Smugglers' Snow Sport University Programs for Adults
Lessons for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing that guarantee you'll have fun!
SSU programs are availableDecember 4, 2015 - April 3, 2016
Do you remember the last time you surprised yourself by doing something you had only dreamed about or the rush you got after you challenged yourself and were successful?
At SSU, our instructors strive to help you break down barriers and surprise yourself every clinic, lesson, and session. Whether you're new to the sport and are looking to build confidence, or you're an intermediate looking to explore more challenging terrain, our highly qualified instructors can help you develop the skills and state of mind to meet those goals. For advanced skiers and riders, our instructors are your skilled guides, helping you experience the thrill and challenge of new and hidden terrain — opening a world of on and off-trail adventures you might never discover on your own.
Why should kids have all the fun? Discover the confident skier or rider that lurks within you!
Read about the Snow Sport University lesson experience for adults on family travel website pitstopsforkids.com!
To book an SSU Adult Lesson or Program call 800-523-2754.
For more information click on one of the SSU Programs below. You'll also find useful tips from our expert instructors!Adult Group Lessons Whatever your goals, our highly qualified SSU instructors can help you build the skills and state of mind you need to start exploring more of the mountain.
2-hour Lessons: Ski or Snowboard Are you a first-time skier or snowboarder — or looking for the coaching that will move you to the next level? Group lessons are designed to help each individual, novice to expert! Guaranteed to get results.
Available: Daily, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon or 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. Levels: Level 1/Beginner (Morse Mountain) to Level 9/Advanced (Sterling/Madonna Mountains). Price: Non-holiday* rate: $75 per person, per lesson Holiday* rate: $95 per person, per lesson. Included with Club Smugglers' Summit Package your choice of 10:00 am or 1:00 pm group lesson. Pre-registration is required as space is limited for this program. *Holiday time periods: December 26, 2015 - January 3, 2016, January 16-18, 2016 and February 13-21, 2016
Expertís tip: Sideslipping
Sideslipping is a key tactical tool for any skier who wants to be more versatile. The key to effective sideslipping is to maintain good fore/aft balance. Start off on a hill with some pitch to it, and just tip your legs down the hill, releasing the edges and sliding. Tip the legs uphill to set the edge, with a focus on staying balanced over the whole foot. After playing in both directions, do the same thing, but shift your weight from the tip of the ski to the tail and vice versa, and notice the effect the movement has on the skis. You should feel like you are fluttering down the hill like a falling leaf. Mastering sideslipping will let you get down any kind of terrain in almost any conditions. -Oliver Blackman, PSIA level 1 certified instructor
Snowshoe Lesson Treks 1 1/2-hour group lesson. Learn the basic techniques of snowshoeing and back-country terrain tactics. In addition to a basic lesson, a variety of topics and snowshoe destinations are explored during the week. Sign up and discover the wonderful world of Winter.
Available: Sunday, Tuesday, & Thursday 10:00 am and Saturday 1:00 pm. December 4, 2015 - April 3, 2016 Weather permitting. Rate: $45 per person, per session
Cross-Country Lessons Join our skilled Nordic instructors for a cross-country group lesson. Learn to ski and enjoy the serenity of the Vermont Winter woods.
Available: Daily, 10:00 am - 11:30 am Rate: $45 per person, per session. Included with your Club Smugglers' Summit Package. CLOSE
Adult Private Lessons Private coaching is the best way to tailor lessons to meet your needs. Try one and get exactly what you're looking for!
Alpine Ski, Snowboard or Telemark Ski Private Lessons
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Individual private lessons will give you that boost you need to move to the next level in your skiing or riding. They allow our professional instructors to determine your personal needs and goals in order to tailor the entire lesson to you! You can even request your choice of instructors.
Available: Daily, start time upon request. 1-hour or multi-hour lessons. Levels: Level 1-4/Beginners, Morse Mountain, meet at the Gazebo by the Village Lift. Level 5-9/Advanced, meet on the Green Peppers Deck at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge. Rates: Non-holiday: $105 first person, $75 per additional person, $75 per additional hour. Holiday: $125 first person, $75 per additional person, $75 per additional hour. Holiday time periods: December 26, 2015 - January 3, 2016, January 16-18, 2016 and February 13-21, 2016
Pre-registration is strongly recommended, particularly during holiday periods and at peak times, when space and instructors may be limited.
