It works. Everyone is here for the entire winter together making sure skills are learned and fun is had. There is nowhere else in the country where 500 adults create a ski area to teach 2000 kids a sport they will know for the rest of their lives. Sky Tavern is powered by passion and giggles.
All programs take place on weekends. You pick a primary day, Sat or Sun, but can come up on the other day depending on your availability. Coming up both days is how kids get good fast. Each day starts at 9 with a mandatory 2-hour lesson, followed by free-skiing the rest of the day. Kids join one of two ways, with an adult or as a bus kid. Those joining with an adult (parent, grandparent, neighbor) are listed as Child of a Member. They ride up with that adult. Bus kids are on the bus and must be at least 9 years old. Please no driving and dropping kids. We have to keep track of all 2000 of them. This is a big rule.
Everyone at Sky Tavern is some type of Member. Wondering random people get asked to leave. Everyone has a badge all the time and every adult have a role in making this work. There are provisions for visitors, like grandparents that need to see Stella carve gates.
SkyKids (Ages 4-5, with participating parents)
SkyKids is our program for the youngest adventurers. These children must be accompanied by parents, and at least one parent of participating children must register as a SkyKid parent. It works. By the end of the season SkyKids are skiing from the top. Did we mention that Reno's only skiing Olympic Gold Medal winner, David Wise, got his start as a SkyKid? Very limited space.
Sky Tavern Kids Ski or Ride Pass or child of a member
The bulk of kids that join Ski Sky Tavern are children of members. These children must have at least one adult (parent, grandparent, neighbor) who participates in the program, and volunteers at Sky Tavern 2-3 hours every weekend, for the 8 weeks. Mandatory lessons in the morning and free skiing time all afternoon.
Bus Student (Ages 9+)
Children who participate without their parents need to ride the bus up. They get the same two-hour instruction in a class and will then have the rest of the day to ski or ride. Their ski day ends at approximately 2:30pm and are returned to the pick-up location by 4pm. Extra fees apply each week to pay for the bus ticket. Sky Tavern runs the bus program at what it costs or less because of donations.
Sky Tavern Adaptive
Sky Tavern also offers an adaptive ski school for children with physical and intellectual disabilities. Specially trained staff is available to help these children experience the thrill of successful participation in winter sports. These kids are an inspiration to everyone on the mountain. There is no child that cannot learn the feeling of freedom that skiing brings. The instructors have the training and the dedication to take on any child. Their motto is that the best sight in the world is an empty wheelchair at the base of the snow, because there is a kid out there somewhere experiencing it all. Snow is the great equalizer. We can do it! Let us give your child a huge win! Please contact the office for more.
Child/Student Advanced Programs
Participation in all Advanced Programs is subject to approval of the Director of Snowsports/Race Team Coach. Programs include, JR Instructors, Ski Patrol, Race Team and Freestyle Team.
Junior Ski and Snowboard Instructor (Age 12-17)
Children must be at least a Level 6 Skier, or Snowboarder. Junior Instructors must attend pre-season Orientation and clinics, have the approval of the Junior Instructor Director and will be fully trained before being allowed to instruct. They start by shadowing other instructors before given a class of their own. This is one of the best programs at Sky Tavern. Kids learn well from kids and the JR Instructors grow so much by having this responsibility. More than a few have gone on the become teachers including the son of the director.
Sky Tavern Race Team
As a member of the Tahoe League Race Series and USSA Far West, kids learn to carve gates. Our group has produced some amazing champions with more on the way. Travel to other resorts will be necessary to compete. The Race Team trains both Saturday and Sunday. They start dryland training together in November.
- Racers must be skiing at a beginning parallel turn minimum to try out.
- Racers must be willing to participate in a full day of race training. Most train both Saturday and Sunday. While taking a fair amount of commitment from both kids and parents, racing helps shape the character and skills of amazing young adults. Hiking the hill can be a life lesson as can winning and losing. Sky Tavern's coaching staff is second to none and the general support the team gets is very high. The team starts activities in early fall but it is possible to join any time
One factor in the US?s success in ski racing has to do with taking an individual sport and treating it like a team sport. That starts here. For more about USSA competitions and what it can do for your child click here.
Buying the adult ski/board pass allows parents to spend time on the slopes with their children. Adults also can take lessons from our Snowsports School each morning or afternoon when not helping. There are some of the most patient instructors teaching Mom and Dad to keep up with the kids.? Stop panicking!
Parent Instructors are always needed to teach the children. Parent skiers/riders are taught how to teach children to ski and ride by our PSIA/AASI certified training staff.? Not only is this a rewarding opportunity, but our instructors actually improve their own skills very quickly. And Sky Tavern offers classes to attain PSIA/AASI certification right at Sky Tavern. We take education of the instructors seriously but it is so much fun to teach!