Snow School

With one of the largest beginners areas in New Zealand, Mt Dobson is an ideal place to learn to ski or ride. Wide open slopes and lots of space makes for a relaxed fun environment – ideal for learning.

Our Snow School offers group lessons for first timers and private lessons for all levels of ability, including the disabled. Our instructors are all well qualified, and best of all, snow and teaching are their passions.

First timer group lessons start at 11am and 1:30pm with private lessons available at any time of the day. There is no need to pre-book lessons, this can be done on the day at the ski school office.

Click here to visit our Snow School microsite.

Easy Packs for First Timers

Easy Pack Ski $99 Adults/Students and $75 Youth/Child  (Includes skis, boots and poles, beginner lift pass and group lesson)

Easy Pack Snowboard $99 Adults/Students and $75 Youth/Child (Includes snowboard and boots, beginner lift pass and group lesson)


First Timer Group Lessons $40 $35
Private Lessons $90

Additional Programmes:

  • Race training
  • Freestyle coaching
  • Mount Dobson has a great school programme and offers schools a comprehensive package for skiing and snowboarding

For information on any matters concerning Ski School please contact the Ski School director, Adam Cuff, email

Meet the Team

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Snow School Manager – Adam “Lizard” Cuff

“With over 50 winter seasons teaching, supervising and training this is still my major passion. I was New Zealand Ski Instructor of the year and the number one instructor for Mammoth Mountain 5 years running. I skied Mt Dobson as a kid and got my first teaching qualifications working up here. I’ve been running the Mt Dobson Snow School for 10 years and it’s great to be involved with the local skiers. My staff and I strive to offer the best possible learning environment at Mt Dobson. We look forward to seeing you soon.”

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Instructor – Sarah Devooght

“I was born in a flat country (Belgium) but still grew up with skis on my feet. I started skiing at the age of 4 in France and knew very soon that the mountain area and skiing was made for me. This why at age 18 I became a ski instructor in Italy and later studied Glaciology at university. I’m passionate about mountaineering skiing, outdoor and education I used to be a high school teacher in Belgium. Now I’ve got the chance to be part of the team of Mt Dobson as a ski instructor.”


Instructor – Florian Michaud

“My name is Florian, I am 22 years old, and I come from France. I am a Ski and snowboard instructor in Morzine in the French alps for the last five years.I am passionate about the mountains, I practice alpinism, ski mountaineering, rock climbing, paragliding, and slackline. I am also a mountain volunteer rescuer in my Valley. And I am a mechanical designer outside the winter season. I look forward to meeting you on Mt Dobson.”

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Instructor – Judith Piazza

“I am an Italian snowboard teacher since 2013 who grew up in the middle of the Italian Alps. Therefore, I had the chance to get in touch with snowsports already in my early childhood and since then I am enjoying it each year more and more. Apart from snowboarding and skiing, I’m very into languages, music (especially live music!), hiking and learning about astrology!”