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Learning on the Snow By Kelly Melang Learning how to ski and snowboard has never been easier for children in the High Country of North Carolina. As resorts open for the season, so do snow school operations. Each resort has many different options for families wanting to learn how to ski or snowboard. Ski schools are the perfect option for families with small children. These fullday schools include lift ticket, rentals, lessons and lunch. This is a great option for teaching smaller children a love of snow sports while the rest of the family, already knowing how to ski or snowboard, can have fun on the snow. The best part is that all schools end before the resort closes its day session, providing some quality time to let your children show you what they’ve learned. Appalachian Ski Mtn Programs: SkiWee | Skiers from ages 4-10 years-old CruiserCamp | Snowboarders from 7-12 years old Beech Mountain Resort Programs: SnowKamp | 3-5 years-old Ski/Snowboard Traxx | Skiers 7-14 years-old Burton Learn To Ride | Snowboard 6-14 years-old Sugar Mountain Resort: Sugar Bear Ski School | 5-10 years-old Polar Bear Snowboard School | 7-14 years-old Each of these schools offers a half-day session from 1-3 p.m. While the young ones are learning in school, others can take advantage of group lessons and private lessons. Groups usually include about six people. Resort instructors are professionals trained through accredited programs. For those children too young for school, childcare is provided at each resort for a cost. To take advantage of these great opportunities, contact each resort for availability. Pre-registration is strongly recommended, as all of these programs fill early. Start them young and enjoy that time on the snow for years to come!
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