Kids Programs

Lessons & Rentals

Kids Programs

Our child specific programs center around safey, fun and learning. We create a memorable experience for all our students through exploration, encouragement and fun!  We have a variety of children's programs to fit the needs of all our young learners.

 Our programs are very popular and reservations are highly recommended. 

*Timber Creek is now closed for the season *

*Lesson are available daily out of Expedition: Kirkwood by calling 209.258.7360

Lesson meeting area is at the base of Chair 1 *

Skiers and Riders (ages 3 - 4)

Mini Rippers (ski)

Program Guidelines

The Mini Rippers Program is a fun introduction to the sport for first time skiers and young learners.  The goal is to familiarize the student with the equipment, build the skills to be successful, transfer those skills to the snow and most importantly HAVE FUN!  Children may also participate in arts and crafts, sledding and snowplay.  

Please note this is not a day care program, children must be fully potty trained and ready to learn.  A legible copy of the birth certificate is required for all 3 year olds.  

  • Full Day:  10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
  • Half Day: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.                

Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. for morning lessons and by 11:30 a.m. for afternoon lessons on weekends and holidays.  

Advance reservations are highly recommended. You can also book by calling (209) 258-7754


Mini Groms (snowboard)

Program Guidelines

The Mini Groms Program is a fun introduction to the sport for first time riders and young learners.  The goal is to familiarize the student with the equipment, build the skills to be successful, transfer those skills to the snow and most importantly HAVE FUN!  This program utilizes Burton Learn to Ride technology.  Children may also participate in arts and crafts, sledding and snowplay.    

Please note this is not a day care program, children must be fully potty trained and ready to learn.  A legible copy of the birth certificate is required for all 3 year olds.  

  • Full Day: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 
  • Half Day: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. for morning lessons and by 11:30 a.m. for afternoon lessons on weekends and holidays.  

Advance reservations are highly recommended. You can also book by calling (209) 258-7754


Prices

 

Mini Rippers and Mini Groms Multi Day

 Online  Walk Up
2 Consecutive Days  (all day lesson, lift ticket, rentals, lunch & snack)  $240 $245

 

 

Mini Rippers and Groms

   Online  Walk Up
Package Full Day
(all day lesson, lift, rental, lunch and snack)
$155 $150
Package Half Day
(all day lesson, lift, rental and snack)
$130
$125
Lesson Only Full Day
$130  $135
Lesson Only Half Day
$110
$115

 

 

Skiers and Riders (ages 5 - 12 )

Mountain Explorers (ski)

Our Mountain Explorers program is designed to help skiers ages 5 - 12 learn and progress in a fun and safe environment. Mountain Explorers will ski with our specifically trained childrens coaches, learning new skills and making new friends along the way.  This program is encourages a sense of adventure and exploration in a safe, FUN environment.

  • Full Day:  10:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.  
  • A.M. Half Day: 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  
  • P.M. Half Day:  1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 

Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. for morning lessons and by 11:30 a.m. for afternoon lessons on weekends and holidays.  

   

Advance reservations are highly recommended. You can also book by calling (209) 258-7754


Groms (snowboard)

Our Groms snowboard program is designed to help riders ages 5 - 12 learn and progress in a fun and safe environment. Our newly redesigned Adventure Land area and Rip Curl Playground encourage early development of skills that translate into safe, well rounded riders.  This program is encourages a sense of adventure and exploration in a safe, FUN environment.  

  • Full Day:  10:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.  
  • A.M. Half Day: 10:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.  
  • P.M. Half Day:  1:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 

Please arrive by 8:30 a.m. for morning lessons and by 11:00 a.m. for afternoon lessons on weekends and holidays.  

 

Advance reservations are highly recommended. You can also book by calling (209) 258-7754


Prices

Multi Day Packages

   Online  Walk Up
2  Consecutive Days
$207 $212
3 Consecutive Days
 $297
$302
5 Pack
  $576
10 Pack
$1,080

2 and 3 Day Packages must be used on consecutive days. 3 Consecutive Day Lessons Packs are not available for Mini Rippers or Groms. 

 * 5 and 10 Packs are not availalbe online, please call 209.258.7754

Mountain Explorers and Groms

   Online  Walk Up
Package - Full Day 

(all day lesson, lift ticket, rentals, lunch & snack) 
$140
$145
Package - Half Day 
(all day lesson, lift ticket, rentals, lunch & snack) 
 $120
$125

Lesson Only - Full Day

 $118
$123

Lesson Only - Half Day

$95
$100

 


expedition kirkwood logoE:K Junior Expedition All Stars

The All Stars  Program is for skiers and riders that have progressed beyond normal lessons and are looking to challenge themselves on new terrain.  Lessons meet at Expedition Kirkwood near the village so students have instant access to the terrain they need.

  • Clinic Times:  10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Please arrive 30 minutes before your lesson is scheduled to begin. 

More Info Here


Registration Information

  • Program space is limited.

  • Pre-registration is available until 4:00pm on the day prior to participation, lessons can be purchased online or by calling 1.800.247.5966

  • Families who do not pre-register need to arrive early to ensure placement in the program.

  • All families should be checked in or in line at the Kirkwood Ski & Ride School desk by 9:30am at the latest, including those who are pre-registered, in order to make the lesson on time.

  • Program participants are required to come equipped with appropriate attire and accessories such as water resistant pants, jacket and gloves. Glasses for sunny days and goggles/hat for snowy days.

  • All kids rental equipment must be returned by 4.30 p.m. on the last day of the Ski School package.  Rentals received after this time are subject to a $25 fee for each additional day.

Registration Times

  • 8:30am to 10:00am Monday through Friday

  • 8:00am to 10:00am Weekends and holidays

  • Morning program registration closes promptly at 10:00 a.m.

  • Afternoon program registration closes promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Kirkwood Kid's Lesson Cancellation Policy

All reservations must be canceled or changed 24 hours before the scheduled lesson date. If the reservation is not canceled within this timeframe a $50 processing fee will be imposed. All No Call No Shows will be charged the full price of the lesson. To cancel or change a lesson reservation, please contact Kirkwood Ski & Ride School at 209.258.7754. Our reservation center is open 7-days a week from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; if you call after hours, you will have the option to leave a message for cancellations only. No reservations will be accepted on voicemail.

Questions? Contact the Kirkwood Ski and Ride School at 209.258.7754 or kirkwoodlessons [at] vailresorts [dot] com.

Children's Ski School Helmet Policy

Children ages 12 and under must wear a winter sport protective helmet while participating in ski school. Rental helmets are included with all children's group ski & snowboard lessons for your convenience.