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Mountain Cats Program
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Catamount Ski Area
PO BOX 639
Hillsdale, NY 12529
Parents tell us that their kids absolutely love Catamount - and the biggest reason is the Mountain Cats program at the Catamount Snow Sports School.
Catamount has more than 35 ski and snowboard professionals who specialize in coaching kids and we make sure that your child has the best possible experience on snow while learning the skills they need to excel.
The Mountain Cats program at Catamount emphasizes three things: safety, fun, and learning!
Children ages 4 to 6 can participate in Skiing Only.
Children ages 7 to 12 can participate in either Skiing or Snowboarding.
The Mountain Cats program is available on weekends and holidays. We are now offering Thursday and Friday morning sessions during our non-holiday periods; reservations are required. Sessions are Half-Day ( 9:30am - 12:00pm OR 1:00pm - 3:30pm ) or Full-Day (9:30am - 3:30pm ). Lunch and 2 snacks are included in Full-Day sessions. Half-Day sessions include 1 snack. Full day lift tickets are included in the price of the sessions, but rental equipment must be purchased separately.
Private instruction for children is available midweek and for children younger than 4 years of age with reservations. Please arrive 45 minutes before your child's scheduled start time in order to register, rent, etc. We have a separate entrance from the parking lot to Mountain Cats.
Advance reservations are highly recommended. Reservations for Mountain Cats are limited and generally must be placed more than 48 hours in advance from the day being requested. If your child cannot make the reserved day or time, a 48 hour cancellation notice is required. Late arrivals risk the chance of losing their spot, so please arrive at the suggested time. We also ask that all children be dressed and ready to go at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time of each class.
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To help your child's day go smoothly, consider the following when preparing your child for a day on the mountain!
Wear the right socks - Wool or wool blend socks are the best socks to wear when skiing and snowboarding, but remember that only 1 pair is needed. Cotton socks don't keep your feet warm and they retain moisture. Wool socks will keep your child's feet nice and toasty in the cold weather.
Keep the scarves at home - Scarves are okay for playing in the snow, but on the mountain they can get caught on the chairlift causing injury. The best thing to do is to not wear one.
Dress in layers - This is the most important one. Dressing in layers is important because if your child gets too warm it is easier for them to remove an article of clothing than it is to add clothing if they get cold.
Don't forget the little things - Don't forget about the sunscreen and those little hand warmers and foot warmers. They can help make all the difference in the world. If you forget to pack these items, don't worry. You can purchase these items and more at Catamount's retail shop, the Cat's Paw.
If you're still not sure what your child should wear when they go skiing, feel free to contact us and we'll give you some useful tips that will be sure to make your child's day fun and memorable.
For more information or to make a reservation,
please call (518) 325-3200 ext. 100 or (413) 528-1262 ext. 100.
Mountain Adventure Program
The Mountain Adventure Program is now closed for the 2016-2017 Season. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please email: email@example.com
This exciting season-long program is for skiers and snowboarders who are ages 7-14 and who can maintain a full day of skiing on more challenging terrain at Catamount. This program is being offered as an alternative to our traditional Mountain Cats program.
One of the attractive features of the program is the “Express to Lift” concept that bypasses the daily Mountain Cat registration process. Once we know your child is in the program for the season you only need to bring your child to our designated slope-side meeting area outside the lodge.
A core group of instructors will be assigned to the groups for the duration of the program. Groupings will be based on skiing ability and skier/boarder interests. Each participant will be required to participate in a “ski-off” the first week of the program to properly match your child to an appropriate group. Those who are not available for the first weekend will have their ski-off on their first day attending.
Groups will meet every weekend beginning Saturday, December 17th and will conclude March 5th. Sessions will begin at 9:00am and conclude at 3:00 pm each day on Saturday, Sundays and Holiday weeks excluding 12/25.
The price of the program, including a Catamount season pass and supervised lunches, is $1390 per child. Be sure to register soon as space is limited.
All reservations are non-refundable and must be paid in advance. If a reservation is cancelled, credit will be issued towards future reservations.