Child Development Programs

Programs Available

Ski and Ride School Programs

  • All Comets and Junior Development team programs run during weekends starting January through the end of March. We will miss MLK and President’s weekend.
  • We aim to have each team ski/snowboard with the same coach throughout the season allowing them to build a strong relationship and focus on your child’s individual needs.
  • For details of start times, drop off/pick up locations, what to bring etc., please see the “General Information” tab.

Programs are split up into:

Comets 

  • For 4 to 6 year-olds on Sundays.
  • New this season, we are introducing an all-day “Comets” program for kids that are already stopping, turning, and riding chairlifts. This program will include lunch.
  • Beginners (have never skied or are still working on stopping and turning) should join the half-day program on Sunday afternoons.    

Junior Development Teams 

  • For 7 to 15 year-olds on Saturdays and/or Sundays.
  • Children should be able to stop, turn, and use chairlifts prior to joining these programs. 
  • We will focus on the fundamentals of skiing/snowboarding, while exploring as much of the mountain as we can safely and comfortably do so, taking into consideration snow conditions and the ability of the group. 
  • Snowboard groups will run on Saturdays (we need a minimum of 5 kids at the same level to run a snowboard group).  
  • All programs include lunch. 
  • Participants will be able to go Saturdays and/or Sundays. Snowboarding will only be available on Saturdays. 
  • New this year, it will be possible to snowboard on Saturdays and ski on Sundays as part of the full weekend program. 
Junior Competition Team
  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • For 10 to 18 year-olds with 5 – 9 years of experience.  Exceptions based upon coach’s evaluation and recommendation.
  • Must be a level 6+ skier or snowboarder – and be able to, at a minimum, turn and stop on blue terrain and ride a chairlift. 
  • Highly individualized program for alpine skiing and racing, snowboarding, and freeskiing that guides athletes at their own pace through phases of their development. 
  • Athletes work closely with coaches to continually progress through the challenges. 
  • Available for ski, snowboard, and freeski 
  • Athletes may have the opportunity to compete in local, regional, national, and international competitions: high school, Tahoe League, USASA, USSA, and FIS events.
Additional benefits are available to Junior Competition Team members: 
  • Unique seasonal benefits
  • 50% discount on Heavenly Training Camps
  • Team ELITE adds Wednesday and Friday afternoon trainings for an additional fee
  • Competition Team Scholarships may be available through the Heavenly Ski and Snowboard Foundation.  Applications are available here

General Information

Location and times

  • New this year, we are moving the start time of the full-day programs to 8:30 am, finishing at 2:30 pm. The goal is to make it easier for you as parents/guardians to deal with traffic during busy weekends. You will also have a little more time to ski/snowboard with your children following the program, should you desire. 
  • Kids should be dropped off by 8:15 am. We encourage you to share your contact info with your coach after groups have been determined the first weekend so you can tell them if you are going to be late and organize a meeting place on the mountain. 
  • All programs meet behind the California Kids Ski and Ride School. You should use the stairs on the right-hand side of the lodge to access the back of California Kids Ski and Ride School. Please use 15 minute parking to drop off your kids and then park your car properly.
  • Pickup time will be 2:30 pm at the same place the kids were dropped off. 

Cancellation and Make-up days

  • In the event of extreme weather conditions, where the resort is not likely to open, we may cancel the programs for the day. This does not happen very often and we often ski/snowboard in snow, wind, rain etc.  
  • Check the “Notice Board” on this page for updates. 
  • Ensure we have the correct contact information for you. 
  • Ensure we have your correct email; we will send out an email prior to each weekend’s programs.
  • In the event we do cancel a day, we will make it up in the spring. 

How to dress

Please make sure your children are prepared for the elements; if in doubt, assume it will be colder and wetter. 
Children can always take off layers if they are too hot. 
If possible, please label any clothing with your child’s name. 

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Waterproof gloves/mittens
  • 1 pair only of ski socks (calf length)
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Season Pass
  • Helmet
  • Ski/snowboard equipment
  • We do not recommend children ski/snowboard with backpacks due to concerns around safety on chairlifts and the unnatural position it puts them in when skiing/snowboarding. 

Comets (4 to 6 years) specific information 

  • Each child will need their own season pass; buy it now! 4 year-olds will get a free pass. You do not need to pay for their pass, but they need to have one on them.  Please make sure you pick it up prior to their first day. 
  • Each child will need their own equipment and helmet. Make sure it fits prior to their first day, after putting it away for the summer. 
  • All full-day programs include lunch, which will be taken somewhere up on the mountain. Make sure you tell us about any allergies or food restrictions when you sign your child up. 
  • Beginner Comets will not get any lunch, so please make sure they have had something to eat prior to arrival.
  • All Comets need to be fully potty trained and comfortable away from Mom and Dad for the day. 

Junior Development teams (7 to 15 years) specific information

  • Each child will need their own season pass; buy it now! 
  • Each child will need their own equipment and helmet. Make sure it fits prior to their first day, after putting it away for the summer. 
  • Lunch is not included in this program.  We recommend your child brings a backpack with water, snacks, and a light lunch.
Junior Competition Teams (10 to 18 years) specific information
  • 5 years of ski/ride experience is recommended. (Exceptions based on coach’s evaluation and instructor recommendation)
  • Each child will need their own season pass; A special team pass is available for registered team athletes. 
  • Each child will need their own equipment and helmet. Make sure it fits properly. Helmets designed and manufactured for the particular event are required. Low volume boot fitting is recommended. 
  • Competitive/Race Equipment is not required. Coaches will provide recommendations based on individual athlete ability and ambition.
  • Training is 8:30am – 2:30pm Sat/Sun, December through March. 
  • Lunch is not included in this program. We recommend that athletes pack a backpack with light lunch, snacks and water for hydration.
     
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Enrollment

Registration for the 2018-19 season is now open. Click on the below links for more information about each program, including dates and pricing, and to register your child online.  Prices increase on January 1, 2019.

Comets Full Day

Comets PM

Jr Development Team

Jr Competition Team


Email:
SnowSchool@vailresorts.com
Subject: Attn Development Teams

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