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Learning Center

At every Ski Area there are certain people who love to gather and share their knowledge of skiing and snowboarding. Here, these individuals belong to the Snow Snake Snowsports School. Our instructors are more than just qualified, they are a closely-knit team dedicated to you and your enjoyment. We believe that creating a fun environment in which to learn and grow is the key to having a great winter recreation experience. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced skier or rider, our instructors can tailor programs to fit your needs.

Click here to view all the Lesson Program offerings.

General Learning Center Information
• Location: Front Counter
• Tickets: Individual lessons do not include a lift ticket.  A lift ticket is required for each person using the area.
• Rentals: Shaped skis, snowboards and helmets are available in rental department.

Private Lessons

Take a Lesson
Learn to ski from any of our PSIA/AASI certified instructors on one of Michigan's nicest beginner hills. They are available to teach skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities.

Lessons Available:
Weekends: By appointment at 10:00 a.m. or first-come, first serve after 10:00 a.m.

Weekdays: By appointment only.

1 HOUR PRIVATE (additional person $12)




Prices Subject to Change


President's Weekend

Free beginner ski lessons Saturday and Sunday

  • Group lessons for beginners 7 years and older
  • 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 Saturday
  • 11:00, and 1:00 Sunday


To reserve your spot, call Snow Snake at 989.539.6583.
 Please arrive 15 minutes before lesson begins 



After School Program 2017

Snow Snake's After School Lesson Program provides skiing and snowboarding class lessons for children grades 3-8. Lessons are available Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for five consecutive weeks.  The program provides equipment, lessons, lift tickets, and most important: LOTS OF FUN!

Sign up for the 2017 After School Program is Now Closed.

The First Day of Class
Wednesday classes begin January 11, 2017, Thursday classes begin January 12, 2017, and Friday classes begin January 13, 2017.  Wednesday and Thursday class times run from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Be sure to arrive 30 minutes early the first day.

Race Clinic
Intermediate to advanced skiers can focus on racing techniques, gates, and more! Friday only. Helmets required.

Freestyle Clinic
Intermediate to advanced skiers/boarder learn new freestyle techniques, jumps and more. Thursday only. Helmets required.

Skiing   $110 Boarding   $125   Freestyle   $125
The cost includes rental equipment, lessons, and a lift ticket.  $20 fee for changing your registered lesson day or snow sport.

Download a registration form to mail or fax to Snow Snake.  To confirm, call 989.539.6583. Please note: CLASS SPACE IS LIMITED ON FRIDAY.

Family Benefits
Students may stay and ski after lessons are over for $5.  This includes ticket and rental.  All family members are eligible to ski during class lesson hours for $12 lift ticket and $13 rental.

Proper Winter Clothing
Students must have gloves/mittens, hats (helmets recommended), winter jackets, and snow pants.  Dressing properly with layers is important.  Glove protectors are recommended for tow rope use and are available for purchase at the front desk.

Weather Conditions
If there is no school due to weather, you will need to call the ski area to find out if there will be class.  Generally we do not cancel lessons because of weather conditions.  If a class is canceled, it will be made up at the end of the classes if weather permits.  Classes canceled due to the weather will not be refunded.  All attempts will be made by the ski area to get the full five weeks of classes.

Cancellation Policy
There will be a full refund if canceled 14 days prior to student’s first ski or board class.  If the student skis or boards the first week and does not wish to continue the program, there will be a refund of $25 for skiers and $30 for boarders.  There will not be any refunds given after the first week of lessons. 

For whatever reason, if you have to miss a day, unfortunately there will be no option to make up that day. 

 January Learn to Ski & Board Month

Free Lesson Sunday

Snow Snake is excited to participate in "January Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month"! Throughout the month of January, we will offer a free, one hour, beginner group lesson at 1:00 p.m. Already a ski/boarder? Share the love and invite your friends that have been wanting to learn!


January 8, 2017

January 15, 2017

January 22, 2017

January 29, 2017

-Separate class for skiers and snowboarders

-Must be 7 years or older 

-Must purchase lift ticket and have appropriate equipment

-To reserve your spot, call Snow Snake at 989.539.6583. 



Doherty Hotel Lift, Learn, and Lodge Package

Learn to ski or snowboard with the top instructors at one of the nicest beginner hills in the state! Taking a lesson will make your first time skiing or snowboarding a more fun, enjoyable, and less stressful experience.  Spend the day skiing at Snow Snake and spend the night at the historic Doherty Hotel in beautiful downtown Clare. 

Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Breakfast
  • All-day lift ticket at Snow Snake Ski & Golf
  • All-day rental equipment
  • One-hour beginner group lesson

For reservations contact the Doherty Hotel at 1-800-525-4115