6-Hour Private Coaching Instruction or Guided Tour This program is ideal for the individual or group that wants personal, private instruction and guiding for the whole day. With your personal coach, you can spend the entire day exploring and enhancing your skills, or your group can split up the day between family members of different ages and abilities.
Available: Daily, 9:00 am or 10:00 am start time. Levels: Level 1-4/Beginners, Morse Mountain, meet at the Gazebo by the Village Lift. Level 5-9/Advanced, meet on the Green Peppers Deck at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge. Rates: Non-Holiday $780 for group of up to 5 people. Holiday* $800 for group of 5 people.
*Holiday time periods: December 26, 2014 - January 4, 2015, January 17-19, 2015 and February 14-22, 2015
Pre-registration is required as space is limited for this program.
Mom & Me, Dad & Me Ski or Snowboard Semi-Private Lessons A unique opportunity to learn some of the skills and games that will help you be a teacher for your child or vice versa. You should be at least an intermediate skier or rider, and your child should be a First Timer, age 3-5 years old. Meet at the Gazebo by the Village Lift.
Available: Daily, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Rate: $95 per lesson, per hour, includes two persons.
Cross-Country Private Lessons Get personalized instruction in cross-country ski techniques from our skilled instructors.
Available: Daily, 11:45 am - 12:45 am. Rate: $60 first person, $40 per additional person (up to 3 people). By appointment
Mom & Me, Dad & Me Cross-Country Private Lessons Skiing is more fun when you do it together. You and your child can learn to cross-country ski together with personalized instruction from our skilled instructors.
Available: Daily, 11:45 am - 12:45 pm Rate:$80 per lesson for parent with child 6 & older. By appointment. CLOSE
Special Programs The Mountain Experience for Skiers Women's Programs Night Schools for Boarding and Jibbing
The Mountain Experience for Skiers Maximize your fun - minimize your frustration! Guided by our most experienced instructors, you and no more than 5 people with similar goals and abilities (or create your own group!) will explore our diverse and exhilarating upper mountain terrain with timely tips to help you build confidence. If you are comfortable skiing on groomed, blue trails and want to expand your horizons, or an expert looking to explore our mountains, this 4-hour program is for you.
Available: Daily, 10:15 am - 2:15 pm Levels: Level 5-9/Advanced, meet on the Green Peppers Deck at the Madonna/Sterling Base Lodge. Rates: $139 per adult, per day, includes lunch. 25% OFF with paid Club Smugglers' Summit Package. Add $25 per day for performance demos from 3 Mountain Equipment. Advanced sign-up is STRONGLY recommended, as class sizes are limited.
Expertís tip: The right and left of it
Intermediate skiers often ask why they find it easy to turn one way but not the other. Once we rule out any physiological reasons, the answer is almost always in the previous turn or turns. Too much rotary in a previous turn causes the next turn to be difficult. Try focusing on a spot down the hill and keep that spot as your reference while making a series of medium radius turns. When your head and shoulders stay more aligned in the direction you are going; your turns will get better in both directions. ĖDoug Cook, PSIA Level 3 certified instructor
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? Then try one of our Night School programs. Night School for Boarding is a great way for families and everyone else to go snowboarding for the first time. Night School for Jibbing is our program designed to utilize mini, entry-level terrain park features to introduce level 4-6 skiers & riders to the world of freestyle. With one-hour group sessions and another 1 1/2 hours of practice time (with coaches on the hill to help you out), new riders and new jibbers can experience the excitement of snowboarding.
Available Tuesday, Wednesday & Saturday, 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm Ages 6 - adult. Rate:$49 per person, per session, includes Burton Learn to Ride equipment rental. Must sign up prior to 3:30 pm at the Guest Service Desk or the Ski & Ride Desk. Space available basis. Get outfitted for your equipment between 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm at 3 Mountain Equipment. Meet at Sir Henry's Learning & Fun Park after you've gotten your equipment. CLOSE
To book an SSU Adult Lesson or Program call 800-523-2754.
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