Here is a true saying: If you choose not to find joy in the snow, you will have less joy in your life, but still the same amount of snow. With unpredictable Calgary weather, this feels very applicable, but thankfully, we have WinSport Canada Olympic Park in the city! WinSport offers a convenient, accessible place to play, learn, and stay active all year long. With winter coming, start considering how to find joy for your family! Take a look at the Ski and Snowboard Lessons offered at WinSport this year; the whole family will benefit from being outside and learning or refining their skills.
WinSport believes in building the skills to enjoy sport, from picking yourself up after you fall to gaining mastery in whatever you choose to pursue. Sport can help kids (and adults!) build confidence, learn perseverance, and develop amazing friendships with like-minded people. All this is still true, even as the WinSport Snow School has been tweaked a little to accommodate for COVID-19.
Private/Small Group Lessons
New for the winter of 2020-21 is the option to build and customize a private or family ski or snowboard lesson. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a small group of friends together to learn something new or polish skills, allow a child to have a special focus and one-on-one instruction for a day, or get the family out for an active, engaging family fun day. These lessons are for 1 to 6 people, and all you have to do is choose your day and time and what you’re hoping to learn. You can book multiple lessons and skills will develop faster with private or small group lessons!
As WinSport is unable to offer group preschool lessons at this time, there is also an option to book private lessons for ages 3 – 5 years (ski) or ages 4 – 6 years (snowboard). A parent or guardian with the appropriate equipment and an intermediate level of proficiency must attend. There is no charge for the parent and one parent is needed for every 2 children, with 4 children being the largest group size.
Are your kids absolutely brand new to skiing? Maybe you’re not even sure they would take to skiing and you don’t want to invest in all the equipment until you’re sure. The Discover Lessons are designed to give kids a taste of what skiing can be (fun!) and it’s easy for parents, too. Ages 6 years and up can try out this exciting outdoor sport with a 90-minute introductory lesson that will build confidence in a safe and fun environment. Rental equipment and a lift ticket are included in the cost of the lesson and no prior experience is necessary. The first instructor will start at the very beginning, teaching kids how to use their equipment and how to balance. Then kids can progress through the lesson with other instructors as they master the beginning skills.
Kids ages 6 – 13 years (ski) and 7 – 13 years (snowboard) can join youth lessons to help them gain confidence and improve their technique. These lessons help kids develop their skills in a fun and relaxed way, with skiing and snowboarding games and tactics. Group sizes are small this year, with a 1:6 ratio for kids. Discounted program rentals can be added, as well, and all Snow School participants will receive a 4-hour lift ticket with their program.
We can’t stop the snow from coming, but we sure can enjoy it this winter! Team up with WinSport Canada Olympic Park to discover the benefits of being fun and active outside. It’s the perfect year for families to play together and find their joy. Registration is now open, but spots are limited, so don’t delay.