Many a Colorado skier or snowboarder first learned to carve it up at one of the smaller mountain resorts around the state. Carrying on this tradition, these “local hills” offer multi-day clinics for kids who are beyond the beginner stage and want to get better … fast.
Most of these skill-improvement lessons pick up kids about age five, put them in age- and skill-specific groups, and ski or ride like crazy for a number of days in a week. Aside from paying the clinic price, a participant must have a day or season pass, and commit to the time. Here’s a sampling of kids clinics:
Powderhorn. For ages 5-8, Powdercats runs half days on Saturdays and Sundays for three four-week sessions, starting Jan. 4, 2014, for $200. Freeriders for ages 8-12 has same schedule, for $210 – with pro-rating.
Monarch. Butterflies for ages 5-6 kick off at 12:45 p.m. on Fridays, running Jan. 10 through Feb. 7 for $215. Parent must accompany. For ages 7-11, Explorers goes all day on Saturdays Jan. 11, 25, and Feb. 1, 8 for $450, while Rippers (for same ages) goes 9:30 - 3:15 Fridays and Saturdays in January and February at a cost of $700.
Wolf Creek. Four-day Camp Robber focuses on 5-8 year olds on Saturdays Jan. 11, 25, Feb. 1, and 8. Season passholder $210, others $240.
Ski Cooper. Ages 6-12 on weekends in January, February and March for five hours each day, at a cost of $400.
Ski Hesperus. SnoKat Kidz convene Monday-Friday nights for five weeks, starting Jan. 13, for 5-15 year old skiers, 7-15 for snowboarders, at $130 passholders, $180 others.
Eldora.The Eldorables join 4-6 year olds for morning and afternoon lessons Mondays through Fridays Jan. 6-March 14, for $399.
Sunlight. For skiers and riders 5-12, Friday Club starts Jan. 10 and runs through March 7 for $220, ticket included. Snowriders go all day for four Saturdays in January, and four in February, also $220.
Photo: A "powder kid" at Colorado's Monarch (Facebook)