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Kids Ski Lessons - DownhillWinter at The Treehouse

Treehouse Children’s Programs 

The Treehouse is headquarters for our children’s Ski programs (ages 4-14) and childcare (ages 2 ½-12).

When bringing your child to participate in a Treehouse Program, please print and fill out a registration card (pdf) to bring with you and check in as quickly as possible.

Ski Program
Our instructors are “fun experts”, focusing on keeping children happy and active – all while learning new skills in a safe and supportive environment. Ridgely’s Rippers (ages 4-14) features ski lessons only while Mountain Explorers (ages 7-14) features both skiing & snowboarding lessons.Children 3-4 years old have the option to add a 1-hour ski lesson onto their childcare program (pricing below).

Childcare Program
Our childcare counselors are interactive and lead children through a variety of fun activities during their visit (activities rotate each day the program is offered). As an added option, parents can elect to add a 1-hour group ski lesson to any childcare program for children age 3 & above.

Program Details/Price 

  • Full-day programs offered daily from 9 am-3 pm, lunch is included.
  • Half-Day programs 9 -11:45 am Monday-Friday, non-holiday.
  • Reservations made 48+ hours in advance will receive a $10 discount on full day programs, and $5 discount on ½ day programs.

Questions & Answers
Find the answers to our most frequently asked questions as well as tips on preparing for your visit with the following links:

Couldn't find what you were looking for?  Call The Treehouse at 434-325-8177.

Ski Programs:

Ridgely’s Rippers (Ages 4-12, skiing only)

Ski lessons! A great way to spend the day with new friends who have the same skiing ability. Full day program includes approximately four hours of ski lesson instruction, lunch, snacks and hot chocolate.  Program price does not include lift tickets or rentals (participants must have a valid lift ticket and can purchase a discounted lift ticket and equipment rental at time of reservation or at check-in).

  ½ Day  Full Day (lunch included) 
  48Hr Advance / < 48Hrs   48hr Advance / < 48 Hrs 
Monday-Friday  $75/$80 * $100/$110 *
Sat./Holiday  N/A $135/145 *
Sunday (non holiday)  $100/$105 * $135/145 *

Equipment Rental Add-on (valid for duration of program): $10

Treehouse Discounted Lift Ticket (Valid for duration of program): $10

Lift/Rental After Program: $20

* Lift tickets & rentals not included. Pricing reflects 48+ Hours in advance/Less than 48 hours in advance reservation.

Mountain Explorers (Ages 7-14)

For Advanced Beginners Only (level 3 & above), skiing or snowboarding. Each participant must be able to ski/snowboard on their own proficiently and be able ride Blue Ridge Express chairlift without assistance. Includes advanced instruction, snacks and hot chocolate breaks (lunch is included for full-day participants). Program price does not include lift tickets or rentals (participants must have a valid lift ticket and can purchase a discounted lift ticket and equipment rental at time of check-in).

  ½ Day (morning only)  Full Day (lunch included) 
  48Hr Advance / < 48Hrs   48hr Advance / < 48 Hrs 
Monday-Friday  $75/$80 * $100/$110 *
Sat./Holiday  N/A $135/145 *
Sunday (non holiday)  $100/$105 * $135/145 *

Equipment Rental Add-on (valid for duration of program): $10

Treehouse Discounted Lift Ticket (Valid for duration of program): $10

Lift/Rental After Program: $20

* Lift tickets & rentals not included. Pricing reflects 48+ Hours in advance/Less than 48 hours in advance reservation.

Kids LessonMountain Explorers Pro (Ages 7-14)

Mountain Explorers Pro is a multiple day program for skiers and riders ages 7-14 who are looking for a multi- day program with the same level of instruction to help improve their skills as is found in the Mountain Explorers single day program. Mountain Explorers Pro takes the relationship created in the single day product and develops it over five consecutive weeks by maintaining the same instructor. This program is designed to help young skiers and riders develop skills that are compatible with joining the Wintergreen Freeride and Race Teams, while offering a fun, supportive, social atmosphere. For questions or to make reservations, please contact either The Treehouse (ext. 8177) or the Snowsports School (ext. 8065).

