Ski & Snowboard Lesson Programs for ages 3 & up | Yawgoo Valley Ski Area | Exeter, Rhode Island

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Season

All proposed plans and protocols are subject to change without notice following guidelines from the CDC and local authorities.

January Lesson Program Details 2021

Updated October 16, 2020


The remaining availability is VERY LIMITED. Any Programs that become available will be offered directly to lottery participants that we're unable to get in. We are not accepting any waitlists as it is unlikely any spots will become available. In the event, they do become available we will offer the spots to those who were unable to be accommodated within the original lottery before being posted online. Rental Equipment Fittings details are now available here.
If you are interested in participating in the Instructor Training Course we encourage you to review the program details on our employment page here. Any Programs that become available will be offered directly to lottery participants that we're unable to get in. We are not accepting any waitlists as it is unlikely any spots will become available. In the event, they do become available we will offer the spots to those who were unable to be accommodated within the original lottery before being posted online. Rental Equipment Fittings details are now available here.     

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COVID-19: WHAT TO EXPECT


What We are Doing to Keep Yawgoo Safe


INCREASED CLEANING & SANITIZATION

Sanitizer Stations haven been set-up around the facility including at the entrance of the park and other high-traffic areas. While we currently use cleaning products and protocols which meet EPA guidelines and are CDC approved for use and are effective against viruses, bacteria and other airborne and blood-borne pathogens, we will increase cleaning and sanitation of all areas, with a focus on "high-touch" areas including railings, handles, counters, restrooms, point of sale machines, ski & board rental equipment, food-service areas, and more. We are working with our vendors, distribution partners and suppliers to ensure uninterrupted availability of these cleaning supplies and the necessary PPE’s. We ask guests to please not linger so we can promptly clean for the next session.

REDUCED CAPACITIES & NEW LESSON TIMES

We have reduced the program capacity by a third and have changed structure to accommodate smaller class sizes while still being able to offer a variety of age groups, sport type and experience level classes daily. We have also incorporated classes earlier in the day to offer an option for homeschool or e-learners. Classes will have a maximum student ratio of 6 per 1 instructor.

COMMUNICATION

COVID-19 Policies, reminders and spacing marker information will be posted throughout the facility, as well as on our website and included with program literature. Guests are asked to review policies to familiarize themselves prior to their visit.

FOOD & DRINK AREAS

All indoor facility capacities will be limited. We are currently considering more outdoor seating with heat where possible, but guests are encouraged to dress appropriately for winter sports. At this time we do not know if outside foods will be permitted.

STAFF SCREENING & TRAINING

All staff members will be trained in proper cleaning & sanitizing, ways to reduce the risk of spread and how to recognize symptoms. Additionally, protocols will be in place for all departments on how to handle exposure in the event a guest or employee must quarantine. Our staff are instructed to wear face-coverings at-all-times.

What You Can Do to Keep Snow Sports Going at Yawgoo

The most important element in this plan is we ask of all parents, guardians, and/or participants as well as staff:

If you, your child, or any member of your household is experiencing fever, nausea, cough, sneezing, body aches, fatigue, or any other unexplained symptoms or you may have been exposed to COVID-19 - you may not attend classes or be on property until you provide a physician’s note or proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

STUDENT PREP

While COVID-19 life is not new to us or our children, still we ask parents discuss the importance of social distancing, proper hygiene and face-coverings prior to the start of each lesson.

SOCIAL DISTANCING & SCREENINGS

Given that physical distancing will not always be possible during the lesson, such as when the group rides lifts, all participants (or legal guardians) will be required to perform at-home screening and temperature checks prior to arriving for the lesson. Parents are responsible for ensuring children or any member of their family are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 prior to attending any class.

SPECTATORS & GUESTS

Indoor access will be limited, including seating – we ask you limit the number of guests you bring to spectate and/or remain in your vehicle if possible. We will not limit the number of guests outdoors, however, there are restrictions on where you may wait for your student. When possible, maintain distance from other guests who are not in your household.

FACE COVERING

Face-coverings and eye protection are nothing new to the snow sports world, so wearing a face covering while skiing and riding will be a breeze for you! Guests are required to wear face-coverings, specifically while indoors, within 6 feet of other guests.

HYGIENE & RESPIRATORY ETTIQUETTE

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, touched a public surface that others may have touched or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. Alternatively, hand sanitizer may be used in place of soap & water. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Clean up after yourself.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS

Storage of personal belongings will be restricted indoors, and guests are encouraged to keep personal belongings with them or in their vehicle. We are not responsible for lost or stolen belongings. Always lock your skis or boards. Per the RI State Fire Marshall, Skis, Boards, & Poles are NOT permitted inside the buildings.

