Child/Student Beginner Programs

All beginner programs take place once every weekend, on Sat or Sun, depending on your availability. Each day on the slopes include a 2 hour lesson in the morning, followed free-skiing the rest of the day.

Sky Kids (Ages 3-6, with participating parents)

Sky Kids 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. Did we mention that Reno's only skiing Olympic Gold Medal winner, David Wise, got his start as a SkyKid?

Child of Member (Ages 6+, with participating parents)      

The bulk of kids that join Ski Sky Tavern are children of members. These children must have at least one parent who participates in the program, and volunteers at Sky Tavern 2-3 hours every weekend, for the 8 weeks.

Bus Student (Ages 9+)

Children who participate without their parents will 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.

Sky Tavern Adaptive

Sky Tavern also offers an adaptive ski school for children with physical and mental 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.


Child/Student Advanced Programs

Participation in all Advanced Programs is subject to approval of the Director of Snowsports/Race Team Coach.

Junior Ski and Snowboard Instructor (Age 14-17)

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.

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 is available to students on both Saturday and Sunday under the following guidelines:

  • Students must be at least Level 6 ability and must be able to demonstrate that ability to their daily coach
  • Students must be willing to participate in a full day of race training. Most train both Saturday and Sunday
  • Parent approval must be given to participate
  • All Race Team students must abide by Sky Tavern Policies and Procedures
For more about USSA competitions and what it can do for your child click here. 


Adult Program

The adult program allows parents to spend time on the slopes with their children. Adults also have the opportunity to take lessons from our snowsports school each afternoon if they wish.

Since Sky Tavern is an all-member run organization, parental involvement is a necessity.  Parents are asked to work a two to three hour shift weekend on their assigned day, and then have the rest of the day to ski or ride.  Positions include:  kitchen, parking, lift checkers, bus supervisors, etc.

Parent Instructors to teach the children are always needed. 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.