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Mountain Passport
If you purchase any ski or board package, and take a "First Timer" Lesson, you may be eligible to purchase the Mountain Passport.

Welcome to the wonderful world of Winter snow sports! We know that once you get out on the snow for the first time, you will choose to return again and again. This web guide will help make your first experience both fun and easy! By reviewing this information while planning your first visit, you'll arrive at Whitetail Resort well prepared to begin your skiing or snowboarding adventure. Select any of the headings below to learn more about each topic.

Our Award-Winning Program Is Ranked #1 in the USA

You have made an excellent choice in selecting Whitetail Resort to help you get started in your new Winter adventure. Our programs for new skiers and snowboarders were recognized as the best in the country by the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA) during the 2010-2011 winter season. The Discovery Program for first timers is a great way to learn at your own pace.


If you have always dreamed of learning a snowsport, whether it is skiing or snowboarding, then look no farther than the ski and snowboard school at Whitetail Resort. The Schools at Whitetail will be happy to introduce you to the "Discovery" method of learning to ski or ride. Our expert instructors are some of the best on the East Coast. We are confident that after your lesson, you will be ready to embark on a lifetime adventure on the snow.

Adult Lesson Options

If you are looking to brush up your existing skills, then perhaps a class lesson will help get you to that next ability level. Our class lessons are only $54.00 and last an hour for classes with one to two people, and a little over an hour for classes with three or more. Classes may exceed the scheduled time. Please report to lineup 10 minutes prior to your lesson time. If you would prefer a private lesson, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 717.328.9400, ext. 3561.


Class Lesson Times
(All Class Lessons Are $54.00)

First-Timer Discovery Lessons (Ages 8 and older)

On the hour from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm and also at 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm, Everyday

Upper-Level Lessons (Ages 8 and older)

10:00 am, noon, 2:00 pm,  5:30 pm and 7:00 pm, Everyday

Beginner Through Expert (Ages 4 through 7)

5:30 pm and 7:00 pm, Everyday


Private Lesson Rates

Private Lesson ~ One Hour $125.00
Private Lesson ~ Two Hour $240.00
Private Terrain Park Lesson ~ One Hour $125.00
Private Terrain Park Lesson ~ Two Hour $240.00
Half Day Private $335.00
Ski With Me $160.00
Ski With Me ~ Each Additional Participant $100.00

Please Note: The Private Lesson Desk in now located in the Whitetail Learning Center.
A $25 fee will be charged for no-shows for private lessons. 


Ski With Me

This semi-private lesson is designed to provide both parent and the child with quality time and specialized instruction. The instructor teaches the child to ski while teaching the parent how the child learns. Parent must be able to ski or snowboard to accompany the lesson. Child must be between 3 and 12 years of age. Advanced reservations are required. Please call 717-328-9400, ext. 3561 to make yours today.

Form Your Own Group

Learn to ski or snowboard with your friends or family in a group of your own. This 1 1/2-hour lesson option is only $290.00! Groups can be no more than five and must be ages 8 and above. Price does not include lift ticket or rentals. All members in your lesson group should be at the same ability level.  Please contact the private lesson desk at extension 3561. 

Burton Learn To Ride

"Progression” is what makes Burton rental equipment superior to other rental snowboards first-timers might have tried. It is also a philosophy shared by the folks at Burton and the technicians at Whitetail. We strongly believe that a smooth start and easy path for progress is the best way to develop a first-timer into a true snowboarder. We are excited to prove it to you in the upcoming winter season! Whitetail is a Burton Learn to Ride Center for adults and kids alike! Whitetail’s snowboard rental shop rents only Burton Learn To Ride gear, the most innovative snowboard rental equipment on the market! To learn more about Burton's commitment to bringing new snowboarders into the sport, please visit Burton's Experience Snowboarding Page.

Adaptive Skiing & Snowboarding

Whitetail Resort has trained instructors available for our guests with special needs. For more information on our adaptive programs, visit our Adaptive page, or please call 717-328-9400, ext. 3582.

