KidsRule Mountain Camps are based on the successful learning programs at Jiminy Peak, Cranmore Mountain Resort, and Bromley Mountain, three northeast mountains known for their heritage of superior skiing and riding instruction across generations of families.
KidsRule Mountain Camps combine the best practices of more than 120 years of teaching experience to offer a fresh approach to instruction, one where the skills and confidence go as deep as the fun and laughter. That’s what KidsRule Mountain Camps are all about.
Here’s an overview of the fundamentals of KidsRule Mountain Camps that are in practice at all 3 mountains.
Each KidsRule Camp is a one-day experience that runs from 9:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m, see below for more details on how your child’s day will go depending on their age. Multiple-day registration is available.
9:15-9:45 Check In: campers and parents meet the staff at the Green Desk in front of the Arlberg Children Center
9:45-10:00 Lessons Start: campers will be grouped by age and ability for their lessons
10:00-12:00 On Snow: campers receive both supervision and instruction all morning
12:00-1:00 Lunch*: campers eat with their group and instructor upstairs at the Arlberg Children’s Center, lunch is provided (*lunch time may vary)
1:00-3:00 On Snow: campers go back out to the slopes for further instruction
3:00-3:15 Pick Up: campers end their day in front of the Arlberg Children’s Center
9:15-9:45 Check In: campers get checked in at the Penguin Room in the Arlberg Children’s Center
12:00-1:00 Lunch: campers eat with their group and instructor back at the Penguin Room, lunch is provided
3:00-3:15 Pick Up: campers end their day in front of the Arlberg Children’s Center, they will be waiting by their colored flag
9:45-10:00 Lessons Start: it’s time to get dressed up and get outside
10:00-12:00 On Snow: campers will begin in the terrain garden, getting acclimated to walking in boots, and sliding around on skis; as they become more comfortable campers will progress toward the Magic Carpet. A ride on the Penguin Express is almost always a must with this bunch. It’s a lot of work learning to ski, and at this age not every camper will last a whole two hours.*
12:00-3:00 Lunch and Playtime: campers will return to the Arlberg Children’s Center and head up to the Play Room where they will have lunch, participate in an activity, play together and for some, take a rest.
3:00-3:15 Pick Up: stop by the Penguin Desk to pick up your little one and their belongings, along with a report card for skiing and playtime.
Cranmore’s prices are as follows:
Instruction, lunch, and lift ticket for the day. Daily rental packages available for $25 – and are located on-site at the learning center.
KidsRule Mountain Camps are for children age 3-14. Five levels of instruction are offered: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Black. During your child’s lessons we teach the four basic skills (balance, rotary, edging, and pressure control) through games and drills. We use more moderate terrain for instruction in order to develop strong movement patterns which will carry over in your child’s ability to ski/ride on more difficult terrain and conditions. The colored levels do not specifically align with the trail markings.
Some factors which may influence your child’s KidsRule ability on any given day:
Is it your first time skiing/riding this year?
Will today’s conditions effect your child’s ability? Do we have fresh snow? Is it icy? Is it really warm?
Has it been multiple years since your child last went skiing/riding?
Did your child experience a growth spurt that drastically changed their ski or board length?
When you first start skiing or riding you may move up color levels quickly. The further up the levels you go the longer it takes to progress to the next color. For example, once you achieve the blue level there are many different skills that need to be mastered in all conditions and on all terrain before advancing to the black level. Our goals and expectations are to build strong basic skills in a fun and positive environment. We want each child to be challenged, as well as feel confident and successful at the end of each day. A passion for skiing and snowboarding grows as children become more proficient in the fundamental skills of balance, agility, basic carving, and stance. As your child progresses into a new color do not be surprised when their instructor first introduces new skills or drills on easier terrain, giving them time to practice before taking the drill to more challenging terrain. Let’s master new drills in all conditions and all terrain before adding more challenging terrain.
Never Skied Before
Never Snowboarded Before
Has had some experience
Comfortable on Cranmore’s Magic Carpet
Can make a gliding wedge and stop
Comfortable on Cranmore’s Flying Carpet
Can do a heel/toe slide, traverse
Can make wedge turns
Has ridden a chairlift
Can follow a group down Beginner’s Luck from South Quad Chairlift
Can make basic C turns
Starting to link turns
Started riding C’Mor’s Double Chairlift
Beginning to match skis in turn
Is comfortable skiing most blue terrain from the top of the mountain
Riding South Quad Chairlift
Riding Green and Easy blue terrain
Parallel skiing on most terrain in all conditions
Making dynamic parallel turns
Always linking turns
Riding Skimobile Express Quad
Ride blue squares and beyond
Our teacher/student ratios are managed daily to ensure the best on mountain experience. Both age and skill levels are factored into the management of a healthy teacher/student ratio.
Helmets are required and offered free of charge. Special KidsRule helmets may be purchased for only $29.00 on site.Each child is issued a safety code that is used by parents to pick up their child.KidsRule instructors are consistently trained, tested, and CORI-checked.
Individual reports are issued daily, identifying performance advancements, areas of improvement, and next steps. All progress reports are formatted to make the transition to other KidsRule programs seamless.
For those who register in advance, parents will receive a pre-arrival email outlining specifics regarding their visit to the mountain, in addition to important facts about the KidsRule program.
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