Sky Tavern is best known for its volunteer-staffed Junior Ski Program that operates on winter weekends with the assistance of parents who help for two to three hours. All children take two-hour morning lessons and adults either serve as instructors or choose other supporting roles.
Certified instructors and coaches oversee all the training. Instruction starts at age three for kids who join with a parent. Children between the ages of nine and eighteen can join without a parent if they participate in the bus program. And yes, there are even afternoon lessons for Mom and Dad!
When the program gets underway in January, Sky Tavern’s objective is to provide a safe and fun environment that fosters learning, trust, and a fondness for the outdoors. Following their morning lessons, children have the afternoon to practice what they have learned while free skiing. Parents can take lessons after lunch or attempt to keep up with their kids on the snow.
The eight-week Junior Ski Program for 2017 is now underway, getting started on January 28th and 29th, but kids and their parents can still sign up.
If you prefer to purchase season passes by check, you can download and mail the 2017 Registration Form.
Note: Children who participate in the bus program arrive at their bus pick-up location (Galena High School, McQueen High School, O'Brien Middle School or Reed High School) no later than 7:15am and the bus departs at 7:30am. Their ski day ends at approximately 2:30pm, and they are returned to their drop-off location between 3:30-4pm; parents should arrive by 3:30pm for picking up children.
The adult program allows parents to spend time on the slopes with their children. Adults also have the opportunity to take lessons from our snowsports school each morning or afternoon if they wish. Since Sky Tavern is an all-member run organization, parental involvement is a necessity. Parent Volunteers are required to work a two to three hour shift each day they participate, but they need to learn to ski and board too.
Parent instructors are always needed to teach the children. Parents are taught how to teach children to ski and ride by our PSIA/AASI certified training staff. Not only is this a rewarding opportunity, but our instructors actually improve their own skills too--and we offer classes to attain PSIA/AASI certification at Sky Tavern. We take the education of our instructors very seriously and teaching kids is super rewarding!
I have very fond memories of participating in the Junior Ski Program every winter, starting from when I was seven. My sister and I were picked up in school buses at Reed High School and then transported to and from Sky Tavern.
My wife just asked me how I had become such a great skier, since lessons are so expensive. That motivated me to see if the program still existed, as I have been stationed all over the world during my time serving in the Navy.
We are on vacation right now in Germany and today I skied at a resort in the Bavarian Alps. My eight-year-old son has taken lessons previously in the mountains of West Virginia and my six-year-old daughter has been begging me for a month to let her try. Today, I paid over fifty Euros for a two-hour lesson. While I was paying, I thought to myself––this is half a season with the Junior Ski Program!
I highly recommend the program to anyone wanting to give their children the benefit of great ski instruction at a low cost. I wish there was a Junior Ski Program everywhere––I would push to get stationed wherever one existed.
Thank you for all you do for kids!- Lance Burney