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Children's Ski & Ride Lessons

Child Group Lessons
Our programs are on the cutting edge of the educational technique for kids. We focus on learning through adventure, inspiring a passion for the sport, and offering a positive, successful introduction for first-timers. Wondering what this means the day will look like? Check out our Adventure Guides (formally known as report cards) to see what your child will be experiencing on the mountain.

We provide a structure to maximize your child's potential while having a blast. All the adventures require some breaks and a chance to fill up on lunch. Take a look at A Day in the Life of one of our students to see what their day will look like (Don’t get too jealous)! Also, check out our Lunch & Snack Menu; if your child has dietary requirements please bring their lunch and let us know.

We also understand that you, as parents, are an important part of your child’s ski school experience. Please visit our Tips For Parents to make sure you’re as ready and excited as your child!

Group Ski Lessons

Group Lesson Advance Rates (booked at least 48 hours prior to lesson)

2013/2014
Season

Ages 3-4

Lesson/Lift/ Lunch/Rental

Lesson/Lift/Lunch

 Lesson/Lunch

1 Day

$205

$173

$173 

2 Day
$410
$346

$346

3 Day
$615
$519

$519

4 Day
$820
$692

$692

5 Day
$1,025
$865

$865

 6 Day

$1,230 

 $1,038

$1,038

 7 Day

 $1,211

 $1,211

$1,211

Learn about the 3-Year-Old program

2013/2014
Season

Ages 5-14

Lesson/Lift/ Lunch/Rental

Lesson/Lift/Lunch

 Lesson/Lunch

1 Day

$215

$186

$173 

2 Day
$430
$372

$346

3 Day
$645
$558

$519

4 Day
$860
$744

$692

5 Day
$1,075
$930

$865

 6 Day

$1,290 

 $1,116

$1,038

 7 Day

 $1,505

 $1,302

$1,211

 

Group Lesson Walk-Up Rates (booked within 48 hours of lesson)

2013/2014
Season

Ages 3-4

Lesson/Lift/ Lunch/Rental

Lesson/Lift/Lunch

 Lesson/Lunch

1 Day

$215

$182

$182

2 Day
$430
$364

$364

3 Day
$645
$546

$546

4 Day
$860
$728

$728

5 Day
$1,075
$910

$910

 6 Day

$1,290 

 $1,092

$1,092

 7 Day

 $1,505

 $1,274

$1,274

 

2013/2014
Season

Ages 5-14

Lesson/Lift/ Lunch/Rental

Lesson/Lift/Lunch

 Lesson/Lunch

1 Day

$231

$198

$182

2 Day
$462
$396

$364

3 Day
$693
$594

$546

4 Day
$924
$792

$728

5 Day
$1,155
$990

$910

 6 Day

$1,386

 $1,188

$1,092

 7 Day

 $1,617

 $1,386

$1,274

 

Childrens Group Snowboard

Group Lesson Advance Rates (booked at least 48 hours prior to lesson)

2013/2014
Season

Ages 7-14

Lesson/Lift/ Lunch/Rental

Lesson/Lift/Lunch

 Lesson/Lunch

1 Day

$215

$186

$173 

2 Day
$430
$372

$346

3 Day
$645
$558

$519

4 Day
$860
$744

$692

5 Day
$1,075
$930

$865

 6 Day

$1,290 

 $1,116

$1,038

 7 Day

 $1,505

 $1,302

$1,211

 

Group Lesson Walk-Up Rates (booked within 48 hours of lesson) 

2013/2014
Season

Ages 7-14

Lesson/Lift/ Lunch/Rental

Lesson/Lift/Lunch

 Lesson/Lunch

1 Day

$231

$198

$182

2 Day
$462
$396

$364

3 Day
$693
$594

$546

4 Day
$924
$792

$728

5 Day
$1,155
$990

$910

 6 Day

$1,386

 $1,188

$1,092

 7 Day

 $1,617

 $1,386

$1,274

A Day in Children's Ski School

The following outlines a typical day in the Children's Ski & Ride School (ages 4-13). 
Learn more about our specialized 3-year-old program

8:00 - 8:45 Check-In and Early Drop-off

  • Parents complete the paperwork - emergency contact cards (front and back), release form, and rental form (if necessary). The lesson ticket and lift ticket or pass is attached with a zip tie to the student.   Children come prepared and dressed to ski or ride. (See Tips for Parents) 
  • Children are supervised inside.   Children play games, color and watch videos.
  • Parent are responsible for storing children's street shoes.

