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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. This program allows for the option to choose from a range of dates and lesson length and caters to the younger Funatic sibling ages 5 to 9.

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It is a punch-card type system allowing for a total of 32 sessions which can be any combination of whole or half days. This program is recommended for kids who are skiing mostly paralell on easy blue runs, and have advanced beyond green terrain most of the time. Is Funatics or Mountain Xplorers better for your child? Compare the two programs here.

Pricing through October 31, 2014

  • $549 package for ages 5-6
  • $649 package for ages 7-9
  • $399 for the "half-time" option (18 sessions, does not include a season pass, Gear Check, or Nastar pass)

Pricing after October 31, 2014

  • $549 package for ages 5-6
  • $749 package for ages 7-9
  • $399 for the "half-time" option (18 sessions, does not include a season pass, Gear Check, or Nastar pass)

Valid every weekend from 12/20/14 - 3/29/15; plus 12/22/14 - 1/2/15; 1/19/15; 2/16/15

As we developed this package we wanted to be sure that it was more than just “show up and go ski with a coach”, so we designed a curriculum based on the needs and interests of this age group. Our intent is to provide the instructors with known guidelines as to how each child is progressing and to track that progress in a way that is easily understood by the kids and their parents. We created a booklet which has two primary sections (tasks/activities, and terrain) and a method for notating to what degree each student has accomplished these goals. As the kid earn stickers/markers and fill up their booklet it will build motivation and ownership of their skiing development.

Due to the flexibility of when kids choose to come to the classes we won’t be able to make set groups who always ski together with the same coach. However, we will form a small pool of instructors who are trained for this program so there will be a high degree of consistency and familiarity with the coaches. 


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 10 or 11, 2015 and ending on  March 7 or 8, 2015. Funatics doesn't meet on President's Weekend  (2/14-2/15). 
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, 2014

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

Pricing from November 1 - December 15, 2014

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

*After December 15, 2014 a late fee of $50 will be added

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


EZ 1-2-3 Beginner Package (ages 13+)

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 EZ 1-2-3 ski or board package includes  three days of instruction, equipment rentals and lift tickets. Sign up  for the EZ 1-2-3 package and start having fun on the slopes.

  • $159 (includes 3 lessons of 1-2 hours, 3 lift tickets and rentals)
  • Days do not have to be consecutive
  • Group Lessons start at 10:30am & 1:30pm daily
  • Ages 13 and over

Nice Turns (ages 18+)

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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  •        $170/adult for 4 weeks
  •        $270/adult for 8 weeks

Registration opens online at noon, November 9 and a link will be posted here at that time.

Sessions begin Saturday, January 4. Eight week classes skip the Presidents holiday week (Feb. 15-21).

Click here for a list of classes

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.



Spring Break Ski Camp

Stay active and have fun this Spring Break by joining Schweitzer's Spring Break Ski Camp.

Camp Details

  • March 31 - April 4, 2014
  • Classes are from 10am - 3pm each day (price includes 3 days of lessons, valid 3 of the 5 days)
  • For skiers only, ages 7-12
  • Price $135 (price does not include lift tickets)
  • Early reservations is strongly encouraged
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For more information or to book call 208.255.3070, email

Skiers will be grouped by ability. Please select a starting level from these descriptions; adjustments may be made during the week as needed. Please let us know if you have a friend of the same ability that you would like to be grouped with.

Ability Levels

Green Team

Skiers who can stop, ski in a wedge and doing basic turns on Musical Chairs and easy green runs. We will work on improving stance and balance skills so that we use turning for speed control rather than relying on the wedge.

Blue Team

Skiers who are able to ski mostly parallel and are making solid turns on all green terrain and many Blue runs. We will work on matching our skis so that we are skiing parallel all of the time. We will explore most of the mountain on upper lifts, skiing Blue runs and working towards easy Blacks.

Black Team

Skiers who ski parallel on all blue terrain. We will work on refining our movements on a variety of blue and black rated terrain, trying to carve more on the groomed and maintaining balance and control on the ungroomed.

Your season pass includes the Schweitzer shuttle bus for free to make it easy to get here. Ride the 9:30 bus from the Red Barn parking lot and then leave the mountain on the 3:30 bus down, arriving at the Red Barn shortly before 4:00.

Lunch is not provided, but is supervised.

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 a free private lesson. Referral cards are at the Activity Center, Source, Gourmandie, Guest Services, and the Ski and Ride Center.


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