Ski Classes

I cannot stress enough how valuable investing in a ski class or two is for the Suburban Skier and her family! Okay, confession time. As I said before, I have some skiing chops, so when my oldest kids were first learning to ski I naively assumed that I would be the most awesome ski instructor known to man. How could it possibly go wrong? The answer to that question is that it can, and it did, in almost every way possible. I’m not sure where deep in our genetic code kids are pre-programmed to ignore and rebel against everything their parent is trying to teach them, but I’ve been assured since that it’s a universal human trait. To make a long story short, I didn’t make it an hour before my kids were in tears and I wanted to throw them both in a snowbank. Don’t make the same mistake that I did! Sign your kids up for Ski School! You’ll get the morning (or the day) to attack the mountain on your terms, and your kid will gain the confidence and skills they need to make skiing a fun family occasion!   Here’s a breakdown of ski-school options to consider. And, hey, don’t forget . . . Ski School can also be fun for adults and entire families!

Kid Ski Classes & Camps – Almost all resorts offer half and full day ski school for kids. There are “camps” for toddlers and younger school age children (essentially day care on the slopes), and beginner and advanced classes for older kids. Certified instructors are patient and knowledgeable with the kids, and being in ski school with a group of other kids gives children a chance to make friends and have more fun as they learn! It’s a win-win for everybody and a great way for kids to gain confidence on the slopes. I have one friend with younger children who signs her kids up for a ½ day lesson every time her family heads up to the high country!

Full Day Packages – Most large resorts offer full day lessons for kids that include lessons, a lift ticket, lunch, and time higher on the mountain as well. If you’re planning a long stay, this is a great way to get your kid moving from from 0-60 in a single day, so that they can make the most of a longer stay. It’s also a great option for parents who want to get in a full day of double black diamonds while their kid works up from the bunny hill to greens and blues!

Family Ski Lessons – If your family is a new arrival to Colorado’s front range with no ski experience and you’re looking to go native and jump on the ski bandwagon together, family lessons are great option. Essentially a private group lesson, family ski lessons allow groups of up to six people to learn the ropes together. This is also a great option for “framilies” (groups of friends) if you’re looking for an excuse to head up to the mountains for good times doing fun stuff with great friends!

Adult Ski Classes – Ski lessons aren’t just for kids! Whether you’re new to skiing, or new to Colorado, or all of the above, group and private adult lessons are available at all levels for skiers looking to break into the sport, and those wanting to hone their skills and gain more confidence. On a side note, adult group lessons are a great way to meet new people, make new friends, and explore parts of the mountain that you wouldn’t know about or have the confidence to tackle otherwise!

Linda Tomsevics and Tony Peters assist Brandon Gauvreau as they ski March 29, 2010, for the 24th National Disabled American Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo. Gauvreau is an Air Force veteran. Tomsevics and Peters are ski instructors for the winter sports clinic. The event is sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Desiree N. Palacios)

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