Sports School

Call 208.325.1025 or email

for lesson reservations.

Develop your skills and get the best out of your Tamarack adventure! Tamarack's Sports School, run and managed by some of America's top professionals, offers a broad array of private and group ski/snowboard lessons as well as camps and clinics to suit all levels of experience and all ages including first-timers.

Trailblazers Program: (ages 4 to 11)

SESSION 1: Sundays January 12-February 9
10:00am - 3:00am lesson time

SESSION 2: Sundays February 23-March 23
10:00am - 3:00am lesson time

Ski or snowboard
Must be able to ski or ride green level terrain or higher,
Includes full day of lessons, lunch and a 2013-2014 season pass at completion!
Rental not included.

Cost: $350

Call 208-325-1025 or email to sign up!

This is a group type lesson geared for kids who already ski or snowboard and who are needing to be challenged in a safe, learning environment. It will also focus on your skier/rider responsibility code as well as mountain awareness. Students will be with one instructor for the five week session and will be grouped by ability from green to black run skiers/boarders.

While we try to accommodate everyone, please reserve your lessons at least 48 hours in advance.

Beginner's Mountain Adventure (ages 13 and up)

SESSION: Sundays beginning January 12 thru February 2

Beginners Only
Ski or Snowboard
Includes four 2 hour semiprivate lessons, equipment rental, lift ticket and 2013-2014 season pass at completion!

Cost: $229

Call 208-325-1025 or email to sign up!

This is the ideal package for beginners to the sport. It includes everything you need except for the clothes on your back. Daily tickets for appropriate terrain will be issued at the end of each lesson and a season pass for the remainder of the season will be issued at completion. This is also a great opportunity for those who ski or snowboard to try the other discipline.

While we try to accommodate everyone, please reserve your lessons at least 48 hours in advance.

Private Lessons (all ages)

Your quickest way to the top! Whether you're just learning or carving some turns in the powder and trees, this is the lesson for you. Just you and the instructor. All skill levels accepted. Available every hour on the hour beginning at 10:00am. This lesson does NOT include a lift ticket or equipment rentals.

Private Add on Person (all ages)

Add up to 5 of your closest friends and family to your private lesson and experience learning all together. All additional people must be of the same skill level as the originating student.

Semi-private Lessons (ages 13 and up)

This lesson is available for first time skiers and snowboarders who have never skied or snowboarded before. This is a 2 hour multi-person lesson for adults aged 13 and up and includes Skis/Board, boots, and a discovery area lift ticket. Lessons depart once a day promptly at 11:00am.

Children's Lessons (ages 4 to 12)

Our skilled instructors provide a fun learning experience for children of all ages and abilities in a low-pressure, fundamentals-based program. The half-day class includes 2 hour lesson, rentals and full-day ticket. The full-day includes rentals, ticket, and lunch. AM half days and full days start at 10:00am. PM half day lessons start at 1:00pm and are based on existing class availability.

Early Bird / Stay Late Private Lesson (ages 13 and up)

This is a 1 hour private lesson for 1-3 people of the same skill level. Any level of skier can take advantage of these special times. Lessons available at 9:00am and 3:00pm ONLY. Lesson does NOT include lift ticket or equipment rentals.

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Ski/Snowboard Lessons 1-Hour 2-Hour 3-Hour Half-Day Full-Day
Private $ 55 $110 $150 - $290
Semi-Private - $ 55 - - -
Private Add on Per Person $ 30 - - - -
Early/Late $ 50 - - - -
Youth & Children's Program - - - $ 70 $110

Sports School Information

  • To ensure that one of our qualified instructors is available at your desired lesson time, please call 208.325.1025 or email and provide your call-back phone number at least 48 hours prior to your desired lesson time.
  • Advance reservations for Sports School are encouraged for all days of operation and required for private lessons. Call 208.325.1025 or 203.325.1030. You should make your sports school reservations at the same time that lodging reservations are made to ensure that your space is secure. Classes may be cancelled or rescheduled.
  • Reservations must be made at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Sports School pricing does not include applicable state and local taxes.
  • Please review our ability chart to insure you are placed in the appropriate class for your ability.
  • All participants under the age of 18 must have a liability release form signed by a legal guardian.

Lift tickets are provided for all students while in their lesson. Adults must purchase appropriate ticket when not in lesson. All children over age 6 participating in an AM lesson can purchase an all mountain ticket for $10 after their lesson. Children 6 and under free.

Lesson times:

  • Private lessons are available every hour on the hour from 9:00am until 3:00pm
  • Semi Private Lessons are available at 11:00am
  • Students requiring rentals should plan on having the rental process complete at least 30 minutes before the lesson starts.
  • Children under 12 participating in our children's ski and ride programs must be willing participants and will be expected to participate in the entire class.

PSIA Ability Chart

Please review your ability by using the chart below developed by the Professional Ski instructors of America (PSIA). This will help the Sports School place you in the correct class.

PSIA Ability Chart

If this is your first experience skiing. You will be learning the fundamentals of sliding, stopping, turning and riding the lift. Your goal is to learn safely and to responsibly start a lifetime of skiing and have FUN!

You can ski in a cautious wedge on the easiest slopes. Your goal is to gain confidence, improve control with linked, round wedge turns and to stop on green terrain.

You can ski with confidence on all green trails making round wedge turns. Your goal is to progress toward parallel turning by gradually reducing the size of your wedge and to explore more green trails.

You ski confidently on all green trails and ski cautiously on some blue trails (more difficult trails). Your goal is to start turns with a wide parallel stance and ski blue trails more confidently.

You ski the blue trails with wide-stanced parallel turns. Your goal is to begin to develop independent leg action while steering both feet through the turn.

You ski parallel on smooth blue trails and use a pole plant when turning. Your goal is to ski in a natural parallel stance and meet changes in snow condition and terrain while developing your ability to carve more and skid less.

You ski parallel with a functional stance while controlling speed and rhythm in small bumps on blue and easy black. You can carve effectively on blue terrain. Your goal is to control direction and speed in varying conditions and entry level black terrain.

You can ski almost all terrain confidently, efficiently and dynamically. Your goal is to hone your skills, develop tactically and explore the most difficult terrain.

You're Hired!