Annual Ski Program 2024
Skiing is an important part of our outdoor education program, and all students, K–8th grade, participate. Students build courage on the slopes and benefit from physical activity and connection to the outdoors.
Zip: All Zip students this year will be heading to Lookout Pass as part of the Sussex ski program. Lookout will offer new skiers the terrain to help build foundational skills while still challenging even the most advanced skiers.
All K through 4th grade students will have two ski lessons on Wednesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 18 from 9:00am–11:00am PST (remember Lookout is in a different time zone) at Lookout. After lessons and lunch, students have the opportunity to ski until departure time.
Zep/Zap: For the past 37 years, Sussex students have been skiing at Montana Snowbowl, and we are excited to return with the 5th-8th graders again this year.
All 5th through 8th grade students will have four ski lessons on Wednesdays from 10:00–noon at Snowbowl. Lesson dates are February 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2024. After lessons each day, students will have the opportunity to ski with friends and adults until departure time.
Forms & Waivers
PLEASE fill out the Sussex ski forms to give us information about your skier(s). Filling out this form ensures that your child will be placed in the ski group that fits their skill and motivation levels.
Your child cannot participate in the ski program until the release form for Lookout or Snowbowl is turned in.
A digital copy of the Lookout Ski School Release of Liability and Rental Registration form can be found here; a hard copy will be sent home with your student.
SKI FORMS ARE DUE BACK AT THE OFFICE NO LATER THAN TUESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2024
Students renting equipment, please fill out both sides of the Snowbowl form. If you are not renting, only fill out the front of the form.
SKI FORMS ARE DUE BACK AT THE OFFICE NO LATER THAN MONDAY, JANUARY 22, 2024
5th grade students can free ski with their friends AND an adult after lessons.
6th–8th grade students are allowed to free ski with at least two friends after lunch until 3:00 if they have a signed ski waiver. Students are able to stay until last chair, but MUST check out with Daniel or Matt at 3:00pm.
Free Ski Waiver 6th-8th Only
Volunteering/ Parent Hours
If you are able to volunteer during the ski season, please sign up using the spreadsheets linked below. Find the correct date and grade group in the tabs along the bottom. We are also requiring parent drivers to review and sign the Sussex Parent Driver/Vehicle Policy and provide the office with proof of auto insurance.
PARENT HELP IS NEEDED FOR THESE TASKS:
Drivers to transport kids up and back from the mountain
Helpers in the rental shop before and after lessons
Supervisors in the Lodge during and after lessons.
Parent volunteers can pick up discounted ($49-Lookout & $36-Snowbowl) lift tickets from a Sussex staff member. You will pay for all of your tickets after the ski program has concluded. Please check-in with Daniel when you arrive to let him know if you will be using a ticket that day. If you are only on the tow rope, you will not need a lift ticket.
Parents receive parent hours while they are actively assisting students, either in groups, in transport, while chaperoning skiing, or in the lodge.
Students may rent helmets and/or goggles at their own expense.
Snowbowl: Helmet $7/ Goggles $5
Lookout: Helmets $10/ Goggles $5
Show Up Ready
Jacket/pants (warm & waterproof)
Long underwear (top & bottom)
Hat liner, warm for under helmet
Mittens or gloves (waterproof, must withstand rope tow use if applicable)
Socks (warm, well-fitting, not heavy wool)
Dry clothes for ride home (recommended)
Zip: Students are welcome to eat outside or in the chalet. Please send your child with a water bottle and some additional snacks. Students may purchase food in the lodge if desired.
Zep/Zap: Students are welcome to eat outside or in the chalet. Please send your child with a sack lunch, water bottle, and some additional snacks for the afternoon. Students may purchase food in the A-frame lodge if desired. Students should not enter the bar for any reason.
Returning to School
Road conditions and slow drivers happen, and sometimes students are delayed. If your student must be home by a certain time, please let us know so we can help ensure they meet this time deadline. Some families make arrangements with their carpool to ski after the Sussex day has ended until the last chair. Please make note of who your child is carpooling with so you may be in touch with the parent if necessary.
Zip students should arrive back at school around 5:30-6:00 pm.
Zep/Zap students will return around 4:00 pm.
Students will be placed in mixed-age groups reflective of skill, experience, and ability. Sussex and Ski School staff urge parents to speak directly to Daniel if you have concerns about your child in the ski program, both in terms of group placement and in your child’s instruction. Daniel can address requests or questions about your child’s ski group after the lesson or via email during the week, but, please, not right before the lesson—thanks!