Grand Traverse Ski Club

Learn to Ski Clinics

When:    Winter Break 3 Day Clinics and 3 Week Sessions of Saturday Lessons in January and February (full date options below)  
Time:      11:00-12:30pm,   1:00-2:30pm,   Where:   Hickory Hills, Bunny slope

Cost: $75

The Learn to Ski Clinics are a great way to introduce kids to the sport of skiing. This set of clinics is meant for kids aged 5 and up with little to no experience skiing. Kids will learn the basics of skiing in a fun, encouraging environment. There are plenty of coaches to teach skiing skills, and volunteers to assist kids with riding the rope tows. The clinics begin in late December (weather permitting) and continue on Saturdays into January and February. This season each LTS Clinic has time slots of 11:00am to 12:30pm, 1:00pm to 2:30pm.  Additional clinic added to January from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Kids may participate in more than one LTS Clinic to enhance their learning and ski experience. Please note that each time slot in the three LTS Clinics is limited to 25 kids.

  • Winter Break 3 Day Camps (Bunny Hill only lessons) 
  • **Cancelled due to delayed opening at Hickory – register for NEW 3:00 pm LTS sessions in January** 
    • Morning Session:  11:00 am on 12/27/18, 12/28/18, and 12/29/18
    • Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm on  12/27/18, 12/28/18, and 12/29/18
  • Learn to Ski Saturday Sessions in January:
    • Morning Session:  11:00 am on 1/5/19, 1/12/19, and 1/19/19
    • Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm on 1/5/19, 1/12/19, and 1/19/19
    • Late Afternoon Session:  3:00 pm on 1/5/19, 1/12/19, and 1/19/19  NEW!
  • Learn to Ski Saturday Sessions in late January/February:
    • Morning Session:  11:00 am on 1/26/19, 2/2/19, and  2/16/19
    • Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm on on 1/26/19, 2/2/19, and 2/16/19
    • No lessons on 2/9/19 due to Ski Race Invitational

– Turn Right, Turn Left, Stop
– Ride the Bunny tow rope independently
– Put on their own equipment
– Know at least 1 of the 7 Skier Responsibility points

Additional Requirements:

  • All skiers must bring and wear a ski helmet and bring their own skis and boots.
  • Rental Equipment is available
  • A FREE Hickory Hills Bunny hill ticket must be picked up at the main office.
  • If the skier progresses beyond the bunny hill, family must purchase of a full ticket is required.
  • Program Fees DO NOT include full ski tickets See rates here.

Coaches Notes: Some helpful items for your first time skiing.

When arriving to Hickory for the first time. Please allow 45 minutes plus before your scheduled lesson time. It’s a little bit of a walk from the parking lot. And a few other items to take care of before lessons. There is a drop off area to unload equipment at the base of Hickory.

A plastic sled will be a handy item to haul equipment and child to the hill. It’s a little bit of a walk for the short little legs to the beginner area.

Make sure boots and  bindings have been adjusted for your childs safety, our local ski shops in town will be able to assist with this service.

First stop will be at the ticket office to pick up your lift ticket for the beginner tow. This will be the first building on the right. At the top of first set of stairs.

There is a small lodge that you can put ski boots on.

Please follow signs to beginner area.

Please check in with coaches We will group children into small groups to start lesson.

There will be a brief informational meeting with parents after drop off. Dawn Waning our club director will be addressing some helpful information for your new skiers.

Let the FUN begin!!!

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