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Children's Programs

GET YOUR KIDS skiing & riding!

Winter 23 programs will be available for purchase in the fall!

 

Rio Hondo Children's Learning Center

Full-Day class Program

Here at Taos Ski Valley, we aspire to share the mystique of our mountain with guests of all ages. While you enjoy your day skiing and riding the best slopes we have to offer, let us take your children on an adventure all their own. 

  • Ages 5 - 13
  • Full-day lesson
  • Includes:
    • Lift ticket
    • Coaching
    • Rental Equipment
    • Lunch and Snacks

AM Half-Day class program

  • Ages 5 - 13
  • 9:30am - 12:00pm
  • Half-day program
  • Includes:
    • Full-day lift ticket
    • AM coaching
    • Full-day rental equipment
    • Morning snack

Shredders 

First-day check-in will be located outside the Rio Hondo Learning Center. Week 2-5, meet on-snow with gear at the bottom of Rueggli at the assigned meeting area

From just learning to walk in ski boots to piste chutes and hike-to-terrain, our Shredders program will do just that; turn your favorite little skier or rider into a Shredder. This program emphasizes the continued growth of local skiers and riders as they develop their skills and form lifelong friendships under the instruction of our expert coaches. Offering a 5-day session, pick your day Saturdays or Sundays, and let the fun begin!

  • All Abilities
  • Ages 5 - 13
  • 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Includes:
    • Coaching
    • Lift Ticket
    • Rental
    • Lunch

Programs for ages 3-4

At this time, our programs for children ages 3 - 4 will only be offered as private lessons. Check out the Private Lesson page for more information. 

f.a.q.s

do I need to make reservations for my child?

We highly recommend making reservations to ensure a spot for your child.

what do I need to provide for my child?

New Mexico's weather can change very quickly. It is important to be prepared for a variety of weather conditions and temperatures. 

is my child required to wear a helmet?

We highly encourage all snowsports participants to wear a helmet when participating in snowsports. For more information, visit Lids on Kids.

where do children's group lessons meet?

All children's snowsports lessons start and end at the Rio Hondo Learning Center

What time is drop off & pickup?

  • Lessons start at 9:30 am. Please plan to arrive one hour before your child's lesson to ensure ample time for equipment rentals, a bathroom break, hydration, and class placements.
    • Please arrive earlier during peak periods - Christmas, MLK Weekend, President's Day Weekend, and Spring Break
  • Lessons end at 3:30 pm. Pick up will be on the snow outside the Rio Hondo Learning Center. 

how are children's lessons grouped?

Lessons are grouped by age and ability.

how can I prepare my child for their lesson?

  • Ensure your child has a hardy breakfast and drinks plenty of water.
  • Tell your child how much fun skiing/snowboarding can be and how much fun they will have making new friends.
  • Show them videos of skiing/snowboarding so they know what to expect. Preparing your child for the first time will help alleviate some of the anxiety they may experience when arriving at ski school. 
  • Skiing and snowboarding exert a lot of energy, and many of our guests traveling from below 8,000 feet tend to suffer from altitude sickness. To ensure your family acclimates properly, we recommend getting plenty of rest, drinking plenty of water, and increasing your carbohydrate intake before hitting the slopes. 

how can I prepare my child to ride the chairlift?

  • Talk to your child about the importance of chairlift safety.
  • Remind them to listen to their instructor; sit seat to seat and back-to-back.
  • Watch this video with your child: https://youtu.be/OeZOMx33r7c

Will my first-timer ride the chairlift by the end of their first lesson?

Learning to ski and snowboard takes time, so we group children based on proven skills and age, not terrain. Our professional instructors will help your child safely learn while building skills and confidence; however, riding the chairlift on day one is highly unlikely.

what happens if the ski school needs to contact me while my child is in lessons?

Your contact information will be required at the time of booking. Please provide a cell phone number to ensure we can contact you. Our ski school staff will call and send a text message to the phone number on file if the need arises.

can I leave the resort and explore the town while my child is in lessons?

Only if another parent/guardian is onsite at the resort for the duration of the lesson. While we encourage all of our guests to explore the town, we do require someone from your party to be on property at all times in case of an emergency. 

my child has food allergies. will they be accommodated? can I pack a lunch for my child?

  • Yes. Our kitchen will accommodate all food allergies and dietary needs. Please ask our staff to make a special note for your child's instructor as a reminder.
  • If your child is old enough, remind them to speak up about their dietary needs and food allergies to ensure their safety.
  • Children are welcome to bring nut-free lunches and snacks to ski school.

if my child refuses to participate or needs a nap, can they go to childcare?

  • No. If your child has a difficult time transitioning to lessons, our dedicated team members will encourage your child to participate and may contact you as well for extra motivation. Once all efforts have been made, we will contact you to pick up your child.
  • If your child needs a break, our staff will accommodate and ensure your child returns to lessons. However, if your child requires a nap, our staff will contact you for pickup.
  • Please note: our childcare program has a limited capacity and is not an alternative option when a child refuses to participate in lessons. 

my child will be three years old next month and is still in pullups. can they participate in lessons?

No. We require all children enrolling in lessons to be at minimum 3 years old and potty trained without the need for pullups. Children 3 years old and not yet fully potty trained are welcome to attend our childcare program. 

can I watch my child's lesson?

Yes, discreetly. We understand parents want to see their child progress and of course, take pictures, but please stay out of sight to ensure your child can focus on learning and listening to their instructor. 

  • If your child is a beginner, we recommend riding the Gondolita to view lessons from above. 

can I request an instructor for my child's group lesson?

While we do consider all requests, we cannot accommodate requested instructors for group lessons. If you have a specific instructor in mind, we commend purchasing a private lesson for your child.

Can my child ski/snowboard with their friends?

We cannot guarantee it; however, we will accommodate where possible. If your child and their friends have similar experiences and are in the same learning range, it may be accommodated.

what is the cancellation policy?

We have a 14-day cancellation policy. 

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