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SnowSports Academy

Learn at Boyne Highlands, and you'll learn with the best. For decades, our famous Austrian-American SnowSports Academy has helped skiers and riders of all ages and all abilities to embrace new skills in a supportive, constructive atmosphere.

  • All Lessons Limited to 5 or Fewer Students
    All Lessons Meet Outside at Designated Meeting Locations
  • All Lessons Limited to 5 or Fewer Students
    Reservations Required

The team at the SnowSports Academy is committed to provide a fun and safe learning environment, so you can focus on having a great time on the mountain. All lessons check in at the “SnowSports Academy Learning Zone” at the base of the Heather Chair Lift. Advanced reservations are required for all lessons, be sure to book early to get your spot. Having a lesson does not ensure that equipment rentals are available, we recommend rental and lift tickets to be purchased online in advance. If you are renting equipment, please check in at least 60 minutes prior to your lesson starting time, or the evening before.

Book Your Lessons in Advance for Winter 2021/22

This winter we're requiring that all guests book their lessons online or by phone in advance.

SnowSports Academy FAQs for Winter 2021/22

  • No face masks will be required as of now.

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled lesson time, dressed and ready to go. If you need equipment rentals, please allow at least 30 minutes prior to go through the rental process.

  • All lessons (private and group) will check-in at the SnowSports Academy meeting area located behind the Main Lodge hotel. (Base of Heather Chair Lift).

  • No lesson tickets needed, please check in with the SnowSports Team Members at the meeting area. Must have a valid lift ticket for the day.

  • Please call the SnowSports Academy at 231.526.3056.

  • There will be a SnowSports Academy lesson supervisor in a red coat at the meeting check-in area at all lesson start times.

  • The SnowSports Academy lesson supervisor will have information about your assigned instructor.

  • Please cancel your reservation 24 hours prior by calling the SnowSports Academy at 231.526.3056 or email

  • Yes, all participants are required to have a lift ticket or season pass to access the lifts. You can pick up your lift ticket at Skier Services or at Rentals prior to your lesson time.

  • All lessons will begin and end at the lesson meeting area unless arranged differently with your instructor ahead of time.

  • Lesson participants will meet outside and end their lesson outside, with very strict break/warm up protocols. There will be no lunch or indoor programing.

  • Yes, with a maximum of seven individuals per group. 

  • Yes, child group lessons will be offered in half day formats only: a 2-hour a.m. session (10am-12pm) or a 2-hour p.m. session (2:30-4:30pm) for ages 5-6 and 7-13, first timers and advanced beginners.  Lessons will start and end outside in the designated meeting area.

    Private lessons will be offered for children ages 3 years and older. A parent or guardian must remain on property while children are in the lesson.

  • Seasonal programs will continue in smaller groups not to exceed seven students to one coach that meet and end outside, and limited to ages 6+ so kids can take care of their own personal needs (bathroom breaks, etc.). Programs will begin and end outside and will not have an indoor component. Awards programs or recognition ceremonies will be conducted at the bottom of the hill following the activity.

We are proud to be offering the award-winning Terrain Based Learning method here at Boyne Highlands Resort, which is offered in our Learn to Turn Zone.

Learn to Turn Zone

Hours (by phone or email only):

Monday - Friday | 10am-2pm

* Due to COVID, all kids ages 3-6 will have to take a private lesson. A parent/guardian has to participate in the lesson 

    • Private Lessons


      More individual attention, more time spent sliding and gliding on the hill, and less time waiting in lift lines.

    • Group Lessons


      The SnowSports Academy at Boyne Highlands offers the right instructional solution for every skier and rider. With lessons available for all ages and all learning styles, we're firm believers that everyone - at any age - has the capacity to improve.

    • Youth & School Group Lessons


      Our SnowSports Academy is proud to host the SnowSports Experience, a program designed to welcome schools, youth groups, religious organizations and other non-profit groups to Boyne Highlands.

    • Cross Country Lessons


      We offer cross-country ski lessons, taught by northern Michigan's most skilled instructors. Make your adventure into the peace and quiet of northern Michigan even more enjoyable with cross country ski lessons at BOYNE.

Looking for a private lesson or something more specific not listed? Please reach out to our SnowSports Academy and let us know how we can help you. 

Quick Links

 Email us at or call 231.526.3056.