Contact our Snow Sports Staff

401-294-3802
extension 119
(Contact the main office at ext. 110 April-November)







Beginners Guide/ Lesson FAQ 


5 Week Learn to Ski/Snowboard Programs
Registrations begin Monday, September 22nd at 9:00 a.m.
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Yawgoo Valley Snow Sports
Welcomes A New Director

Peter Johnston has been a professional ski instructor since 1996.  He holds a Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) level two certification and an American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI) level one certification.  He is a coach for both skiing and snowboarding with the Special Olympics of Rhode Island Winter Games (SORI) and he has also traveled with SORI to participate in the New Hampshire Special Olympic Games.  Pete learned to ski at Yawgoo and began teaching here in 1995.  His travels took him to Northern New England these past few years but he is happy to be back at Yawgoo Valley where his passion for skiing and teaching started.  We welcome Pete back to the family!


 
Yawgoo Valley Snow sports is your local source for quality ski and snow board lessons. We are a member school of both the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) and American Association of Snowboard Instructors (AASI). Many of our 140 staff instructors hold upper level certifications from PSIA and AASI, so you get the same quality lessons as you would at the bigger mountains. 
 
We offer programs for students from ages 2 1/2 through adult. The goal of each student or group may vary, but the overall goal of our program is to foster a love of skiing and snowboarding and to show kids and families ways to stay active in the winter months.



Lessons Options

Daily Lessons

Multiple Day Learn to Ski/ Snowboard Programs
Group Lessons
Offered 2-3 times daily at specific times.
Available all season long.

These lessons are walk-in only reservations are not necessary.
5-Week Program
A 45 minute to 1 1/2 hour lesson (depending on choice) held once a week for 5 consecutive weeks starting in January. Prior registration is required, space is limited.
Registrations begin mid September
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Private Lessons
Available most times* daily.
Offered all season long.
Reservation preferred, walk-ins welcome.
(*In some cases reservations may be required to guarantee time i.e. holidays and vacation weeks.)
February Vacation Program
A three day program that includes a one hour lesson with a morning half day lift pass for after the lesson. Prior registration is required.Registrations begin in January.



Congratulations to the Yawgoo Valley Snow Sports School!
They have received a 2014 "Access for all Abilities" mini grant from the Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College. Yawgoo Valley Snow Sports School will use the grant to provide specialized training for 10 experienced ski instructors in working with individuals who have developmental disabilities or who are on the autism spectrum.  The training is provided by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA).



What is my skill level?
SKI AND SNOWBOARD SKILLS ASSESSMENT
Please choose the closest level, do not base your assessment on the trails you or your child ride, e.g., Black Diamond, Intermediate, etc. or the number of seasons you have been riding.
Skiing

0: You have never skied before.
1: You have skied before and can stop in a wedge.
2:  You are comfortable making wedge turns on easier green runs.
3:  You are beginning to match your skis at the end of each turn; you are comfortable on green runs.
4:  You are matching your skis earlier in each turn. You ski green and easier blue runs.
5:  You match your skis near the beginning of each turn, and you ski a mixture of blue and green runs.
6: You are comfortable making open parallel turns with a pole plant on green and blue runs.   
Snowboarding

0:  You have never snowboarded before.
1: You can perform a skidded traverse on both heel-side and toe-side edges and can stop.
2:  You can perform skidded traverses in both directions with confidence and can make basic turns in both directions.
3:  You can turn in both directions with speed control and are working on linking turns.
4:  You are linking skidded turns with good speed control and shape, and are seeking more challenging terrain.
5:  You are confident on most intermediate terrain under good conditions and beginning to carve turns.
6: You are comfortable on all intermediate terrain under good conditions and you are fine-tuning carved turns and are seeking more challenging terrain including bumps and varying conditions.