Learn to ski or snowboard right in Monroe County!  Swain Resort and Monroe County have once again teamed up at Powder Mills Park to bring you holiday camps, classes, and open skiing, dedicated to teaching you and your children how to ski or board.


For skiers ages 6 to 17 and boarders ages 8 to 17

Time: 9am – 2pm

Camps include lift tickets, and all day instruction each day.

Sign your child up for one camp, or feel free to register for as many as you would like. Rentals are not included but are available for an added fee. 

Classes and camps are held rain or shine and in the cold. Closing will be announced on Powder Mills Facebook page.

*Please Note: Lunch will not be served this year. Please plan to pack a bagged lunch for your child. Camp registrations will also be capped at 30 campers this season for the health and safety of our staff and participants.

Christmas Week Camp Options:
  • Camp Polar Express: December 26 & 27 
  • Camp Reindeer: December 28 & 29
  • Camp New Year: December 30 & 31
Presidents’ Week Camp Options:
  • Camp President’s Day*: February 21
  • Camp Washington: February 22 & 23
  • Camp Lincoln: February 24 & 25
Camp Pricing 
$179 until 12/15
$199 after 12/15
*Pricing for Camp President’s Day: $99

Ski and board equipment are available for rent for the length of the camps for $29 plus tax.  Renters should arrive at the park 45 minutes before the start of the first lesson for sizing. 

 Complete your registration by clicking “Register Online” to fill out registration paperwork. Once complete, please contact us at powdermills@swain.com to arrange payment. 

Powder Mills Package:

For skiers ages 6 & up and boarders ages 8 & up!

Enroll your child in our 3-1-1 lesson program exclusively through Powder Mills Park. The first 3 lessons are at Powder Mills and then sign up for an additional lesson at Swain Resort, during any of our regular group lesson times. Finally, receive an all day lift pass plus additional coupons to Swain. 

Each session, instructors will break classes up based on ability levels. You can enroll your child in as many sessions throughout the 2021-2022 season as you’d like. Sessions include lift tickets and 60 minute lessons each visit. Rentals are not included but are available for an added fee. 

Classes and camps are held rain or shine and in the cold. If severe weather prevents classes from being held, an announcement will be made on the Powder Mills Facebook Page. One make-up lesson is permitted per session (only during that same week and during regular lesson times). No refunds or vouchers.

*Class space is limited and fills up quickly. Register early to ensure your spot.



Thursday Sessions offered at 6:00 pm
  • Session 1: Jan. 6, 13, & 20
  • Session 2: Jan. 27, Feb. 3, & 10
  • Session 3: Feb. 17, 24, & Mar 3 
Friday Sessions offered at 6:00 pm 
  • Session 1: Jan. 7, 14, & 21 
  • Session 2: Jan. 28, Feb. 4, & 11
  • Session 3: Feb. 18, 25, & Mar. 4
Saturday Sessions offered at 9:30* am, 11:30 am*, 1:30 pm, or 3:30pm
  • Session 1: Jan. 8, 15, & 22 
  • Session 2: Jan. 29, Feb. 5, & 12 
  • Session 3: Feb. 19, 26, & Mar. 5 
Sunday Sessions offered at 11:30 am or 1:30 pm*
  • Session 1: Jan. 9, 16, & 23 
  • Session 2: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, & 13 
  • Session 3: Feb. 20, 27, & Mar. 6 

*Snowboard classes offered only Saturdays at 9:30AM and 11:30AM. 

 Before 12/15After 12/15
Powder Mills Package $149$169

Ski and board equipment are available for rent for $49 plus tax for the length of each lesson class program. Renters should arrive at the park 45 minutes before the start of the first lesson for sizing.

Private Lessons:

Private lessons are available by appointment only for children ages 4+.
$54 for 60 minutes of instruction for the first child 
$29 for each additional child
$15 for private lessons 
To schedule a private lesson, please contact us at Powdermills@swain.com 

Powder Mills Open Ski Options:


Powder Mills is open at select times during the week for open ski hours for those who don’t want to be tied into a specific camp or class. We offer day tickets, rentals, and group lessons.

Season Passes are also available for Powder Mills Park. A season pass allows you to ski during every open ski session throughout the entire 2021-22 season.  

Season Pass Before 12/15: $89 After 12/15: $99
Lift Ticket$12
Rental$15 plus tax
Group Lesson*$29

*Group Lessons limited to 30 students

Powder Mills Regular Open Ski Hours (2021-22):
  • Thursdays: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm (group lessons at 6pm)
  • Fridays: 5:00pm – 8:00pm (group lessons at 6pm) 
  • Saturdays: 9:00am – 5:00 pm (group lesson 1:30)
  • Sundays: 9:00am – 5:00 pm (group lesson 1:30)
Powder Mills Holiday Open Ski Hours (2021-22):
  • Jan. 17 (MLK): 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (group lesson 10:30, 12:30) 
  • Feb. 21-25 : 10:00am – 2:00 pm

Hours subject to change based on weather and hill conditions. Visit facebook.com/PowderMillsPark for current conditions, specials, events, or hours changes. To ensure adequate instructor staffing, 24 hours advanced registration is recommended for the times listed above. To schedule a lesson during open ski hours contact:

Tasha Colton

Powder Mills Manager
(585) 586.1470

Follow us on social media! 

Facebook: @Ski Powder Mills Park 

Instagram: @ski_powdermills