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Does anyone have any experience with children and ski school when temperatures drop into the single digits - or below zero? Will they cancel instruction?

 

It looks like this weekend will bring a blast of cold air to much of New England, including temps in the single digits and below zero in many places. I am concerned that this might just be too cold for a seven year old to be skiing. I am not even sure the resort will go ahead with ski school given the temperatures.

 

I know they don't tend to spend a lot of time at the top of the mountain and that they take breaks to go indoors, but I am little concerned as we have never had him skiing in such low temps.

 

Thanks!

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We don't cancel at Copper. Your mountain may be different. Perhaps you might call and ask their policy. Note to parents: Mittens, not gloves in cold weather! Use layering!
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It really depends on the Snow School and the Mt management whether they cancel. Single digits isn't really extreme cold. Where I work we have occasionally cancelled due to temps below -10F ( wind chill is the real biggie though) but usually if the Mt. is open we are open with no refunds. That said do your best to prepare your child. Make sure all skin is covered up, they have plenty of layers, buy some glove/mitten and boot warmer packs and give them to the child and or instructor so you child is prepared. Every school will put the safety of their guest 1st, they will make sure instructors know what to do with guests as far as going to the warmer sections, less wind prone, ride the shorter lifts etc. They will have activities to keep the groups moving etc. They will encourage breaks for hot chocolate, instructors will be on the lookout for frostbite. Some children handle cold better than others. You know your child the best if you think he/she will be miserable or in any danger take the day off. Go talk to Snow School about it also.

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For what it's worth, my friend's 6yo had her first ski school experience last month when it was in the low teens (in northern VA) to start the day.  There were parents who decided to cancel or re-schedule but the ski school was ready for the kids who checked in.  The kid had a ball.  Her mother borrowed a few items to make sure she was set in terms of proper socks and layers.  Had bought good mittens in preparation for the first snow experience.

 

The Massanutten children's program is for kids ages 4-12.  Essentially three 45-min lessons with a mid-morning break and lunch.

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For what it's worth, my friend's 6yo had her first ski school experience last month when it was in the low teens (in northern VA) to start the day.  There were parents who decided to cancel or re-schedule but the ski school was ready for the kids who checked in.  The kid had a ball.  Her mother borrowed a few items to make sure she was set in terms of proper socks and layers.  Had bought good mittens in preparation for the first snow experience.

 

The Massanutten children's program is for kids ages 4-12.  Essentially three 45-min lessons with a mid-morning break and lunch.

Thanks.I think he will be fine. He  has plenty of ski gear to keep him warm and comfortable, from smartwool socks to hestra mittens and Patagonia thermals to warm mid-layer and a good ski jacket and helmet and balaclava. I know he is fine in temps in the teens, just was a bit concerned given the forecast calls for temps to fall into the single digits. Perhaps I should be more worried about myself -)

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