Snowsports School

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 at 907-346-2169, 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.

Booking Desk Hours of Operation-
Monday-Thursday, 12:30 PM-7:00 PM
Friday, 9 AM-7 PM
Saturday and Sunday 9 AM-4 PM

Thank you for supporting your local non-profit ski area!
We accept credit card payment only. (Updated 12/04/2022)
We prioritize in-person booking. Thank you for your patience!

Private Lessons

Private lessons • Ages 7+ (1-on-1 or private group lessons)

Private Lessons are either 1-on-1 or a private group lesson for skiing, snowboarding or telemark, ages 7+. Get the whole family together or a group of friends to take your ski or snowboard skills to the next level! We recommend all private group lesson students be a similar ability level for the best experience. Private lessons are a premium learning experience. Students will receive more attention and feedback from the instructor because there are less students in the class. You can also request your favorite instructor here at Hilltop Snowsports School!

We are offering Private Lessons for any ability level! If you or your group want a terrain park or freestyle lesson, please mention it when booking.

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

1-Hour
Lesson $75
Lesson + Rental $95
Additional Person $45
Additional Person + Rental $65

2-Hour
Lesson $120
Lesson + Rental $140
Additional Person $75
Additional Person +Rental $95
This lesson comes with a lift ticket for each student 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 and book.

Tiny Turns • Ages 3-6 (Private 1-on-1 Lessons for YOUNG KIDS)

Tiny Turns are one hour, private 1-on-1 only, skiing or snowboarding 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. Tiny Turns lessons are a premium learning experience. Students will receive more attention and feedback from the instructor which is crucial at this age. You can also request your favorite instructor here at Hilltop Snowsports School!

We are offering Tiny Turns lessons for any ability level!

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

1-Hour 
Lesson $60
Lesson + Rental $80
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. *

Group Lessons for Kids

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 our level 3!

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

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 9 – Jan 25 or
Tues & Thurs: Jan 10 – Jan 26

Session II
Mon & Wed: Feb 6 – Feb 22 or
Tues & Thurs: Feb 7 – Feb 23

Session III
Mon & Wed:  Feb 27 – March 22* or
Tues & Thurs: Feb 28 – March 23*
*No lessons March 13-17

Session Cost:
Program $605 (1st Session Bought)
Program + Rental $725 (1st Session Bought)
Each Additional Session $240
Additional Session + Rental $360
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. *

*If your student is confidently riding all the trails at Hilltop or their skill is above our level 3 standard, then they are no longer beginner-intermediate skiers or snowboarders and will not be able to sign up for Hotdoggers. We do have a few advanced programs like Freestyle or Adventure Camp! that would suit their more advanced ability level. *

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 our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

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 7 – Jan 28
Sundays Jan 8 – Jan 29

Session II
Saturdays Feb 4 – Feb 25
Sundays Feb 5 – Feb 26

Session III
Saturdays March 4 – March 25
Sundays March 5 – March 26

Session Cost
Program $220
Program + Rental $300
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. *

*If your student is confidently riding all the trails at Hilltop or their skill is above our level 3 standard, then they are no longer beginner-intermediate skiers or snowboarders and will not be able to sign up for Mogul Moose. We do have a few advanced programs like Freestyle or Adventure Camp! that would suit their more advanced ability level. *

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

In-Service Camp is an all-day kid’s lesson 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. This is an all day lesson from 10 AM-3 PM with a break for lunch in between. This one time, one day camp is great for those families looking for a low commitment skiing and snowboarding experience.

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

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

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

The program happens:
On the Anchorage School District In-Service days when kids are out of school:
Dec 22nd, Jan 16th, Feb 20th, Feb 24th, or Mar 10th.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm with lunch in between.
*Hilltop will not provide lunch or any food. Be sure to pack a lunch or give your child lunch money for this program. *

Session Cost
Program $110
Program + Rental $130
This lesson comes with lift ticket 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 freestyle 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
Freestyle: Advanced

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

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

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 26 – 30

Week Two: Jan 2 – 6

Session Cost
Program $275
Program + Rental $375
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. *

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

Spring Break Camp are kids’ lessons that take place during the spring break in March. These lessons are a great opportunity for beginner to freestyle 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
Freestyle: Advanced

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

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

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

Each session contains five lessons.
Mar 13 – 17

Session Cost
Program $275
Program + Rental $375
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. *

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. This is a great next step for kids who have surpassed our beginner-intermediate programs like Hotdoggers and Mogul Moose. This is also a great alternative to Freestyle if your child isn’t as interested in learning tricks or going into the terrain park.

We are offering this program for advanced skiers and snowboarders only who are above our Level 3 standard.

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.

