Trailblazers

7-Week Program $450 plus tax
Includes lessons and lunch
Ages Ages 4 to 12 years, ski only
Duration 7 weeks; full day - 4 hour lesson includes lunch
Dates Sundays: January 5 to February 23, 2020 (no event on February 17)
Time 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Includes A full day of lessons and lunch. Season pass and rentals extra.

A fun and engaging group lesson geared for kids who want to take their skiing to a new level; a great challenge in a fun learning environment. Each week will have a coaching element mixed with some excitement and adventure. Students will be with the same children and instructor for the 7-week session.  Groups will be created based on ability level and age.

Questions?  Call 208-325-1025 or email school@tamarackidaho.com

Each week will focus on one of the 5 fundamental movements in skiing from the Professional Ski Instructors of American  in conjunction with a fun and exciting theme:

2020 Schedule:
January 5 – Introduction to Trailblazers – We’ve added two additional days onto our program this year to make sure that we set up all the participants for the most success possible.  The first day will consist of; separating the groups by an on-snow evaluation.  The students will be asked to perform some basic skiing maneuvers to showcase what skill sets they are entering into the program with.  Please expect regardless of previous ability to spend a majority of the morning on the bottom half of the Resort (Discovery and Tamarack Express).

January 12 – Balance / Terrain Park – focus will be on balance (Control the relationship of the Center of Mass to the base of support to direct pressure along the length of the skis).  Giving students the ability to understand dynamic balance, and how it plays as an integral platform for most skiing to occur. This day we will also explore Tamarack’s Freestyle parks; Smartstyle, how to navigate the features safely, and get the chance to get your jib on while focusing on stance and balance.

January  19Rotation / Avalanche Dogs – Rotation is the one of the keys to successful skiing (Control the skis rotation (turning, pivoting, steering) with leg rotation, separate from the upper body).  Our instructors will give us some new skills and drills to help us focus our attention on when and where we use rotation effectively. We will also use those skills to go explore the mountain. We will check out some hidden stashes on the mountain, and learn some snow safety from Patrol. This is one of our favorite days as well, we get to go visit the avalanche dogs!

January 26 – Pressure / Snow Cat Day – Regardless of if we are adding, managing, or removing pressure on our skis, it is always present.  This day we really dissect what we use Pressure (Control pressure from ski to ski and direct pressure toward the outside ski) for.  We also get to have a up close interaction with a snow cat that Tamarack Resort uses day to day to keep our runs corduroy. Check out the cool snow cats and see how they work.

February 2 – Edge Control / Race Day – We create angles constantly when skiing.  Today will focus on what angles help us do while on our skis (Control edge angles through a combination of inclination and angulation).  We also will set-up a variety of race scenarios this day and encourage all our participants to spend some time experiencing what it feels like to ski through a race course.  We also will get the chance to ski a bit with our Tamarack Ski Team and meet the coaches of that program, which is a great place to continue honing a passion for skiing.

February 9Body-Equipment Connection / Super Hero Day – How do we navigate the connection between our bodies and skis? Relationship of body to Equipment (Regulate the magnitude of pressure created through ski/snow interaction). This is also our costume Day- Dress to impress. Disney characters, super-hero’s, favorite character in movie, get creative!

February 23 – End of Program Celebration – End of season exhibition and pizza party for participants and family.  We invite family to come and see all the hard work that their Trailblazers put into their skiing.  We host a pizza party for everyone to get to sit and visit with all of the instructors.

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