BATHROOMS & INDOOR ACCESS

Bathroom access will be limited indoors due to spacing. Allow time for restroom use as there may be waits. We strongly recommend parents/guardians encourage their children to use the restroom and be dressed if possible before arriving at the facility. Additionally, inside access will be limited to guests dining or accessing the Pro Shop. Masks are required in all indoor locations.

Programs

The Kinder programs are designed specifically for young children, introducing them to the fun of snow sports, familiarizing them with the equipment and atmosphere of a ski resort. Skill-based games and activities will be played as we build balance and strength focusing on walking, sliding, and gliding both in and out of skis or board. Motor skills and cognitive skills will be challenged in an exciting new way. Student’s should be bathroom trained and willing to separate from parents for lesson duration as pedestrian foot traffic is not permitted on the snow.

$200 Includes five 45-minute lessons and equipment rental at no additional cost.

KINDERSCHUSS

Alpine Ski

Level: First-Timer

  • I have never been on skis or am not quite ready for novice.
  • I am willing to leave mom & dad to participate for 45 minutes lesson

  Level: Novice

I am ready for novice if:

  • I can walk, hop, and shuffle in my boot.
  • I can make a wedge shape in my boot.
  • I can glide on one ski.
  • I can shuffle with two skis on.
  • I can slide down a slope on two skis.
  • I can create space between myself and others around me.

Available:

Sundays @ 9 a.m.
Mondays @ 3:30 p.m.
Tuesdays @ 3:30 p.m.
[email protected] 3:30 p.m.
Thursdays @ 11 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Fridays @ 11 a.m. or 3:30 p.m.
Saturdays @ 9 a.m.

KINDERSHRED

Snowboard

Level: First-Timer

  • I have never been on a snowboard or am not quite ready for novice.
  • I am willing to leave mom & dad to participate for 45 minutes lesson

Level: Novice

I am ready for novice if:

  • I can walk, hop, and shuffle in my boots.
  • I can slide downhill on a flat board.
  • I can hop while moving on a board.
  • I maintain balance while gliding over uneven terrain.
  • I can carry and set my board down safely.
  • I can make small direction changes.

This program is designed specifically for pre-school and kindergarten aged-children to introduce them to the fun of snow sports, familiarizing them with the equipment and atmosphere of a ski resort. Skill-based games and activities will be played as we build the framework of technical skiing or riding. * 4 Year olds should be almost 5 or have some kinderschuss experience (even if still considered first-timer).


$250 Includes five 60-minute lessons and equipment rental at no additional cost.

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MINI TRACKERS

Alpine Ski

Level: First-Timer

  • I have never been on skis or am not quite ready for novice.

Level: Novice

I am ready for novice if:

  • I can climb up the hill.
  • I can glide on a straight run on a slight slope.
  • I can make a wedge.
  • I can change directions (both ways).
  • I can stop on a mild slope.
  • I can avoid people and objects in between my turns.

MINI SHREDDERS

Snowboard

Level: First-Timer

  • I have never been on a snowboard or am not quite ready for novice.

Level: Novice

I am ready for novice if:

  • I can slide downhill on a flat board.
  • I maintain balance while gliding over uneven terrain.
  • I can carry and set my board down safely.
  • I can put some of my own gear on.
  • I can hop while moving.
  • I can get up on my own sometimes.
  • I can ride up the surface lift. I can make small direction changes.

This energetic age group is eager to learn. This program is designed for children introduce them to the fun of snow sports, familiarizing them with the equipment and atmosphere of a ski resort as well as building the groundwork for advanced skills. We are here to show first-timers the ropes and mini-experts how to hone their skills. New skiers will begin with introduction to basic movement patterns while those with previous experience will continue to improve old skills & learn new skills for advanced terrain.


$250 Includes five 75-minute lessons & your choice of including rental equipment for $50 ($10 per week).



JUNIOR TRACKERS

Alpine Ski

Level: First-Timer

  • I have never been on skis or am not quite ready for novice.

Level: Novice

I am ready for novice if:

  • I can glide on a straight run on a slight slope. I can make a wedge.
  • I can change directions (both ways).
  • I can stop on a mild slope.
  • I look uphill before starting to ski.
  • I can walk and glide on flats.
  • I can glide across the slope and wedge turn.
  • I can turn to stop in both directions.
  • I can connect turns (no straight glide in between my turns).
  • I can ride the beginner lift and know loading and unloading procedures.
  • I can avoid people and objects in between my turns. I can stop in a group where others can see me.