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

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

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

Session I
Mon & Wed: Jan 9 – Jan 25

Session II
Mon & Wed: Feb 6 – Feb 22

Session III
Mon & Wed:  Feb 27 – March 22*
*No lessons March 13-17

Session Cost:
Program $330
Program + Rental $450
This program comes with a lift ticket for each day if students don’t already have a season pass.

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

Kids Weekday 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: Advanced

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

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

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 10 – Jan 26

Session II
Tues & Thurs: Feb 7 – Feb 23

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

Session Cost:
Program $330
Program + Rental $450
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. *

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: Advanced

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

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

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 7 – Jan 28
Sunday: Jan 8 – Jan 29

Session II
Saturday: Feb 4 – Feb 25
Sunday: Feb 5 – Feb 26

Session III
Saturday: Mar 4 – Mar 25
Sunday: Mar 5 – Mar 26

Session Cost:
Program $220
Program + Rental $300
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. *

Group Lessons for Teens

Shredders! • ages 13-17 (Teens Beginner or Freestyle group lessons)

Shredders! is our teens skiing and snowboarding program on Monday nights. This social evening of shredding is great for teenagers to learn how to shred, 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: Advanced

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

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

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

Each session consists of 3 lessons. 
Each lesson is 2 hours long.

Session I
Dec 5 – Dec 19

Session II
Jan 9 – Jan 23

Session III
Feb 6 – Feb 20

Session IV
Feb 27 – Mar 20 *
*No lessons on March 13

Session Cost
Program $165
Program + Rental $225
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. *

Senderellas • ages 13-17 (Teen Girls Beginner or Freestyle group camps)

Senderellas! is our teen girls three-day skiing and snowboarding camp. In the first camp, students will start their skiing and snowboarding journey surrounded by other teen girls who are also brand new to the sport. In the second camp, more advanced skiers and snowboarders will hone their freestyle skills in and out of the terrain park with other teen girls. This camp will be a super fun opportunity to make new friends develop snow sliding skills!

We are offering this program in these ability levels:
1st Camp- Level 1: Beginner
2nd Camp- Freestyle: Advanced

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

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

This program happens:
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; 4:45 pm-6:45 pm.

Each camp consists of 3 lessons. 
Each lesson is 2 hours long.

Camp I, Level 1 Only
Dec 13th, 14th, 15th

Camp II, Freestyle Only
Mar 28th, 29th, 30th

Camp Cost
Program $165
Program + Rental $225
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 13-15

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. Students must be age 13, 14, or 15 to participate in the Junior Instructor Program.

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:
Every Saturday and Sunday in March.
March 4th, 5th, 11th, 12th, 18th, 19th, 25th, and 26th.
Junior Instructors must attend all days in order to complete the course.

9:45 am-12:15 pm for the first 3 weekends.
9:45 am-3:15 pm the last weekend.

The program consists of an online portion, six 2-hour on-snow clinics, and 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)
Hilltop will not provide rentals for this program. We expect our instructors to have their own equipment.
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.

Group Lessons for Adults

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 to:
Level 1:  Beginner

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

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

Lesson Cost:
Program $55
Programs + Rental $75
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 shortened 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. *

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

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 snowboarding 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: Advanced

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

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

This program happens:
Friday nights, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.

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

Session I
Dec 9th, 16th, and 23rd.

Session II
Jan 13th, 20th, and 27th.

Session III
Feb 10th, 17th, and 24th.

Session IV
Mar 10th, 24th, and 31st.
*No Lessons on Mar 17th*

Session Cost:
Program $180
Program + Rental $240
These 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. *

Sendy Saturdays • ages 18+ (Adult Freestyle Group Clinics)

Sendy Saturdays is a one-time adult group freestyle clinic. Come take your freestyle skills like jumping, spinning, buttering, and sliding boxes/rails, to the next level! You will receive individualized coaching at your level by our best instructors and be surrounded by other adults who want to enhance their skiing or snowboarding freestyle skills. We’ll be offering two types of Sendy Saturdays Clinics: #1 Rails, Boxes and Butters. #2 Jumps, Grabs, and Spins.

We are offering this program for:
Freestyle: Advanced

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

For specific descriptions and videos on our different ability levels, please visit the HOW DO I DETERMINE MY ABILITY LEVEL? tab below in the FAQ section.

This program happens:
Saturday nights, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm.
Dec 17th Rails, Boxes and Butters
Jan 14th Jumps, Grabs and Spins
Jan 28th Rails, Boxes and Butters
Feb 11th Jumps, Grabs and Spins
Feb 25th Rails, Boxes and Butters
Mar 11th Jumps, Grabs and Spins
Mar 25th Rails, Boxes and Butters

Clinic Cost:
Program $60
Program + Rental $80
This clinic comes with a lift ticket 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. *

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 and intermediate 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.

