A Word from Ski & Snowboard School Director Mike Cavallaro.
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Ski Performance Enhancement (SPE) program which featured instruction at all levels (yes, this means you advanced skiers and riders) is new and improved. Scheduled are 4 one-day local car pool (PYOT), and three multi-day Ski Performance Enhancement Trips that are certain to satisfy a broad range of our skiing and boarding members.
All our local SPE trips will be Provide Your Own Transportation (PYOT).
Please check the EASTERN Trip section for information on our weekend SPE trips.
The SCWDC Ski & Snowboard School
The SCWDC Ski School is a National Member of the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) with 100% of its instructors certified by either PSIA or the American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI). This percentage is much higher than you would find at ski resort ski schools. Our in-house instructor training is conducted by Mark Fantino, Technical Director and a member of the PSIA-E Educational Staff. Several of our instructors have also graduated from the PSIA National Academy, and three have completed the requirements to become Master Teachers, with others progressing in the pursuit of this certification.
Individuals under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. The minimum age to participate in lessons is 13 as our instructors are not certified to teach children under 13. They are fully certified for 13 and above. All participants pay the same price.
If you have any questions or comments concerning the ski school, please e-mail Mike Cavallaro, SCWDC Ski School Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Importance of Lessons
When your mind has time to enjoy the natural beauty of the mountain environment, our sport takes on a new dimension. When you have the confidence to challenge the deep snow, steeps, ice, or moguls, that’s exciting! The feel of the perfect carve of your skis or snowboard are experiences that bring enjoyment to our lives.
For more on Lessons
If you had a good experience with your instructor,
If you have a specific need,
If you need that little extra to ski at that next level,
If you just enjoy the one-to-one interaction,a 2½ hour private lesson in the afternoon may be for you. Private lessons cost $50/person/day in addition to the regular trip price, payable to the trip leader. Before the trip, contact your trip leader to reserve the private lessons. On the trip, arrange private lessons through the trip leader or lead instructor.
Skiers/Snowboarders Responsibility Code
- Ski/ride under control and in such a manner that you can stop or avoid other skiers or objects at all times.
- When skiing/riding downhill or overtaking another skier or rider, you must avoid the skier or rider below you. The person below you always has the right of way.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above. When strapping into your board, be well clear of the unloading area at the top of the lift.
- When entering a trail or starting downhill, yield to other skiers and riders.
- All skiers shall use devices, and all snowboarders shall use leashes to help prevent runaway skis and boards.
- When traversing, always check your blind side.
- Read and respect all signs. You shall keep off closed trails and posted areas and observe all posted signs. Obey all rope lines and enter these areas only through gates marked with open signs. These are some, but not all, of a skier's/boarder's responsibilities.
Are lessons for everyone?
Regardless of who you are, a member of the SCWDC Ski & Snowboard School can help make your skiing or riding experience more exciting and worthwhile. Whether you’re into moguls, cruising, or just looking good or whether you are just getting started or are a seasoned veteran, our school can make a difference. We offer skiing instruction at all levels and snowboard instruction at the beginner-intermediate level.
Why should you take lessons?
No matter how skilled your are, you can always improve. Our professional instructors can help make the process faster, easier, and safer; and that adds up to more fun and enjoyment. Your friends may be excellent skiers/riders, and you may have read all the latest magazines and books, but no one can deliver the information better than a trained professional. Sometimes, just a subtle adjustment can make all the difference between staying status quo and a breakthrough. Our instructors are continually advancing their knowledge and expertise through programs of continuing education.
Will you have fun?
Yes! Modern instruction is geared to focus on you, your needs and your goals, not on pre-determined lesson plans. You’ll learn by doing, not standing around talking. You’ll get lots of positive feedback, from both the instructor and your own performance. You’ll meet new people, face new challenges, and acquire new skills, all in a fun and supportive environment.
Is it safe?
Snow sports come with some inherent risks, but are no more dangerous than other active, dynamic sports and less so than some common activities, such as swimming, boating and bicycling. We encourage you to observe the seven slope safety points in the Skiers/Snowboarders Responsibility Code.