Cub Club: Child Lessons Ages 4-12

Cub Club is Bear Valley’s comprehensive child lesson center and is the perfect place to introduce and excite your 4 to 12 year-old to the thrills of skiing and snowboarding.  Small lesson groups are divided based on age and ability (beginning – intermediate), then paired with an enthusiastic instructor to embark on a snowy adventure.

Cub Club is open 7 days a week and offers two lesson types, Full & Late Day.  Lesson packages include equipment rental, lift ticket, and lessons.  Cub Club has its own carpet lift to provide a playful and uncrowded area only for children’s lessons.  Snacks and lunch are provided for all Cub Club lessons and vegetarian and peanut allergy options are available.

Cub Club Lessons

This fun and comprehensive program is a big day on the snow. Includes 4 hours of on-the-snow instruction and lunch. Instructors take advantage of this longer format to play, teach, eat, and repeat.

AVAILABLE WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS ONLY!

Full-Day Lesson Package

Includes lesson, lift ticket, equipment rental, and lunch. 
If you need to rent gear, check in is from 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
If you have your own gear, check in is from 9:30 AM
Pick Up Times - 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

2019/20 PRICE:
Weekend/Holidays: $185

Online Purchase for 2019/20 Winter Season COMING SOON!

Full-Day Lesson Only

Includes lesson and lunch only - Students have their own lift ticket and equipment.
If you need to rent gear, check in is from 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
If you have your own gear, check in is from 9:30 AM
Pick Up Times - 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

2019/20 PRICE:
Weekend/Holidays: $160

Purchase Lessons

Online sales need to be completed 2 days before lesson date. Within 48 hours please contact our sales office directly: seasonpass@bearvalley.com or (209) 753-2301 ext. 777. Also if you find a Full Day program unavailable, consider a Late Day program as an alternative.

This program starts a bit later and includes 2.5 hours of on-the-snow instruction and lunch. These shorter lessons are often more convenient for your schedule and better match your child's energy level and learning style. 

AVAILABLE DAILY

Late Day Lesson Package

Includes lesson, lift ticket, equipment rental, and lunch.
If you need to rent gear, check in is from 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
If you have your own gear, check starts at 10:30 AM
Pick Up Times - 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

2019/20 PRICE:
Mid-Week: $140
Weekend/Holidays: $165

Purchase Lessons

Late Day Lesson Only

Includes lesson and afternoon snack - Student has their own lift ticket and equipment.
If you need to rent gear, check in is from 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
If you have your own gear, check in is from 10:30 AM
Pick Up Times - 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM

2019/20 PRICE:
Mid-Week: $120
Weekend/Holidays: $140

Online Purchase for 2019/20 Winter Season COMING SOON!

Online sales need to be completed 2 days before lesson date. Within 48 hours please contact our sales office directly: seasonpass@bearvalley.com or (209) 753-2301 ext. 777. Also if you find a Late Day program unavailable, consider a Full Day program as an alternative.

NEW this season are group youth lessons (1 - 2:45 PM), 7 days a week. Groups are divided to learn new skills and reinforce good habits with a smile. 

Lesson Only  - Does not include Lift ticket and/or equipment

Purchase Lessons

or call (209) 753-2301 ext. 777

Youth Afternoon Lesson

Check in is at 12:45 PM
Pick Up Time - 2:45 PM

2019/20 Price:
Mid-Week - $65
Weekend/Holiday - $79

Youth Afternoon Lesson Package

Includes lesson, lift ticket, equipment rental. 

Check in is at 12:45 PM
Pick Up Time - 2:45 PM

2019/20 Price:
Mid-Week - $95
Weekend/Holiday - $109

 Online Lesson Purchase for 2019/20 Winter Season COMING SOON!

Additional Cub Club Info

When possible, book ahead as Cub Club often fills up on weekends and holidays.  Online reservations and savings are available 48+ hours before a lesson starting date. 

Book Cub Club Lessons Online and Save. Online Purchase for 2019/20 Winter Season COMING SOON!

Within 48 hours a sales representative can assist with reservations.  Walk-in reservations are available on a first come, first serve basis.

reservations@bearvalley.com 209-753-2301 x777

 

Which lesson to choose?

There are four lesson options for children at Bear Valley.  Full and Late Day programs are offered through Cub Club, while Private and Youth Afternoon lessons use the regular rental department as needed and meet their instructors outside in the lesson meeting area.

Full Day lessons are offered on weekends and holidays.  Check-in for "packages" (lesson that include rental & lift ticket) is 9-9:30 AM, and 9:30 AM if you child already has their gear and lift ticket.  Pick-up time is between 2:45-3 PM.  In between your child will be given an initial skills assessment, placed in a group, head out out to the snow for warm up exercises and skills development appropriate for the class, receive instruction, and have lunch before heading back out on the snow for more afternoon instruction and fun.  Most kids are pretty tired by the time pick-up times arrive.

Keep in mind your child’s stamina for physical activities and ability to be in a new environment for the day. For some 4 and 5 year olds, our Full Day Lesson can be challenging physically and emotionally. Please consider signing up for our Late Day or Youth Afternoon lessons for a more relaxed pace and time commitment.

Late Day lessons are available 7 days a week with a check-in time is 10-10:30 AM for packages, and 10:30 AM if you child already has gear & lift ticket.  Pick-up time is between 2:15-2:30 PM.  Two lesson periods are offered (morning and afternoon) with lunch in between. 

During busy periods we cannot provide equipment rentals before Late Day lesson participants.  If this is important please consider a Private or Youth Afternoon Lesson which utilizes the regular rental department.

