Tips for Parents

Welcome to the Brundage Bears program! As a children’s ski school, we are devoted to introducing and developing your child’s interest and skills in the winter environment and skiing as a lifelong sport.

  • To ensure that your child has a positive and rewarding experience, please be sure that your child is well rested and eats a hearty breakfast. It is also helpful to stash some snacks in your child’s pockets for quick energy boosts on the snow. You can inform the Bears supervisor where the snacks are stored.
  • Mountain weather can change very quickly! It’s best to come prepared for any type of weather. Please dress your child in warm layers (long underwear, sweater, and water resistant outerwear). All kids must have warm headwear, such as a hat or helmet that covers the ears. Please also bring a neck gator or scarf, gloves or mittens, and goggles or other eye protection. It is also important to bring a dry change of clothes and a bag to put everything in. We will provide a cubby to store their gear while they are skiing, but please mark your child’s belongings with his/her name to avoid lost items.
  • No, your child does not need to show up with his skis and boots strapped on! However, it is helpful if you can drop your child off already dressed in his/her long underwear, socks, and street shoes. Our staff will help get boots and all of the outer layers cinched up before heading outside.
  • Please no sock feet! Socks get wet, feet get cold, and kids get crabby (understandably so). Street shoes are ok before we put ski boots on, and you can help your child store his/her shoes in our convenient gear cubbies.
  • Check-in for Brundage Bears is between 9:45 and 10:30 am on the first floor of the Kids’ Center. Please arrive with time to fit rentals if requested.
  • We know it’s not easy… But we ask that parents say “goodbye” after getting checked in and getting settled in a cubby. Our staff and instructors will get your child ready to go outdoors, and this is a good time for children to get acquainted with their ski instructors and fellow classmates. If you would like to watch your child during lesson time, please do so out of sight of your child. Our Bears supervisor can show you some good viewing spots.
  • Get to know your child’s instructor! We encourage you to talk to your child’s ski instructor after each lesson. Consistency in learning is extremely important to your child’s progress. By learning the reasons for the instructor’s terrain choices as well as understanding drills, games, and vocabulary used, you will have a greater understanding of what to do to help your child when skiing with them.