The Enhanced Ski Program (ESP) is for skiers who want to improve their skills and become life-long, all mountain skiers. Participants are divided into small groups and assigned to a coach based on the following criteria. Coaches utilize drills and teaching techniques to achieve goals at each level. Level I: Incoming Level I skiers are able to put on and take off their own skis, and load/unload chair independently. They can ski beginner runs without assistance, meaning they can control their speed even if they are not parallel turning. The skier has poles but may or may not be competent using them. By the end of the program, Level I skiers should know how to use poles to initiate turns and to weight and un-weight skis to make parallel turns on beginning and intermediate runs. Level II: Incoming Level II skiers can ski beginner and intermediate runs without assistance. They can use poles to initiate turns and understand how to weight and un-weight skis to make parallel turns on increasingly steeper terrain. By the end of the program, Level II skiers should ski beginner and intermediate runs with confidence and speed, and be able to apply their basic skills on black diamond runs. Level III: Incoming Level III skiers are confident and demonstrate good basic skills on all front side runs and backside intermediate runs. They are learning to apply those basic skills when skiing steeper backside terrain so that by the end of the program, they can confidently link turns on advanced and expert terrain and are increasingly competent on mogul runs. Skiers who complete Level III are familiar with the entire mountain, can find runs and lifts on their own, and understand ski area boundaries. They may also learn self-arrest techniques, basic mountain first aid, and equipment care.
Skiers meet Saturday.
Ages 5 to 16
Small groups with an experienced ski coach
Kids learn to ski the whole mountain
Opportunity to ski in a fun kid's race
Cost: $250 (does not include equipment or lift tickets)
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