Middlebury College Winter Term Lessons

snowboarders in the glades

Middlebury College J-Term


January 4 – February 5, 2023

Wednesday through Sunday @ 2:00 p.m.

Offered to actively enrolled Middlebury College Students for Ski, Snowboard or Telemark lessons.

Program Details:

  • Purchase of Lessons ($100) includes:
    • 5 1-hour lessons
    • 1 PE Credit upon completion of a minimum 4 of 5 lessons
    • Financial Aid (FA) available for students receiving FA
  • Choice of technique:
    • Skiing
    • Snowboarding
    • Telemark skiing
  • Lessons are offered every day of operation at 2 PM.

Program Expectations and understanding:

  • Sign up required for each day of lesson.
  • Check in at the Snow School Desk prior to each lesson.
  • You are able to miss one lesson only.
  • Please allow half an hour for rental set-up.
  • Lesson includes your lift ticket for the time of your lesson and while with an instructor.
  • Lessons are only cancelled in the event the mountain does not open.
  • Lessons are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Program FAQ

Click on the triangles below for more information.

Now that I have registered what now?

Welcome to the Middlebury Snow Bowl Snow School. We are so glad you have decided to earn your PE credit with us. Below are some important things to take note of before you come up for your lessons. For students that have applied for financial aid, we are still waiting to confirm with the financial aid department and should hear from them soon. Please stay tuned as we will reach out to you once all is in place, thank you for your patience. If you are not requesting financial aid, then you can sign up for classes and check in at the Snow School desk the day of your first lesson. Please allow extra time to do this. Looking forward to seeing and meeting you soon.

Once J-Term registration closes you will receive an email with instructions on how to sign up for your lessons.

I applied for FA – what now?

All financial aid applications must be reviewed by the Financial Aid office. The Snow School will be notified once your application has been reviewed as to the type of FA you will be receiving. We will then be sending you an email and let you know.

I am a FA recipient – can I apply for FA?

Yes, if you are a Financial Aid recipient you may apply for FA for the J-Term lessons at the Snow Bowl.

Need to pick up Rentals?

The Snow Bowl rental shop is located on-site at the Snow Bowl. Please allow at least a half hour for rental set-up.

How do I sign up for my lessons?

We will be sending you a link to a google sheet on which you can sign up for your lessons. Please only sign up only for 5 lesson times total.

You will be able to edit the sign up sheet until 11 AM the day prior to your lesson if there is still room available.

How can I get to the Snow Bowl without a car?

No car? No worries. Tri-Valley Transit shuttle bus traveling right to the Snow Bowl which leaves and returns to campus from the ADK Circle all of J-Term. Click here for the Tri-Valley Transit bus schedules and choose the Snow Bowl Shuttle.

The Snow Bowl is located about 13 miles to the east of the campus in the Town of Hancock. Please allow sufficient time to get to the Snow Bowl.

What if I cannot make my lesson?

You can edit the sign up sheet until 11 AM the day prior to the lesson, after that the sheet will be locked for editing. If you need to cancel your lesson after this time you must email or call the Snow School (between 8:30 AM – 4 PM) to let us know and state your name, program name (J-Term lessons) and a phone number to call you back.

Any notification received after this time frame may result in a “no-show”.

Not showing up for your lesson when I have signed up?

We base the number of instructors on the fact that you have signed up. If you choose to be a “no-show” for a lesson you have signed up for you are forfeiting your lesson. To receive PE credit you must attend four of five lessons.

What to wear?

Windproof clothing is best • Warm non-cotton base layers • Windproof / Insulated snow pants and coat are great. • Windproof insulated gloves or mittens • Neck warmer • Helmet (helmets can be rented at the rental shop) • Thin wool socks are best and give you the best fit in the boot.

How will I receive my PE Credit?

Once you have completed your four out of five lessons you have finished the necessary requirements to earn your j-term PE Credit. The snow school administration will notify the PE department that you are eligible to receive credit

Refund policy?

Refunds can only be given before J-Term registration closes.

Any J-term attendee who wishes to withdraw from their lessons, will not be issued a refund once J-Term lessons have begun.

In the event of illness or injury which requires you to withdraw from the J-Term lessons, we must receive a letter from your doctor in order for you to receive a refund or a partial refund. 

No refunds will be issued after April 1st.

Registration and payments are non transferable and apply only to the current year. 

What if I want to ski / snowboard more than five times?

Awesome, the Snow Bowl offers MC students some fantastic options:

Purchase a MC Student Snow Bowl Pass for only $99, or get a non-transferable MC Student day ticket for $20. (Valid MC Student ID required).

Please note that this does not include instruction time. Should you want more instruction, we can certainly help you schedule a private lesson or you can purchase an additional bundle of lessons called Lots of Lessons for Less. Find more information above under our Programs on our Snow School page.

Lesson Fund:

Starting in 2018, the Lesson Fund was established to help students on financial aid participate in winter sports at the Snow Bowl. With this fund we hope to reach the most students possible.

How do you apply? Click the application link above and fill out the form. Once submitted your application will be reviewed by the financial aid office. The financial aid application deadline is: December 1st, 2022 to allow for adequate processing time.

Please contact the Snow School (sbsc@middlebury.edu or 802-443-7605) with questions.