Ski/Snowboard Programs for Kids

Which ski place is the least expensive to get kids started? Which ski place offers programs for 2 year old? Which program has GPS unit included in rental for live tracking? Check out 2012 updates of kids ski programs. This article is written by KidMatter site.

Most of the ski/snowboard packages include full day or half day lift ticket, equipment rental, group lesson and lunch or snack.  Many of these programs require advanced reservation, particularly during peak season when classes can be filled up quickly.  All the ski resorts also offer discounted tickets if you purchase multi-day lift tickets.

Ski Resort Kids Programs Packages & Lift Rates Notes
Alphine Meadows Ski: ages 3-13
Snowboard: ages 5-12Spring ski camp for kids in 2012
Half Day: $109-$149
Full Day: $139-$179
Rental includes a GPS unit for live tracking.Current Daily Lift Tickets:
4 and under: Free
Child(5-12): $37
Adult: $84
Teen (13-18): $70
Tip: join Apline Club for savings
Often referred to as “Lake Tahoe’s Hidden Gem,” this 2,400-acre ski facility features more than 100 runs, and snowboarding parks. Tiegel Terrain Park adjacent to the base lodge is only for kids – perfect for beginners and kids of all ages.
Bear Valley Group Lessons: ages 4-12
Private Lessons: all ages
Half Day (ages 4-12): $89-95
Full Day (ages 4-8): $125-135
Lesson only: $57Current Discounted Lift Tickets:
Adult: $55 ($62)
Teen (13-19): $40 ($49)
Child (6-12): $19
kinder(1-5): $5
Bear Valley is a nice alternative to Tahoe for a weekend family or group ski trip.Tubing available
Boreal Ski: ages 4-10
Snowboard: 8 and up
Kids Club Half Day: $70/$80
Kids Club Full Day: $95/$105 (Helmet rental additional $5)
Private Lesson: $75 per hour; $65 additional hourDaily Lift Tickets:
Adult: $49-$56
Teen (13-18): $40
Child (5-12): $16
4 and under: $5Deals: $15 for all on Jan 6th; iRide: ride any 2 days get third day free
Playland Sledding area is for children of all ages. A plastic saucer is provided. There is also a designated snowplay area.Tubers for 42″ or taller: $25 for 2 hrs; Mini Tubing for under 42″: $15;Take 3 beginner lessons and get free season pass
Diamond Peak Child Ski Center: 3-7 years old.Group Lessons: ages 4-7
Private Lessons: ages 3 and up
Full Day (ages 4-7): $125
Sierra Scout All Day (ages 7-14): $105
Group lesson (ages 4-7): $70 2hours; $90 4 hours
Rental: $27Daily Life Tickets:
Adult: $54;
Teen (13-17): $43
Child (7-12): $20
6 and under: free
Beginner lift access: $25Mini pass: $35 a day when buy 7 mini pass
The Bee Ferrato Child Ski Center has a seperate learning area, powerline lift and a low instructor to child ratio of 1:5.Learn to Ski and Ride week Jan 9-13th! Beginner packages are just $29 (normally $75) for ages 7 and up. This includes beginner lesson, rental equipment and beginner lift ticket.
Dodge Ridge Intro-to-snow: 2-5
Kinder Ski/Ride: 4-5
Kids’ Club: 4-12
Intro-to-snow: $96, 2hr one on one lesson, equipment, helmetKinder Ski/Ride: $148, 4.5 hr Max 3 kids, equipment, helmet, lunchKid’s Club Full Day: $119
Kid’s Club Half Day: $96Daily Lift Tickets Only:
Adult: $64
Teen (13-19): $52
Child (6-12): $20
5 and under: free
This is the only place offers lessons for 2 year oldFamily Winter Carnival: Jan 28-29
Donner Ski Ranch Group Lessons: ages 7 and up
Private Lessons: all ages
1.5 hour group lesson:
Adult: $66
Teen (13-17): $62
Child (6-12): $52 (helmet rental $7)Daily Lift Tickets Only:
Adult: $35-$45
Teen (13-17): $28-36
Child (6-12): $10-$15
6 and under: $5 whole day
Granlibakken Resort Group lesson: 7 and upPrivate Lessons: 4 and up 1 hour ski school group lesson: $50; private lesson: $60Daily Lift Tickets Only:
