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Ski & Snowboard Programs, Lessons & Fun Activities

Discovery Dynamos - Energetic fun for ages 3-5

Available December 5, 2014 - April 5, 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!

The all-day Discovery Dynamos program for ages 3-5 encourages skiing or snowboarding development for all abilities and builds confidence through innovative age-appropriate teaching techniques. Fun games, guided science discovery and activities on and off the slopes add to the fun. Children ages 3 and 4 are grouped together, and 5 year olds have their own group.

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 3-5, 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' Classic 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
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.

Special Extras

Kids' Night Out
If your ideal Winter vacation includes a romantic dinner or an evening out socializing at one of our adult events, we offer Kids' Night Out. Kids enjoy dinner, fun and entertainment with our caring staff at TREASURES.

Wednesday & Saturday, 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm, December 5, 2014 - April 5, 2015. $30 per night, per child (ages 3 - 11). 24-hour advance reservations required. Please have children dressed to walk outside. Children must be toilet trained.
Special New Year's Eve Kids' Night Out, 6:30 pm - 12:30 am, $40 per child. Reserve Early! Call .

Children's FunFeast
SSU instructors, loveable Resort mascots Billy Bob Bear and Mogul Mouse, and Marko the Magician host this fantastic pizza party in the Meeting House! Not only is there pizza, you get to make your own sundae, watch a movie, and get a FREE photo of yourself with Mogul & Billy. Rockin' Ron the Friendly Pirate will host a DJ Dance Party with the Cha-Cha Slide, the Limbo, the Buccaneer Bounce and other great dances.

Tuesday evenings 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, $35 per child. Advance registration is required at the Guest Service Desk.
Additional opportunities for instruction

Mom & Me, Dad & Me Ski & Snowboard Semi-Private Lessons

1-hour, semi-private lesson. A unique opportunity to learn some of the skills and games that will help you be a teacher introducing your child to alpine skiing or snowboarding. You should be at least an intermediate skier or rider, and your child should be a First Timer, age 3-6 years old.

Daily 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
$85 per lesson, includes two persons

Mom & Me, Dad & Me Nordic Semi-Private Lessons
1-hour, semi-private lesson. A unique opportunity to learn some of the skills and games that will help you be a teacher introducing your child to nordic skiing. You should be at least an intermediate skier, and your child should be a First Timer, age 3-5 years old.

Daily by appointment.
$75 per lesson, includes two persons

Alpine Ski and Snowboard Private Lessons
IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU!! Sometimes private coaching will give you that little boost you need to move to the next level in your skiing or riding and start exploring more of the mountain. It’s just you and your personal coach, setting your needs and goals, and coaching you to a higher level. You can even request your choice of instructors. Available in one hour or multi hour sessions for skiing, snowboarding, or telemark. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, particularly during holiday periods and at peak times, when space and instructors may be limited.

Offered daily.
Non-peak rate: $85 first person, $50 per additional person.
Peak rate: $95 first person, $60 per additional person, per hour.
Holiday*, non-peak rate: $95 first person, $50 per additional person.
Holiday*, peak rate: $115 first person, $60 per additional person, per hour.

Non-peak times: 8:30 am, & 3:00 pm.
Peak times: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm.

*Holiday time periods: December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015, January 17-19, 2015 and February 14-22, 2015
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