269-694-2820 ext. 4

Wee Ski

Sno Kids

Shredders

"On our first visit to Bittersweet, I enrolled my 5 year old son in a Bittersweet Ski School private lesson. Dave, his instructor, was wonderful with him. Ryan had lost quite a bit of confidence during his last ski visit and Dave totally turned that around for him. It was a huge success!" - April R.

About our programs

Our kids programs offers group lessons for kids who have never skied or kids who have already tried skiing. Group size can be up to 8 kids per group, with two instructors. Classes are held every Saturday and Sunday (Check early in the season as we start the programs once the entire beginner area is open). During the holiday season our kids program runs on Saturday and Sunday only; consider a private lesson during the weekdays.

During the first lesson, kids get a sense of what the equipment feels like, what it’s like to be on the slippery snow, where the lifts are located and how to use them, how to move around the hill, etc.

Regardless of their level of ability, we find that children weighing less than 40 lbs. usually are not strong enough to last through an entire group lesson. This is a situation where we recommend a private lesson for kids just starting out.

For 4 and 5 year olds, we advise parents to consider their child’s age, weight, temperament and attitude toward learning to ski when choosing an appropriate lesson. The very best and most economical way to get your child started right is to provide them with an introductory half-hour private lesson ($40) for their first time out. After the first lesson, parents and the child’s instructor can make an evaluation about the appropriate next steps.

For young children who would like to learn snowboarding and are not skiers, we recommend that they learn to ski first. Skiing is easier to learn than starting right out with snowboarding and kids won’t fall as much. Having their feet separated on skis allows kids more balance control. Less time spent picking yourself up off the ground means more fun on the snow!

Attention Wee Skiers

Please arrive by 12:00 on the day of your lesson.
Reservations are strongly recommended.
Click here to request a reservation.  Confirmation of reservations may take up to 24 hours.
Reservations will be held up to 12:00 the day of your lesson as space is limited. 

Wee Ski, ages 4-5, lesson 1:00 pm-2:45 pm, Sat & Sun $50 per skier, $5 lift ticket (required), $15 equipment rental (if needed), $10 helmet rental (optional)

Wee Ski, for ages 4-5, lesson 1:00 pm – 2:45 pm, Sat & Sun $50 per skier, $5 lift ticket (required unless you have a season pass), $15 equipment rental (if needed), and $10 helmet rental (optional). Purchase your lesson tickets FIRST at the ski school desk to provide verification to receive lift and rental discounts. Make a reservation or sign up at the ski school desk.  Download a Wee Ski form here, fill it out, and bring it with you to the Bittersweet Ski School desk for quicker service on the day of the lesson. Reservations are strongly recommended and should be made the day before during the peak season. Walk-ins are accepted as long as space is available.

Attention Sno Kids

Please arrive by 11:30 on the day of your lesson. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Click here to request a reservation.  Confirmation of reservations may take up to 24 hours.
Reservations will be held up to 11:30 the day of your lesson as space is limited. 

Sno Kids, ages 6-10, lesson 12:30 pm-2:45 pm, Sat & Sun $60 per skier, $15 lift ticket (required), $15 equipment rental (if needed), $10 helmet rental (optional)

Sno Kids, for ages 6-10, lesson 12:30 pm – 2:45 pm, Sat & Sun $60 per skier, $15 lift ticket (required unless you have a season pass), $15 equipment rental (if needed), and $10 helmet rental (optional). Purchase your lesson tickets FIRST at the ski school desk to provide verification to receive lift and rental discounts. Our Sno Kids program for 6-10 year olds, teaches kids the basics of skiing in a group environment. Sno Kids is for beginning through intermediate level children who want to learn to ski with other children their own age and ability, in a safe and fun atmosphere. Make a reservation or sign up at the ski school desk. Download a Sno Kids form here, fill it out, and bring it with you to the Bittersweet Ski School desk for quicker service on the day of the lesson. Reservations are strongly recommended and should be made the day before during the peak season. Walk-ins are accepted as long as space is available.

Attention Shredders

Please arrive by 9:30 on the day of your lesson. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Click here to request a reservation.  Confirmation of reservations may take up to 24 hours.
Reservations will be held up to 9:30 the day of your lesson as space is limited. 

Shredders, beginners only, ages 7-12, lesson 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Sat & Sun $60 per skier, $15 lift ticket (required), $15 equipment rental (if needed), $10 helmet rental (optional)

Shredders, for ages 7-12, beginner lesson 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Sat & Sun $60 per snowboarder, $15 lift ticket (required unless you have a season pass), $15 equipment rental (if needed), and $10 helmet rental (optional). Discounted rates are offered at the ski school desk upon registration. Shredders are taught basic turning and stopping techniques to enable them to get the most out of a safe snowboarding season. Many Shredders get the hang of snowboarding after this first lesson, and have the rest of the day to practice their new skills. A good age to begin snowboarding is around 7 or 8 but this can vary with the temperament, attitude and physical abilities of the child. We strongly recommend that all kids on snowboards are equipped with a helmet and wrist guards to prevent injury. Make a reservation or sign up at the ski school desk. Download a Shredders form here, fill it out, and bring it to the Bittersweet Ski School desk for quicker service on the day of the lesson.

Kids Program FAQ

Question: I was wondering how what are the rates for ski school if you have a season pass, or if you have your own equipment?
Answer: The cost for the lesson is the same whether the skier has equipment or a season pass or not.
Question: My son is 5. He really wants to learn how to snowboard. I see that your snowboard program is only for kids 7 and up. Is there any possibility my son could participate, even though he’s not 7 yet? My husband or I would be willing to participate, if that would help. If not, are there any other snowboard programs that he could participate in?
Answer: The shredders program is a group program and including a 5 year old in this group could negatively impact the others in the lesson. Because a 5 year old typically has difficulty balancing on the toe and heel side edges, starting with a private lesson is a better option for this age.
Question: My son is almost 3. We were thinking about bringing him and putting him in Wee Ski school. Is he too young? Should we wait one more year?
Answer: Every child is different, but we prefer to offer this age a 1 hour or 30 minute private lesson.  This allows the instructor to evaluate whether the child would be able to ski the entire time of the group lesson.
Question: I noticed your hours for kids ski lessons are about 2 hours long — do you have any options or facilities for kids 6 and under during other hours of the day — something like daycare.
We’d love to bring the whole family out, but I just want to see if you have any daycare in addition to the ski schools.
Answer: Day care is not available. Surplus children will be collected and pressed into service as lift operators. Just kidding!