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Children's Ski & Ride Programs

Choices for all ages: 6 weeks to 3 years old 2.5 to 3 years old 3 to 4 years old5 to 6 years old 7 to 10 years old 11 to 15 years old 16 to 20 years old

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Trail Blazers Children's Programs

Ski & Snowboard Programs, Lessons & Fun Activities

Trail Blazers - Focused development with delight for Kindergarteners & First Graders — Ages 5 - 6

Available December 11, 2020 - April 4, 2021

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In our all-day or 2-hour Trail Blazers program children ages 5-6 ski or ride with coaches who develop a sound structure of skills and knowledge through guided exploration of learning terrain. Throw in the fun of new challenges and the thrill of handling new terrain, and our Trail Blazers program creates lifelong snow sports enthusiasts! Kids will love our on-snow playground with sculpted snow features such as a 100-foot mini pipe, banked turns and rollers and fun learning tools like hoops and obstacle courses that accelerate their skills development. Smugglers' Riglet Park with its unique Treehouse, dedicated to developing the skills of little snowboarders, is now part of the new learning area, conveniently located in the heart of the resort village.
Please read programming descriptions carefully.
Changes may have been made to program age eligibility, timing, and meeting locations.
Please be aware that as further information is made available by the NSAA, VSAA, other state and federal agencies, and Smugglers' Notch, programming details may need to be further amended.
Registration for SSU programs is currently unavailable until capacities can be determined.


As children progress in their skills, our coaches continue to develop a sound structure of skills and knowledge on Sir Henry's Learning Hill and through guided exploration of the beginner terrain on Morse Mountain. Coaches add to the day's entertainment, engaging the kids with countless games. Flaik GPS units are included in all-day ski and snowboard camp programs for tracking vertical, mileage and speed! Also, beginning snowboarders will be set up with Burton Learn to Ride equipment. They'll enjoy the best possible introductory experience by combining this specially designed equipment with the teaching expertise of Smugglers' SSU professionals.

Trail Blazers Camp

Trail Blazers Ski or Snowboard 2-Hour Lessons

These 2-hour lessons are a great way to get a sampling of our popular full-day camp. Daily 10:00 am - 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, (levels 1-9).

2019-2020 Non-holiday* rate: $85 per person, per lesson.
2019-2020 Holiday* rate: $105 per person, per lesson.
A lift ticket is required for all Snow Sport University programs. If you do not have a lift ticket, one can be purchased for the duration of the lesson for $25, plus $5 for your Notch Card.

Your choice of one daily 2-hour group lesson is included for those children paid to be on the Club Smugglers' FamilyFest Package and the Club Smugglers' Summit Package.

Trail Blazers Camp

Trail Blazers All-Day Ski or Snowboard Camp

Daily, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm (levels 1-4), 9:45 am - 2:30 pm (levels 5-9) on-mountain activities & lesson until 2:30 pm with entertainment until 4:00 pm. Thursday pick-up is at 2:30 pm so you can attend the Smuggs Winter Carnival as a family.

Enjoy a sense of fun and adventure learning to ski or snowboard with supervised instruction for all abilities. Guided on-slope treks, fun races, interactive nature and science discovery with on-mountain games. Lunch included.

After a day on the slopes, crowd-pleasing events and games keep your kids entertained.

2019-2020 Non-holiday rate: $179 per day, per child. $89.50 per day, per child for those children paid to be on the Club Smugglers' FamilyFest Package and the Club Smugglers' Summit Package.
2019-2020 Holiday* rate: $199 per day, per child. $99.50 per day, per child for those children paid to be on the Club Smugglers' FamilyFest Package and the Club Smugglers' Summit Package.

This program has limited availability and requires advance reservations. For more information or to reserve a space call .

*Holiday time periods: December 26, 2020-January 1, 2021, January 16-18, 2021 & February 13-21, 2021.
Additional information about your child's camp day
Click on any of the options listed below for more details.
A Day in SSU All-day Camp
Our signature kids program is an experience to write home about! Our camp program focuses around time on the mountain but is complemented with relevant off-snow activities designed for each age group including professional afternoon entertainment and lunch. Your family's vacation is not complete until the kids try out an all day camp!

Afternoon Entertainment
SSU's Afternoon Entertainment is located in the lower level of the Meeting House and starts at approximately 2:30 pm (unless otherwise noted). Click the link above to view the schedule.

Kids' Program Lunch Menu
Our ski school program's lunch menu incorporates healthy options such as crisp fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and pastas, roasted rather than fried foods, veggie burgers and the like. As the ski school day is an active one, it is important to provide kids with nourishing food choices at their day's midpoint.

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Additional Winter Fun Options
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Kids' Night Out — Kids enjoy dinner, fun and entertainment with our caring staff at FunZone 2.0.

Alpine Ski and Snowboard Private Lessons — Beginner to expert, individual attention will help you take your skills to the next level.

Night School for Boarding & Night School for Jibbing — Are you ready for your first snowboard experience? Are you already a skier or rider and want to try your first freestyle moves?

Snow Sport University is proud to be a member school of the Professional Ski Instructors of America and American Association of Snowboard Instructors.
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