Skiing & Riding

Accelerate (Kids’ Learning) on the Slopes

We hope you have all been out enjoying this magical holiday season and all of the amazing early season snow. With 100 percent of Baldy and Dollar Mountains open, there is no better place to be than exploring beautiful runs, perfecting tricks in the terrain park, and simply enjoying the mountain lifestyle in Sun Valley.

It is also a perfect time, with all of this snow and so many terrain choices, to take your skiing or riding to the next level. There is no better way to do this than by working with one of the top-notch professionals at the SnowSports School. Prefer individualized attention? Private lessons are a terrific option. Do you have more fun in a group? Join friends or make some new ones in a small group setting. Sun Valley’s fantastic specialty programs are also an unbeatable option for consistent instruction that will definitely yield results.

There is no better way to improve your skiing or riding while keeping the fun-meter high than with the Sun Valley SnowSport School’s lessons or specialty programs

Some of the most popular specialty programs in Sun Valley are geared specifically for little shredders and are a great way to teach children skills, safety, and fun. There is something for every child.

The highly popular Spuds Alpine and Snowboard program keeps children in kindergarten through sixth grade learning, smiling, and improving. Three separate sessions meet for three consecutive weekends and the first begins January 2. Appropriate for children of all levels, Spuds is offered both on Baldy and Dollar and there is a morning session from 9:30 a.m. to noon and an afternoon session that runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Groups meet both Saturday and Sundays and work on skill building with an emphasis on mountain awareness and safety. Helmets are required and there are discount packages with lift tickets or passes available.

For the littlest skiers, from two-years-old to kindergarten, LittleSpuds is the place to be. There are still three sessions left of this program that is a favorite with locals with the next installment beginning January 5. Children will ski on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 1 to 3 p.m. for three consecutive weeks. Bring your budding skier to Dollar with skis, boots, goggles, and helmets and watch the amazing instructors begin to cultivate a lifelong love of the sport. An added bonus? Join LittleSpuds and receive a free Dollar children’s pass.

Kids and snow are meant to be together and there is no better way for the little ones to learn skills and mountain safety than with one of the amazing instructors from the SnowSports School

Older children, from 6 to 17 years old, have helped make the Sun Valley FreeRide program one of the most sought after on the hill. This 13-week session held on Saturdays (and one Sunday) offers skiers and riders 3 1/2 dedicated hours of high-energy skill development. The kids love being on the mountain with their friends while they master all kinds of terrain. FreeRide is already underway but please call to find out more about joining.

If you plan to be in town for a day, a week, or the season, our Children’s Camp Group Lessons are also a great option. The SnowSports School offers all-day group lessons for skiers ages 4 – 12 and snowboarders ages 6 - 12 that are big fun and also sure to increased your kiddos’ abilities. The goal is for each child to reach his or her full potential in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Sun Valley’s highly trained, hand-picked instructors help develop skills and fundamentals, as well as confidence and love for the slopes. Lessons are offered daily in a camp setting, beginning at 9:45 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. The day includes four hours of on-snow instruction along with supervised breaks and lunch. Camps are conducted on both Dollar Mountain and at Bald Mountain depending on the child's age and ability.

For little ones, ages 2 to 4, the Kinder Cubs program is a great option. Curriculum includes both daycare and lessons with our pros and there are both four-hour morning and afternoon options (or full day). Each session includes an hour of ski instruction, lunch, lift tickets, rentals, and helmets.

Sun Valley’s professional instructors are hand selected and highly trained, a great combination to cultivate a lifetime love for skiing or riding in children

There are also special Dollar Cubs Ski and Snowboard Camps designed and customized for children from 4 to 17 years of age. These specialty camps include instruction geared toward three age groups: 4 – 5 year olds, 6 – 11 year olds, and 12 – 17 year olds (this group is called Dollar Challenge).  Fundamentals are emphasized, as is fun. Younger children enjoy first-class supervision at the Dollar Mountain Children’s Center and lunch in addition to instruction. Camps are full day and are a great way to get the most of a ski vacation.

Lastly, for skiers and boarders ready for Baldy, the Baldy Adventure Ski & Snowboard Camps are the place to be. Athletes between 6 and 12 years old, from intermediate to expert, join Sun Valley’s expert kids’ coaches for further skills development and epic enjoyment. These groups enjoy quality instruction in a supervised skiing and riding experience. Lunch is included and the fun lasts all day. 

The professionals at the SnowSports School pride themselves on finding just the right program for every child, so please visit their web page to learn more about each option, as well as rates and dates. If you have further questions, please call 888.490.5950 or email them at snowsports@sunvalley.com.

It always amazes me how even a few hours with an instructor make such a tremendous difference in both skills and confidence. No matter if your child is absolutely new to the sport or is looking to learn a new technique or perfect the finish to a turn, let the wonderful folks at the SnowSports School bring their expertise and enthusiasm to the process. It is time well spent!

Having fun is a big part of the day in specialty programs and camps, even when you are waiting your turn to take a run down a Nastar course

Please check back to this blog for a look at upcoming specialty clinics and programs for adults. The kids shouldn’t have all the fun!

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