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Mountain Xplorers (ages 5-9) Multi-Day Program

Mountain Xplorers is a flexible, multi-week program that includes coaching, a season pass, NASTAR pass, and gear check. Sessions are available weekends and Holidays. Mountain Xplorers is recommended for kids who are skiing mostly parallel on easy blue runs and have advanced beyond green terrain most of the time.

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Pricing through October 31, 2015

  • $499 package for ages 5-6 (28 sessions, includes Season Pass, Gear Check and NASTAR)
  • $599 package for ages 7-9 (28 sessions, includes Season Pass, Gear Check and NASTAR)
  • $399 for the "half-time" option (18 sessions, does not include a season pass, Gear Check, or Nastar pass)

Pricing after October 31, 2015

  • $499 package for ages 5-6
  • $699 package for ages 7-9
  • $399 for the "half-time" option

Valid every weekend from 12/19/15 - 3/27/16; plus the Christmas Holiday 12/21/15 - 1/1/16; MLK Jr. Day 1/18/16; President's Day 2/15/16

Morning Session 9:30 - 12:00

Afternoon Session 1:00 – 3:00

Mountain Xplorer coaches are specially selected for their knowledge and enthusiasm for coaching kids! Your child will ski with a similar pool of coaches and kids each time, giving them more consistency with each lesson. This program is an opportunity for your child to experience the whole mountain environment! We developed a “Playbook” with a broad variety of fun drills and skills that will improve your child’s overall skiing and will introduce them to NASTAR racing, Terrain Park and off-piste freeriding! You and your child can view your child’s “Playbook” online at Prepare to Xplore!

Is Funtics or MX better for your child?  Compare the two programs here.


Download the Mt X Registration and Release Form

Funatics (ages 7-14) 8 Week Program

Keep your kids fired up about skiing.  Get them connected with a  group of skiers of similar ability and spend eight weeks exploring all  the mountain has to offer. The group and their coach stay together for the entire program to maximize the fun AND the learning.

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This is an all-day program from 9:30-3:30. Choose either Saturday or Sunday session starting on January 9 or 10, 2016 and ending on March 5 or 6, 2016. Funatics doesn't meet on President's Weekend. 

Same Group - Same Coach.  You'll never be the same again.

The Funatics Package includes eight all-day lessons, Junior Season Pass, Schweitzer Bus Pass, Nastar and Gear Check and can be purchased online or by phone.

Pricing through October 31, 2015

  • Saturday Sessions - $499 (ski or board)
  • Sunday Sessions - $439 (ski only)

Pricing from November 1 - December 15, 2015

  • Saturday Sessions - $599 (ski or board)
  • Sunday Sessions - $539 (ski only)

*After December 15, 2015 a late fee of $50 will be added

Is Funatics or Mountain Xplorers better for your child? Compare the two programs here.

Download the Funatics Registration and Release Form


Ski FREE in 3 Beginner Package (ages 7+)

This program is truly designed to be quick and easy. Our progressive  curriculum focuses on the basic skills you need to get down the  mountain safely, at your own pace. Featuring Rossignol development ski and snowboard equipment, the Ski FREE in 3 ski or board package includes  three days of instruction, equipment rentals and lift tickets. Sign up  for the Ski FREE in 3 package and start having fun on the slopes.

  • $159 (includes 3 lessons of 1-2 hours, 3 lift tickets (1st 2 tickets are lower lift, 3rd is all mountain), and rentals)
  • Days do not have to be consecutive
  • Group Lessons start at 10:30am & 1:30pm daily
  • Ages 7 and over
  • Added BONUS - Finish the 3-step program and you get to ski or ride FREE in the Spring (March 9th to close) with our Grad Card!  Even better, if you Bring-a-Friend and both sign up for Ski FREE in 3, you'll each get a FREE lift ticket to use any time in the season.

Stuck in a rut? On new equipment? Nice Turns will take your skiing to the next level. The adult-oriented program builds on a foundation, teaching basic skills, and then integrating more complex skills. The program meets season-long one-half day a week, either weekdays or weekends. 

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  •        $180/adult for 4 weeks
  •        $280/adult for 8 weeks
  •        $929 Package includes an Unlimited Season pass and an 8-week class

Registration will be open mid Septemeber this year. There is a small chance that some coaches may change from the day they are listed, so we will confirm your Level/Day/Coach by November 15 when our staffing is set for the season. Call us at 208-255-3070 for more details or questions.

Sessions begin Saturday, January 2. Eight week classes skip the Presidents holiday week.

Skill Levels

Green to Blue

Skier is able to ski all Green Runs in most snow conditions and wishes to ski groomed Blue Runs. The goal is to make parallel turns and to begin skiing variable conditions such as light powder on easy terrain.

Blue to Black

Skier is able to ski groomed Blue Runs by linking parallel turns in the fall line without the need for traversing. The goal is to ski groomed Black Runs with linked parallel turns with an introduction to mild variable conditions such as light powder and crud, off-trail and carving techniques.

Black to Double Black

Skier is able to ski all Black Runs in favorable snow conditions by linking parallel turns in the fall line without the need for traversing. The goal is to efficiently ski ungroomed and off trail Black Runs with linked turns and an introduction to moderate bumps, double black steeps and trees.

Double Black

Skier is able to ski Double Black Runs in favorable snow conditions by linking continuous parallel turns in the fall line at moderate to advanced speed without the need for traversing. The goal is to efficiently and consistently ski all snow and terrain conditions including steeps, chutes, bumps, trees, crud and deep powder. This class is for advanced skiers in excellent physical condition.

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Welcome to Nice Turns, a four and an eight week long ski program designed for adults. Nice Turns is a skills improvement program of the Schweitzer Snow Sports School taught by Certified Instructors with years of teaching experience. 
Nice Turns classes meet once a week, weekdays or weekends, for four or eight weeks. Classes are limited to 3 to 5 students in order to provide personalized instruction. You train with people of comparable abilities to your own. Classes are available for skiers from beginning intermediate level to advanced, whether learning to carve on the blue runs or off piste in the steep and deep. No matter what your level you will see steady improvement over the season. 
Nice Turns allows skiers to develop at their own individual pace. This is accomplished by utilizing the "Simple to Complex" skills improvement method. We build a foundation teaching basic skills and then progress to more complex skills and skiing conditions. 
Nice Turns utilizes computer and video technology to help improve your efficiency and abilities. The ability to see yourself in action, plus the ability to break down each turn into its components, is a tremendous teaching tool. If your're still not sure if this program is right for you? We offer a free trial of Nice Turns on December 13, 2015.



Download the Snowsports School release form. 

For more information on these and other programs, or to make your reservation, call 208.255.3070 or email

Bring a Friend Bonus

People are winning stuff and you can too. Refer someone to the Snowsports School and you'll be entered to win the Grand Prize of a season pass for next year, plus frequent mid-winter prizes of free private lessons. Referral cards are at the Activity Center, Source, Gourmandie, Guest Services, and the Ski and Ride Center.


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