Hermon Mountain Ski School

4-Week Learn to Ski Programs    

Our 4-week learn to ski lessons are for skiers and snowboarders, the four age groups are Flakes ski only (ages 3 & 4), Flurries (5 - 8), Blizzards (9 - 12) and Teen/Adult. The teen/adult lessons offered on Friday night, Snow Flake classes are on Saturday only.  Snow Flurry and Blizzard classes are offered on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Group sizes may vary depending on the size of the program. The lesson will begin in front of the lodge at 9:30 am.  The students will be greeted and introduced to the Instructor at this time. The Flurries,Blizzards and teen/adult classes will last 1 hour and 30 minutes, Flakes are 1 hour.  Parents/guardians are asked to meet the students in front of the Lodge at the end of the lesson.

Snow Flakes (3-4 yrs) - In this class parents and instructors work together to teach the children to ski and love the snow.  Children must be accompanied by a skiing adult.  The adult ticket is included in the program cost (rentals are not).  There are two levels in this class, please read them to help determine which group is right for you.

          Level 1 White -  Never ever beginner

                                -   Has had equipment on, is working on but not mastered the wedge (pizza) independently in the beginner area

          Level 2 Green -  Stops, glides, and controls speed using a wedge (pizza)

                                 -  Working on turns in beginner area (front of lodge)

Snow Flurries (5-8 yrs) - In this class there are 5 levels.  The beginner group will start in the beginner area (front of lodge) so parents will be able to watch there children progress.  We do ask though that unless asked parents watch from the deck or inside so that the Instructor can better hold their students attention.  If they need or want help they will ask.  Please read through the levels below to help determine which level is right for you the colors will remain the same so when you complete a level you can put the next level as your ability in future 4-week lessons.  (This is new for 2012-2013 previous years colors are different)

          Level 1 White   -  Never ever beginner and/ or cannot come to a stop on their own.  They will be in the beginner area learning the basics of balancing and gliding on the snow

          Level 2 Red      -  Can stop and Glide in a wedge (pizza) and are working on turning and getting up on their own.  They are learning to balance, slow and stop.  They take their first ride on the chair lift after mastering the beginner area.

          Level 3 Green   -  Can turn left, right and make a complete stop.  They can ride the chairlift and ski on green trails (slow poke and lazy lane)

          Level 4 Blue      -  Explores harder green trails and easier blue runs.  They learn to make advanced turns,  making a wedge turn (pizza) and skiing parallel (fries) across the hill

          Level 5 Black     -  Can make advanced turns, ski all blue trails and are beginning to explore groomed black trails (Cloud 9).  Can ski parallel on green and blue trails and are preparing for pole use.

Blizzards (9-12 yrs) - In this class there are 5 levels.  While the beginner group still starts in the beginner area (front of lodge) they tend to move more quickly to the chair lift and the green trails.  Please read through the levels below to help determine which level is right for you.  The colors will remain the same so when you complete a level you can put the next level as you ability in future 4-week lessons, unless otherwise directed by the instructor.  (This is new for 2012-2013 previous years colors are not the same)  The colors are the same as the snow flurries but the levels are a little more advanced in the blizzards so be sure to read the descriptions if your child is moving from one age group into another.

          Level 1 White    -  Never ever beginner and/ or cannot come to a stop on their own.  They will be in the beginner area (front of lodge) learning the basics of balancing and gliding on the snow

          Level 2 Red       -  Can stop and glide in a wedge and are working on turning and getting up on their own.  They are learning to balance, slow and stop.  They take their first ride on the chair lift after mastering the beginner area.

          Level 3 Green   -  Can link turns and make and hold different size wedges for control on different terrain.  Can ride the chair lift with confidence and ski green terrain (slow poke and lazy lane).  Is ready to learn beginner parallel turns (wedge christies and skid turns)

          Level 4 Blue      -  Can ski harder green and easier blue trails using the wedge christy and/ or open parallel turns.  Working on parallel turns on blue trails and is ready to learn to use poles

          Level 5 Black     -  Can make open parallel or skid turns on all blue trails and are beginning to explore groomed black trails (cloud 9).  They are working on advanced/dynamic parallel turns on steeps, in bumps and on ungroomed trails.  This skiers focus can be to master the art of carving turns on the groomed trails.

Teens/Adults (13 yrs and over) - This class takes place on Friday evenings at 6pm.  The levels are the same as the levels in the Blizzards.  Please read through the levels to determine which one best describes you.  All lessons/students progress at different speeds so one or more levels may be completed in one 4-week session.