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Parent Tips

Maximize your child's day on the slopes with a little preparation in advance.  Karen Roske, the Director of the Squaw Kids Snowsports School shares some helpful tips to ensure that your child love his/her lesson experience at Squaw!

Helpful Parent Tips

  • Arrive at registration and drop off early. This will allow children time to pick up their equipment, adjust to the surroundings, and meet other children and instructors without feeling rushed (parents will also have more time on the slopes!). It can take up to 30 minutes to register if it is your first time here. Fill out the release of liability prior to arrival. All children participating in a lesson are required to have this release signed every season. 
  • Be honest about your child's ability. Instructors will evaluate during the lesson individually but it can be difficult if a parent has marked the child's skills too high. Class adjustments may be made during the lesson. A child's skill level can change with the snow conditions. The Supervisors are experts at judging skill levels.
  • A full day can be alot of skiing for a 3 or 4 year old. We recommend starting with a half-day session if you are not sure how your child will do. You can always upgrade to full day session when you arrive at pick up at 12:15 pm and it includes lunch! Don't forget to add a snack in your child's pocket.
  • Please label all belongings and make sure children are equipped with the following when they enroll in Squaw Kids:
    • Sunscreen above SPF 15.
    • Appropriate layered clothing to be outdoors for several hours, no need for a hat because our rental package includes a HELMET. (Helmets are required for all Squaw Kids). 
    • Waterproof gloves or mittens. If it is snowing you may want to put a second pair in their cubby.
    • Goggles are also required on a windy or snowy day and goggles or sunglasses on a sunny day.
    • HELMETs are mandatory this winter for all children enrolled in Squaw Kids Programs. They will be included in the rental package or you can rent just a helmet if your child has his own equipment.
  • Parents who wish to watch children in class should watch from a distance to help keep the child's attention on the instructor.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to pick up your child if you would like to talk to your child's instructor.
  • Each child will receive a 'report card' at the end of the day so that parents will know what skills were worked on in the class. Instructors will also make suggestions for the next step of instruction.
  • Be supportive and encouraging with your child no matter how they do in class.
  • Remember, children all learn at a different rates and weather conditions play a big part.
  • Please note that these programs are on-snow physically demanding programs and not day care. Participants will be on the snow in active outdoor activities.

Just think, in no time at all you will be enjoying the slopes together as a family!

Children's Chairlift Code

Children's Chairlift Riding Code of Conduct
Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows 

We have developed a children's chairlift code of conduct to help all of us educate our young skiers and riders about the importance of following chairlift best practices. Please take an active role in educating your child on the following guidelines.

1.       Behave and be respectful of your team mates and others when you are in line, loading the chair, riding the chair, and unloading the chair.

2.       When you are loading the chair, move promptly from the WAIT HERE board to the LOAD HERE board.

3.       At the LOAD HERE board,

              a.       hold your poles in your inside hand

              b.      look back and to the outside

              c.       grab outside of chair as it approaches 


4.       While you are riding the chair, DO NOT play with skis or boards and DO NOT play with the restraining bar.

5.       If the lift stops, DO NOT turn around or play around on the chair.

6.       After you unload the chair,

             a.       move away from the unloading ramp

             b.      stay out of the way of others

             c.       wait for your coach or instructor

7.       Children that violate this Code of Conduct will be appropriately reprimanded up to and including termination from our program.

8.       The following websites provide helpful information for preparing your children to ride chairlifts safely: NSAA, Lids on Kids, and Freestyle Terrain.

"Please be advised that your child may be riding lifts alone, with other children, or with adults while enrolled in group or private lessons or Teams. Please advise a Supervisor or Head Coach if you do not wish for your child to ride a chair lift."


Kids Coloring Book

Parents, download the Squaw Kids Coloring Book and get your kids excited about their visit to Squaw Valley.  Kids, get out your markers and crayons and get creative!

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