SnowSports Academy

Three Rivers offers downhill skiing and snowboarding lessons as well as cross-country skiing lessons for all ages and abilities in the Twin Cities. SnowSports Academy instructors are some of the best in the Midwest and use proven teaching techniques to help students learn these fun and challenging winter sports.

Choose from public lessons and private or semi-private lessons, based on your needs and preference. All lessons include a lift ticket or cross-country ski pass. Optional equipment rental is available.

Registration for 2021-2022 public lessons opens October 19 at 8 AM. Registration for private lessons opens November 9 at 8 AM.

Downhill Ski & Snowboard Lessons

View the 2021-2022 brochures for Hyland Hills and Elm Creek

Public Lessons

Registration for 2021-2022 public lessons opens October 19 at 8 AM.

Public lessons are offered throughout the winter season for youth and adults. Most sessions are three weeks. Students are evaluated on the first day and separated into groups by age and ability. All public lessons include a lift ticket. See lesson policies.

Lessons at Hyland Hills

Register online or by phone at 763-559-6700.

See all downhill ski and snowboard lessons at Hyland Hills or browse by category:

Learn more about Hyland Hills.

Lessons at Elm Creek

Register online or by phone at 763-559-6700. 

See all downhill ski and snowboard lessons at Elm Creek or browse by category:

Learn more about Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area.

Private Lessons

Registration for 2021-2022 private lessons opens November 9 at 8 AM.

Learn at your own pace and realize your goals with personalized instruction. Private lessons for downhill skiing (ages 4+) and snowboarding (ages 5+) are 90 minutes and include a lift ticket. Semi-private lessons have a limit of two people of similar age and ability. Scheduling is based on instructor availability.

Private Lessons at Hyland Hills

For one-on-one lessons, register online or by phone at 763-694-7800, ext. 1. For semi-private lessons, register by phone at 763-694-7800. ext. 1.

  • Private Lesson: $66
  • Additional person for a semi-private lesson*: $51
  • Discounted lesson equipment rental**: $19

*Semi-private lessons available for ages 6+ only.
**Available on the day of private lesson.

Downhill Ski

Mondays–Fridays (non-holidays): 1 PM, 3 PM or 5 PM
Weekends & Holidays: 9 AM, 11 AM, 1:15 PM or 3:15 PM

Snowboard

Weekends & Holidays: 9:15 AM, 11:15 AM, 1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

Private Lessons at Elm Creek

For one-on-one lessons, register online or by phone at 763-694-2050. For semi-private lessons, register by phone at 763-694-2050.

  • Private Lesson: $52
  • Additional person for a semi-private lesson: $38
  • Discounted lesson equipment rental: $10
  • Helmet: $7.50

Downhill Ski

Mondays–Fridays (non-holidays): 3 PM, 5 PM or 7 PM
Weekends & Holidays: 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM or 3 PM

Snowboard

Mondays–Fridays (non-holidays): 3 PM, 5 PM or 7 PM
Weekends & Holidays: 9:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 1:30 PM or 3:30 PM

Competitive Teams

Registration for 2021-2022 competitive teams opens September 15 at 8 AM.

Elm Creek offers competitive clubs that provide skill development opportunities for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. These club style, season-long lesson programs include an Elm Creek season pass and Elm Creek apparel.

Cross-Country Ski Lessons

Public Lessons

Registration for public lessons opens October 19 at 8 AM.

Three Rivers offers skate and classic cross-country ski lessons for adults and children, including adapted sit-ski lessons. Register online or by calling 763-559-6700. 

Lessons at Hyland Lake Park Reserve

See all cross-country lessons at Hyland Lake or browse by category:

Learn more about Hyland Lake Park Reserve.

Lessons at Elm Creek

See all cross-country lessons at Elm Creek or browse by category:

Learn more about Elm Creek.

Private Lessons

Registration for 2021-2022 private cross-country ski lessons opens December 1 at 8 AM.

Choose between classic or skate techniques. Lessons are typically 90 minutes and skiers must be at least 6 years old. All youth under 12 must be accompanied by a participating adult. 

Cross-Country Ski Clubs

Meet new people and sharpen your ski skills in a Three Rivers cross-country ski club.

Registration

Registration Opening Dates

Public lessons: October 19, 2021 at 8 AM
Private and semi-private lessons: November 9, 2021 at 8 AM

Before You Register

To ensure a smooth registration process:

  • Log in to your account to verify that your household information is up to date, with a birth date field filled out.
  • Have information about your child ready, including food allergies, medications, emergency contact information, health concerns and any other conditions that may affect participation.

How to Register

You can register online or by phone for public lessons, and by phone or email (for cross-country lessons only) for private lessons. Find more registration information for all lesson types below.

Downhill and Snowboarding Lessons

Public Lessons: Register online or call 763.559.6700.
Private Lessons: By phone (Hyland Hills: 763.694.7800 ext. 2; Elm Creek: 763.694.2050)

Cross-Country Ski Lessons

Public Lessons: Register online or call 763.559.6700.
Private Lessons: By phone at 763.694.7718 or email at xcski@threeriversparks.org.

Questions

Have questions? We're happy to answer them. Call 763-559-6700.