Level: Intermediate

  • I can walk and glide on flats.
  • I can ride the beginner lift and know loading and unloading procedures.
  • I can glide across the slope and wedge turn.
  • I can turn to stop in both directions.
  • I can avoid people and objects in between my turns.
  • I can make a hockey stop.
  • I can stop safely below the group or where the instructor tells me to stop.

JUNIOR SHREDDERS

Snowboard

Level: First-Timer

  • I have never been on a snowboard or am not quite ready for novice.

Level: Novice

I am ready for Novice if:

  • I can put on and take off my own snowboard.
  • I can glide and skate with one-foot strapped in.
  • I maintain balance while gliding over uneven terrain.
  • I can change the direction of a glide to toeside and heelside.
  • Sliding across snow feels secure and fun.
  • I can balance and change direction on the heelside edge.
  • I can balance and change direction on the toeside edge.
  • I can load, ride, and unload the chairlift.
  • I look uphill before going across and check my heel side blind spot.

Level: Intermediate

  • I can steer my board into the gravity line and change edges.
  • I can link turns. I can control my speed by turning.
  • I can manage different gravity lines.
  • I can hop and land when gliding downhill.
  • I can stop safely on the side of the hill where people above me can easily see me.
  • I link turns consistently.
  • I can change the size and shape of my turns.
  • I am playing with freestyle moves in the air and on the ground.
  • I can ride a cat track and ride through flat areas.
  • I can ride in control, I’m able to stop, and I avoid objects and people.

Skiers & Riders will be led through skills development progressions that will allow them to become confident, proficient & responsible on the slopes. New skiers & riders will begin with introduction to basic movement patterns while those with previous experience will continue to improve old skills & learn new skills for advanced terrain.

$250 Includes five 75-minute lessons & your choice of including rental equipment for $50 ($10 per week).



TRACKERS

Alpine Ski

Level: First-Timer

  • I have never been on skis or am not quite ready for novice.

Level: Novice

I am ready for novice if:

  • I can climb up the hill.
  • I can glide on a straight run on a slight slope. I can make a wedge.
  • I can change directions (both ways).
  • I can stop on a mild slope.
  • Safety: I look uphill before starting to ski.
  • I can walk and glide on flats.
  • I can glide across the slope and wedge turn.
  • I can turn to stop in both directions.
  • I can connect turns (no straight glide in between my turns).
  • I can ride the beginner lift and know loading and unloading procedures.
  • Safety: I can avoid people and objects in between my turns. I can stop in a group where others can see me.

Level: Intermediate

I am ready for Intermediate if:

  • I can walk and glide on flats.
  • I can ride the beginner lift and know loading and unloading procedures.
  • I can glide across the slope and wedge turn.
  • I can turn to stop in both directions.
  • Safety: I can avoid people and objects in between my turns.
  • I can make a hockey stop.
  • Safety: I can stop safely below the group or where the instructor tells me to stop.

Level: Advanced

I am ready for Advanced if:

  • I can balance on my outside ski while turning (able to lift inside ski).
  • I can hockey stop in both directions without drifting across the slope.
  • I can use pole swing and touch at turn initiation and demonstrate longer and shorter turns with parallel turn entry.
  • I can balance on my outside ski, lifting inside ski tail in a series of turns on blue terrain.
  • I can side-slip with edge sets.
  • I can maintain turn shape and speed on ungroomed green or easy blue run.
  • My skis are parallel throughout the turn on all blue and easy black runs.
  • Safety: I know the terrain park rules and I can safely ski on the terrain park features.

SHREDDERS

Snowboard

Level: First-Timer

  • I have never been on a snowboard or am not quite ready for novice.

Level: Novice

I am ready for Novice if:

  • I can put on and take off my own snowboard.
  • I can glide and skate with one-foot strapped in.
  • I maintain balance while gliding over uneven terrain.
  • I can change the direction of a glide to toeside and heelside.
  • Sliding across snow feels secure and fun.
  • I can balance and change direction on the heelside edge.
  • I can balance and change direction on the toeside edge.
  • I can load, ride, and unload the chairlift.
  • I look uphill before going across and check my heel side blind spot.