This program happens:
Wednesday nights at 6 PM.

January 11th: Beginner
Jan 18th: Intermediate
Jan 25th: Beginner
February 1st: Intermediate
Feb 8th: Beginner
Feb 15th: Intermediate
March 1st: Beginner
Mar 8th: Intermediate
Mar 22nd: Beginner

Lesson Cost:
Program $60
This clinic 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 ski rental gear. *



SNOWSPORTS SCHOOL POLICIES, TERMS, AND CONDITIONS

  • All lessons are final and non-refundable.
  • Absences will not be refunded or made-up.
  • 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.
  • If you are renting equipment here, we recommend arriving early to experience the whole lesson time.
  • Every student will need a liability waiver completed for the current ski/ride season. A parent/guardian must sign for children under the age of 18 years old.
  • Students in group lessons may ride the lifts unaccompanied.
  • Parents/guardians are required to pick children up 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.
  • Students age 13+ will be dismissed at the end of the lesson regardless of whether the parent/guardian is present.
  • 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.

FAQs

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
3IntermediateBlue RunsCan Link Wedge Turns Both DirectionsWedge Turns and SteeringLinking Parallel Turns Confidently All-Mountain
Freestyle AdvancedAll 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
3IntermediateBlue RunsCan Link Basic Skidded Turns Both DirectionsLinked Toeside and Heelside Turns and SteeringDynamic Turns Confidently All-Mountain
Freestyle AdvancedAll Mountain and Terrain ParkCan Link Turns Confidently All-MountainDynamic Turns, Speed Control, All of the AboveSliding Rails and Boxes, Jumps, Grabs, Spins
whY cAN’T MY ADVANCED STUDENT CONTINUE TO DO HOTDOGGERS, they’re still between the age of 7-12?

Hotdoggers is a beginner to intermediate skiing and snowboarding program for kids age 7-12. If we put your advanced student with kids that are at a lower ability level, your student will be bored, and the other students who signed up at their appropriate level will get frustrated that they aren’t performing at the level of the advanced kids. This is a lose-lose situation for everyone involved. If your child has surpassed Hotdoggers and are still age 7-12, then please check out our programs: Freestyle and Adventure Camp!, as those are our advanced programs for that age group.

whY choose Hilltop snowsports school for my ski and snowboard education?

We have a dedicated staff of instructors that are well trained using PSIA-AASI (Professional Ski Instructors of America-American Association of Snowboard Instructors) as our guide. Our ski and snowboard instructors are passionate about outdoor recreation in the winter and are deeply connected in the ski and snowboard community. We offer a fun learning experience, for kids and adults alike, with safety as our #1 priority. Hilltop Ski Area is a non-profit, a family friendly atmosphere and is conveniently located in Anchorage; just a short drive up the hillside. We have great beginner terrain and a super fun terrain park!

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How do I book a lesson?

We book all lessons over the phone or in person starting October 10th, 2022 (Oct 3rd for Hotdoggers, in-person only). 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 and/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 for those that don’t already have a season pass. The lift ticket is good for the whole day of the lesson to encourage the student to practice before and/or 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 group snowsports school lessons check-in outside in the snowsports school meeting area. 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. Teens 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. Children will be able to learn better and focus more if parents aren’t hovering the lesson.

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 for rentals, an hour before your lesson is recommended.

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. 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. If your private lesson is cancelled due to bad weather, we will call you to set up a new time and date that works for both you and us.

Can I cancel or reschedule a lesson?

All lessons are final and non-refundable. Private lessons can be rescheduled, if you call us at least 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 (helmets are mandatory for lessons, we have helmet rentals if you don’t have your own)
  • Hand and foot warmers if it is cold outside
  • Knee length socks
  • Sweater or fleece
  • Winter gloves or mittens that have some water proofing
  • Goggles if it is windy or snowing

    We have some outerwear retail items for sale at the ticket office.
Are helmets required for lessons?

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

What waivers do i need to sign to participate in a ski or snowboard lesson?

There is 1 waiver that is mandatory for every student, and it can be filled out digitally using the link below. This waiver only needs to be completed once for the season.

Click HERE to sign the Hilltop Snowsports School Liability Waiver:
This waiver doesn’t need to be printed or emailed to us.
A parent/guardian must sign for their children under the age of 18.

If you would like your child age 7-12 to be able to ski or ride without a parent or guardian picking up the child after the clinic,
then a parent/guardian will need to sign a permission to stay late form that can be found at the snowsports school booking desk.

For more lesson information and booking please call (907) 346-2169.

HILLTOP SNOWSPORTS SCHOOL IS NOW HIRING
SKI AND SNOWBOARD INSTRUCTORS FOR THE 2022-23 SEASON!

Apply Online Here!