Ski Lessons, Snowboard Camps Set Around Twin Cities In February, March
A series of beginner and advance lessons take place at Welch Village, and snowboard camps are scheduled at Buck Hill, Afton Alps and Wild Mountain throughout the month of February. It’s a great chance for Twin City skiers and snowboarders to sharpen their skills.
Welch is offering a series of lessons this month that cater to both beginners and those who know how to ski and would like to upgrade their skills. It’s the perfect tune-up if you’re considering heading out West for some spring skiing.
First Run Beginner Lessons, a two-hour lesson that focuses on introducing parallel ski movements to beginners, is set for Feb. 16 with lessons scheduled at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $69 and includes
lesson, all day lift ticket and rental equipment.
Mountain 3 Clinics, a two hour lesson for those that already know how to ski and would like to improve their skills and parallel turns is Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. and on Fridays at 6 p.m. The cost is $79 for lesson, lift ticket and rental. If you only need lesson and lift tickets it’s $69. A three week beginner session that features the PMTS direct parallel teaching system is on Saturdays Feb. 7, 14 and 21 and Sundays Feb 8, 15 and 22. The cost is $179 for lessons, lift and rentals or $149 for just lessons and lift.
An advanced reservation and pre-payment is required for the PMTS sessions. An advanced four-day version, for those who ski blue and black runs, is scheduled Feb. 17-20. Welch Villages is the only PMTS licensed ski school in the country.
Buck is hosting two snowboard camps in February. First up, Feb. 7-8, is Windells Camp, which puts on weekend camps across the country. This is the third year in a row for the camp at Buck Hills. Professional coaches will teach new tricks for ages 9-18 including a video review. The cost is $349 for the weekend including lift tickets, coaching, a private park setup, lunch, a closing pizza party, and free gear from sponsors.
Snowboard Thrasher Camps, catering to intermediate to advanced snowboarders for all age groups, will be held at Wild Mountain, Feb. 7-8 and March 14-15; Buck Hill Feb. 21-22; and Afton Alps Feb 28-March 1. The cost is $99 per camp, which concentrate on correcting bad habits and teaching new skills.
Each camp focuses on individual style and personalized goals, trick landing consistency, advanced spin techniques, and rail/box combinations. Lunch is included as well as individual video briefings. Lift tickets are extra.
Photos: Top -- Afton Alps has snowboard camps planned in February (Afton Alps); Left -- Welch Village has lessons and camps throughout February (Welch Village); Wild Mountain plans Thrasher Camps in FGeb. and March (Wild Mountain/Facebook)