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All About Lessons

All About Lessons

Providing professional coaching since 1959

SilverStar is home to one of the most innovative SnowSport Schools in Canada and is renowned as being "the best place to learn from the pro’s". We attract many talented certified instructors from around the world. Our school consists of a team beyond compare.

Being such a diverse resort, our team is trained in all disciplines, alpine skiing, snowboarding, freeriding, telemark, cross country fat biking, snowshoeing and skating.  We have a very specialized group of instructors/coaches trained to work with young children. This dedicated group creates a warm, fun atmosphere for young students where their skills will be improved to ski or ride safely on the mountain.

We are committed to help you understand the terrain, building confidence, and guiding you to the next level. We look forward to sharing our winter sports passion with you.

Come and experience our Snowsports School.  "Helping you be the best you can be"

Why Take Lessons

Even the best skiers and riders take lessons... maybe that’s why they’re the best!

Why take lessons? The simple answer, to enhance your enjoyment of the sport, whether it be Skiing, X-C, Snowboarding or Telemark. These are technical sports; by taking lessons you will better your technique and tactics giving you the ability to handle a variety of conditions. It’s impossible to practice well without continued coaching, so let us help coach you along the way.The number of lessons you take depends on your interest and goals. You may be at the point where you can get down a groomed run comfortably, but that champagne powder hidden in the trees and piled knee-deep on Putnam is screaming at you to give it a try.

Lessons are not only an excellent way to improve, they are also an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the equipment and the terrain. Instructors can inform you about the mountain, where the best snow is or thoughts on the best equipment to purchase. One of the best things about taking lessons, is going straight to the front of the lift line ensuring you get the most out of your session.

When you choose one of our private options you get one on one coaching, with the complete undivided attention of your instructor. Lessons tailored to your needs will help you become a more confident skier or rider. Let us be your personal guide and discover more of SilverStar Mountain this winter.

Snowsports Testimonials

What is everyone else saying?

Armstrong Senior Alternative School

To Maddie and the rest of the Staff at SilverStar; c/o SilverStar Mountain Ski School

Thank you very much for another successful year. The flexibility and understanding you have, shows that you understand the nature of our therapeutic behavior program.

The students that did participate in with skiing or snowboarding benefited because they had the opportunity to experience something new, socialize , learn and gain self-confidence. Many of our students skied for the first time this year. Our students commented on the fact that the instructors were patient and ‘cool’.

We look forward to next year excellent weather, learning, and friendships.

Yours sincerely, Erik von Niessen and Michelle Howe

Ski Canada Magazine

The Star Kids Center at SilverStar is like a spa for young children. They are coddled and encouraged by hand picked instructors who were obviously dealt an extra hand in patience.

Mark Tracey, Seattle Washington

The kids had a wonderful time with you and we parents really appreciated your patience, attitude, and fun spirit. It is experiences like this that keep us coming back year after year. We hope to look you up next year!

Kim Boshaw, Seattle Washington

Wow! Thank you so much for the fantastic pictures of the kids skiing! They all had the best time with you and are still re-living their favorite memories on the slopes that week. We had a fantastic time at SilverStar and can't say enough wonderful things about you and all the counselors in the Star kids facility. We look forward to our return next year and hope that you are there for sure! The kids are already planning it out!

Jon Baynton, Ontario

I wanted to drop you a note expressing my happiness & satisfaction regarding the teaching that you offer.

Dave Robb was my instructor, not only this year but last. Dave’s skiing ability/skill is exemplary. I feel grateful for Dave’s tips and his intuitive ability to “tune in” to my needs and also how I felt about myself as I attempted to apply the fundamentals.

I have acquired physical deficits from a crash 16 years ago, so I appreciate and value Dave’s sensitivity and sense of humor that made me feel comfortable in my environment. I have improved in my skiing which drives me to come to SilverStar next year.

I couldn’t help noticing the professionalism & integrity with many of your staff that I was introduced to on the hill.

Joe Mayo, Stouffville, ON

I have taken lessons with Pat for 5 years and every one leaves me exhilarated and knowing I am a better skier.

Though I have my Level 1, Pat always starts with a refresher on stance and turning basics. Get that right and we move on to a lesson that improves my skiing at my limits. Today we pushed the envelope in glades and bumps. It was thrilling to feel the improvement in my skill in those environments. Pat always gets the perfect mix of technical discussion and practical implementation. I'm always exhausted when we finish the lesson, but can't wait to get back on the hill because I'm a better skier.

Jane Fortini, Sydney, Australia

I would like to take this opportunity to yet again 'sing' the praises of one of your ski instructors ‘Spike', as well as Jodene from Ski Dazzle.
 
My family and friends arrived in Silverstar in January 2012 for a 3 week holiday and had a great time. Last July 2011 I had major foot surgery on my fight foot including a tendon transfer and Achilles lengthening. So as you can imagine I was a bit apprehensive about skiing.
 
Over that 3 weeks I had several lessons with Spike where he managed to sort out my ski issues, especially in regard my mindset and my right foot and had me skiing by the end of our holiday with confidence and enjoyment.
 
Spike helped me get footbeds made with consultation with Jodene from Ski Dazzle. Jodene was absolutely fantastic and helpful and knowledge about my condition. She even helped figured out a method of actually getting my foot into my ski boot with ease!
 
My Husband and daughters Rebecca and Emma, my brother-in-law Shane and his daughter Alice also had some lessons where Spike helped them improve their techniques on black and double black runs.
 
Spike even taught my nephew Harry (9yrs) some maths on a chair lift ... a man of many talents.
 
Spike was also very help for another family who also skied with us at this time, who has a 19 year old son with mild intellectual disability and is dyspraxic, by getting the family in touch with the ski Adapative Programme at Silverstar.

What Level Am I?

What level are you?

 

ALPINE SKIING

Level 1

Never Ever - You have never ever skied before.

Level 2

Beginner: You have skied once or twice before and want to improve your turning skills starting in the "Zone".

Level 3 

Novice: You have become more comfortable making turns on Green runs and want to aquire skills to ski steeper Green terrain.

Level 4

Intermediate: You can control turns on Blue terrain and want to acquire skills to ski more confidently on steeper Blue terrain.

Level 5

Advanced: You are comfortable skiing groomed Black Diamond terrain however want to work on better performance and control.

 

  SNOWBOARDING

Level 1

Never Ever – You have never ridden before

Level 2

Beginner: You prefer one edge and want to develop skills to ride both edges and steer your board downhill.

Level 3V

Novice/Intermediate: You ride on both edges and are learning to link turns with confidence.

Level 4

Intermediate/Advanced: You ride Blue and Black terrain and are learning the fundamentals of freestyle and board performance.

 

  NORDIC SKIING

Level 1

Never Ever -You have never skied before

 Level 2   

Novice - You have skied up to 5 times

Level 3

Intermediate / Advanced - You are comfortable on skis and understand the concept of balance and glide.