Lessons are important

Ski School

Mont Ripley has a reputation for being steep and difficult.  We're here to change that.  Snowmaking and perfect grooming, combined with a guided tour to fit your ability will show you that skiing or snowboarding on Mont Ripley is not as hard as it seems.  

We offer affordable, high-quality instruction for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities.  Lessons are important.  We teach you safe techniques that make skiing and snowboarding more fun!  Pick the program that's right for you.  Sign up early for all programs at the ticket counter or call 906-487-2340.

Do you need to rent equipment for your lessons?  Fill out the gray section and sign the Mont Ripley Rental Shop Agreement now to save time later!  This form must be signed by a parent or guardian if the equipment is for a minor.

2013-2014 Season Information

Christmas Ski School

  • Saturday & Sunday, December 28th and 29th
  • 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. each day
  • $100

Download the application form!

This popular weekend program offers ski and snowboard lessons for beginners.  To join the fun, preregister at the Mont Ripley ticket counter by December 24.  Cost for the weekend is $100 and includes lessons, lift tickets, and rental equipment.  Save $5 if you have your own equipment and another $5 of you have a season pass.  

Need rental equipment?  Save time later  by printing the equipment rental form, filling it out and bringing it with you!

Ripley Kids Programs - First Tracks Slide and Play

  • Ages 2-4
  • Saturdays
  • 1 hour private lesson 10 a.m. or by appointment
  • Daily: $44 (24 hour notice required)
  • Begins January 11, 2013

Download the application form!

This weekend program offers individual lessons to young skiers and snowboarders, starting at age two.  The focus is on safety, fun, and camaraderie.  For the youngest children, the Ripley Tikes have 60 minute lessons Saturdays at 10 a.m. or by appointment.  The daily cost is $44 (please give 24 hours notice if you plan to have your child attend) - includes lesson, day pass, and equipment.  You can fill out the equipment rental form now and bring it with you!

Ripley Kids Programs - Ripley Slide and Play

  • Ages 5 and up
  • Saturdays
  • 10:15 - 11:45 am, 12:45 - 2:15 pm
  • Daily: $60 (24 hours notice appreciated)
  • 8 Weeks: $355
  • Begins January 11, 2013

Download the application form!

Children of all ability levels have an opportunity to make new friends and explore Mont Ripley together.  The focus is on safety, fun, and camaraderie.  The kids will  be divided into groups within the Ripley Rangers based on age and ability.  Ripley Slide and Play lessons are on Saturdays from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. with a lunch break from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m..  The daily cost is $60 (please give 24 hours notice if you plan to have your child attend) or get eight weeks for $355 - includes lesson, day pass, and equipment.  The equipment rental form is available online. 

Ripley Kids Programs - Ripley After School

  • Once per week for 8 weeks, starting January 13
  • 3rd Grade through 8th Grade
  • Special day of the week for each school
  • 90 minute lesson
  • $25/day or $160/8 weeks

Download the application form!

Groups will be organized by age and ability.  Lessons are an hour and a half, with daily lift tickets and rental equipment included.  Lessons are once a week for eight weeks.  Each school will have a special day and time.  Faculty of each school can also take lessons on their school's day.  Parents of children in after-school lessons can ski on their child's lesson night for $20 and rent equipment for $10.  Lessons start Monday, January 14, and cost $160 for all eight weeks or $25 per session.  If the school does not provide bussing, parents are responsible for getting students to the hill and for picking them up after their lessons.  Carpooling is encouraged.  24 hour notice required for cancellations.

Now you can opt out of the lesson to ski or snowboard on your own for the same great price.

If your student needs rental equipment, a parent or guardian must sign the equipment rental form.  You can print, fill it out,  sign it now and send it with your student!

Private/Semiprivate Lessons

  • By appointment
  • 24 hour notice prior to lesson time is appreciated
  • One person: $38 per hour
  • Semiprivate: $20 per person per hour (3 or more)

Lessons are available by appointment for skiing, snowboarding, telemark skiing, and freestyle in all ability levels.  Contact the ticket desk to schedule lessons.  Please provide 24 hour notice before lesson time for scheduling.  Cost is $38 per hour for one person, $20 per person per hour for three or more people.  Lift ticket and equipment rental are not included.  You can bring a completed equipment rental form with you!

Ski/Snowboard the Ripley

  • Weekends
  • 90 minute group lesson
  • 10:15 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm (24 hour notice required)
  • $54

These 90 minute, group style lessons are for all ability levels and are available at 10:15 am, 1:00 pm, or 3:00 pm weekends.  The $54 cost includes equipment and day pass.  Please provide a minimum 24 hour notice for these lessons.  To save time later, fill out the equipment rental form now and bring it with you!

Michigan Tech Physical Education Classes

  • Schedule based on Michigan Tech class schedule
  • Seven weeks

Seven week ski or snowboard programs are available to Michigan Tech students.  Students should check the list of Physical Education Co-Curricular Activity Classes for the cost of the classes.  The huge selection includes advanced, intermediate, and beginning skiing, ski and snowboard racing, and freestyle skiing and snowboarding.  If you will need to rent equipment, you can fill out the equipment rental form now and bring it with you or drop it off any time!