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Teach the Kids to Ski at These Nearby Mountains

They'll be soaring beyond the bunny hill in no time thanks to these lessons just for kids.


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Do they already know the ropes? Here's the scoop on skiing in and around NJ.

CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN RESORT

301 Resort Dr., Tannersville, PA
570-629-1661

Camelback offers half-day programs for kids, plus beginner and private lessons. First-time skiers can learn to use equipment, stand, balance, walk and glide. Half-day lessons for ages 4-12 ($125-145) include a lift ticket, equipment rental and a two-and-a-half-hour lesson. Beginner’s lessons are 90 minutes for ages 4-12, and the price varies ($45-109) depending on whether you purchase a lift ticket and rent equipment. One-hour private lessons for ages 3-12 are available, too ($135).

CAMPGAW MOUNTAIN

200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah
201-327-7800

Help them conquer the slopes with reservations for either all-ages private ($89-99), ages 4-6 children’s group ($39-44), ages 7 and up group ($44-49) or ages 6 and under Just For Me ($64) private lessons. Equipment is available for rent: skis ($29), boots ($19), poles ($5) or all three ($36).

HUNTER MOUNTAIN

64 Klein Ave., Hunter, NY
800-486-8376

Aside from private beginner’s lessons, your brood can join groups based on age. Explorers lessons for ages 4-6 ($89-135, add $25 for rentals) include lift ticket and a full day session also includes snack and lunch. Mountaineers for ages 7-12 ($89-135, add $25 for rentals) also include a lift ticket and a full day session also includes snack and lunch. These programs are designed for both first-timers and those coming back to improve their skills.

JACK FROST SKI RESORT

434 Jack Frost Mountain Rd., White Haven, PA
570-443-8425

Your kids have a wide range of options: Go for private lessons are offered (ages 3 and up, $100/hour), or children’s daily programs like Snowmonsters, which is for ages 3-12 (ages 7-12 f or snowboarding) and teaches them basic skills like how to come to a complete stop and safely use a chairlift. The Snowmonsters program includes a lift ticket, rental equipment and lesson ($100).

MOUNT PETER

51 Old Mt. Peter Rd., Warwick, NY
845-986-4940

Kiddos ages 5 and older (ages 6 and up for snowboarding) with a lift ticket ($22-54) can join free hour-long lessons on select dates at the base of the mountain. They’ll be introduced to equipment, sliding movement, basic balance, stopping and direction changes. Pete's Pals, which caters for ages 4 and under, includes tuition, equipment, life ticket and hot chocolate ($90). Private lessons are available ($89/hour). Basin Camp is geared toward beginners (skiiers ages 5-11 and snowboarders ages 6-13) and includes a three-hour weekend lesson, plus equipment and ticket ($169-189).

MOUNTAIN CREEK

200 Rte. 94, Vernon
973-827-2000

Neophyte skiers ages 6 and under are free with the purchase of an adult ticket ($79.99). One-hour private lessons are offered for ages 7 and under ($109/hour) and ages 8 and up ($129.99) with longer sessions available. Lessons do not include lift ticket or rental equipment. Kids lessons, for ages 4-7 ($89-109), and Kids Camp Full Day Lessons are available ($149-169).

SHAWNEE MOUNTAIN

401 Hollow Rd., East Stroudsburg, PA
570-421-7231

Try the beginner ski package ($105), which includes a lift ticket, complete ski rental and group lesson. There’s also Skiwee for ages 4-6 and a three-hour Mountain Cruisers session for ages 7-15. Sessions are from 9:30 am-12:30 pm, 1:30-4:30 pm or for the entire day ($110-195). Specialty lessons include Skibaby, a one-hour lesson for three-year-olds which includes equipment ($80). Mommy & Me class is also for three-year-olds ($80), but doesn’t include equipment or lift tickets for adults.

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