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, then paired with an enthusiastic instructor to embark on a snowy adventure.

Cub Club is open 7 days a week and offers full-day and afternoon lessons. Lesson packages include equipment rental, lift ticket, and lesson.  Cub Club has its own carpet lift to provide a playful and uncrowded area devoted exclusively to 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, rehydrate, and repeat. The full-day lesson starts at 10:00 AM.

Full-Day Lesson Package

Includes lesson, lift ticket, equipment rental, and a to go lunch. *Parents need to pick up their children for lunch at 11:30 sharp. Cub Club lunch break is from 11:30 - 12:30* 
If you need to rent gear, check in (at Cub Club) is from 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM.  

If you have your own gear, check in (at Cub Club) is from 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM. 
Pick Up Times - 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM. 

2021/22 PRICE:

Mid-Week: $182

Weekend: $208

Holidays: $219

Full-Day Lesson Only

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

2021/22 PRICE:

Mid-Week: $154

Weekend: $179

Holidays: $190

Peak Pricing for the 2021/2022 season is every Saturday and Sunday, and the following holiday weeks: December 17th - January 2nd, January 17th, February 19th-27th

PM Child Lesson 

1:45 min group lesson for ages 4-12. The lesson starts at 1:00 PM. Please meet on the snow in front of Cub Club. This lesson is great for kids who might not have the stamina for the Full Day lesson, or for those that need to make some adjustments to their skiing or riding but also want to ski with family for part of the day. This lesson does not include lunch.

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

Check in: 12:45 PM

Start Time: 1:00 PM

Pick Up Time: 2:45 PM

2021/22 Price:
Mid-Week - $65

Weekend - $87

Holidays: $92

PM Child Lesson Package

1:45 min group lesson for ages 4-12. The lesson starts at 1:00 PM. Please meet on the snow in front of Cub Club. This lesson is great for kids who might not have the stamina for the Full Day lesson, or for those that need to make some adjustments to their skiing or riding ability but also want to ski with family for part of the day. This lesson does not include lunch.

Includes lesson, lift ticket, equipment rental. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes (1 hours on weekends/holidays) before your planned check-in time. Late arrivals may forfeit their reservation. *Rental gear for PM Child lessons needs to be picked up in the rental shop and not in Cub Club*

Check in: 12:45 PM

Lesson Starts: 1:00 PM

Pick Up Time: 2:45 PM

2021/22 Price:
Week - $105

Weekend - $120

Holiday - $131

Additional Cub Club Info

Which lesson to choose?

There are four lesson options for children at Bear Valley. Full and afternoon 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 7 days a week. Check-in for "packages" (a lesson that includes rental & lift ticket) is 9-9:30 AM, and 9:30 AM if your 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 to the snow for warm-up exercises and skills development appropriate for the class, receive instruction, and have a lunch break 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 Youth Afternoon lessons for a more relaxed pace and time commitment.

Youth Afternoon lessons are available 7 days a week with a check-in time of 12:45 at the GROUP lesson flag on the slope-side of the Lodge. This lesson runs for 1:45 minutes and can be purchased alone or as a package (with equipment rental and a ticket). If you need to rent equipment please arrive at least an hour before your lesson time in order to retrieve your equipment from the rental department and make it to your lesson on time.

Ability Levels

Cub Club offers beginning through intermediate group lessons:

Beginner – First or second time participating in the sport (skiing or snowboarding). Starting with the basics either as a refresher or after an absence from the activity. Beginners will learn to glide, stop, and change directions.

Novice - The student has been skiing/boarding before and is ready for the chair. Students will learn different turning styles while controlling speed on multiple terrain types and explore both green and blue terrain.

Staff and instructors will evaluate skills before and during a lesson. Class adjustments may be made during the lesson, but commonly this happens after lunch. We recommended that parents be conservative when assessing a child's ability level at the 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 snow conditions. 

Cub Club Lunch

We strive to provide good food that children will eat and get recharged for their afternoon lessons. A box lunch will be provided to the child when the parents pick them up for the break. 

Cub Club can only accommodate dietary restrictions such as vegetarian and peanut allergies. If your 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 teammates 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 an 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. *Please note that Bear Valley Resort does not rent snow clothing or goggles. If you do require additional snow clothing, please visit our on-site retail outlet Reba Sports.*

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.

Check the Weather and Road Conditions!

Now that you picked a date, make sure you check the weather and road conditions. Weather can change at a blink of an eye. One day you will be experiencing bluebird weather and next it’s snowing! Road conditions along Highway 4 should be monitored as well. CalTrans is great at keeping Highway 4 open during the snowy season but you should always be prepared and carry chains. For up-to-date weather and road conditions, check Mattly’s Weather Report and CalTrans.

Miscellaneous:

  • Parents who wish to watch children in class should watch from a distance from outside the fenced-in teaching area to help keep the child's attention on the instructor.  We recommend staying out of sight so your 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 different rates and weather conditions play a big part. 
  • Please note that these programs are physically demanding and are not a daycare.

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 your child. A typical student-to-instructor ratio for a 4 to 7-year-old class is 4:1, and 6:1 for 8 to 12-year-old class. Our goal is to instill a passion for sports and create lifelong skiers and snowboarders.

Book Lessons Now

Peak Pricing for the 2021/2022 season is every Saturday and Sunday, and the following holiday weeks:

December 17th – January 2nd, January 17th, February 19th-27th

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”