This new, innovative facility offers the perfect introduction to the sport of skiing for kids ages 2 1/2 to 4 with:
- A gentle training slope for first turns, complete with magic carpet lift
- Four interactive, indoor learning rooms to foster a child’s imagination and allow for play-based learning during breaks from skiing
- Complete lunch facilities.
Note: The Hideout Children’s Center is reserved exclusively for Ski & Snowboard School programs and does not offer an “only childcare” option.
At The Hideout You Will Find
Visual Tour Of The Hideout
The Hideout Entrance
The Hideout is located at the base of Buttermilk with easy drop off and pick up access for parents, with designated parking spaces directly in front. The bus drop-off is located here as well.
Climbing Room & Lookout
These rooms offer different climbing challenges (supervision required) and gives young skiers a chance to look out on the backyard and watch what they will be doing for their first lesson.
Registration at The Hideout is for kids 6 and under for their Buttermilk lessons. Parents fill out rental/registration forms or purchase lessons or lift tickets (if they haven’t already). Beyond registration is "kids only."
Boot & Helmet Fitting
After a parent or guardian has gone through the registration process (only necessary on day 1) the child will be fitted for boots, helmet and skis. Children's gear is labeled so they can have it each day of their lesson.
Play & Lunch Rooms
In the multi-purpose play and lunch rooms, our moveable walls allow us to customize spaces for all age groups. Healthy choices for lunch and snacks are provided by our staff with our full kitchen.
Everything was designed for kids 6 and under: fun games hidden in the walls, sinks and toilets sized for little people, and more. Our goal is to make sure kids feel welcome and safe and that they are having fun.
A special room just for kids who need some TLC … or a bit of supervised quiet time. This cozy room is complete with comfy chairs, storybooks, stuffed animals, a fish tank and warm lighting.
Cubs on Skis Program
Children ages 2 ½ to 3 and children who are not yet potty-trained will join the Cubs on Skis program. Children spend time on skis in our backyard ski area and have easy access to The Hideout’s inside and outside play areas.
The Backyard Ski Hill at The Hideout
Directly outside the back of the Hideout is our private learning ski hill for ages 6 and under. Complete with a surface lift and lots of colorful tunnels and obstacles that are all designed to encourage kids to have fun while learning new skills.
Panda Peak Learning Area & Teepee
For kids who are ready to take the next step with their new skiing skills, we transport them to the Panda Peak Learning Area (kids ages 6 and under). Kids ride the “skitch” or jump in the trailer pulled by our snowmobile to this private hill.
Taking the Next Step
Once kids are turning and stopping with confidence, our Pros will teach them all about riding the chairlift and head up to the top of Buttermilk. We teach all ability levels and have lessons for ages 3 to 6 that ski the entire mountain.