Level: Intermediate

I am ready for Intermediate if:

  • I can steer my board into the gravity line and change edges.
  • I can link turns. I can control my speed by turning.
  • I can manage different gravity lines.
  • I can hop and land when gliding downhill.
  • I can stop safely on the side of the hill where people above me can easily see me.
  • I link turns consistently.
  • I can change the size and shape of my turns.
  • I am playing with freestyle moves in the air and on the ground.
  • I can ride a cat track and ride through flat areas.
  • I can ride in control, I’m able to stop, and I avoid objects and people.

Level: Advanced

I am ready for Advanced if:

  • I can link turns on intermediate trails.
  • I ride at a variety of speeds.
  • I play with different gravity lines.
  • I can change edges before the gravity line.
  • I can ride introductory and small park features.
  • I understand and can apply Park SMART and ATML
  • I can carve across the hill.
  • I can link turns in uneven terrain.
  • I can link switch turns.
  • I can use my legs for steering and absorbing terrain.

This program is specifically designed for Teens and Adults! Trying something new is not always easy, Grown-Ups will enjoy the atmosphere of learning comfortably with their peers.


$250 Includes five 75-minute lessons & your choice of including rental equipment for $50 ($10 per week).



GROWN-UP TRACKERS

Alpine Ski

Level: First-Timer

  • I have never been on skis or am not quite ready for novice.

Level:  Novice

I am ready for Novice if:

  • I can climb up the hill.
  • I can glide on a straight run on a slight slope.
  • I can make a wedge.
  • I can change directions (both ways).
  • I can stop on a mild slope.
  • Safety: I look uphill before starting to ski.
  • I can walk and glide on flats.
  • I can glide across the slope and wedge turn.
  • I can turn to stop in both directions.
  • I can connect turns (no straight glide in between my turns).
  • I can ride the beginner lift and know loading and unloading procedures.
  • Safety: I can avoid people and objects in between my turns. I can stop in a group where others can see me.

Level: Intermediate

I am ready for Intermediate if:

  • I can walk and glide on flats.
  • I can ride the beginner lift and know loading and unloading procedures.
  • I can glide across the slope and wedge turn.
  • I can turn to stop in both directions.
  • Safety: I can avoid people and objects in between my turns.
  • I can make a hockey stop.
  • Safety: I can stop safely below the group or where the instructor tells me to stop.

GROWN-UP SHREDDERS

Snowboard

Level: First-Timer

    I have never been on a board or am not quite ready for novice:

Level: Novice

I am ready for Novice if:

  • I can put on and take off my own snowboard.
  • I can glide and skate with one-foot strapped in.
  • I maintain balance while gliding over uneven terrain.
  • I can change the direction of a glide to toeside and heelside.
  • Sliding across snow feels secure and fun.
  • I can balance and change direction on the heelside edge.
  • I can balance and change direction on the toeside edge.
  • I can load, ride, and unload the chairlift.
  • I look uphill before going across and check my heel side blind spot.

Level: Intermediate

I am ready for Intermediate if:

  • I can steer my board into the gravity line and change edges.
  • I can link turns. I can control my speed by turning.
  • I can manage different gravity lines.
  • I can hop and land when gliding downhill.
  • I can stop safely on the side of the hill where people above me can easily see me.
  • I link turns consistently.
  • I can change the size and shape of my turns.
  • I am playing with freestyle moves in the air and on the ground.
  • I can ride a cat track and ride through flat areas.
  • I can ride in control, I’m able to stop, and I avoid objects and people.

Advanced Programs

Junior Race Club (AGES 8-12) 

Designed to further skill development towards carved and parallel turning & provide introduction to ski racing. Race experience or special race equipment is not required, must provide own equipment. Inquire at Pro Shop for equipment leasing (season-long rental) specials.
$300 Includes five 120-minute lessons.

Advanced

I am ready for Race if:

  • I can link turns on intermediate trails.
  • I ride at a variety of speeds.
  • I play with different gravity lines.
  • I can change edges before the gravity line.
  • I can ride introductory and small park features.
  • I understand and can apply Park SMART and ATML
  • I can carve across the hill.
  • I can link turns in uneven terrain.
  • I can link switch turns.
  • I can use my legs for steering and absorbing terrain.

Instructor Training Program 

(Ages 15 through Adult)

$125 Includes 5 75-minute sessions plus next year's Instructor Training Course in fall 2021. (classroom training and refresher). Any additional required on-snow training will be included at no additional cost.Must have own equipment. Available for either ski or snowboard.


$125 Includes five 75-minute lessons.

