Powderhorn rolls out new Team YETI skills program for kids
WHAT: Team YETI
WHEN: This winter! Saturdays and Sundays from January through March
WHERE: Powderhorn Mountain Resort
COST: Before Nov. 2, join Team YETI for $199
Powderhorn Mountain Resort’s brand new Team YETI — aptly named for the winter-loving Abominable Snowman — kicks off this 2013-14 winter season with new skills training for kids on two planks or one.
Geared for kids ages 9-15, the YETI program is a multi-week clinic offering specialized coaching in areas such as backcountry awareness, boarder and skier cross, competition preparation and strategy, mountain etiquette and slope-style, according to organizers at Powderhorn.
“We’re trying to take a new approach to ski school,” Powderhorn Ski and Ride Center Manager Luke Martin said, “for kids learning slope-style, being in the park, side country, and backcountry. Some kids are really excited about skiing, but not about running gates. It’s another option instead of traditional ski school or traditional alpine race club.”
Participants are broken up by age, not by whether they ski or snowboard, Martin added, and all clinics are meant for athletes with upper-intermediate to advanced levels.
Plus, main components of the program focus on safety (in the park and on the mountain) and etiquette.
“This is a multidisciplinary program for kids who are excited about skiing and snowboarding and want to progress their skills to the next level,” he noted. “It’s not for beginners.”
Team YETI will meet Saturdays and Sundays from January through March. Each series lasts four weeks, for either a Saturday or Sunday (two hours in the morning, lunch, then another two hours).
“You can do as many as you want,” Martin said, regarding participation in multiple series throughout the winter season.
If you register before Nov. 2, Team YETI will cost $199. Pricing goes up after that.
To learn more about Team YETI and to sign-up, visit http://www.powderhorn.com or call 970-268-5700.
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