SnowSports Academy

Children getting ski lessonThree Rivers offers downhill skiing and snowboarding lessons for all ages and abilities. 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 group lessons and private or semi-private lessons, based on your needs and preference. Students are evaluated on the first day and separated into groups by age and ability. All lessons include lift ticket. Optional equipment rental is available.

Registration–create an account

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New Registration System–Create Your Account

Three Rivers has a new online experience and registration system. Get ready for registration and create your account before Oct. 17. Enter information about yourself and add family members. Before saving, make sure the Birthday fields are completed or you will not be able to register.

How to Register

Online or call 763.559.6700

Registration Dates

Youth and Adult Lessons begins Oct. 17

Private Lessons     
In person at Hyland Hills* begins Nov. 7
By phone: 763.694.7800 begins Nov. 9

*Pre-season hours: 10 AM–5 PM Monday–Fridays, beginning Oct. 17. 9 AM–Noon Saturdays, beginning Nov. 5.

Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area, Maple Grove

The Winter Recreation Area at Elm Creek features rope and handle tow lifts, several runs and a terrain park with jumps and rails. Adult and children's ski and snowboard lesson registration opens in October, along with convenient equipment rental.

Hyland Hills Ski Area, Bloomington

Recognized as one of the finest snowsports schools, the ski area at Hyland Hills offers programs and lessons for every level of skier or rider - registration opens in October.  Hyland Hills features chair lifts, rope tows, conveyor lifts, a progressive terrain park and nine runs.

Private and Semi-private Instruction

Whether you're a beginner or an expert, personal instruction allows you to learn at your own pace and realize your goals. The SnowSports Academy professional instructors focus on making you a better skier or snowboarder in a fun, relaxed environment. Lift ticket and rental are not included. Scheduling is based on instructor availability. Call 763.694.7800 ext. 2 for Hyland Hills and 763.694.2050 for Elm Creek.

Group lessons

Group lessons are offered throughout the season. Most sessions are three weeks and lessons are 90 minutes. All group lessons include lift ticket. Note: There are no refunds for classes that are missed or cancelled by students.


Online or by phone at 763.694.7800, ex. 2: Begins Nov. 1
In-person: Begins Nov. 2

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Check in at the SnowSports Academy desk at least one hour in advance of your first lesson to receive lift and rental package and lesson information.

No refunds or ticket replacements for any missed or cancelled classes.

There is a $40 fee (sales tax not included) for rescheduling of any lesson. Non-payment of a rescheduling fee constitutes a cancellation. There is no refund for classes cancelled by the participant.

Classes missed due to weather closures will be made up as determined by the SnowSports Academy. Hyland Ski & Snowboard Area and Elm Creek Winter Recreation Area will close when wind chill temperatures reach -35º or the air temperature reaches -25º as measured at each location. We reserve the right to operate the facility in accordance with weather conditions, skier traffic or slope maintenance.


Call 763.559.6700 with any questions.