Slope Safety

At Whitetail Resort, safety is a priority! Please know your responsibility code to keep both you and the other skiers and riders around you safe. 
Click here to view our Slope Safety page.

Packages (Ages 8+)

Packages always give you the best deal, and at Whitetail Resort, we have a package for everyone. All packages include a lift ticket that is valid from the time of purchase until the close of the business day, rentals (including a helmet), and a group lesson for guests ages 8 and up.

Learn To Ski or Snowboard Package



This package includes:

  • Lift ticket that is valid on the Lift Off Quad, U-Me Double, First Class Magic Carpet, and the Launching Pad Magic Carpet lifts.
  • Rental skis, boots, helmet and poles OR snowboard, boots and helmet rentals.
  • A first-timer ski or snowboard class lesson for ages 8 and up in our Discovery Zone.
  • By the end of this first lesson, you will be able to turn, control your speed, stop, and ride a lift.

 If you purchase this package, you may be eligible for the Mountain Passport.

EZ Beginner Package

This package includes:

  • Lift ticket that is valid on the Lift Off Quad, U-Me Double, First Class Magic Carpet, Launching Pad Carpet, and Easy Rider lifts.
  • Rental skis, boots, helmet and poles or snowboard and boot rentals. Plus Rental Helmet.
  • A group lesson for ages 8 and up at your ability level.

If you purchase this package, you may be eligible for the Mountain Passport.

All Mountain Package







This package includes:

  • Lift ticket for all open trails.
  • Rental skis, boots, helmet and poles or snowboard and boot rentals. Plus Rental Helmet.
  • A group lesson for ages 8 and up at your ability level.

If you purchase this package, you may be eligible for the Mountain Passport

Adult Multi-Week Programs

If you are already an intermediate skier or snowboarder and would like to continue learning to perfect your technique, we have programs for you too!

Edge 2 Edge

  • Five consecutive week program for intermediate to advanced adult skiers, ages 18 and up.
  • Coaching provided by Whitetail’s top PSIA Level III certified instructors.
  • Two-hour clinic meets every Saturday and/or Sunday at 10:00 am
  • Clinic cost is $499.00 for one day and $899 for both days.
  • Begins Saturday, January 5, 2019, and/or Sunday, January 6, 2019.
  • Advance registration is required. Please email us for more information 

Women Of Whitetail

  • Five consecutive week program for novice to advanced women skiers ages 18 and up.
  • Learn new techniques from Whitetail’s best female instructors.
  • The program meets every Saturday and/or Sunday at 10:00 am for two hours of fun on the snow.
  • The 5-week clinic cost is $235.00 one day or $425.00 two days per week.
  • Begins Saturday, January 5th, 2019
  • Advance registration is required. Please email us for more information

Each participant Beginner through Advanced will be in a small group at their comfortable skiing level coached by PSIA Certified Whitetail Women Instructors. We will offer information on skiing skills and tactics in all types of terrain as well as help you reach your personal skiing goals.  

Own The Mountain Program

Been considering Learning to Ski, but have hesitated? Wait no more! With this very specially priced 3 lesson package, you will not only OWN THE MOUNTAIN, but you will also own your very own pair of Elan Skis!

This special program includes 3 lift tickets, 3 class lessons, and rental equipment for 3 visits.  After your third visit, you'll receive your own pair of brand new skis and bindings as our graduation gift!  Plus, you'll save 40% on lift tickets and class lessons for the remainder of the season.  You get it all for only $349 (a $961 value).

Give us a call at (717) 328-9400 to get all the details!

Upcoming Events


Ski and Board Swap

Do you have some winter sports equipment or clothing that is just sitting around taking up space? Time to do some Fall cleaning and bring it to our Great Outdoors Festival Equipment Swap! It's a great way to sell those unused items and support the Whitetail Ski Patrol at the same time...

18th Annual Great Outdoors Festival

Help usher in the Fall Season by joining us for a weekend of family fun at our 18th Annual Great Outdoors Festival. The festival will be held on October 27th & 28th, from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm each day and will feature crafts, food, music, demonstrations, and much, much, more!