardiness.

What ages do you offer lessons for?

We offer Private Lessons that are age 7+, or for ages 3-6: a Tiny Turns private lesson.  Kids group lessons are for ages 7-12. 
Teens group lessons are 13-17.  Adult Group Lessons are for ages 18+.

How early should I arrive before my lesson?

If you have your own gear, you should arrive 15 minutes before your lesson. If you have rentals but have already been pre-fitted, then please come 30 minutes prior.
If you have not been pre-fit, an hour before lesson is necessary.

What happens if there is bad weather?

The two main weather reasons that Hilltop will cancel lessons are high winds and low temperatures.
As soon as the decision to cancel lessons is made we will reach out to you and it will be posted on our website.

Can I cancel a lesson?

Private lessons can be canceled and rescheduled, if it is 24 hours before the time of the lesson.
Group lessons cannot be canceled or rescheduled. 

How should I dress for lessons?

Students should arrive fully dressed and ready to go for their lesson. Here is a suggested list of clothing for skiers and snowboarders. Cotton is not recommended.

  • Long underwear
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Snow coat and snow pants
  • Helmet
  • Hand and foot warmers if it is cold outside
  • Knee length socks
  • Sweater or fleece
  • Water proof gloves or mittens
  • Goggles if it is windy or snowing
Are helmets required for lessons?

Yes, all students are required to wear helmets in lessons. Hilltop rents and sells helmets.

For more lesson information and booking please call (907) 346-2169 or send us a message.

HILLTOP SNOWSPORTS SCHOOL IS NOW HIRING
SKI AND SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTORS FOR THE 2021-22 SEASON!

Apply Online Below!