  Cost: 

  • Half Day (9-11:45 am): $400/per block without lift tickets/rentals or $500/per block with lift tickets (lunch and rentals not included).   
  • Full Day (9 am-3 pm): $550/per block without tickets/rentals (includes lunch) or $650/per block with lift tickets (includes lunch, rentals not included) 
  • Included: Lunch with a full day purchase 
  • Not Included: Rentals and lift tickets (Lift ticket and rentals can be added for additional cost) 

Where to Register: 

  • Snowsports School Office: 434-325-8065
  • Treehouse Snowsports Office: 434-325-8177
  • Treehouse Fax: 434-325-8002 (you can fax your documents to this number)

Kids Ski Lessons - Kids on Carpet LiftMountain Mornings (Ages 3-6, Skiing Only)

Looking for something special to do with your preschooler? This Treehouse program is the perfect way for your child to learn how to ski. This 5-week program includes approximately two hours of on-snow lesson time per lesson, 4-hour lift ticket and rental equipment, as well as other fun activities. And while your child is in the program, you can ski free… or just relax in The Gristmill with a cup of coffee and a good book.

Rate: $299 per/block (5 week session). Includes 4 hour lift ticket and rental for one adult.***

Mom, Dad and Me – Ski/Snowboard Private Lesson

Do you want to know what your child should be working on next and how to help them ski/ride better? The lesson is focused solely on child instruction with an introduction on how to continue teaching your child (not a lesson for teaching a parent and a child). Open to children that can ski/ride Potato Patch terrain and above. One parent can accompany their child in the lesson at the established rate, additional parent is $49/additional. Please call 434-325-8065 for reservations.

Rate: $151 (lift ticket and rentals not included)

Additional parent: $49

Childcare Programs

Childcare + Snow Play (Age 3+, full day only) 

Children receive one hour of introductory ski instruction at a designated time slot during their day. The rest of their day consists of enjoying arts, crafts and group games. This program is only offered for full-day participants. Includes rental equipment for the 1-hour introductory lesson and slope access pass for the duration of lesson.

  ½ Day  Full Day (lunch included) 
  48Hr Advance / < 48Hrs   48Hr Advance / < 48 Hrs 
Monday-Friday  N/A $100/110*
Sat.-Sun/Holiday  N/A $130/140 *

Kids in Action (childcare) (ages 2 ½-12) 

Children spend an exciting day in the Treehouse enjoying arts and crafts, group games, music and stories.

  ½ Day  Full Day (lunch included) 
  48Hr Advance / < 48Hrs   48Hr Advance / < 48 Hrs 
Monday-Friday  $50/$55 * $65/$75 *
Sat./Holiday  N/A $95/105 *
Sunday (non holiday)  $65/$70 * $95/105 *

1-hr Ski Lesson Add-on (age 3+, offered only for full day participants) $35

*Pricing reflects 48+ Hours in advance/Less than 48 hours in advance reservation.

Snowsports School & Treehouse Lesson Cancelation Policy:

  • If lesson is Canceled 48 hours prior to lesson start, a full refund is offered;  
  • Less than 48 hours and more than 24 hours to lesson start: 25% scheduling fee; 
  • Less than 24 hours to lesson start: No refund 

Additional Information for Treehouse Snowsports Programs 

  • All 4 year old children must have proof of age prior to skiing. We will not admit any 3 year olds into our ski program.
  • All children who are skiing must be fully potty trained, but please pack extra clothes for your child, as accidents do happen.
  • Children who cry excessively and are unable to be pacified will be brought inside, and parents may be called. We want all children to have a positive experience skiing with us, and to boost their confidence throughout the day.
  • Your child’s actual time on snow may vary depending on weather conditions and your child’s willingness to participate.
  • Remember that young children have trouble with separation, especially when they are in a new place, surrounded by new people. So please allow time for your child to adjust to the new setting. If you assume your child might have a rough first day adjusting, let them bring a favorite item (stuffed toy or blanket) with them, just please remember to take it with you when you leave.
  • Please keep out of eye sight of your children throughout the day. Many lessons are interrupted once a parent stops by to check in on their child. The child might then get upset once the parent(s) leave, so we always ask you watch/ski from afar! You’ll have plenty of time to ski with them after their lessons are over!
  • Children may not be picked up and brought back to the program in the same day. They will lose their progression with the group, and may hold their group back once they rejoin.
  • If you are more than 15 minutes late for your lesson, you will forfeit your reservation. Once a lesson starts, it is difficult to get children “caught up to speed” while not holding the rest of the group back.
  • We do not offer refunds for days with inclement weather, if the ski lifts are still able to operate safely, we still teach our lessons.

Babysitting
An approved babysitting list is available at the Front Desk, or call 434-325-2200 and a list will be emailed or faxed to you. Rates start at $14 per hour.

Kids in Action and Kids Night Out can be offered to large groups as a substitute for babysitting. Call 434-325-8179 for more information.