From introductory lifts to legendary lifts accessing iconic terrain, Palisades Tahoe is a skier's paradise. You can take a one-on-one lesson, or have up to 5 people in your group. You can also pick where you start from: the Alpine Lodge base area or The Village at Palisades Tahoe base area. All participants in the same private lesson must be of similar ability levels. The lesson will move at the slowest participant’s pace.

  • Ages 13+
  • Have up to 5 people in your Private Lesson
  • Half Day or Full Day lessons available
  • First Time, Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced/Expert
  • Start at either Alpine Lodge or The Village at Palisades Tahoe
  • Lift ticket & equipment rentals required but not included
Palisades Meeting Location
Please check in 1 hour before your scheduled lesson time at the Ski and Snowboard Sales and Rental Shop located in The Village at Palisades Tahoe. Our staff will assist you in getting everything you need for your lesson prior to the lesson start time.

Alpine Meeting Location
The ski school meeting area for Adult Private Lessons is located on the snow in between the main Rental Shop and Treeline Cirque chair. Please check in 1 hour before your scheduled lesson time at the Alpine Rental Shop if you need equipment. If you have your own equipment and/or purchased a ticket with your lesson, please arrive to the meeting location booted up and ready to go 15 minutes prior to your lesson.
Can I reserve my private lesson ahead of time?
Absolutely. Reservations at least 2 days in advance are required for any lessons during the 2022-2023 winter season. Day before or day of reservations will be very limited and are not guaranteed. Book online or call us at 800-403-0206.

How many people can take a private lesson at once?
There can be up to 5 people in a Private Lesson.

Can a private lesson instructor teach any ability level?
Yes, however, if there are multiple people skiing/riding together in one lesson the instructor will choose the terrain that is best suited to needs of the least experienced guest. When booking your private lesson the more you can tell us about what you want to do the better we will be able to pair you with the right instructor.

Can both snowboarders and skiers attend the same private lesson?
This is not recommended and is only doable in privates if both disciplines are intermediate. It is very difficult for an instructor to teach snowboarding while wearing skis, and vice versa. If a group of mixed disciplines would like to ride together in a private lesson we suggest hiring an instructor for each.

What should I wear?
We recommend guests wear waterproof pants, helmet, gloves, and jacket, as well as a warm hat, goggles, and tall socks. Weather can change quickly and is often very different from the village to the upper mountain, so we suggest guests dress in layers so they can adjust to changing conditions. Sunscreen and lip balm are also necessary to protect your skin from sun and wind burn.

My instructor was great and I would like to show my appreciation! Is it appropriate to tip my instructor?
Gratuities are not expected but are always appreciated.

How do I cancel my booking?
Please use the Palisades Tahoe Lessons cancellation form to submit for your cancellation. Please do not call or email to cancel your booking. Lessons, clinics, and guides are fully refundable until 3 pm 2 days prior to your lesson. Group Lessons and daily Clinics that are canceled after 3 pm 2 days prior to your lesson will incur a $50 cancellation fee. Private Lessons and Guides that are canceled after 3 pm 2 days prior to your lesson will incur a $100 cancellation fee. Same day cancellations or no-shows are non-refundable. 3-Day Camps are fully refundable until 3 pm 7 days prior to start of Camp. Cancellations made within 7 days of the Camp start date are non-refundable.

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