 

Ability Levels

Cub Club offers beginning through intermediate group lessons:

  • Beginner - First time participating in the sport (skiing or snowboarding).  Restarting with the basics either as a refresher or after an absence from the activity.
  • Novice - Child has the basics speed control, and simple changes of direction (aka - turning) while smiling on a beginner slope.  Capable of loading and unloading a carpet lift.  May or may not have ridden a chairlift.
  • Intermediate - Ability to load and unload a chairlift on beginner slopes.  Comfortable controlling speed and making turns on beginner slopes with a smile.  For skiers - the wedge (aka snowplow) is likely still present, but the wedge is starting to get smaller with the possibility of parallel skis while traversing.
  • Advanced skiers and snowboarders are able to join an intermediate group, but the focus will be on building and refining intermediate skills .  We recommend Private Lessons for advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Staff and instructors will evaluate skills before and during a lesson.  Class adjustments may be made during the lesson, but more commonly this happens at lunch.  We recommended that parents be conservative when assessing a child's ability level at time of registration; it is easier for us to move a child up in ability level, than down during a lesson.  A child's skill level can change with the snow conditions. 

Cub Club Lunch

We strive to provide good food that children will eat and get recharged for their afternoon lessons.  Example menu items include pasta, pizza, corn dogs, macaroni and cheese and served with fruits, vegetables and snacks such as carrots, apples, raisins, yogurt, pretzels and crackers. 

Cub Club can only accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegetarian and peanut allergies.   If you child needs other types of food, please plan to pack a lunch and provide to Cub Club Assistants at time of check-in.

 

Children's Chairlift Riding Code of Conduct 

A children's chairlift code of conduct helps all of us educate our young skiers and riders about the importance of following chairlift best practices. Please take an active role in educating your child on the following guidelines:

  • Behave and be respectful of your team mates and others when you are in line, loading the chair, riding the chair, and unloading the chair. 
  • When you are loading the chair, move promptly from the WAIT HERE board to the LOAD HERE board. 
  • At the LOAD HERE board:
    • Hold your poles in your inside hand 
    • Look back and to the outside
    • Grab outside of chair as it approaches 
    • SIT BACK, HOLD ON, LOOK FORWARD, AND DON'T FOOL AROUND. 
  • While you are riding the chair, DO NOT play with skis or boards and DO NOT play with the restraining bar. 
  • If the lift stops, DO NOT turn around or play around on the chair. 
  • After you unload the chair, 
  • Move away from the unloading ramp 
  • Stay out of the way of others 
  • Wait for your coach or instructor 

Children that violate this Code of Conduct will be appropriately reprimanded up to and including termination from our program.

The following websites provide helpful information for preparing your children to ride chairlifts safely: NSAA, Lids on Kids, and Freestyle Terrain. 

Please be advised that your child may be riding lifts alone, with other children, or with adults while enrolled in a  lesson. Please advise the Cub Club front desk if you do not wish for your child to ride a chair lift.

Late Pick-Up Fees

Although we love kids, we need to enforce a late pick fee to keep our operations and staff on schedule.  This fee is $20 per each 15 minutes a parent or guardian is late to pickup their child. 

Please note pickup times:

Late Day: 2:15PM - 2:30PM

Full Day: 2:45PM - 3PM

Heading to the mountains with the family can be both a wonderful experience and  organizational challenge. Our goal is to ensure you have a great day out on the slopes and would like to offer some tips to help ensure your day goes smoothly.

Arrive early!

Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes (1 hours on weekends/holidays) before your planned check-in time. Late arrivals may forfeit their reservation or be placed in a later class.

Dress your child in layers

If the weather changes, they will be able to add or remove clothes as the weather conditions may change.

Make sure your child has eye protection

Sunglasses or goggles for sunny days and goggles for cloudy/snowy days work best.

Helmets

Helmets are included with all Cub Club lesson packages (rental, lift ticket and lesson) and are available for rental separately as well.

Make sure your child has had a good night’s rest and breakfast with plenty of water

Your child will be placed in a group based on their ability and paired with kids of like ages. Once on the hill, classes often shift to accommodate different ability levels.

Miscellaneous:

  • Parents who wish to watch children in class should watch from a distance to help keep the child's attention on the instructor.  We recommend staying out of sight so you child can focus on the class.
  • Be supportive and encouraging with your child no matter how they do in class. 
  • Remember, children all learn at a different rates and weather conditions play a big part. 
  • Please note that these programs are on-snow physically demanding programs and not day care. Participants will be on the snow in active outdoor activities.

Within 48 hours of the lesson your reservation is non-refundable. Prior to 48 hours we will refund your reservation less a $25.00 processing fee per person, per day.

Cub Club instructors are professionally trained and encourage children to ski and snowboard in a controlled manner with confidence and a smile.  Cub Club lessons are purposefully kept small to enable a positive learning environment for you child.  A typical student to instructor ratio for a 4-7 year olds class is 4:1, and 6:1 for 8-12 year olds class.  Our goal is to instill a passion for sport sports and create lifelong skiers and snowboarders.

Advanced reservations are highly recommended as classes do sell out.  Pre-paid Cub Club lesson reservations report straight to the Cub Club upon arrival.  Walk-in space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Peak Pricing is every Saturday and Sunday and these following Holiday Dates:

December 21st – January 5th & January 18th-20th plus February 15th-24

Online sales need to be completed 2 days before lesson date. Within 48 hours please contact our sales office directly: seasonpass@bearvalley.com or (209) 753-2301 ext. 777

Disclaimer: It is recommended that children are comfortable with group environments and being away from their parents. Children must be able to use the washrooms alone. Instructors will help children with outer layers (jacket, zippers etc.) but any base layers are the responsibility of the student  Click here for “first timer tips”

 

  209-753-2301 ext. 777