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Children's Seasonal Programs

Ski and save on these special Cranmore programs that promise a winter-long journey of learning, fun, and friendship for ages 4 and up. There are programs for every age and ability level. Choose the one that’s right for your child, and watch as the experience of becoming a truly skilled skier unfolds, step by step, all winter long.  Our goal is to develop the passion for sliding on snow for a lifetime of fun with family and friends.

2020/21 programs are now on sale!

Click here to purchase children's season programs online 

Rattlesnakes - Ages 4-14, from basic novice skills to proficient all mountain skiers:

Rattlesnakes is a skill development program that builds the basics, starting with safety. Then fundamental capabilities are established, so children can develop dynamic skiing skills and an expanding awareness of the mountain environment. Social interaction, fun, and togetherness happen as a natural part of the learning environment.

Groups are split by age, ability, and independence on the mountain. We reserve the right to combine groups when needed.  Children entering the Rattlesnake program must ski unassisted on easy green terrain. 

As children master advance skills the program will focus on mastering all types of terrain including race courses, terrain parks, moguls, glades, and anything else we can find.  Children will become strong all-mountain skiers before progressing to the race course, terrain park, or other varying terrain. This program develops strong skills in a fun but challenging environment. Once children have developed strong basic skiing skills, our coaches will begin to introduce and focus on specific goals.

  • 2020/2021 DATES: Mid-December to Mid-March
  • TIMES: 9:00am – 2:30pm on Saturdays and vacation weeks (excluding NH February Vacation Week), 9:00am – 12:00pm on Sundays.
  • COST: On or before June 30, 2020- $1,249  on or after July 1,2020- $1,399.  Maximum of 100 participants.  Must have Cranmore Season Pass.

Race Transition – Ages 7-9:

In this program children will master the basic skills needed for the race course, along with the understanding of the rules and regulations of ski racing.  The Program provides safe and fun opportunities to explore alpine skiing and racing in preparation for them to enter the competitive program of their choice. All participants should have the ability to ski green and blue trails at a skill level that enables them to keep up with a group. This group will participate in NASTAR and other community race opportunities.  

2020/2021 DATES: Mid-December to Mid-March

TIMES: 9:00am – 2:30pm

COST:  On or before June 30, 2020 - $1,349, on or after July 1, 2020- $1,499 . Maximum of 20 participants.  Must have Cranmore Season Pass.

Participants must be age 7 years old by 12/31/19.  

Freestyle Skiing & Beyond – Ages 8-14:

In this program, athletes will learn the progression of tricks and skills, focusing on proper technique, park etiquette and safety while having fun and mastering all terrain. Competition opportunities will be available as the group progresses and becomes proficient.  Emphasis is placed on having fun, developing a lifelong love of the sport and building skills all at the same time.  Skill level is intermediate to advance.

2020/2021 DATES: Mid-December to Mid-March

TIMES: 9:00am – 2:30pm

COST: On or before June 30, 2020- $1,349, on or after July 1, 2020- $1,499 . Maximum of 20 participants.  Must have Cranmore Season Pass.

Participates must be age 8 years old by 12/31/19.

Intro to Ski Teaching - Ages 12.5 -14:

If your child has shown interest and enjoys working with young children and teaching them to ski and is at least 12.5 years old.  Let us know their interest and we will show them what teaching and working with kids is all about. Their instructor can set up opportunities to let them experience teaching children under the guidance of an experienced instructor.

Punch Card Kids - Ages 3-10:

This is a modified seasonal program for children ages 3-10 who are just getting started and not ready to make the commitment to a full time seasonal program. Children can attend either - eight, two-hour group sessions or five, one-hour private sessions. For more information on this program please contact [email protected] after November 15th.

Competition Programs - Cranmore Race Team

For children ready to enter the competitive venue, we offer a variety of programs where they will participate in age appropriate competitions throughout NH and beyond.  This program requires athletes to meet an ability standard.  For more information on competition programs please see the competition page.


A Day in the Life of a Rattlesnake

  • Starts with a good night’s sleep and a big healthy breakfast.
  • 8:50am. Arrive ready to ski or ride – be dressed for the weather – put your lunch and any other belongings in your group’s bin in the Arlberg Children’s Center.
  • 9:00am. Meet your coach and group at the Rattlesnake meeting place and head to the slopes.
  • 11:00am. Break for lunch in the Arlberg Children’s Center.
  • 11:45am. Back out on the snow for a full afternoon of fun on the slopes.
  • 2:30pm. Meet your parents back at the Rattlesnake meeting place. Maybe go for a run or two as a family, visit the Mountain Adventure Park; Mtn Coaster, Giant Swing, Soaring Eagle Zip Line or tubing park, or take part in the in fun of Cranapalooza.
  • Children will participate in NASTAR and other mountain and program activities throughout the season.

Notes about Seasonal Programs

  • Space is limited for Seasonal Programs.  Sign up for your favorite program early.
  • All programs require the purchase of a Season Pass.
  • Plans for the winter along with registration/release packets and program specifics will be sent out in early October.
  • Appropriate release must be signed and on file prior to participation in program.
  • Programs must have at least 8 participants.
  • Programs are not scheduled during NH February vacation due to limited staffing.
  • For questions concerning Children’s Seasonal Programs, please contact Karen Dolan, Snowsports Director at [email protected].