First Timers Pre-School
Mount St Louis Moonstone provides excellent opportunity for children ages 3 to 5, to experience the thrill of sliding at a young age. A separate building caters to all of your needs of introducing your young one to skiing at our Kids Camp building.
Where to find our Kids Camp Building:
St Louis Side
From the parking lot at St Louis Side, you are heading to the South end of the Property, where the Kids Camp building is directly beside the main Lodge. Entrance to the Kids Camp building is on your left as you approach the Hill.
What is available at Kids Camp
Kids Camp building is for young skiers ages 3 to 5. The area provides opportunity for morning and afternoon lessons, rental equipment, including helmet. The building provides an area to store your child’s belongings and an area to lounge when waiting for pick up. The building is also equipped with a child’s restroom. Kids Camp building is open on weekends and daily on Christmas and March Break period.
Our Kids Camp area does not serve peanut butter or allow peanut products in the children’s play area.
Once you enter the Kids Camp building you have the opportunity to fill out appropriate forms, before presenting them to an attendant at the Desk. Additional information we are looking for is medical history (if applicable), age and weight. Take the time to fill out the forms correctly to ensure a speedy transfer into our program. Signing is important, please view form by clicking here, to become familiar with the form. After everything is settled children are taken care of past registration, where they are sized up with appropriate equipment for the length of preferred program. Parents return to registration area for pick up of children.
Your children will be cared for with sizing of equipment, instructional time on snow, and indoor care if needed. You are free to enjoy your time skiing or riding while your child is under our supervision. At registration area you will be given a CHILD RELEASE SLIP, to ensure proper transfer of child to parent. The release slip is presented at time of pick up at Kids Camp building.
Lesson potential for this program is either morning or afternoon for 1.5 hours. Or a total of 3 hours of lessons, broken down as 1.5 hours in the morning and 1.5 hours in the afternoon.
Morning session starts at 10:00am and afternoon session at 1:00pm
Suggested Time Frame
To ensure smooth dealing with registration and form filling it is recommended that you arrive early. Targeting arrival at Kids Camp building before 8:45am helps tremendously.
Here is a time line:
Registration, Rental & Fitting 8:45am – 9:45am
Morning Session 10:00am – 11:30am
Lunch (if requested) noon
Registration, Rental & Fitting 12:15pm – 12:45pm
Afternoon Session 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Child pick-up 2:45pm – 3:00pm
Children who are in the program exit the Kids Camp building and are steps away from a magic carpet and meeting area for our Children’s Ski program. The participants start and finish in this area for the safety of your child.
Rental use after teaching session
If you would like to extend the use of rental equipment and ski with your child on your own, be sure to inform the attendant, during registration. You are more than welcomed to at a nominal cost.
The building is not a Day Care building; however we are equipped to entertain your child if you wish to have your little one taken care of for an hour or so. The only stipulation is that your child must be toilet trained. Again please inform the attendant at registration the length of time you would like to drop off your child. There is an hourly rate which applies to this type of arrangement.
If you wish to have your child remain at our Kids Camp building over lunch, we do provide a set menu at a cost. Please indicate your intentions at registration and we will be able to accommodate.
At your pick up time, please present the CHILD RELEASE SLIP to our attendant and we will have your child ready for pick up, at registration area.
Things To Be Aware Of
Will your child fit right in?
As you know, every child is different and deals with each situation in his or her own way. A child may not be feeling their best or simply does not want to participate this particular day. Mount St Louis Moonstone reserves the right to refuse a child due to apparent flu-like symptoms, age, communication barrier or readiness for instruction. There are no refunds for children who do not want to be on the snow and while in our care.
Grouping your child
All children are grouped according to age and our assessment of their ability, on a given day. Snow conditions, child’s interest are factors which change daily. Our assessment is done for the benefit and most importantly for the safety of your child.
We expect that the parent or guardian of each child is on site during program hours.
Length of lesson
Our 1.5 hour session is our goal of outdoor on-snow time. Be aware that this time frame may be interfered due to group dynamics, snow conditions and/or weather. Our snow-pros are prepared to last the full time on-snow; however their first priority is the well being and safety of all children under their care.
Use of chairlifts
Our goal is to provide the young skier skiing on appropriate terrain to improve their acceptance of sliding. Once past the Magic Carpet stage, your child will at some point ride the chair with other members of the public.
Information Outside of our Kids Camp Program:
Each day lodge has a Guest Services Desk. Attendants are always happy to assist you with any of your enquiries.
Each day lodge is equipped with restrooms. From the hillside entrance of the Moonstone lodge, you will find restrooms at the east end of the building next to a large sitting area. From the hills side entrance of St Louis lodge, straight past the Boutique, and on the second level east end next to the cafeteria cash centers.
Enquire at any Guest Services Desk. You can report incidents to Ski Patrol (red jacket with white cross on the back), or Snow School Staff (blue jacket). First Aid stations are located at each Day lodge Moonstone – north of Day lodge separate building St Louis – south of Day lodge separate building.
Lost and Found
Lost and found items are located at each perspective Guest Service Desk inside the day lodges.
What you need being prepared
Skiing/Snowboarding requires some specific preparation. Gliding at some speed in the outdoors calls for proper clothing and protection. The good thing is that you already have what is needed for these exhilarating sports.
Here are some guidelines to think about:
1. Wicking (worn next to your skin keeping moisture and sweat away from your skin).
2. Insulting (middle layer that keeps the cold out and the warmth in)
3. Protection (exterior layer to guard against elements)
Turtleneck shirts, sweaters, long underwear, footless tights are good options as under layers. Avoid cotton next to your skin at it will absorb sweat and make you shiver. Wool or acrylic socks are better than cotton can lead to unwanted blisters.
1. First layer should fit snugly in order to properly wick moisture
2. Insulating layer should be loose enough to trap air between your layers but not too bulky yet allowing a full range of movement.
3. Denim and cotton are not recommended as the dampness will soak through and you will end up cold.
4. Wearing eye protection having UV protection is very important
5. Goggles should fit above the eyebrows and below cheekbones, there should be no gaps around the nose and should be sealed all around
6. Extra socks will only restrict circulation and result in cold feet
7. Many individuals forget about the effects of the sun, against the background of the snow. The suns rays are very strong, skin and eye protection are a most. Protect skin with UV protective sun screen and eyes with UV protective glasses
8. Good idea to have some loose change to purchase a locker or a well deserved hot chocolate break
9. Gloves and hand wear should be water resistant. If snowboarding, wrist guards are a smart preventative tool
10. Long scarves or should stay at home at it is a safety issues with regards to lifts and sight of gliding skier/rider
11. The resort is not responsible for lost times – bring only what you need – purses, I-pads, jewelry, videogames are best left at home. If you must bring any of these items it is highly recommended to rent a locker of for the day