If you’re interested in learning more about children’s ski and snowboard programs, you’ve come to the right place.
- WinterKids, a non-profit organization that encourages winter recreation among children, are promoting and distributing the WinterKids’ National Outdoor Learning Curriculum. The guide is a detailed skier development tool used by teachers in local schools to integrate skiing and winter activities with academics. For more information about WinterKids, visit www.winterkids.org.
- Complimentary skiing and snowboarding programs for elementary school students are available in several U.S. states. Each state ski association has its own program, which is generally geared toward a specific grade level. The children receive a season pass or coupons that are valid for complimentary visits at the participating ski areas. The objective is to encourage kids to try skiing and snowboarding and experience the excitement and exhilaration of outdoor recreation during winter months. For more information about complimentary programs in Colorado, Maine, New York, New Hampshire and Vermont, see our complimentary skiing and snowboarding page.
- “Winter Feels Good” is a program developed by SnowSports Industries America to show how non-motorized winter sports — snowboarding, alpine skiing, cross country skiing and snowshoeing, can help adults and children achieve health and fitness through the winter months, no matter what their current fitness level is. For more information about Winter Feels Good, visit www.winterfeelsgood.com.
- Next Snow SEARCH is a quest to find the neXtreme generation of skiers and snowboarders. It’s the first all-mountain, all equipment, all person snowsports competition. It’s not just a competition – style, attitude, and personality are also factors. There is only one class, everyone competes together. Boys and girls, skiers and snowboarders and adaptive athletes are included. All contestants must be 9 through 13 years of age to compete. For more information about Next Snow SEARCH, visit www.nextsnow.com.
- Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month, is an industry-wide effort to offer children and adults great deals and opportunities to learn how to ski and snowboard during January by taking lessons from a professional instructor. More than 300 resorts throughout the U.S. participate. Some programs are free while others are modestly priced. Most include rentals, lessons and a lift ticket. The skiandsnowboardmonth.org website lists programs by state and also provides useful and practical information about snow sports such as how to dress and what to expect at a resort or ski area.
- SnowZi.com, is a great place to find games, activites, quizzes and much more. SnowZi contains links to Snow Monters, the fun and educational resort creatures, Flake Yourself and Snow Funny, which allow you to make your own snowboarding or skiing video using just a photo of yourself and Next Snow which shows you great deals and conditions near you!