Handbook – Lessons


Ski and Snowboard instruction is provided by paid instructors from Snow Sports Northwest at Summit Central, a member of the Pacific Northwest Ski Instructors Association and the Professional Ski Instructors of America.

Ski/Snowboard Area:

Summit Central is located 40 miles east of Issaquah. Summit Central can be reached by driving East on I-90 to exit 53.

The Issaquah Ski and Snowboard School uses the Snow Sports Northwest (SSNW) lodge, which is located just east (on the mountain) from Ski Patrol.

Students can use the 1st floor of the lodge, which has 2 restrooms. Students cannot leave backpacks or other bags in the lodge. Those should remain on the bus and can be accessible during the lunch break.

Lift Tickets

Every student must have a lift ticket on the mountain and must have their daily pass/season pass at the bus each morning. We are unable to pick up passes at the mountain for students. Season passes are strongly encouraged as they provide an economic and convenient option.

Either the Unlimited or the L-T-D season pass will work for students in the program.

Students that purchase a lessons package with Issaquah Ski & Snowboard School will have instructions in their confirmation email on how to purchase a LTD season pass from The Summit at Snoqualmie, even if the pass is no longer being sold to the public.


The buses will be open from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm for lunch. Most students pack a lunch and eat on the bus.  The ski area has a restaurant for purchasing and eating lunch, but the area is not accessible to beginners.


The School may postpone sessions due to weather conditions or road closure; this is a rare occasion.

There are three ways we will notify you:

  1. We will post on our Facebook page
  2. We will add a banner to our website
  3. If time allows, we will send an email to the primary email address we received at registration

Lifts & Tows

Students should ride the lifts only after they have been instructed in proper lift procedure. Avoid long, loose hair or clothing that could get caught in the lifts. Keep ski tips up when leaving chair lifts. Sit back in the seat—do not swing. Lift tickets will be removed from students crowding or cutting into lift lines. Snowboarders should un-strap back foot and not re-buckle until they have dismounted from the chair.

Lesson Assignments/Numbers

Students will be assigned a lesson number prior to the first day of school, which we will email to the email address submitted at the time of registration. Once classes start students are constantly evaluated to ensure they are in the proper class. Students may be shuffled to new class numbers throughout the season to ensure the proper learning outcomes are being achieved.

Lesson numbers do not correlate to skill level. (Example: moving from class 5 to 8 does not mean a skill level change.)