Ages 3 & 4 Group Lessons

2015-16 Lesson Pricing to be announced in September

Confidence building. Nurturing. Encouraging. Ridiculously fun! These are just some of the words that describe our Snowmass Bears and Buttermilk Pandas learn-to-ski programs for young children ages 3 and 4.

Offered at: Snowmass // Buttermilk

Why Should Your Child Take a Lesson?

  • With a special emphasis on play and safety, our Snowmass Bears and Buttermilk Panda programs help potty-trained 3 and 4 years olds learn to love skiing at an early age.
  • Our Pros create a fun-filled environment that will encourage your child, and give them confidence.
  • Our Pros are specially trained to work with children this young, and as a result, they know how to connect with 3- and 4-year-olds by using games and play to teach the basics of skiing and the importance of the Skier Responsibility Code.
  • Children who are ages 2 and a half to 4 who are not yet potty trained should enroll in our Cubs on Skis program.
  • Private lessons are also available: Jump start your child’s learning with one-on-one coaching. Reservations required 970-923-0563 for Snowmass or 970-920-0935 for Buttermilk. Cost: $150 for a one hour private lesson. Lesson, equipment and lift included.
  • Extended childcare is available from 8am to 4pm. Reservations must be made directly with the program at the desired mountain. Please call 970-923-0563 for Snowmass or 970-920-0935 for Buttermilk.



Geared for:

Children ages 3 and 4, of all levels of ability.


  • Full-day lesson: From 9:30am–3pm.
  • Morning half-day lessons: From 9:30am–12:30am.
  • Plan to arrive at your lesson meeting area at least 15 minutes before lesson start time and on your first day, please plan for time to fill out required paperwork.



  • Meeting Place: Ages 3 to 4 years old and potty trained, check in inside the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center (on level 2) for the Bears Program.


  • Meeting Place: Ages 3-4 year old and potty trained check in at the Hideout for the Panda Program.

What’s Included

  • Childcare
  • Lesson
  • Lift
  • Equipment (including required helmet)
  • Lunch and snacks. 
  • Note: Equipment is available at the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center in Snowmass Base Village or at the Hideout located at the base of Buttermilk.

What to Bring

  • Please label all items. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Make sure your child stays hydrated before the lesson so they can handle the elevation and exercise.
  • Leave the cotton clothing at home. Dress them in moisture-wicking layers, even in the cold.
  • Clothes should include: waterproof coat, snow pants, boots, hat, and mittens, goggles or sunglasses.
  • Change of clothes (extra underwear, pull-ups, or diapers).
  • Bring sunscreen and lip protection.

Tips for Parents

Please note that young children occasionally experience separation problems. Here are some suggestions to help your child adjust to the experience.

  • Avoid letting this be your child’s first experience away from you. It is helpful if the child has learned to trust other adults (babysitters or caregivers).
  • Talk to your child about how much fun he or she will have in the program before your arrival. Tell the child where you will be and when you will return.
  • If possible, come for a short visit the day before your reservation.
  • Our goal is for your child to have a wonderful experience. If your child has a difficult time adjusting, we will contact you so that together we can decide what is best for your child.

More Parent Info & Special Considerations

  • Helmets are required for children ages 17 and under participating in Ski & Snowboard Schools programs.
  • If possible, get your lift tickets and rentals the day before. It is recommended to allow for 1 hour to properly fit your child with rental equipment.
  • Transportation: Free transportation is available on Max the Moose Express, a shuttle from Aspen to Buttermilk reserved for kids! Max the Moose leaves from the gondola building in Aspen at 8:45am and returns before 4pm. Children riding Max the Moose Express must be at least 5 years old.
  • Health: Your child’s health is important to us. Please notify us of any health problems or medication requirements. We reserve the right to refuse any child due to illness to ensure the health of the other children.
  • Medication: If medication is to be administered, parents must sign a medical release instructing us how and when the medication is got be given to the child. All medication must be in the original container with the written instructions from the physician clearly marked. We are not allowed to dispense over the counter medicine without a written physician order.

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