Our acclaimed Friday Program is open to all area children in grades 1-6 who want to be outdoors, have fun, make new friends and learn to ski or improve their skiing!
We meet at Suicide 6 Ski Area for eight weeks beginning Friday, January 5, 2018. Starting at the beginner level, instruction is divided into skill groups. Each week children are progressively taught new skills and encouraged to develop personal goals. The Friday Program is staffed by adult volunteer instructors, trained in regular clinics, who will emphasize both safety and fun while teaching your child in a friendly, non-competitive environment.
We offer instruction in alpine skiing and snowboarding. However, due to limited volunteer snowboard instructors, the beginner level snowboard program is limited to the first 25 children (age 9 and up) who register. All snowboarders must be 9 and up as of December 31, 2017.
Program Overview and Equipment Requirements
- Where: Suicide Six Ski Area
- When: 2:00 – 4:00 PM Fridays 1/5, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 3/2
- Fee: $85 until 12/01/17 OR $95 after 12/01/2017 - There is no program Feb. 23 because of President’s vacation week.
On-line registration is open here. Registration closes December 31, 2017. It is important that you register your child online and pay using a credit card. However, if you must register via hard copy registration form, you may request that form from Chic MacMaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Refund Policy: There are no refunds except in cases of injury.
Most participating schools release children early with transportation to Suicide Six Ski Area. Woodstock and Pomfret Schools do not provide return transportation. SKi Runners will provide transportation from WES for $25. Please check with your school’s coordinator for specific transportation arrangements.
Woodstock Ski Runners is not responsible for any participating children after 4:00 PM.
Program cancellations because of snow and/or unsafe road conditions are based on the Woodstock Elementary School schedule. Please listen to the local radio stations for school cancellations. Occasionally, the Friday program will be cancelled due to lack of snow or heavy rain which creates unsafe ski conditions. In this case, schools and volunteers will be notified. You can call the WSR office at 457-2971 or check our website www.skirunners.org for updated information. Please note that we generally do not cancel due to cold weather, so please dress your children appropriately. In the event of cancellations, there will be no make up days.
Ski helmets that fit properly are required. If you are unsure whether your child’s helmet fits properly please consult a local ski shop or the Ski Shop at Suicide Six.
Safe, properly sized equipment in good condition is essential to your child’s safety and success in the program. Alpine equipment safety requirements include:
- Ski helmet
- Snowboards must have a leash
- Skis & bindings checked and tested by a certified ski shop for safety before program starts
Please label all equipment with your child’s name. Much of the rental equipment from the local ski shops looks similar. Without your child’s name she/he will not be able to pick out their skis from the others!!
WSR volunteers and staff are not permitted to work on any equipment.
Children without safe, properly sized equipment will not be allowed to participate due to safety regulations. Equipment can be purchased or rented for the season at a variety of different locations. Please take time to review the following options that may fit your family’s needs. Please don’t wait until the last minute to get your child’s equipment!
Area ski shops: Seasonal rentals and junior packages are available at the following shops: Henderson’s, Quechee, VT (802) 295-1973, Omer and Bob’s, Lebanon, NH (603) 448-3522.
Ski & Snowboard Rentals: A limited number of seasonal rentals are available at the Suicide Six Ski Shop (802) 457-6661, so make sure to call early! Arrangements for rentals must be completed by Monday, December 19, 2017.
Scholarships: There are a limited number of equipment scholarships available. A link to the form is provided below.
Skiers Code of Conduct
Please carefully review these important rules with your children:
- Participants must ski with their designated group and remain with an instructor at all times. Freeskiing on your own is not permitted and may be cause for dismissal from the program.
- Parents and relatives are not permitted to ski with their child’s group unless they have properly registered through Woodstock Ski Runners as an official instructor.
- Dangerous skiing, use of profanities, disrespectful behavior toward other skiers, instructors or WSR and Suicide Six staff and are all causes for dismissal from the program.
Suicide Six Early Bird Pass
Suicide Six now offers an early bird season pass price of $379 to all children ages 14 and under until November 30, 2017. Season passes must be purchased through Suicide Six Ski Area. Please contact Suicide Six at (802) 457-6661 for details. The early bird pass price for skiers age 15-64 is $479.
Volunteers are always needed
We can open up our program to more beginner skiers and snowboarders if we get more capable volunteer instructors. Contact the WSR office at email@example.com for more information.
Links to download the WES Bus, Scholarship and Volunteer Registration forms are below. You can print, scan and email them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or simply fill out and mail to: Woodstock Ski Runners, PO Box 171, South Pomfret, VT 05067. Your child is NOT registered until payment has been received, or a scholarship has been requested.
There are only 20 spots on the online system for beginner snowboard, so as to give folks with no access to a computer a fair shot on getting in. There will be a wait list for beginner snowboarding on the online system in case we get 25 registrants, which is our limit for beginner snowboard. All snowboarders must be 9 as of 12/31/17.
We’re sorry, but we cannot accommodate kindergartners.
Links to all of the forms you might need are below. If you have any questions about what form you need, please advise Chic MacMaster at email@example.com.
Nordic skiing instruction is not offered as part of the Friday program. If your child is interested in learning Nordic skiing, please see that section of our website. You can also contact Gretchen or Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
I look forward to another great season of fun on the snow. Thank you for your support and participation in Woodstock Ski Runners.