Change activity

Owl's Head



Program description

This program is designed to meet the physical needs and capacities of very young children. It is based on the CSIA Skier Development Program (CANADIAN SKI INSTUCTORS’ ALLIANCE), The skier Development Program offers six (6) levels of development for young skiers aged under six (Mini Vikings), the Little Owls here at Owl’s Head. Il is adapted to the age and motor development of children of this age group.

In short, the program adapts to children 3 to 5 years, the basic principles of the CSIA’s ski teaching method, namely:
It is important for parents, and skiers of all ages to understand that skiing skills develop gradually. New skills may be apparent on easy terrain but not al¬ways present in more challenging situations. For example a skier that is parallel most of the time on green ter-rain may still use snowplow type turns in difficult terrain or conditions. This is why the evaluation of skiers using this progression specifies terrain for each development stage.


The building blocks for the technical development of young skiers can be very simple.

Skiing is a decision making sport.

Skills are developed by experimentation, so we put skiers in situations that oblige them to find solutions. We are not too concerned with perfect form. Goals are related to speed, turn shape and outcomes. Emphasis is put on the success of these objectives and let form be determined by function.

The feet guide and support the body.

Kids are pretty good about staying in balance naturally. Skiing works from the feet up, so we use skating, hopping or anything else that develops mobility of the feet.

Use all the joints for strength and mobility.

Having access to ankles, knees and hips creates strong alignment to deal with forces and stay in balance with less fatigue. This mobility helps with all forms of balance and turning.

Rotate with the lower body.

Many skiers tend to twist in the direction of the turn with the hips or upper body. This rotation causes a loss of balance and efficiency. We encourage steering using the legs by pointing the ski tips into the turn, and keep the upper body stable and over the outside ski.

Edge using separation and angulation = balance mostly on the outside ski.

We encourage a natural separation between the upper and lower body, and use the hips to put the skis on edge. Traversing, side-slipping and hockey stops are some of the ways to develop this feeling. This puts most of the balance more on the outside ski for better edge grip and control.

Price & time

December 26, 27 and 28, 2016, and, or, December 29, 30 and 31, 2017,and, or, January 2,3,4 2018 .

Lift tickets: although the lift ticket is free for children 5 and under, a ticket is nonetheless required.

3 Days of instruction, per camp,  for children 3 to 5 years.

Helmet is mandatory.


An hour of lesson.

Hours: 9:30 to 10:30

125.50$ + tx


An hour and a half of lesson.

Hours: 10:30 to 12:00

134.50$ + tx

Policy for group lessons

  • Please check with us in case of inclement weather to know if the lessons are cancelled.

  • The information will be available the morning of the class starting at 7:30 am on our web site or call at the Snow School at 1-800-363-3342 or 450-292-3342, ext.243.

  • A minimum number of registrations is required for the program to start. Minimum of 2 students per group. Otherwise, the Snow School can cancel or can change the duration of the program. If a lesson is cancelled by the Snow School because of bad weather, the lesson will be rescheduled to the end of the program. A maximum of one lesson will be retaken.

  • Lesson hours are not transferable and cannot be rescheduled during the season or to the next season, no credit or refund will be made in case of absence of a student.

  • The Snow School reserves the right not to offer or cancel a program for any reason it deems reasonable (e.g. insufficient number of entries). The Snow School reserves the right to cancel a course for any reason it deems reasonable (e.g. bad weather).

  • ABSENCE Course hours are not transferable and cannot be resumed or carried over to the following season. The lessons are valid for the current season only. In the absence of a student or participant, the missed course will not be retaken and no refund or credit given.

  • ACCESS TO LIFTS A lift ticket or season pass is required during the course.

  • Since there are a maximum number of participants who can register, it is possible that the groups are full.

  • Should it be the decision of the Snow School to cancel a course, a maximum of one course will be retaken.

  • Group classes cannot be moved or retaken by the end of this season, and cannot be carried over to the following season.

  • The required minimum age for programs must be reached before the first day of lesson. There will be no exception.

  • For any lesson reservation, a full payment will be required.

  • Rates can change without notice.

  • In case of any discrepancy between the English and French versions of the text, the French version prevails over the English version.

Office : 40 chemin du Mont Owl’s Head, Mansonville, (Québec) J0E 1X0 SF 1 800 363-3342 T 450 292-3342 @