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 4, 2019. 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, 2018.
Program Overview and Equipment Requirements
Where: Suicide Six Ski Area
When: 2:00 – 4:00 PM Fridays 1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 3/1
Fee: $85 until 12/01/18 OR $95 after 12/01/2018 - There is no program Feb. 22 because of President’s vacation week.
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:
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.
There are a limited number of equipment scholarships available. A link to the form is provided below.
Killington World Cup Committee Race Scholarship
Every year, the Woodstock Ski Runners will select one Friday Program participant with the ability and desire to try ski racing to enroll in a Woodstock Ski Runners Alpine Racing program the following season at no cost. This scholarship is made possible by a generous grant from the Killington World Cup Committee (KWCC). For more information about the KWCC, please visit killingtongivesback.org.
To apply for the KWCC Racing Scholarship, please send us a letter of introduction via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 $349 to all children ages 14 and under and $499 for adults ages 15-64 until November 30, 2018. Season passes must be purchased through Suicide Six Ski Area. Please contact Suicide Six at (802) 457-6661 for details.
Volunteers are always needed
We can open up our program to more beginner skiers and snowboarders if we get more capable volunteer instructors. Contact Jen Kirkman at email@example.com for more information.
Registration is open here.
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.
We’re sorry, but we cannot accommodate kindergartners.
We’re sorry, but there are no refunds except in cases of injury.
Links to all of the forms you might need are below. If you have any questions about what form you need, please advise Jen Kirkman 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 Nick 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.