8:45 - 9:45am Indoor Activities

  • Children get rental equipment, form groups, meet other kids and begin indoor lesson.
  • Children prepare to go outside, apply sunscreen and use restroom.

9:45 - 10am Clases are Formed and Children Go Outside

  • Children are initially grouped according to age and demonstrated abilities.  Grouping occurs first by the verbal information obtained from the person dropping off the child, secondly by the children's verbal description of his or her skills, then finally and most importantly by a physical demonstration of their skills on the mountain.

10- 10:30 Skiing/Riding Ability is Evaluated

  • Students are moved to an appropriate level class if necessary.

10:30 - 12:30 On-Snow Instruction

  • Classes ski/ride terrain appropriate for their ability, receive instruction and practice skills.
  • Classes will generally take a short break mid-morning to warm up or have a small snack.

12:30 - 1:30 Lunch

  • Students eat lunch with their class and then either watch a short movie or do a learning activity in the Ski and Ride School facility.

1:30 - 3:30 On-Snow Instruction

  • Classes ski/ride terrain appropriate for their ability, receive instruction and practice skills.
  • Classes will generally take a short break mid-afternoon to warm up or have a small snack.

3:30 Check-Out (3-6 year olds)
3:45 Check-out (7-13 year olds)

  • Pick up children outside by appropriate ability level sign. 
  • Parents receive a review of the day from the instructor and release the child to the person authorized to pick up child.  (AUthorized person is listed on child's id tag). 
  • Skis/boards can be stored with the instructor for students returning to school.

4:00 - Late Check-Out

  • Late charges apply in 15-minute increment (4:00 - 4:15 = $15, 4:16 - 4:30 = $30, etc)

4:30 Rental shop closes

Schedule subject to change

Save Time:   Register online for your child’s group ski or snowboard lessons and rentals today.

Check-In the Night Before:    To avoid long lines and confusion, pick up tickets, organize rental equipment, and sign liability waivers the day before from 1:30pm – 4:00 pm.  Your child will not have to wait in the day-of-check-in line the next morning.   Instead the child goes right to either Early Drop-Off or to the on-snow meeting location.

Day-of-Check-In:
  Plan to arrive at the Ski & Ride School office no later than 8:45am to complete necessary paperwork and organize equipment rentals (if necessary).  This is for people who did not check-in the night before.

What to Bring:

  • Warm, waterproof gloves or mittens – Required.  (Mittens that come up the elbows stay on the best.)
  • Goggles or sunglasses with UV protection – Required.
  • Warm, waterproof jacket.
  • Hat or helmet – Required.
  • Waterproof snow pants.
  • Neck warmer (for colder days).
  • Warms socks. (Multiple layers of socks are not necessarily the best solution since they bunch up in a child’s boot).

Please label all personal items.   Be prepared for changing weather conditions.   The Ski & Ride School does not provide any clothing or accessories.

Children are not allowed outside without the required accessories.  Parents will be called to provide these if not done so at check-in.

Storage:  Parents are responsible for storing child’s street shoes.

Sun Protection:    Even on cloudy days, the sun reflects off the snow and is stronger than you think!   Make sure to apply sunscreen.

Saying Good-Bye for the Day:   For young children we recommend that you say your good-byes quickly at check-in and let the staff work their magic.   Children tend to transition much faster once parents are out of sight, both in the center and on the hill.

