Alpine Ski School

Last updated by firstflight on Sunday, August 6th, 2017 9:47 pm

Alpine Ski School for Children

The Alpine Ski School for Children, also called our Flight Programs, is comprised of four levels of ski instruction for children.

  • Pre-Flight – A program designed for first-time skiers to provide individual instruction to very young children (ages 4-6). Goals: Children will advance to First Flight group lessons once they can ski independently down the hill by either making simple turns or controlling their speed in a wedge.
  • First Flight / Second Flight – This program is to provide group instruction to children who can turn or stop; or kids (ages 6 or older) with no skiing experience. Goals: Children will learn to ski Hill #1 comfortably using wedge turns to control speed and independent use of the towrope. Next children will continue to develop speed and turning control and be introduced to parallel turning technique on Hill #2. Children will ski a short, gated course and may also try small jumps. Children will be observed and divided into appropriate skill levels. Children may work at advancing through this program for one to three seasons depending on how quickly they progress.
  • X-Ploration Team – Blackhawk X-Ploration Team is geared for young skiers (age 8+) interested in developing their abilities in all the programs offered at Blackhawk. This program replaces Third Flight. Students will cross train in the areas of ski jumping, ski racing, freestyle skiing and cross country skiing. Students will be offered formal instruction in each discipline with the ultimate goal of preparing for a friendly X-Game style challenge at the conclusion. X-Ploration Team skiers MUST be graduates of the Second Flight program and MUST be 8+ years of age. Helmets and leather gloves or mittens are required. To best utilize modern teaching methods, “shaped” downhill skis are recommended. Ski poles are mandatory for the ski racing and freestyle portions of the instruction. Alpine skis will be used for ski jumping. Students can bring their own cross country ski equipment or use Blackhawk cross country ski equipment (no extra fee) on days when we will be working on that discipline.

Snowboard – This program is geared towards children ages 7 or older who have never snowboarded or have little experience on a snowboard. Instruction will focus on getting the students familiar with the different aspects of snowboarding starting from the very basics. Students in the program will progress from a very beginner snowboarder to having the ability to confidently carve turns on Hill #2.

Ski Lesson Availability – Group lessons include the Flight Programs for Alpine, and Snowboard. Lessons are available only to children in Unlimited Full Facility Memberships.

Private Alpine Ski Lessons Available

We are offering private ski/snowboard lessons again this winter. Cost is $40/hr for the 1st in the group and $20/hr for each additional group participant. For more info, contact Guy Perez at

For more information

The following information sheets are all updated for 2016-2017 and in pdf format

2017-18_First_Flight_ Program

2017-18_XPloration Program

2017-18_Snowboard Program

For more information about these programs, please contact via email:



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