Snow School 2020-2021 Updates:
We are pleased to share that COVID will not stand in the way of learning and developing your skills this winter. We have been reviewing our practices to make the right changes to keep you, our instructors and the skiing public safe. We believe that with everyone’s cooperation we can enjoy the winter out on the slopes improving your skiing and snowboarding skills.
To manage risks, we will continue to make changes and add new practices as more information becomes available to us from health officials, ski resort partners and instructor affiliations. For instance, we will keep class sizes smaller for your comfort and safety. Smaller class sizes puts pressure on our Snow School budget.
It is currently projected that the budget will allow us to offer lessons on Day Trips until early-March. Since the club will not be travelling to the United States to ski Holiday Valley, we will have lessons on that Saturday but will pause lessons on busy Family Day Weekend to make sure that when we are in lessons it is spent sliding on snow not standing in lift lines. We will resume the weekend following Family Day.
You will notice some changes to our regular practices such as masks being mandatory for students and instructors during the entire lesson. We will pause on practices like signing Lesson Books and eating lunch together and hold off on clinics such as racing that increase the risk of injury and potential hospital visits. We will also ensure our Beginner Lessons are safe with no physical contact between teacher and student. Training for our instructor team will take place to bring them up to speed on these practices and help them offer high quality instruction with the new practices.
More details will be shared as we get closer to our first lessons on Saturday, January 2. When we have a detailed plan we will invite you to an online information session to hear how we can all contribute to making our learning environment safe and productive.
Our Snow Schools
About our lessons
Contact Allison Sharpe, Director Snow School at email@example.com
Lessons are grouped based on the following categories
Contact Jason Hewitt, Technical Director, Snowboarding at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our ski school uses five levels to determine ability of students.
During the season snowboard clinics are open to members. When booking your day trip online, please select the clinics you would like to sign up for. Please note that helmets are mandatory for all snowboard clinics.See the descriptions of these special Snowboard Clinics or click on a clinic
Using a safe and progressive approach, this clinic is for snowboarders who are new to entering the Snowboard Park or Half Pipe. During this clinic, you will learn the commonly accepted park etiquette and rules, how to inspect and
identify the features in the park (eg. half pipe, jumps, rails, boxes, spines, etc), where to stop, how to 'drop in', basic principles for hitting features, and the proper speed to hit the features.
This clinic is for intermediate to advanced shredders looking to get lots of mileage on the snow and make the maximum use of terrain available at the resort while still getting a few valuable tips to improve your freeride skills from your instructor.
Think “less talk and more rock”.
This clinic is for snowboarders who would like to shred the moguls. We will cater to those who have never entered a mogul field before, and to those who are seasoned veterans. In this clinic we will explore skills like how to "double up", "gap" a mogul, ride using the corridor approach, ride the peaks, ride the valleys, or ride using the tornado approach.
In this clinic we will use a progressive approach and learn how to drop in and get some air off of moguls and snowboard park jumps. We'll catch some air using the four creators of lift: Coast, Pop, Ollie, and Nollie.
In this clinic, we will use a progressive approach to learn the skills needed to ride the Half-Pipe. Learn the different parts of the half-pipe, how to take a proper inspection run, how to 'drop in', how to ride the walls and how to catch some air above the coping.
In this clinic we will teach snowboarders of various ability levels to race downhill through a set of race gates. We will teach you how to improve your time by taking the best 'line'. Come out for our annual 'Race Day' competition vs. High Park Ski Club. Medals will be awarded for ALL ABILITY levels in the male and female categories.
In this clinic you'll learn to amp up your snowboard park style by stomping the four basic snowboard grabs: Indy grab, Mute Grab, Melon Grab and Stalefish Grab
Cross-country skiing is divided into two types - Classic and Skate. Lessons are available for both.
This is the traditional method of skiing performed on either groomed tracks or other terrain. Classic skiing is easily adjustable to any pace or fitness level. If you would like to try cross country classic is the best place to start. NTSC skis at a wide variety of cross country locations that all have classic trails and provide rentals. It costs between $20 and $30 a day for cross country ski rentals.
The newer style of performance Nordic skiing requires machine groomed surfaces and is best done with specifically made ski equipment. Skate skiing is aerobic and fast. If you are in good shape and/or want to go fast then you should consider this fun alternative to classic. Just about everywhere the ski club goes has skate skiing trails. Rentals are a little more expensive than classic equipment.
CROSS-COUNTRY LESSON SERIES
If you are new to cross country skiing or have not skied in a long time then NTSC recommends that you take one of the beginner series for either Classic or Skate skiing. The series ensure that you have the same instructor for three lessons giving you both a chance to develop your skills and set goals for future improvement.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING AN INSTRUCTOR?
If you are already a strong skier and you are interested in advancing your skills, consider becoming an instructor! NTSC assists our instructors to qualify and maintain CANSI certification and provides ongoing skill improvement opportunities. Instructors are paid and receive complimentary bus and trail fees on the days they teach. Please speak with one of our instructors for more information.