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Ski & Snowboard Programs, Lessons & Fun Activities

Discovery Dynamos — Guided discovery with care for Preschoolers

Available December 5, 2014 - April 12, 2015

We start kids at age 3 on skis and snowboards in our all-day award-winning children's programs - it's never too young to learn!

Our all-day Discovery Dynamos program for ages 3-4 encourages development and builds confidence through innovative teaching techniques. NEW this year, Dynamos will accelerate their progress by learning how to ski and ride on elements of sculpted terrain. Your kids will learn through experience with our trained instructors who guide them on this specially groomed landscape that's fun and kid-friendly. Complementing the on-hill activities, Discovery Dynamos includes creative off-slope activites to keep kids engaged and rested. There is no better program for your little one.

Included in your child's ski or snowboard camp experience is use of a Flaik GPS for tracking vertical, mileage and speed during the camp day! You'll receive a unique password to review this information at the end of the day or when you return home.

Family travel website Pit Stops for Kids describes our Discovery Dynamos program: "The instructors are friendly, very focused on the kids, and seem to be really excited about teaching a new generation of skiers." Read more on pitstopsforkids.com!

Beginning snowboarders, ages 3-4, will be set up with Burton Learn to Ride equipment, specially developed to ease the learning curve and ensure a great experience for novice riders. These little snowboarders will enjoy learning and playing in our Burton Riglet Park with terrain park rails and boxes sized for young children, and a central "treehouse" with balance features and a swinging chair to practice getting on and off the lift!

The Discovery Dynamos program is available daily, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, including lunch. On-mountain instruction and activities last until 2:30 pm each day, followed by indoor entertainment until 4:00 pm.
Please note: All children must be picked up by 2:30 pm after the Cookie Race and Adventure Race on Thursdays so you can attend the Smuggs Winter Carnival as a family!

Children must be completely toilet trained and out of diapers and pull-ups to participate in this program. (Children who are not toilet trained can sign up for our Little Rascals on Snow Program for 2 1/2 to 3 year olds, or opt for private lessons, which can accommodate children as young as two.)

The Discovery Dynamos program is included for those children paid to be on the Club Smugglers' FamilyFest Package and the Club Smugglers' Summit Package. Regular rate $139 per day, per child.
Expert’s tip: What can I do as a parent to help my young child have a good experience on the slopes?

Comfort is essential to a child’s happiness on the slopes. Therefore, have your child's equipment carefully fitted by a trained technician. Apparel should be layered so that it can be easily adjusted to temperature changes. At the end of an instructional program, solicit feedback from your child’s instructor about the child’s experience and what the recommended next step should be. And have fun and enjoy this exciting milestone with your child! –Harley Johnson, Snow Sport University director

Additional information about your child's camp day

Afternoon Entertainment
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SSU's afternoon entertainment takes place in the lower level of the Meeting House starting at approximately 2:30 pm (unless otherwise noted).

Sunday - Movie Matinee
A kid-friendly flick will fill the big screen.

Monday - Science Show
The Winter Wizard and Professor Pinhead will prove that SCIENCE is fun!

Tuesday - Marko the Magician

Wednesday - The Groovy Guy variety show

Watch the Cookie Race on video.
Thursday - Cookie Race
Watch future Olympians negotiate their first gates. Levels 1-4 meet on Sir Henry's Hill... don't miss the fun! The FunMeister, Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate, and Mogul Mouse are your hosts. Race times 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Check with Instructors for the specific time they will be at the race.
Note: All children must be picked up by 2:15 pm after the Cookie Race on Thursdays.

Thursday - Showtime Characters Dance Party!
Mambo with Mogul Mouse, boogie with Billy Bob Bear, shake it up with SnerdBall & Frostie the Snowmaker, do the chicken dance with Bill the Bald Eagle, slide and slither with Sam the Snowsnake, and yell with Yellow Cat. Hosted by Goodtime Charlie, Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate, and SSU staff. Adventure Race winners will be announced and Cookie Race footage will be shown. From 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm in the Lower Level of the Meeting House.

Friday - A World of Pirates
Hosted by the Friendly Pirate and Silver Long Johns with pirate songs, stories, games and history.

Saturday - Science Show
The Winter Wizard and Professor Pinhead will prove that SCIENCE is fun!

Above are sample children's program daily aprés ski activities.

Kids' Program Lunch Menu
Levels 1-4 in the Village at the Meeting House or Morse Highlands Day Lodge
Levels 5-9 Upper Mountain at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge

Sunday: Mexican fiesta day
Monday: grilled cheese, veggie burgers, and broccoli florets
Tuesday: lasagna rolette, broccoli florets and garlic bread
Wednesday: hamburgers, veggie burgers, corn, and mashed potatoes
Thursday: macaroni & cheese, broccoli florets, and veggie burgers
Friday: cheese pizza and pepperoni pizza
Saturday: shepard's pie, wheat rolls, and broccoli florets

Other daily offerings include: tossed salad, carrots, celery, assorted salads, whole wheat pasta with sauce, hot soup, whole fruit, soy nut butter & jelly sandwiches, pudding and Jell-O.
Beverages: water, lemonade, milk, chocolate milk, and hot chocolate.

Levels 5-9 at the Top of the Notch: Located on Sterling Mountain. Menu options vary, food provided by the Hearth & Candle.

Additional Winter Fun Options
Click on any of the fun options listed below for more details.
Children's FunFeast — SSU instructors, Billy Bob Bear, Mogul Mouse, and Marko the Magician host this fantastic pizza party in the Meeting House!
Kids' Night Out — Kids enjoy dinner, fun and entertainment with our caring staff at TREASURES.
Mom & Me, Dad & Me Ski & Snowboard Semi-Private Lessons
Mom & Me, Dad & Me Nordic Semi-Private Lessons
Alpine Ski and Snowboard Private Lessons
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