Cultivating a love for wintertime has the greatest success if it's begun early in life. Our children's program has a variety of specially tailored, child focused opportunities to help cultivate a lifelong love of winter and mountains. Shawnee Peak offers group coaching on weekends and holiday periods for all kids ages 4-12. With a full variety of programs available you can make sure your children get the attention they deserve with specially trained instructors who know how to effectively teach and meet the needs of youngsters. SkiWee is for skiers age 4&5. Junior Mountaineers are skiers age 6-12. MiniRiders are snowboarders age 4-12.
The Ski Wee program is designed with the littlest, most-future-est rippers in mind. We recognize that our smallest guests aren't necessarily as strong or as hooked in focused or dedicated as their older brothers and sisters. With that in mind we provide them greater flexibility to address their needs. Keeping the fun-factor as a high priority, we may offer them more breaks, play some different games in order to help build their confidence and therefore improve their success on skis. We also provide them with snacks and hot chocolate. If it’s not fun, why do it?
We have morning and afternoon sessions, and have programs that last from just an afternoon to all season long. Each includes: Our magic carpet surface lift; our expanded beginner area; and lift tickets.
SkiWee is offered weekends, and holiday periods. We recommend half day sessions These sessions are available from 10-noon or 1:00-3:00PM. Reservations are highly recommended. Please arrive at least 45 minutes ahead of lesson to register your child through the SnowSports school office.
The Junior Mountaineer Program is for older skiers aged 6-12 of any ability. We make sure that your child is grouped with others of similar age and ability. Just wait and see how fast they make new skiing buddies. Using games and props, they quickly learn to ski safer, better, and explore new terrain. These sessions are available from 10-noon or 1:00-3:00PM, and fullday sessions are 10-3PM.
We've set up a program for snowboarders of all abilities. Just like Junior Mountaineers, The Mini Rider Program is divided into groups based upon age and ability level. Utilizing coaching techniques approved by the Burton Learn to Ride Program, the Mini Riders play games, and use special tools to improve their riding ability while having fun on the mountain. These sessions are available from 10-noon or 1:00-3:00PM, and fullday sessions are 10-3PM.
The MiniRider program includes a lift ticket, coaching, supervision and inside breaks with snacks (lunch is included with the full day option).
Please review our children's program skiing skill levels below to help us properly place your child.
- Terrain Garden – Child Has Never Skied
- Surface – Has had a lesson or practiced and can stop may or may not have begun turning
- Rabbit Run – Child can stop and turn both ways in a wedge Unassisted. (We will teach matching skis on the RR.)
- Pine – Can match skis between turns and only uses a wedge on steep terrain. Almost open parallel all the time.
- Mid – Does not use a wedge shape at all when skiing. Ready to learn or work on dynamic parallel and at different speeds and Turn Shapes.
- Top – Can ski dynamic parallel at different speeds and turn shape and/or is a racer.