Children's Ski & Snowboard Lessons, Packages & Child Care

​Terrain-Based Learning for Kids

The Taos Ski Valley Childrens Center (Rio Hondo Learning Center) provides it all: Youth Lessons, Packages, Child Care, Ski Teams, Snowsport Weeks.

Taos has modernized its teaching techniques by introducing the proven Terrain-Based Learning™ program, which uses purpose-built snow features in the beginners’ area to help assist new skiers and riders by naturally controlling their speed. The detailed set-up in the beginner area provides a more fun and efficient on-snow experience, teaching learners to go, rather than stop. The reshaped Strawberry Hill beginner area terrain now offers five distinct learning sections, which will allow for a smooth progression for skiers and riders who are gaining new skills. This allows new skiers and snowboarders to improve trail by trail, accessed by two Zipper surface lifts and one triple lift, at gradually increasing slopes, so they gain confidence and skills with ease. 
 
The last day for all snowsports lessons (except for Private) is Sunday, April 5, 2020. 
There will be no Gondola services and no Childrens Ski School or Child Care at the Rio Hondo Learning Center beginning April 6.
All kid and adult privates will commence at the resort center with sales at the Snakedance office.

CHILDREN'S LESSONS    2019-2020

The Rio Hondo Learning Center is your headquarters for child lessons and daycare. We have developed a series of unique children's programs, led by specially trained instructors and housed in a state-of-the-art facility that kids will be comfortable using as a "home base" during the day. Children even have their own learning area with pint-sized lifts, special terrain and equipment shop. With our terrain-based-learning and Perfect Progression techniques, children ages 3 to 14 gain a level of on-snow comfort faster than ever before. Teenagers 14 and above can choose between Children or Adult lessons.

The Rio Hondo Learning Center is your headquarters for: Children's Lessons (ages 3-14) and Day Care. Reservations are required for all Rio Hondo Learning Center programs. Email the Ernie Blake Snowsports School or call to make reservations at 866-968-7386 ext. 2255.

Children are required to have a peaceful separation from the parents to be admitted into the facility and must be able to use the restroom independently..
 
Full Day
Lesson / Lift / Rental / Lunch
Arrival time between 8:30AM-9:00AM at the Rio Hondo Children's Learning Center
Class set up at 9:00AM and lesson is 9:30AM–3:00PM. Please pick up your child at 3:30PM.
Walk-ins accepted if space is available. 
$200
Half Day
Lesson / Lift / Rental  for the full day
Reservations Required
Morning lessons only
Arrival time between 8:30AM-9:00AM at the Rio Hondo Children's Learning Center
Class set up at 9:00AM and lesson is 9:30AM–11:45PM. Lunch is NOT provided. Please pick up your child promptly at NOON.
Walk-ins accepted if space is available.
$170
Full Day Multi Day
2 or more consecutive days
Lesson / Lift / Rental / Lunch
Arrival time between 8:30AM - 9:00AM at the Rio Hondo Children's Learning Center
Class set up at 9:00AM and lesson is 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Please pick up your child promptly at 3:30PM.
$185/day
Already Have a Lift Ticket and Want Lessons and Rental Gear?
Contact the Ski School at 800.776.1111to get the best rate.
 
Snowsports Week, FULL Days for youth ages 3 to 14
There is no better way to enjoy your Ski Week than to sign your child up for one as well. While you're out on the mountain having the time of your life, they will be doing the same with a group of their peers. Then you can all meet up in the afternoon for an afternoon of showing off your new skills. Ski Weeks are a deep-rooted part of the Taos Ski Valley tradition so give your child the chance to be a part of that history as they create memories that will last them a lifetime.
Please arrive at Rio Hondo Children's Learning Center between 8:00AM - 8:30AM.
6 full day program
Sunday through Friday
The Full Day program includes all-day lift tickets, sessions, rental equipment, two snacks and a hot, nutritious lunch.
Classes end at 3:00PM, please be prompt for pick-up at 3:30pm and make a run with your child.
   $960
Snowsports Week, HALF Days for youth ages 3 to 14
Please arrive at Rio Hondo Children's Learning Center between 8:00AM and 8:30AM.
6 Half Day program
Sunday through Friday
Classes end at 12:00 PM, please be prompt for pick-up and make a run with your child.


Teen and College Ski/Ride Weeks
All skill levels are welcome. This week emphasizes serious fun! More turns, less talk, high-energy skiing/riding for youth 14 years of age and older. These weeks often sell out, so get your tickets in advance.
Sunday, December 22 through Friday December 27
Sunday, December 29 through Friday December 23
Sunday, February 16 through Friday, February 21
Sunday, March 8 through Friday March 13
Sunday, March 15 through Friday March 20
$900







$300

 
Rental Equipment 
 
  $29 Ski
  $29 SB

Children’s Locals/Shredders

12/29/19 WAS THE LAST DAY TO BOOK SHREDDER'S
5 week sessions from 9:00AM to 3:30PM that meets at the Rio Hondo Children's Learning Center and includes; lessons, lunch, lift ticket and rental equipment.
 
Saturday Shredders
Opportunity for all children ages 3 to 13 to discover Taos Ski Valley on skis or snowboard with the same instructor for 4 days.
A $50 discount is given if a student has their own pass. 
Includes: Lesson / Lift / Rental / Lunch
Starts at 9:00AM–3:30PM and classes meet at the Rio Hondo Children's Learning Center.
Saturdays: 1/4, 1/11, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8
 
$550
Sunday Shredders
Opportunity for all children ages 3 to 13 to discover Taos Ski Valley on skis or snowboard with the same instructor for 4 days.
A $50 discount is given if a student has their own pass.
Includes: Lesson / Lift / Rental/ Lunch
Starts at 9:00AM–3:00PM and classes meet at the Rio Hondo Children's Learning Center.
Sundays: 1/5, 1/12, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9
$550

CHILD CARE FOR AGES 6 WEEKS TO 3 YEARS

Start your children on the pathway to loving the mountains with the Taos Ski Valley Childcare. Located in the newly renovated Rio Hondo Children's Learning Center, childcare is available for children as young as two months old and up to three years old. Sign them up for either a half day morning session or for the entire day. Either way, while you are out enjoying the mountain, you can be confident that your child is having fun, being active, and being encouraged to love being in the mountains. 

We have a check-in window from 8:00 - 9:30AM. When you drop your child off we review any needs your child may have. We will also have you fill out a quick form when you arrive that will have your information on it, This includes (phone number, date of birth, feeding and sleeping schedule and any other specific needs). Please provide: diapers, wipes, creams and ointments, formula/milk, baby food, snacks, blankets, special toy and a change of clothes, light sweater. Children will have a full day of activities, creative and physical. We provide snacks, lunch and naps that are tailored to the unique needs of each infant and toddler. We also ensure that toileting needs are met. At parent arrival, we relay the days events to each parent and describe their child's emotional/physical state. 

 
Full Day 8:00AM-3:30PM
Reservations Required
Snow play, crafts, games and lunch included.
$130
Half Day 8:00AM-NOON
Reservation Required
Lunch is NOT provided. Please pick up your child promptly at noon.
$100
(extra) - Mini 1 hour. Your child will be introduced to skis or snowboards and snow. Limited availability. $50 per child
 

Reservations are required for all Rio Hondo Learning Center lessons and programs. There are customizable options for Adult Lessons, Children's Lessons, or the Adaptive Program. Email the Ernie Blake Snowsports School or call 866-968-7386 ext. 2255 to make reservations.




Children's Center & Lessons

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