Advanced

I am ready for The Instructor Training Program if:

  • I can link turns on intermediate trails.
  • I ride at a variety of speeds.
  • I play with different gravity lines.
  • I can change edges before the gravity line.
  • I can ride introductory and small park features.
  • I understand and can apply Park SMART and ATML
  • I can carve across the hill.
  • I can link turns in uneven terrain.
  • I can link switch turns.
  • I can use my legs for steering and absorbing terrain.

About the 20-21 Program



Our January Lesson Program will begin the week of January 4 through 10, with classes continuing weekly for five consecutive weeks. In previous years we included a "built-in" make-up lesson for everyone at the end of the lesson schedule. This year will be different as only 5-weeks of lessons and no make-up lessons will be held. Review the Refund & Sick policies below for details. Review all program policies prior to submitting a lottery submission.

SICK POLICY

If you, your child, or any member of your household is experiencing fever, nausea, cough, sneezing, body aches, fatigue or any other unexplained symptoms or if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 or someone who is sick, you may not attend classes. Any student failing to stay home with known exposure to or presenting symptoms of COVID-19 will result in disenrollment of any remaining classes without refund.

  • Absences due to suspected medical condition (COVID-19, other sickness or injury will be refunded ONLY in the form of a Yawgoo Valley Gift Card credit to be used for future tickets, lessons, rentals, Pro Shop purchases or food. You are required to provide a physician’s note acknowledging the illness and permission to return to class. You will be issued a credit for missed class(es) once we receive your physician’s note.
  • Students that fail to provide a physician’s note or recent negative COVID-19 test, will be not be permitted on property to attend class for up to 14 days and forfeit any lessons missed without refund or credit.
  • Unexcused absences due to personal reasons, not including facility closures, will not be made-up, credited or refunded. Please consider your schedule and your transportation prior to committing to the program as we typically do not close for snowstorms or other snow sport related weather.

ABSENCES & MAKE-UP CLASSES

Anyone absent from class for a medical reason will be issued a credit in the form of a Yawgoo Valley Gift Card (only for the value of the class or classes missed due to illness or injury). Refunds, make-up classes or other credits will not be issued for any other personal reason. See our sick policy below.

CHAIRLIFT RIDING

Chairlifts are limited to two seats. We ask that customers that come together, ride together. Given that physical distancing will not always be possible during the lesson, such as when a group rides lifts, students are asked to wear their face covering and ride with the same group buddy each time where possible. Chairlift riding classes will NOT be offered for Kinder & Mini age groups. Should your child have intermediate or advanced experience at this age level, you are encouraged to take private lessons.

HELMETS

Helmets for purchase will be available by fitting appointment beginning early-November. We do not rent helmets and they are not included in any rental equipment package. Fitting information will be announced sometime in October.

INCLEMENT WEATHER & POST-PONEMENTS

We are a weather dependent facility. We rely solely on our own snow-making capabilities. We reserve the right to close without notice as deemed necessary by management for the safety of our guests and staff as well as for the preservation of snow conditions. In the event of a closure, guests will be notified via our website under our daily operations report as well as via social media and email. We are working on a text-alert system, but this does require you to opt-in via your device. Additional details & plans will be included in later updates. All scheduled classes that experience a ski area closure, will have a class added to the end of the originally planned final class date.

REFUND POLICY

With-the-exception-of medically excused absences, all registration payments are FINAL.

RENTAL FITTINGS

Fittings are necessary for all students that will be renting equipment from Yawgoo Valley. This ensures both a proper, comfortable fit and will prevent any delays on class day. At this time, we are still determining the safest rental fitting process. We are planning to offer fittings by appointment beginning in late-October. Additional information will be sent to you via email about this process. Select programs include rental equipment in the lesson price, regardless of need. For older children, we offer the option to rent or you may provide your own equipment. Rental equipment is only available during the lesson and must be returned promptly at the end of each lesson for cleaning & sanitizing before we can rent to the next guest. You must re-rent equipment for other visits or lessons or to extend your time after your scheduled program lesson.

RENTAL EQUIPMENT USE

We will be managing the number of people inside our facilities in accordance with local regulations and guidelines. Our facilities will be set up to allow for physical distancing. As the season approaches, we will be sharing specific details on the operations of the rental & retail shops. Enhanced cleaning & disinfecting will take place daily in all parts of our facility. All rental equipment will be fully disinfected between each guest’s use.

CLASS REQUESTS

The success of our programs is built on creating groups of a similar age and ability. These determinations are made by the Snow sports School Supervisors. Due to restrictions in space and social distancing, we will not be able to guarantee any special requests for lesson placements.