Learn to ski, ride, and thrive outside

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.

Programs


Please call 775.323.5125 for availability. This program is designed for the youngest adventurers. At least one parent of participating children must register as a SkyKid parent. Reno's only Olympic Gold Medalist, David Wise, got his start as a Sky Kid!
Sky Kids must have at least one parent who participates in the program. Parents work one-on-one with another child with the help of instructors and coaches, while their child receives the instruction from a different parent. This proven method has proven successful for teaching tens of thousands of skiers.
All programs take place every weekend, on Saturday or Sunday, depending on your availability. Some families also elect to come both days. Each day on the slopes includes a 2 hour lesson in the morning, followed free-skiing the rest of the day.
Please call 775.323.5125 for availability––rosters for the upcoming weekend close on the Tuesday prior. Children who participate without their parents will get the same two hour instruction in a class, and will then have the rest of the day to ski or ride. 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.
Sky Tavern also offers an adaptive ski school for children with physical and intellectual disabilities. Specially trained staff is available to help these children experience the thrill of successful participation in winter sports. These kids are an inspiration to everyone on the mountain. There is no child that cannot learn the feeling of freedom that skiing brings. The instructors have the training and the dedication to take on any child. Their motto is that the best sight in the world is an empty wheelchair at the base of the snow, because there is a kid out there somewhere experiencing it all. Snow is the great equalizer. We can do it! Let us give your child a huge win!
Participation in all Advanced Programs is subject to approval of the Director of Snowsports/Race Team Coach.
Children must be at least a Level 6 Skier, or Snowboarder. Junior Instructors must attend pre-season Orientation and clinics, have the approval of the Junior Instructor Director and will be fully trained before being allowed to instruct. They start by shadowing other instructors before given a class of their own. This is one of the best programs at Sky Tavern. Kids learn well from kids and the JR Instructors grow so much by having this responsibility. More than a few have gone on the become teachers including the son of the director.
As a member of the Tahoe League Race Series and USSA Far West, kids learn to carve gates. Our group has produced some amazing champions with more on the way. Travel to other resorts will be necessary to compete. The Race Team is available to students on both Saturday and Sunday under the following guidelines:
  • Students must be at least Level 6 ability and must be able to demonstrate that ability to their daily coach
  • Students must be willing to participate in a full day of race training. Most train both Saturday and Sunday. While taking a fair amount of commitment from both kids and parents, racing helps shape the character and skills of amazing young adults. Hiking the hill can be a life lesson as can winning and losing. Sky Tavern's coaching staff is second to none and the general support the team gets is very high. The team starts activities in early fall but it is possible to join any time

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!

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