Ski School for Kids at Heavenly Ski Resort. There are three locations - California, Adventure Peak (at the top of the Gondola) and at the Boulder Lodge. Full day sessions and half day sessions start in the afternoon when there is space. Lunch, helmet and equipment rentals all included. Kids should bring their own gloves and goggles/sunglasses.
This is about Heavenly ski school for kids. Unfortunately there is no negative rating here! My 6 yrs daughter had a terrible day with them. Going to bathroom before the lesson starts is mandatory even the kinds don't need to go!
They asked my daughter to stay inside all day and didn't take her for ski lessons as she refused going to their dirty bathrooms! she even didn't need to go as she did it just before I drop her off!
At noon When I wanted to check on her, I couldn't find her between the groups outside and no one could tell me where she is. Finally when I find her inside, they refused telling me why she is not taking the ski lessons.
THER ARE NOT TRUSTABLE FOR TAKING CARE OF YOUR KIDS AT ALL.
These guys are pros! The Heavenly ski instructors do an awesome job of making sure all the kids have a good time, and our four year old has a great start to learning to ski. They take care of everything- from getting the kids geared up properly (helments, boots, skis) to food and fun. The Boulder Lodge on the Nevada side has really easy parking, and the ski school is close to the parking lot (important when you're carying all your gear and trying to get a little guy to ski school on time). Kids need to be four years old to ski and five years old to snowboard.
The highlight of our trip to Heavenly was seeing the proud beaming face of our 6 year old after being released from ski school at Heavenly. This wasn’t his first day on skis, but it was the first time he spent the entire day in ski school. Boy did he make some significant progress under the excellent instruction of his coach, Cheryl.
Ski School Areas and Facilities:
At Heavenly, there are 3 kids ski school areas – one at the California Main Lodge, one at the top of the gondola, and the third at the Boulder Lodge on the Nevada side. The beginner ski school area at the California Main Lodge is set apart in an area called the “Enchanted Forest”. This offers kids a learning environment that is all their own. The kids ski school at the top of the Gondola is less private. But what is nice about it, is that after you’ve advanced past the magic carpet, you can try the long bunny run with the tow rope. After you’ve advanced past that, you can try the new beginner run at the top of the super cool covered magic carpet. This is also the perfect learning hill for snowboarders. (Sorry, we didn’t get to Boulder Lodge to check out their ski school over there.)
Kids Ski Instructors:
Our 6 year old loved his instructor Cheryl. All kids ski school instructors are pros who choose to work specifically with kids and undergo training to create an encouraging and playful learning environment. I was so impressed with how well the instructors were able to keep even the youngest kids engaged and following along with the group. They were remarkably upbeat, encouraging and patient. At the end of each day, the instructors sent home a report card celebrating the achievements of the child that day along with what the skills they are currently working on. It really gave our 6 year old sense of accomplishment to hear me read out all the different things he learnt to do in one day.
Reservations and Pricing:
Prior reservations are highly recommended on busy seasons like Christmas and New Years, President’s Day Weekend and Spring Break. This can be done by phone or online at on their website. The full day lessons are 6 hours including a couple of breaks and lunch. Equipment rentals, lift tickets, and helmets are also included. Pricing of Heavenly’s Ski School program expensive when compared to others in the Lake Tahoe area. But it is all-inclusive, with equipment that’s in great condition, and the best ski school facilities I’ve seen.
* Make sure to pack warm clothing, gloves and googles for your child. If not, you'll have to purchase them from the Heavenly store, and it won't be cheap.
* Children must be fully potty-trained to be in ski school. If your child isn't you can try the day care that offers a half and half program.
*This review is based on a complimentary full day lesson at the Heavenly Ski School. I received no other compensation and the owner did not express any requirements that I express a particular point of view.