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Race Introduction PROGRAM

Intro Ages 7 to 10



RIPPERS nurtures essential skills in budding skiers, helping them to seamlessly advance their abilities across all terrains and skill levels. Children will experience comprehensive development as they learn to navigate any weather or piste conditions they may encounter. Our structured group sessions are the key, as certified instructors guide children through focused exercises to help them develop the confidence to safely test their capabilities.

  • RIPPERS is a race introduction program available on Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3:30 p.m to 5:30 p.m. throughout the season.
  • Athletes can join the program Sundays and Wednesdays for $1499, or choose our Sunday-only option for $999.
  • Lift tickets are not included in the price. Season pass recommended.
  • On Sundays, lunch is NOT provided but is supervised. Parents must provide a bag lunch.
  • Tryouts ($50 Cost) for this program will be on December 10th at 9:30 am. Please check in at the Mountain Learning Center desk located inside the Daylodge.

*Prices are reflected to the best of our ability, subject to change based on provider

  • Athletes must be able to load the chair by themselves unsupervised.
  • Athletes must be able to ski the entire mountain, on and off piste, with skis maintaining a parallel relationship including North Face.
  • Athletes must be comfortable skiing at a group pace and demonstrate control.
  • Athletes are to have 1 pair of skis that facilitate carving (they do not need to be SL or GS specific). NO twin tips or powder skis. (Powder skis are absolutely acceptable on powder days at coaches’ discretion, but will not be the main skis used for the season).
  • This Program is to develop the athletes’ skills and fundamentals with a ski racing emphasis. A certain level of enthusiasm and competitive spirit will be pursued.

Coaches offer both a Christmas and Spring Break Camp for those who make the team. The 3 holiday day camp will be $199.


March* 3, 10, 24, 31
April 7


March* 7, 21, 28
April 4


Mar. 11, 12


Lesson Cancellation and Change policy
  • The program fee is structured such that each enrolled participant is paying for the option to attend every lesson day offered during the session. Accordingly, program fees are not pro-rated on a per-day basis and there shall be no provision for partial refunds in the event a child misses one or more lesson days.
  • There are no make-up days for individuals who miss a lesson day. In the rare event of a full mountain closure on a lesson day, Alyeska will designate a make-up day for all affected session participants. If a student cannot or chooses not to participate on the designated make-up day, there will be no additional make-up days provided.

Rentals are not included with lessons. All rental equipment must be picked up and properly fitted prior to your lesson start time. Alyeska Rental shops open at 8:30am, but allow fittings starting after 3:00pm the night prior to schedule rental start date. Rental shop is available inside the Alyeska Hotel and Day Lodge Base facility
Please plan adequate time to pick up and fit your rental equipment in advance. We recommend scheduling a rental fit time appointment for the night prior to your lesson date. Guests without an advanced rental fit appointment or “walk-ins” are not guaranteed immediate rental service and should expect longer wait times.

It is highly recommended to book lessons as far in advance as possible due to the limited capacity. It is not uncommon for lessons to fill up weeks in advance depending on the time of year.

Lunch is included with our all day lesson products.

Lift access is required and NOT included with lessons. If you are a pass holder you do not need additional lift access/tickets. If you are a non-pass holder, choose ‘add-on lift ticket’ or other lift ticket option during the booking process.

NOTE: Children age 5 and under ski free.

Our Snowsports School group lessons are tailored specifically for educational needs of the age and skill level to maximize time on the snow. Group sizes vary depending on the ability. Private lessons (Age 6+) are groups of to 3 of your choosing, and Young Kids Private Lessons are groups up to 2, but must be of similar skill level and type (ski or snowboard).

We ask that guests please arrive 15 minutes prior to lesson start time, to allow adequate time for group organization.

    Half Day AM
: 10:00am – 1:00pm   Half Day PM: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

ALL DAY GROUP     Lessons: 10:00am – 4:30pm

      All Day: 10:00am – 4:30pm
   Half Day AM: 10:00am – 1:00pm
    Half Day PM: 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Lesson reservations must be paid in full at time of booking and are nonrefundable.

Helmets are required for all SnowSports Lesson participants, ages 17 and under. Helmets are strongly recommended while skiing or riding as they may make a difference in reducing and/or preventing some types of head injuries. We also highly encourage students in our Adult SnowSports Lessons to wear helmets.
Make sure the helmet you wear fits properly and has not been damaged. Bear in mind a helmet will not prevent all head injuries and you must always ski/ride in control as part of Your Responsibility Code. If you need a helmet, there are rental helmets available at our Alyeska Rental Shops.

  • Helmet – Required for ages 17 and under
  • Eye protection – goggles or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen applied before lesson
  • Snack in jacket
  • Mittens or gloves
  • One pair of socks
  • Don’t forget to drink lots of water! Please bring a reusable, collapsible cup or bottle to use at one of our refill stations
  • Ski or snowboard boots and gear, fitted in advance of lesson start time

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While on the slopes, you will see people using alpine skis, telemark skis, snowboards, and other snow play equipment such as snow skates, snow bikes and adaptive ski gear. You will see skiers of all levels – from beginners enjoying their first day on the slopes to expert skiers with years of experience. It is always your responsibility, regardless of the equipment used or the level of skier that you are, to be courteous to others and to be aware that skiing safely makes the ski slopes safer for all of us.

Alyeska is a large mountain with difficult and dangerous terrain and skiing and riding are dangerous sports.  We do our best to inform guests of the possible hazards associated with snow sports. We do our best to mark hazards and dangerous terrain appropriately. We also actively open and close certain areas of the mountain often due to Snow Safety considerations, ski conditions, or darkness

Our beginner ski zones and high skier traffic areas are important to us and we refer to these areas as “Slow” zones. We label them as such on our trail maps and with signs and banners as you ski through each of these areas. We encourage guests to ‘Go with the Flow’ in these areas, ski only as fast as the skier next to you. Our least favorite part of the job is to be the police on the mountain. We do our best to keep an eye on people skiing around to ensure everyone is skiing safely and within their limits.

Alyeska has set Enforcement Guidelines based on the Skier Responsibility Code and Mountain Safety Concerns for behavior on the mountain. When an individual crosses these lines, we have to step in and be the police, and we have no tolerance for unsafe behavior at Alyeska. We have a relationship with the Department of Natural Resources and due to this relationship we issue DNR citations to individuals in violations of certain rules. In addition to loss of lift privileges and fines we also require all ‘violators’ to take the Mountain Education Test, a tool used to help educate.