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post #1 of 14
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Anyone know how any of the regular ski lesson programs for kids are in resorts near Summit County in Colorado?

I taught my son (4.5 years now) myself last year. I couldn't afford $100+/day lessons. Also, he liked learning with me rather then the ski school. We really had a blast. He learned a lot and was making good parallel turns down intermediate trails by the end of the season. I've been a skier since I was 3. I'm not an Instructor though. I learned mostly from my dad and a few lessons here and there.

Now that he has had some basic training, I'd like to get him some more professional training one day/week. It would also give me some time to snowboard/ski on my own. (It was painful trying to snowboard slowly while he skiis, especially when he wanted to go thru some Castle trail in the trees.)

We have the Vail Resorts Colorado pass... So we are looking at either, A-Basin, Keystone, Breckenridge or Vail.

I know a-basin has their 3 week program (you can do this 3 times) for a total of 9 weeks/lessons on saturdays for $540 ($60/lesson). It starts in December.

Breckridge has their Bomber's program. It's 7 weeks (sat or sun) for $430-$465. So for sunday...it comes out to around $60/lesson.

Anyone know how these programs are?

Know of any other ski camp type programs for regular (every week) skiers?

Keystone/Vail?

I wish some of these places offered some shorter lessons that were only a couple of hours.. like a 2 hour morning lesson. Then I could ski with him later in the morning and in the afternoon.
post #2 of 14
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c'mon summit countiers....someone out there must either have put their kids in these programs or taught them
post #3 of 14
Full day lesson includeing ticket and lunch is about $70 at Loveland.

After 3 lessons the get a season pass.
post #4 of 14

summit county ski lessons

I put my 7 yr. old son through two days of that high priced ski lesson at Breck last season. Trust me, although you may not be a paid ski instructor, you child with learn much more in the area of ski mechanics and technical ability if you just save your $100 per day and teach them yourself. Mine did, unfortunately after I paid them for the service I didn't get.
post #5 of 14
Last year there was a program at Breck for passholders that was like a season pass for lessons. It was absurdly cheap, as I recall (under $200), but I don't know if it was only for adults. Perhaps MarkXS knows about it.
post #6 of 14
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It was for adults only last year. I asked last year.
post #7 of 14
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I actually put my son thru 2 half day lessons at breck near peak 9, when he first started.

Then later in the year I put him thru a lesson at Peak 8. This was after I had already been taking up chairlifts and going down all kinds of green runs on Breck and Keystone. I was disappointed because I found out at the end of the lesson that they put him in the class with beginners who had never skied, even though I made a point of telling them his ability and brought a piece of paper with everything he had done so far (like their little checklists). The manager wouldn't do anything.

I ended up calling the main ski school number and getting some money back, later.

I didn't take him for any lessons the rest of the season.

I guess I'm still wondering if its worth it, or if I should just teach him myself totally again.
post #8 of 14
Breck has the Bomber program. It is 6 Saturdays or Sundays. It goes from 9-3. The kids are with the same instructor for the entire period. They do special presentations and have special events for the kids. It is really fun. You bring lunch for your child and they spend the whole day with their group. I am not sure of the cost and how it compares to regular lessons. I taught a group a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it.
post #9 of 14
No knowledge on Colorado, but that's exactly the reason we put our kids on ski team at Alpine Meadows last year, and they're back on this year.
post #10 of 14
I know you said Breck etc., but maybe for next year: we have done Copper Scooters for the past several years, and have nothing but good things to say. It's similar to the Breck Bombers described above, but it lasts for only 3 weeks in a particular month. Full price is $300, which includes three lunches and a season pass to Copper and Winter Park (regularly $129, I think), although preseason sales are more like $265. So basically you're getting three full-day lessons plus lunch for less than $60 per.

Copper also has a longer, similar program called Choppers, which you can do for 4 or 8 weeks at a time. It runs $565 (for 8 wk). Doesn't include lunch. Does include an option (costs extra) for bus transportation from Denver, once the kids are older.
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
I know you said Breck etc., but maybe for next year: we have done Copper Scooters for the past several years, and have nothing but good things to say. It's similar to the Breck Bombers described above, but it lasts for only 3 weeks in a particular month. Full price is $300, which includes three lunches and a season pass to Copper and Winter Park (regularly $129, I think), although preseason sales are more like $265. So basically you're getting three full-day lessons plus lunch for less than $60 per.

Copper also has a longer, similar program called Choppers, which you can do for 4 or 8 weeks at a time. It runs $565 (for 8 wk). Doesn't include lunch. Does include an option (costs extra) for bus transportation from Denver, once the kids are older.
That sounds like a great program for next year... Thanks!...
post #12 of 14
Hi Mogulman1--I apologize for not seeing this thread earlier. You have a lot of options in Summit County! The multi-week programs at Keystone are called Kroozers (ages 5-15) and Explorers (ages 3-kindergarten). Click on the links for details.

These programs are similar to the Breckenridge and Copper programs. There are several three-weekend sessions throughout the season, and multiple sessions are discounted.

Have a great season. I hope to see you at Keystone, and I look forward to a report, wherever you decide to go!

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #13 of 14
at wolf creek there is a program for kids 8-12 that is around $200 for 5 days and it includes skis, lift tickets and a full day lesson with only 2 or 3 kids per instructor and the prices is less if you have skis already
there is also a similar program for snow boarders
i know that this isn't close to you but there may be simalar programs
post #14 of 14

We did Bombers last year for our (then)3.5 yr-old

She loved it.

As others have said, your kid will learn much more much faster with you teaching them, but the class is a blast for the kids & it affords you the opportunity to get 6 hours of uninterrupted turns in while they're there.

For us, it was an awesome Saturday routine.....

If you're specifically looking JUST to help your kid get better, I'd look at a class at Steamboat for 4-5 days consecutive. We did that later in the year ( 3days)& she was rippin it up by the end of our weekend up there.
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