Kids’ Ski School Spotlight: Park City Mountain Resort

It’s not uncommon to watch a kids’ ski school lesson where the instructor(s) spend more time corralling kids than actually teaching them new skills. This is inevitable in larger group lessons where individual skills are likely to vary greatly. What if your kids were guaranteed a lesson with no more than five kids as part of the standard ski school program … Sound too good to be true? It’s not.

This is exactly what Park City Mountain Resort offers families with kids from ages 6 to 14 in their Kids Signature 5 program. Younger kids from ages 3.5 to 5 years old access even more personalization in Park City Mountain Resort’s Kids Signature 3 program where a maximum of three children are assigned to a single instructor.

Park City Mountain Resort Kids Signature Programs

When I was in Park City for a family ski trip in December, I had the opportunity to sit down with Tom Pettigrew, Park City Mountain Resort’s Director of Skier Services. Tom runs one of the most innovative kids ski school programs in the industry. The level of granularity in instruction for every age and skill level in this product is second-to-none.

Park City Signature Kids Programs

Value of Kids Signature Programs

Small groups allow for a ski school to closely match skills for a given class. The result is that instead of teaching to the lowest levels in a class, instructors can meaningfully impact progression for each and every student. This, in turn, increases engagement and makes ski school more fun.

These kids-to-instructor ratios are incredible and the envy of other ski school directors across the country. Staff flexibility is key and Tom has a pool of 440 instructors from which to choose.

At Park City Mountain Resort, instead of going back to the ski school home base for lunch at a kids’ cafeteria, program participants eat at one of the on-mountain restaurants with their instructor. This ensures that every minute of the day is optimized for learning, not logistics.

Tom Pettigrew Park City Mountain Resort Skier Services Director

Tom Pettigrew, Park City Mountain Resort’s Director of Skier Services 

I Ride Park City Freestyle Camps

I Ride Park City Freestyle Camps are three day camps run during holiday periods and offer intermediate level+ kids from ages 9 to 15 (skiers and snowboarders) the opportunity to improve their park and pipe skills. The camp includes capturing footage using GoPro and an editing session in their video lab. Talk about something cool to show your friends! Go to the PCMR website for the schedule of camps.

Need-to-Know Facts:

>>All participants aged 17 and younger must wear a helmet

>>Reservations are strongly recommended

>>Kids Signature 3 and 5 programs include both snowboard and ski instruction

>>Kids Signature 5 is a 6-hour all day lesson running from 9a to 3p

>>Kids Signature 5 rates range from $167 to $250 per day, depending on the time of the season

>>Kids Signature 5 Freestyle Lessons available. Must be confident blue skier/rider to participate

>>Kids Signature 3 is a 6-hour all day lesson running from 9a to 3p or 9:45a to 4p

>>Kids Signature 3 participants must be potty trained

>>Kids Signature 3 program involves two 75-minute sessions of ski instruction paired with indoor activities and playtime

>>Kids Signature 3 rates range from $155 to $180 per day

>>Kids Signature 3 Superstars is for ages 4-6 who are ready to spend more time on the mountain but not quite ready for Signature 5

>>Kids Signature 3 rates range from $155 to $225 per day

>>Kids Signature 3 Snowboard is for ages 5-6 who are first time participants and utilizing the First Time Lift terrain only

>>Kids Signature Snowboard rates range form $165 to $225 per day

>>Private lessons are available for kids who want personalized one-on-one instruction. This program can have up to three participating kids and runs from $130 to $150 per hour.

>>I Ride Park City Freestyle Camps pricing is $495 with a ticket or $375 without lift tickets for the entire three day session.

Editorial Note: Park City provided complimentary transportation, lodging, and activities to Ciao Bambino. As always, our opinions are our own.

Relevant Links:

Three very good reasons to ski in Park City with kids

Ways to save money and ski with kids in Park City

One Comment

  1. I recently emailed Tom to tell him how disappointing it is that ski school at Park City is only offered as an all-day session. No half-day lessons! If your kid is nervous or shy or gets cold easily or — if heaven forbid — you want to ski with you child (on a family vacation) it’s not possible. Park City only offers all-day 6 hour lessons. To me saying good bye to my kids in the morning and picking them in the late afternoon sounds like a regular school day, not a vacation. And the lack of choice? just nasty.

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