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 5 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 due to COVID-19 restrictions. 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 & 27CANCELED
  • Camp Reindeer: December 28 & 29
  • Camp New Year: December 30 & 31
Presidents’ Week Camp Options:
  • Camp President’s Day*: February 15 ONLY – SOLD OUT!
  • Camp Washington: February 16 & 17 – SOLD OUT!
  • Camp Lincoln: February 18 & 19 – SOLD OUT!
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.

Please choose your camp session below and complete the payment process under “Shop Camps”. Then complete your registration by clicking “Register Online” to fill out registration paperwork prior to arriving at Powder Mills.

3-1-1 Lesson Classes:

For skiers ages 5 & 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 2020-21 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. 7, 14, 21
  • Session 2: Jan. 28, Feb. 4 & 11
  • Session 3: Feb. 18, 25, Mar. 4
Friday Sessions offered at 6:00 pm
  • Session 1: Jan. 8, 15, 22 – SOLD OUT
  • Session 2: Jan. 29, Feb. 5 & 12
  • Session 3: Feb. 19, 26, Mar. 5
Saturday Sessions offered at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm*, or 3:30pm
  • Session 1: Jan. 9, 16, 23 – SOLD OUT
  • Session 2: Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13
  • Session 3: Feb. 20, 27 & Mar 6 (11:30 SOLD OUT)
Sunday Sessions offered at  9:30 (BEGINNERS ONLY), 11:30 am or 1:30 pm*
  • Session 1: Jan. 10, 17, 24 – SOLD OUT
  • Session 2: Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14 (11:30AM SOLD OUT)
  • Session 3: Feb. 21, 28 & Mar. 7

*Sunday 1:30 lessons are reserved for intermediate+ skiers and snowboarders.

 Before 12/15After 12/15
3-1-1 Lesson Classes$149$169

Ski and board equipment are available for rent for $49 plus tax for the length of each 3-1-1 lesson class. 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 the lodge at 585-586-1470 or email 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 2020-21 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 (2020-21):
  • 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)

*Sunday 1:30 lessons are reserved for intermediate+ skiers and snowboarders.

Powder Mills Holiday Open Ski Hours (2020-21):
  • Jan. 18 (MLK): 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (group lesson 10:30, 12:30 & 2:30)
  • Feb. 15 (Presidents Day): 9:30 am – 2:00 pm 
  • Feb. 15 – 19: 9:30 am – 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. 60 minute lessons are also offered during open skiing. 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

Powder Mills Assurance Policy 

If Powder Mills is forced to close early for the season due to COVID-19 prior to January 15, the full value of any season pass will be transferred to the 2021-22 season as an account credit to the passholder. A season closure due to COVID-19 between January 16 and February 28 will result in a 50% credit. 

If Powder Mills is forced to close prior to the start of a weekly lesson class or camp, guests will have the option to receive a credit at Swain Resort for the original purchase price or may choose to receive a full refund. If the student has attended a part of the class or camp, and Powder Mills is forced to close, there will be a proportional credit applied to the guest’s account for later in the season or for the 2021-22 season.

*Requests for other options or exceptions will be reviewed by Swain management on a case by case basis.