Mountain Masters

Mountain Masters

Our Mountain Masters seasonal program is designed to introduce and develop the skills necessary for a lifetime of SnowSports fun. This program develops all-mountain skills in a non-competitive environment focusing on SAFETY, FUN and LEARNING while building friendships and confidence for lifelong fun on the slopes. Skiers are grouped according to age and ability and are coached by PSIA/AASI trained and qualified instructors. (Participants choose Friday or Sunday program).

Why Choose Mountain Masters?

Mountain Masters is an excellent feeder program to our seasonal race program; Northern Michigan Ski Academy (NMSA).  The NMSA program has a competitive racing component as the foundation for their on-snow experience.  Mountain Masters is the perfect program to introduce your child to snow sports as they will be taught by PSIA/AASI trained instructors in small group classes.  The hallmark for our instructional programs is “Safety, Fun, and Learning” and your child will learn proper fundamentals while meeting new friends and exploring the iconic terrain of The Highlands.  We look forward to having your child participate in our program this winter season!

Program Overview – Skill Level

Level 1 - First time on skis.

Level 2 - Stops and controls speed with a wedge. Attempts to make turns. Rides Magic Carpet and Wonder Carpet alone.

Level 3 - Links controlled wedge turns in both directions. Rides Camelot chairlift safely. Stands up unassisted after falling and follows directions.

Level 4 - Controls speed and direction through linking wedge turns and alternating radius of turns. Can match skis at the end of turn and traverse.

Level 5 - Skis on all green runs in control, matches skis in the turn, and adjusts readily to bumps and jumps. Ready for poles.

Level 6 - Skis all blue trails in control. Makes basic parallel turns on greens and some blues and demonstrates speed control by steering skis at the end of turn. Can sideslip and hockey stop.

Level 7 - Skis basic parallel turns, alternates turn radius, and pole touches comfortably. Attempts to ski moguls and ungroomed terrain.

Level 8 - Makes consistent and carved parallel turns with pole touch, demonstrating ability in edging and pressure control. Skis groomed advanced terrain and race courses with comfort and ease.

Level 9 - Makes dynamic short, medium, and long radius parallel turns with a strong pole touch or plant on all terrain and snow conditions. Exemplifies proficiency on the steeps, in the race course, through moguls, and during airtime.

Registration & Training Details

  • Open to skiers ages 5 – 14.  No snowboarding.
  • Children in the program must be 5 years old before the first day of the program.
  • A season pass or lift ticket is required to participate. (not included with registration)
  • Cost: $199 (includes 16 hours of instruction)
  • Schedule: 6:30 - 8:30 PM on Friday 

Mountain Masters Friday Training

*Meet at base of Renate’s Express in front of Day Lodge

  • Friday, 1/6 - 6:30-8:30 pm, GS
  • Friday, 1/13 - 6:30-8:30 pm, GS
  • Friday, 1/20 - 6:30-8:30 pm, GS
  • Friday, 1/27 - 6:30-8:30 pm, GS
  • Friday, 2/3 - 6:30-8:30 pm, SL
  • Friday, 2/10 - 6:30-8:30 pm, GS
  • Friday, 2/17 - Off for rest week/ President’s Weekend
  • Friday, 2/24 - 6:30-8:30 pm, GS
  • Friday, 3/3 - 6:30-8:30 pm, GS
Questions? Contact the SnowSports Academy