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Welcome to another season with Kalispell Ski Club’s Learn to Ski program. We are looking forward to another exciting year of introducing your children to the wonderful world of skiing.  


Times & Places:

Kalispell Ski Club classes begin Saturday, January 18th, 2020 from 11:00AM-1:00PM and Sunday January 19th, 2020 from 1:30PM to 3:30PM.  Last day of lessons will be March 21st or 22nd to be decided later, 2020. Plan to have your children at class by 15 minutes early and pick them their class flag.  We will not teach on February 15th and 16th, 2020, President’s Day Weekend.

Classes begin and end outside the Base Lodge at the bottom of Chair 6.  Drive up Big Mtn Rd. and turn right on Glades Drive and proceed to the lower parking areas.   Please note, there is no longer drop off in front of the Base Lodge.  There is a drop off area just as you enter the lower parking lot. You may drop your children off in this area or park your vehicle in one of the designated parking areas and walk your children to their destination.
Parents must be at their child’s class flag at the end of class.    Please do not leave volunteer instructors to wait on your arrival. Many of them have to pick up their own children.


$55 covers the entire season of 9 classes for entire family regardless of the number of children in the family.  For parents who volunteer to be instructors, that cost also covers two days of instructor clinics.

Class Assignments:

Class Assignments will be emailed in the first week of January. All Classes will meet along the tree line north of the Base Lodge. Class numbers will be posted on Kalispell Ski Club banners. If your child's name is not on the list, give us a call or plan to arrive a few minutes early the first day and we will make class assignments at that time.

Important Note on Class Assignments:  Parents may NOT reassign their children to a higher/lower level class without talking to their current instructor or the KSC Learn to Ski Director.  Attendance is taken each class and children will be placed in their assigned classes unless otherwise recommended by an instructor.  


All children must have all of their ski equipment with them at the beginning of class.

The Base Lodge has season rentals. For pricing information contact Retail/Rental Whitefish Mountain Resort,  862-2953.
The Sportsman Ski Haus has kid’s packages for rent. Packages can be purchased and traded in with growth.

Important:  If you rent from the Base Lodge, please arrive early so that your child can be equipped and at class on time.  Make rental arrangements in advance of the first lesson day.  It is impossible to do rental fitting on the day of lessons and make it to class on time.

Helpful hints for the instructors and your child:

Please label your child’s equipment.  Use some tape between the ski bindings and write the child’s name.  This way your child and instructor will know what equipment goes with what child.  


Note: Chair 6 is no longer a free lift. And such, they must have a pass or ticket every lesson.

Students who have NO skiing experience, classes 1, 2, 3 and 6, will not need to purchase Full Mountain lift pass. Tots six and under can get a season pass for free.  Children without the proper tickets will be asked to wait in the Base Lodge during lesson times.  

Tickets can be purchased at the Base Lodge.

Passes & Frequent Skier Cards must be picked up before the first class day.  Otherwise kids end up missing their classes.   Kalispell Ski Club does not provide ski tickets or passes.


Weather changes constantly on the Mountain.  Please layer clothing on your child and prepare them for extremes.  KIDS NEED GOOD QUALITY SOCKS, GLOVES, GOGGLES & WARM HEAD GEAR. Kalispell Ski Club strongly recommends (but does not require) helmets. Skiing is a winter sport, please be prepared. Cold kids are not going to have fun. Kids without appropriate clothing will be asked to wait in the Base Lodge during lessons.  

Extreme Weather:  Often we cannot determine weather extremes until we arrive on the mountain to check first hand. We reserve the right to cancel classes at any time to insure child safety. Cancelations will be done through email. So on bad days please check before coming up the mountain.


Repairs and Adjustments:

Instructors will not make binding adjustments.  The Base Lodge Ski Shop may adjust bindings if they are not too busy.


If your child has faulty equipment, is too old for safety or has a similar problem, the instructor may have him/her wait for you in the Base Lodge.  A KSC Learn to Ski Director will usually be available.

We ask that parents of young children plan to be in the Base Lodge area to handle normal childhood trials and traumas.  We ask that parents of older children be on the mountain or available by phone should an emergency arise.

Medical Cards:

These will be available the first day of class.  Please fill these out for your children and place them in each child’s ski parka before their first lesson.  

Questions & Answers:

Many questions may be addressed on our FAQ Page.  This is a fun and information rich source. Your child may be photographed with his/her class. These photos may appear on the web site.  If you prefer your child’s photo not be displayed, please let us know.

If your child is not listed in a class, or you suspect that they are in the same class as last year, please call ASAP. We will make sure they get in the correct class.      

See you on the mountain!

Kris Weller, Scott Countryman
Learn To Ski Directors

Nathan Magers
President KSC

If there is any questions please email me at the below email. I will do my best to answer all questions.

Nathan Magers

[email protected]

Ski Code

Your Responsibility Code

Skiing can be enjoyed in many ways. At ski areas you may see people using alpine, snowboard, telemark, cross country and other specialized ski equipment, such as that used by disabled or other skiers. Regardless of how you decide to enjoy the slopes, always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Observe the code listed below and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience. 

  • Always stay in control, and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  • People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  • You must not stop where you obstruct a trail, or are not visible from above.
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  • Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  • Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  • Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

Contact Us

Kalispell Ski Club

PO Box 863 
Kalispell, Montana 59901

Email Us: [email protected]
Phone : 406-270-3040
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