Viewing Areas:    Parents are able to watch their child when he or she is in the Ski & Ride School yard at the base area.

Food/Snacks:  Daily menus are listed in the Ski & Ride School facility.   Food allergies should be noted with the pro.   Children with special food needs should pack a sack lunch.

Emergency Situations:    In case of illness, extreme sadness or injury, the Ski & Ride school will contact the child’s guardian (listed on the Child’s ID tag).  If the parent has an emergency, contact the Ski & Ride School office where you registered the child.   Let your child know the hotel or lodging property you are staying as a back up to get in touch with you.

Make sure you child knows when to stop skiing/riding.    Pros are trained to take appropriate breaks for weather and/or the restroom.   However, if your child is chilled, injured or having equipment problems, or if they are simply worn out, they should let their pro know.   Educate them that that it’s okay to take breaks.

Learning Expecations:
Children learn at different rates.   The rate at which children learn to ski or ride is dependant on many factors  including age, athletic ability, motivation, anxieties, and apprehensions.

Indroducing skiing to 3 year olds helps to build a life long passion for snow sports, however due to development factors it may take several days on snow before they learn to stop or turn. The important thing to remember is that it's about the experience and that if the kids are having fun, then the learning will come.

4 to 6 year old children generally learn to stop during their first 3 days on skis.  From 3-6 days they will work on turning in a a wedge.  Then 6+ days, they start to work on making beginning parallel turns on green runs.

Starting to ski a 7-13 year old has a very quick beginning but then the learning curve flattens out as movements become more refined.  Skiers in this age group, generally learn to stop during the first day.  After the first day, they are generally stopping and working on controlling their speed by shaping wedge turns.  It usually takes another day to begin to match skis during the turn on green runs.  After a child is making parallel turns on green runs, they are introduced to blue runs.  This is generally after about 5 - 7 days on skis.  After they are making parallel turns on blue runs, poles are introduced, generally 10+ days on skis.

For a snowboarder, the first day consists of learning to balance on their heels and toes on the snowboard.  Day 2-3 starts the process of leanring to link heel-side and toe-side on beginner terrain.  Day 4-6 snowboarders work on more efficient turning techniques using less upper body movements on beginner terrain.  Generally after day 6 is when blue runs are introduced.

For the younger kids enrolled in our five and six years old snowboard program, the learning curve will be much slower.  It will take them longer to simply become balanced on their heel and toe sides and several days may be spent on this.  As mentioned before, though, the important thing to remember is that it's about the experience and that if the kids are having fun, then the learning will come.

GENERAL INFORMATION:

  • Reservations are REQUIRED and must be made 48 hours prior to arrival.
  • All students MUST have a lift ticket- whether purchased as a lift and lesson package or purchased separately. Online reservation are available for Lesson/Lift and Lesson/Lift/Rental only. Please call 1888-576-2754 if the lesson participant has a season pass and you would like to reserve Ski & Ride School.
  • Children’s lessons participants require Ski or Snowboard equipment and lessons may be reserved with or without a rental.
  • All children participating in Ski & Ride School must wear a helmet. Helmets are included in Ski & Ride School rental packages.
  • Children's classes meet at Peak 8 (Kids' Castle), Beaver Run (Peak 9) and the Village (Peak 9 – Quicksilver Chair). See Map
  • Check-in is between 8:00 am and 8:45 am.
    On-snow portion of classes start between 9:45-10:05 am.
  • Classes end at 3:30 pm.
  • Class includes lunch and snacks.
  • Check out Tips for Parents and A Day In The Life above for helpful information on children’s Ski & Ride School.
  • All children must be potty trained. Children wearing pull-ups will not be accepted.
  • Minimum age requirements are strictly observed for safety reasons, which are based on childhood developmental research and experience.
  • Sunscreen and protective eyewear are required.
  • Your child must be fever-free, without medication, for a full 24 hours before participating in our children’s programs.
  • For a list of other health guidelines, please ask an employee.

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