Terrain-Based Learning

From ski slope newbies to downhill veterans, the Powder Ridge Terrain-Based Learning methods are reshaping skiing and snowboarding education. The result… beginner skiers and riders are learning faster, having more fun and getting up on the mountain sooner.

Our coaches utilize terrain-based learning methods to help skiers and boarders of all levels feel confident on the slopes and reach goals, from teaching tots to maneuver through sculpted terrain in Connecticut’s only Burton Riglet Park, to helping your student make the team with challenging downhill racing, to fine-tuning the most advanced skiers technique with cascading jumps and full-size half pipe.

Powder Ridge is the only ski area in Connecticut offering terrain-based learning techniques for all lessons.

The Ridge’s Terrain-Based Learning methods are not like a traditional lesson. In terrain-based learning students slide on a slope that has been groomed and shaped to provide students with a positive experience. Instead of teaching in a traditional sense, we develop the skills needed to become an all mountain skier or rider by playing with a coach on all of the different elements of our shaped terrain.

This revolutionary technique makes learning fun and extremely successful even for skiers and riders with some experience. Our group ski and board lessons are 90 minutes, not the traditional 1 hour.