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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 Limited to 5 or Fewer Students
  • 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 looking forward to a safe, fun winter season of learning and falling in love with winter. To reduce contact, a few new procedures will be in place. Most notably, all lessons will meet outside, so you or your child will need to arrive dressed and ready to go. Advanced reservations are required for all lessons- we won't be able to accept drop-ins. We've also capped all lessons at five people max per group, so be sure to register early to get your spot.

Book Your Lessons in Advance for Winter 2020/21

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

SnowSports Academy FAQs for Winter 2020/21

  • Yes, all lesson participants will be required to wear face masks, during the entire duration of the lesson.

  • 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.

  • Lesson tickets will be provided at the meeting area check-in, if required.

  • 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 five individuals per group. Adults are asked to ride two to a chair if they are comfortable, but may choose to ride alone if they wish.

  • 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 7-13. Students will be asked to ride two to a chair or one student and one instructor on three and four place chairlifts. Lessons will start and end outside in the designated meeting area.

    Private lessons will be offered for children ages 3-6 years old.  A parent or guardian must participate in the lesson.

  • Seasonal programs will continue in smaller groups not to exceed five students to one coach that meet and end outside, and limited to ages 7+ 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.