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2016-17 Pine Knob School Ski Club

PLEASE NOTE: The Pine Knob School Ski Club must be joined through your ski club sponsor, not Pine Knob Ski Resort.

2016-17 STUDENT PROGRAM

Pine Knob M-F 3pm ’til close

Student Program Information (PDF)
Pine Knob Rental Agreement Form (PDF)

Pricing (Students 7 years and older)

Item Fee
Membership Cards (Student/Adult) $20
Lift Tickets $20
Ski Rental $20
Snowboard Rental $20
Helmet Rental $10
Patches $2.50
 

Holiday Rates

Dec 22nd – Jan 2nd * no student tickets or lessons. *These are the only dates that Ski club members may use their membership card at the ticket window both AM and PM sessions for a $5 discount on lift tickets. There is no discount on rental equipment. We will not be offering discounted ski club lessons over the holidays. Your students are welcome to take a one-hour private lesson at the regular rate of $60, or a group lesson for $25. MLK & President’s Day Weekends-No Sunday Clubs, Monday ok.

Meeting Area

All ski clubs will meet in the Pinery Café. The lower level is designated for the high school race teams. The Pinery has easy access to the ski corral and ski patrol. The sound system will keep you aware of lessons and emergencies.

Club Members

A Club needs to have 20 participating students. Ages 7-18 years. Small schools may work together. You are not to sell another club’s member, a lift ticket. You are on the honor system. But you are being policed by each other. Please don’t make me be the bad guy.

Adults

The Adult Discount Program provides the opportunity for parents to participate in a healthy & energizing sport with their student. You are not to sell adult club cards to anyone that does not have a child participating in your program. The card makes it more affordable for parents to get involved with their children, creating a family of lifelong skiers. Adults must purchase the card even if they are only going to ski once!!! If they question it, they can pay full price at the ticket window. Adults with an Adult Discount Card can purchase an all area lift ticket from their club sponsor on their school’s ski club night only for $20. (This $20. lift ticket is NEVER available at the ticket window.) Membership includes 10/$5.00-off punches to discount a full priced, ticket (for themselves) any session throughout the season! One punch per visit.

Patch Program

Our lesson program is a progressive patch system. Passes are purchased for each level passed. Lessons are 50 minutes and start at 5pm (by appt.), 6pm and 7pm. Please inform your students to stand in line at the flag corresponding to the color patch they are trying to earn, and have their lesson tickets ready. A patch is not earned on the 1st lesson.

Pine Knob’s Club Night Procedures

RSVP:

Please RSVP with your club numbers: student tickets, adult tickets, ski rental, snowboard rental, helmet rental, and additional ski, snowboard or adult membership cards.

  • Call 248-625-0800 x 3 (before 2:30)
  • Fax 248-625-3017 or e-mail early to: skipineknob@comcast.net (when we’re busy, we can’t check e-mail)
  • When you check out at night, we can fill out next week’s form to save time.

Please try to have an accurate count. I would rather you come down for more printed tickets than return them. The green area tickets cannot be reused or recycled…

Check In

We will have your packet ready at the ticket office. It is your responsibility to count all tickets & rental forms & sign the invoice. You are agreeing that what is on the invoice is what you received. You are also agreeing to return unused tickets and rental forms or pay for them. Please limit your club to 1 table. There are customers (paying full price) that need seating. Let your parents know when they can expect you. We don’t sell your tickets.

Check Out

Please have a published time when parents know they can purchase lift tickets. Late student skiers can use their card at the ticket window after you have checked out. However, parents will not receive the discounted rate unless they purchase from you during your designated time. We appreciate clubs to be checked out by 7:30 M-Th and 8:30 on Friday.

Complimentary Tickets

You will receive one complimentary lift ticket for each ten student tickets sold.

Head Sponsor: will receive a family season pass after the club has had two consecutive weeks with twenty five students participating and twenty five student ski or snowboard cards have been paid for. The club will still be eligible for comp tickets over 30 students.

Co-sponsor: will be eligible for a season pass after the club has had two consecutive weeks of fifty student tickets and fifty student cards paid for.

Season Passes are non-transferrable. If your family will not use the pass, we will supply tickets.

