Ski & Snowboard Ages 12-15

Mountain Leadership Program

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Mountain Leadership Program

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Participants may select up to 12 days from a calendar of available key weekend and holiday dates. Each day includes optional early morning skiing/riding followed by a morning spent skiing/riding with and shadowing a professional instructor and their youth class. After lunch with us they would then head out with their coach in the afternoon for training and skill development. 

As well as training on high level skiing/riding skills in all conditions and environments, our curriculum will cover topics like backcountry skills and awareness, leadership skills, and equipment care. Participants will also get to ‘go behind the scenes’ and spend time learning about resort operations. Our program over the years as spent time shadowing patrollers and the avalanche dog handlers, enjoying a tour of the lift engine rooms or a snow-cat, assisting the terrain park crew or receiving some basic instructor training.

All participants are required to bring ski/snowboard equipment and have a valid lift ticket or Season Pass each day. An exclusive Stevens Pass only Season Pass (Seasonal Lift Pass) is available to purchase with the program.

To request a calendar of applicable dates or for more information please email

Seasonal Programs Cancellation Policy

  • Dates will be rescheduled only in the event of a full mountain or highway closure.
  • Partial refunds will not be offered for days missed.
  • Seasonal Lesson reservations may be cancelled and reimbursed in full up to one month prior to the start of the program
  • After this date, Seasonal Lesson Programs and add-ons are non-refundable and non-transferable.


Seasonal programs are great ways to enjoy the benefits of committing to a set schedule; consistency and affordability. A basic breakdown of our programs are as follows:

Base Camp:

For ages 5-15 and first timers through those exploring skiing and riding on intermediate blue terrain. Base Camp covers fundamental skills and works on developing the right skiing or snowboarding technique to lay the foundation for the future. Base Camp programs are 5 weeks in length and there are 5-hour, 4-hour and 2-hour options to suite a variety of schedules and budgets. Sessions are scheduled starting at 2pm through the core of the winter to take advantage of the quieter afternoon slopes. For those looking for morning programming, checkout the Spring Base Camp Session or our Daily Lessons below.

Friday Night Sessions:

For skiers and riders of all levels aged 5-18. This new program for 2019 takes advantage of our expansive nighttime terrain with up to 6 chairlifts running until 10pm, to offer expert coaching to all levels, under the lights, in the energizing nighttime environment. This is a great way for kids and youth more local to the mountain to avoid the crowds and benefit from the camaraderie of a team environment with consistent, expert coaching from first timers to freeride enthusiasts. 


Once your child is comfortable, confident and in control skiing or snowboarding on intermediate blue terrain they are ready for our Development Team. D-Team is all about challenging our emerging athletes to master new skills and teach them the tactics and tools to navigate the varied terrain that Stevens Pass has to offer in the most safe, fun and stylish way possible! D-Team is run as a 6-week program on Saturday or Sunday mornings from 9am - 2pm starting in January, with a break over the MLK holiday weekend.

Freeride Team:

For advanced skiers and riders only. Our Freeride Team offers the most advanced skiers and riders intensive, specialized training with support and coaching for those working towards local and national competitions. The program schedule coincides with the Western Washington USASA competition circuit which will offer local freestyle events for athletes to participate in. Freeride Team runs for 9 weeks with the option to sign up for Saturdays, Sundays or both days. Training is from 9am - 2pm beginning in December and running through February with a break for the MLK holiday weekend.

Daily 3-Packs:

Designed for flexibility for children aged 3-12 of all ability levels. Our 3-Packs of Ultimate lesson products offer your child a 4-hour lesson experience, including lunch, starting at 9am, any day of the season.Packages can include lift tickets and rental equipment and enjoy the full support and access to our Children's Ski and Snowboard School facility. If a set schedule is not your thing, or your child isn't ready for D-Team but you are keen to hit the winter morning slopes then this could be the best option for you.

Yes. All participants are required to show up each week with a valid lift ticket or a Season Pass. A a program participant, an exclusive, discounted Stevens Pass Season Pass (Seasonal Lift Pass) is available for purchase upon booking. This pass offers unlimited, unrestricted access to Stevens Pass only. If you wish to purchase a pass that provides additional benefits and access to other Vail Resorts please consider an EPIC Local or EPIC Season Pass.

For afternoon and evening program participants who do not want to commit to a Season Pass, a 5-Day Lift Ticket option is also available. This includes a ticket for each day of the lesson program and can be added post-purchase by calling the resort directly.

Children aged 6 and under are eligible for a free Stevens Pass only Season Pass by calling the resort or stopping by the Season Pass Office.

Participants will be supervised through meal breaks and parents are responsible for providing a meal for each participant. This can come in either the form of a sack lunch/meal contained within a waterproof, Ziploc bag or container that can be easily transported by our staff to the lunch/dinner location. Meals can also be added for an additional cost upon booking to alleviate the concern of packing food each week.

In order to maximize time on-snow we aim to minimize the duration of meal breaks, and so cannot accommodate students purchasing meals from one of our outlets during this time. Please refrain from sending your child with money to purchase food day of. The meal time and location will be determined and communicated by your coach at the meeting time of the first week of the program.

Please note that meal breaks are not included with the 2 hour Sunday Session 1 and Session 2 programs.

Rental equipment (which includes a helmet) is available to add-on at the time of booking for certain programs. This equipment can be picked up each day of the program from the Children's Ski and Snowboard School facility, and must be returned each day. If you are choosing to bring your own ski or snowboard equipment please remember to confirm fit and perform any necessary pre-season maintenance to set your child up for success.

All participants in Seasonal Lesson Programs must wear a helmet designed for skiing or snowboarding. Helmets are available for rent through our Children's Ski and Snowboard School for your convenience, and all rental packages associated with lessons include a helmet as part of the rental.

While helmets may reduce or mitigate the severity of some head injuries, their use does not guarantee safety and will not prevent certain injuries. The Resort reminds you that every winter sport participant shares responsibility for his or her safety and for that of others using the ski area facilities. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it. Become familiar with and observe "Your Responsibility Code" and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.