Our program philosophy of “providing positive snow-riding experiences that can enhance an individuals’ personal and social growth” is based on the consistency of 5 full days on the slopes with the same coach and same age/level peers skiing and snowboarding together as a “team”. For this reason, we do not offer single day or partial packages. We have found that participants do not enjoy the same experience when joining in late or skipping important development time on the slopes. We do occasionally make exception to students missing 1 program day, depending on the circumstances. In such cases, we offer a slight price reduction.
Groups of 10 are formed based on age and ability. Initially, we form groups based on the approximate levels, using our PSIA guidelines and your input. After the first program day, participants may be switched at the advice of our snow school supervisor.
Ski Equipment and/or Snowboard Equipment is not included. Participants must bring snowboard ski equipment each Saturday as well as a helmet and proper clothing/accessories. Please visit Level 9 Sports to purchase special ski/snowboard packages or visit the Ski Equipment section in your region for a list for a ski/snowboard rental shops in your area. See below for a list of recommended clothing and accessories.
Participants should come properly prepared to ensure a good time on the slopes, under all types of snow conditions and weather. This list includes:
SKIS OR SNOWBOARD (depending on sport signed up for)
Ski and/or snowboard equipment must be obtained prior to each Saturday’s departure. For safety reasons, we require every participant to obtain the latest ski/snowboard equipment from a professional retail or rental shop (do not borrow used equipment). This includes:
- Skis or snowboard with bindings that have recently been inspected
- Ski or snowboard boots that fit properly
- Ski poles (skiers only). Some younger participants may not need ski poles until later in the season.
Participants are also required to come prepared for all weather conditions. Temperatures in the mountains range from below freezing to 65-70 degrees. Proper ski/snowboard attire includes:
- Ski/snowboard pants and jacket – insulated and waterproof
- Thermal underwear
- Ski sweater or heavy sweatshirt
- Ski/snowboard gloves or mittens – waterproof and insulated
- Ski/Snowboard helmet (required)
- Face protection – scarf and/or neck gaiter
- Ski/snowboard socks
It is imperative that all participants have proper protection from the harmful rays of the sun. The sun’s rays are more powerful at high altitude (even on cloudy days), and can cause permanent eye damage and severe sunburn. Goggles – Participants must obtain a good pair of ski/snowboard goggles to protect his/her eyes from the ultra-violet rays of the sun and for visibility during snow storms. Sunscreen – All participants are required to apply sunscreen to all exposed areas of the skin (lips, face, ears, etc.) in the morning prior to departure.
Important Note: Your child will get the most out of the program if he or she is dressed in the appropriate attire and is constantly protected from the natural elements. Please consult your local shop for additional advice regarding equipment and clothing.
All equipment and clothing should be clearly marked with participants first and last name along with bus pick up location. The most effective way to keep track of equipment is to use a waterproof marker to write your child’s info on masking tape affixed to the gear. Label all loose items including skis/snowboards, poles, boots, bags, jackets, helmets, googles, etc.
First-time and beginner skiers (Levels 1-2) generally do not use ski poles on the first few days of the program; however, they may progress to utilizing ski poles later in the season. If you are unsure if your child should or shouldn’t bring ski poles, just ask! Snowboarders do not have poles.
Helmets are required at all times on the slopes. Helmets provide safety as well as group identification on the mountain. Helmets should be black with a Blue Angel decal affixed (provided).
We have a loaner helmets available for anyone who forgets his/her helmet. Helmets may also be purchased through Blue Angels for $40.
Ski/Snowboard goggles (with UV protection) must be worn every day of the program for sun protection on sunny days and visibility during inclement weather. Proper eyewear is required for participation.
Although we provide lunch and a snacks at the resort, you do need to pack plenty of snacks and water for bus ride to and from the mountain. Please pack healthy snacks that you know your child will eat and at least two bottles of water.
We use OneCallNow.com, an automated phone messaging system to relay bus delay information to you. Your primary phone number will be called in the event of a major bus delay. Please refer to our Bus Schedule for regular return times. Please note that the notification is only made if/when we are notified by the bus chaperones of delays more than 30 minutes. This is not a perfect system but we do our best to relay any delay information to the parents.
Please check with your bus chaperones on the next program day. If this is an emergency, please email us with a description of the missing item(s). We will do our best to locate the missing item in a timely manner. We will respond within 24 hours with a status update.
The “make-up” days on our schedule are not individual make up days. They are add-on program days in the event of a weather postponement or any other unforeseen reason that prevents us from running the program. We add on the next non-holiday Saturday to the schedule when a program day has been postponed. If your child misses a day due to illness, injury or school testing, we can issue a partial credit towards the following season with proper notification and documentation.
If you cancel on or before January 1, 2020, you will receive a full refund minus a $150 processing fee. If a participant is not able to complete the program due to injury or illness, a pro-rated refund (less the $150 processing fee) will be issued. Medical documentation may be requested. Refunds will not be given for program day postponements when make up dates (next non-holiday Saturday) are added to the schedule so please make sure to clear your calendar of those dates as well. The 2020 “make up” dates are: February 29, March 7, March 14 & March 21.