As the northern hemisphere ski season is coming to a close, the South Pacific is gearing up for winter. New Zealand’s Treble Cone has already begun promoting their weekend youth program, Riders and Sliders. The number of young local skiers and snowboarders looking to improve their mountain skills has tripled since 2009, and the free youth season pass is an added bonus for everyone who signs up.
Classes are open to children ages 4-12. Each group will meet with the same coach each week. For both the class and the season pass, it is just $340 NZD ($280 USD).
The resort is planning to start operations June 28 and continue through September 30, 2012, but enrollment for this six-week Sunday program is now open. Instruction will begin Sunday, July 22 and will last four hours each week. Many people are expected to sign up, so those interested should not waste time in registering. The deadline is May 31.
After finishing the Riders and Gliders program, participants may advance to the Treble Cone Free Ski Program or the ever-popular School Holiday Free Ski Camps.
Klaus Mair, manager of Treble Cone Snowsports School, believes the Riders and Sliders Programme is growing in popularity because it presents a fun and sociable learning environment. “The children have a blast ripping around the mountain, progressing and having fun with their friends. It is great to see the local communities embracing snow sports and getting involved. Plus, it also gives the parents a few free hours to go for a ski themselves.”
The idea behind the program is to present kids with an opportunity to explore Treble Cone’s terrain while enhance their skiing and riding with people their own age and with the guidance of expert instructors.
Riders and Sliders is one of many exciting events planned for the 2012 season. Treble Cone is located near the beautiful Lake Wanaka. Known for their breathtaking natural landscape, New Zealand is an excellent choice for northern hemisphere natives looking to get their winter fix during the hot months.