Sky Tavern Jr. Ski Program

America's Oldest and Largest Non-Profit 501(c)(3) Ski and Snowboard Program!
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Sky Tavern is a nonprofit regional center providing exceptional summer and winter outdoor sports training, recreation, competitions and events, accessible to all.

Sky Tavern since 1948


Become a certified ski or snowboard instructor.

Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
Dali Lama XIV

Skiing may not be a path to immortality, but exposing it to kids so they have something for their lifetime, might just be. And being a great teacher and an amazing skier is not something to pass on. You can become both at Sky Tavern through the PSIA and AASi programs for instructors. PSIA is the Professional Ski Instructors of America. Likewise AASi is the American Association of Snowboard Instructors. Both are professional accrediting organizations for snow sport instruction. At Sky Tavern an instructor can train for and be tested for certification.  This is a chance to give back to kids at a very high level what they do for you. Make you smile!

A minimum single season process, it involves classroom studies, on snow clinics and teaching students. At the end of the season each candidate is tested for abilities from communication to skiing or riding. Passing puts you is a class of skiers and riders that truly do change the world. Go for it!

Classes start right after Thanksgiving with nose to text book and on snow as soon as possible. Taught by Sky Tavern’s own Trainer, Frank Deras. He personifies passion for the sport and Sky Tavern.

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Amid the $400 dollar streamlined skintight racing suits from Squaw Valley and the large teams of athletes from Diamond Peak, Alpine and Northstar with colorful bibs stood three Sky Tavern Racers in their plain grey bibs and "hand me down" ski cloths, amazed by all the hoopla and color and race fans. The occasion was the first race in the Tahoe Race Series conducted at Heavenly Valley in mid-January. There were a lot of furs in the bleachers, guys on their Blue Tooths making deals and excited kids everywhere. Most of the teams had a handful of coaches in matching Northface outfits with radios and lots of training hours behind them. But we had our own secret weapon. We had Doc.

Doc is the Sky Tavern Race Coach who is an ex-leatherneck as big as a moose with a heart to match and the demeanor of a kitten. To watch Doc work with these little racers was to watch a professional in action. With equal parts, motivation, support and correction, Doc had the three very nervous first time racers, Noah, Lindsey and Naia believing they would not only do very well, but reminded them at every juncture. "Its just about having fun out here so go out and have some!" Watching Doc is like observing any professional who is dedicated to his job, as he gets down on one knee so that he can be eye to eye  with his team members after the race he says, "Well, was it fun?" and everyone smiles and nods their heads. Oh yeah, it was fun alright, because Doc made it so. The incredible thing about this program is that any child in Reno or Sparks could come up to Sky Tavern and be part of a race team experiencing the many resorts of the Tahoe basin and getting an inspiring experience with a great supportive coach. Thats right, you don't need to drive a Porche to race at Sky Tavern, you just have to have a dream and Doc will be there to support it.

If you are looking to involve your child in a low-stress ski race environment where he or she will be supported and appreciated for whatever they bring to the team, then Doc and the Sky Tavern Race Team is the place for you!

-Dr. Mike Selby

U.S.A. ski and snowboard association