Adult: $16-$24
12 and under: $10-$14
Granlibakken Resort features an intimate ski hill, perfect for beginning through intermediate skiers and snowboarders.Snowplay Area:
Perfect for families and children, Granlibakken has a machine-groomed snowplay area. Cost is $10 per person for saucer rental and use of snowplay area. (no tubes or toboggans are allowed)
Heavenly Ski: ages 4-13
Snowboard: ages 5-13
1 Day lesson: $155-$185private lessons: half-day ($425), Full-day ($620)Online discounted lift ticket:
Adult: $85
Teen (13-18): $78
Child (5-12): $49
Three Ski & Ride schools.Onsite daycare: 6 wks – 6 yrsvarious vacation deals on its web site
Homewood Ski: ages: 4-12
Snowboard: ages 7-12
Half Day: $99-$109
Full Day: $119-$129Online Lift Tickets:
Adult: $49-$57
Teen (13-18): $39-$45
Child (5-12): $10-$15
4 and under: free
Multi-day dealsall lessons include flaik GPS
Kirkwood Ski: ages 4-12
Snowboard: ages 5-12
new Mini Rippers program: ages 3-4
Beginning package: $25Skate package: $35Private lesson: $48
Daily Lift Tickets:
Adult (19-64): $69-$82
Teen (13-18): $54-$65
Child (6-12): $17-$20
5 and under: $8-$10
Dog sledding (45-min run): $45-$85
Tubing: $20 all day; $14 per hourKids Ski Free Sundays: Kids 12 and under ski FREE every Sunday on non-holiday dates with the purchase of an adult lift ticket or valid 11/12 Kirkwood Season Pass.
Mt. Rose Ski: ages 4-10
Snowboard: ages 7-10
2 hour session: $69- $74
Full Day group lesson: $79
private lesson: $60-$100 per hrLift Tickets Only:
Adult: $59-$77
Teen (13-18): $47-$62
Child (6-12): $19
5 and under: free
$10 life ticket, Jan 2-8
Northstar Group Lessons: ages 3-12 Half Day: $99-$109
Full Day: $129-$149Online Lift Tickets:
Adult: $88-$91
Teen (13-18): $81-$82
Child (5-12): $52-$53
4 and under: free
Tubing: $20-$22 first hour
Adventure ParksChild care for 2-6 yrs
Half Day: $89-$99
Full Day: $109-$119
Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski: ages 3-12
Snowboard: ages 5-12
Wild Mountain Center Program: FULL Day: $109
Half Day: $99Early Season Lift Tickets:
Adult/Teen: $49
Kids: $10Regular Daily Lift Tickets:
Adult: $74-$77
Teen (13-22): $64-$67
Kids (5-12): $19-$24
Tubing: $25 for 2 hrs
Adventure zones, $35Child care for 18 mo – 5yrsTake advantage of more great deals like 50% off private lessons, Snowplay for $20, and $49 lift tickets.
Soda Spring Group lessons: ages 7 and up
Planet Kids Moving Carpet: ages 10 and under
Beginner’s package: $69
Planet Kids: $25
Private lessons: $65, $25 additional person, $40 additional hourLift Tickets Only:
Adult: $36
Teen (<17): $25
Offer both sledding & Tubing. Tube town for 42″ and taller. Planet Snow Kids for 8 and under ($25).
Squaw Valley Group Lessons: ages 3-13
snowboarding: ages 7-12
Half day: $139-$149
Full Day: $169-$1791 hr private: $149Lift Tickets:
Adult: $64-$84
Teen (13-22): $53-$70
12 and under: $37
Tubing: $20 per hour
Mini-snow mobiles (6-12): $25
Dog Sledding, Ice skating, cable car, headwall sky jump
Sugar Bowl Ski: ages 4-12
Snowboard: ages 7-12
Bear Tracks (4-12) full day: $75-105
Black bear (7-12) full day: $185
Power cub (4-6) full day: $185
Sugar bear (4-6) full day: $145; Half day: $105Daily Lift Tickets:
Adult: $37-$82
Teen (13-22): $30-$70
Child (6-12): $5-$30
5 and under: free
Child care for 3-5 yrs: $90-$130;FREE 2 hour group lesson of any level and a FREE basic gear rental on general admission days
Tahoe Donner ages 3 and up Kids Ski School (ages 3-6): $75
Ski/Board Package: $75
Group Lesson Only: $35 and then $25
private lesson: $89 per hrLift Tickets:
adult (13-59): $32-$41
child (7-12): $14-21
6 and under: FREE
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