Do I Need a Lesson?

Snowbowl | The largest beginner terrain in the Southwest

Maybe it’s been several years since you’ve been on a chairlift or perhaps today is the first day everyone in your family takes a lesson. No matter where you’re at in your mountain journey, Arizona Snowbowl is Where Arizona Learns to Ski.

Snow Experience Center

Arizona Snowbowl and our team of highly qualified instructors are dedicated to providing you with the best beginner lesson programs in the country.  From the equipment we provide you with to our terrain within our Snow Experience Center, everything about your lesson experience has been specifically designed to ensure your success and enjoyment.  Our instructors will have you up and making your first turns from day one and will help you to build the fundamental skills for a lifetime of on-snow fun!



Why is Snowbowl’s Hart Prairie Beginner Area the perfect place to learn?

Wide open, gentle slope with 2 chairlifts and 2 surface conveyors perfect for beginners
 Accommodates all types of beginners from children to adults
 A stone’s throw away from Hart Prairie Lodge for a hot chocolate break
 The proximity to the Base Area provides a front row seat for parents to snap photos and videos of their kiddo
Stunning vistas and plenty of Arizona sunshine

Children’s Age 4-7 Lesson Program Options
Children’s Age 8-12 Lesson Program Options
Adult and Teen Lesson Program Options


The Terrain Based Learning™ Method

*Terrain Based Learning features are dependent on current snow conditions and not all features may be available. 

Terrain Based Learning has been widely recognized as a game-changing revolution within the snow industry and has been adopted by some of the best ski schools in the country.  We are proud to be offering the award-winning Terrain Based Learning method here at Snowbowl.



What is Terrain Based Learning?

Simply put: Terrain Based Learning makes learning to ski or snowboard easier and more fun. By using specifically shaped snow features to naturally control your speed and body position Terrain Based Learning removes the traditional fears and anxieties associated with your first time sliding on snow, allowing you to focus purely on the fun!

● Is an award-winning revolutionary new way of learning
● Each feature is designed to keep you in control
● Naturally slows you down and to feel correct body position as you turn and stop
● Makes learning more fun by providing a worry-free learning environment on snow
● Will have you making your first turns faster than ever before
● Instills confidence in every first timer

Using Terrain Based Learning we’ve simplified the process of learning to ski or snowboard down to five simple steps:


Step 1 – The Flats:
In the Flats you’ll meet your instructor and fellow lesson participants.  Here’s where you’ll get familiar with your equipment and the basic ranges of motion needed for your time on snow.

mini pipe

Step 2 – The Mini-Pipe:
In the Mini-Pipe you’ll get your first experience with sliding on snow.  Here’s where you’ll learn to pump the terrain, steer and slide forward and backwards.


Step 3 – The Rollers:
The Rollers are where you’ll get your first taste of what it’s like to experience the thrills of gravity.  Here’s where you will gain confidence in sliding downhill while the gently rolling terrain helps to naturally control your speed.

banked turns

Step 4 – The Banked Turns:
Now you’re ready for your first turns.  The subtle banking of these turns will gently help to redirect your skis or board through your first series of turns.

perfect slope

Step 5 – The Perfect Slope: After mastering the Banked Turns you’re ready to put it all together for yourself.  On the Perfect Slope you’re in control.  Here you’ll make your first unassisted turns and build the skills and confidence needed to head up the mountain to our Green terrain.

welcome to tbl

Welcome to the club! Skiing and snowboarding can offer you a lifetime of fun and memories. Our professional, dedicated instructors are waiting to assist you on your snow sliding journey.

Children’s Age 4-7 Lesson Program Options
Children’s Age 8-12 Lesson Program Options
Adult and Teen Lesson Program Options