Rental

It is mandatory that all students who will be renting equipment without a parent present, have a rental disclaimer form filled out and signed by a parent or guardian. These forms are turned in as a group to the ticket office and filed in the rental department. Weekly rental forms must still be filled out.

Emergency Contacts

It is recommended that all sponsors have a membership roster including emergency contacts and medical information on all students. This is for your convenience in the event of emergency. If a parent is not present, our first contact is always the school sponsor.

Food

No carry out food from restaurants, hot food or crock pots. We are a licensed food establishment. It is against health department rules to bring outside food into the building. Chili Joe’s downstairs is a designated area for brown bag lunches. Please help us by making your members aware.


If there is anything we can do to help make your club a success, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Questions are always welcome. I would rather clarify something for you, than have to deal with your parents, after you’ve given them wrong information. Please know, your work is truly appreciated. Together, let’s make this a great season!

Thanks,
Mary

SKI STUDENT PATCH PROGRAM

Ski Student Patch Program Information (PDF)
Pine Knob Rental Agreement Form (PDF)

In order to participate in the student program you must have a student ski ID card. The card allows students to ski at reduced rates Monday-Friday from 3pm – close (non-holiday). There are two lessons tickets attached to the card for the students first two lessons. Additional lesson tickets may be purchased at the ski school desk as needed.

The student ski program consists of seven lessons. Lessons are about 50 minutes long and start on the hour at 5 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm. (Early in the season and late in the season we may not offer a 5 pm or a 7 pm lesson if there is little or no demand) If your group needs a 4 pm or 8 pm lesson you must request this at the ski school in advance and we will accommodate you. Please make sure your beginners take their lessons as soon as possible. We reserve the right to require a minimum of four students per lesson.

Please remind your parents and students that all levels of lessons are not available at all times. Our lesson schedule is based on group demand.

A student must be at least 7 years old to participate in the student patch group lesson. The student must be able to follow instructions and stay with the instructor. At the end of the lesson the instructor does not bring the student back to a designated area but leaves the student where their lesson ends.

Patches must be sewn on jackets, pants or turtlenecks. Patches may not be sewn on hats gloves or goggles, because they can be lost or transferred. The entire patch set must be sewn on, not just the highest patch attained. Patches are purchased at the ski school desk after the lesson.

At the bottom of each chairlift there are signs designating the patch necessary to board the lift. It is the responsibility of the student to make certain they are on the appropriate hill and riding the correct lift.

In each lesson we review parts of “Your Responsibility Code” and other safety issues, review the previous lesson, teach the new maneuver and grade (except for the beginner lesson).

FIRST LESSON – First time skiers are introduced to skiing, walking, sliding, riding the rope, and stopping. Skiers may ski the beginner area at the end of the lesson. There is no grading and no patch earned for the first lesson. Students may ski Seedling, Bristlecone and Tamarak and ride the wonder carpets and beginner rope tow.

SECOND LESSON – Yellow patch may be earned. Maneuver – wedge turn. Goal – turning on beginner terrain. Students are taught to make turns using a gliding wedge. To earn a patch a student must make a controlled series of linked wedge turns. Yellow patch skier may ski advanced beginner terrain. Students may ski Seedling, Bristlecone and Tamarack and ride the beginner chair 1.

THIRD LESSON – Brown patch may be earned. Maneuver – wedge christie. Goal – improving the wedge turn, learning to match the skis and control the skid at the end of the turn. The wedge turn will be reviewed, introduce matching and skidding skis and skiing a slightly higher rate of speed. To earn a patch a student must make a series of controlled linked wedge christie turns on intermediate terrain. Brown patch skiers may ski advanced beginner terrain and some intermediate terrain. Students may ride chairs 1, 5, 6 and ski Quicksilver, Mansion Run and Cedar Bowl.

FOURTH LESSON – Blue patch may be earned. Maneuver – wedge christie II. Goal – match skis early in the turn (above the fall line), active weight transfer, improve skidding for better edging. The wedge christie is reviewed using narrow wedge and we teach active weight transfer and steering to encourage early match and controlled skid. To earn a patch the student must make a series of controlled wedge christie II turns on advanced intermediate terrain. Blue patch skiers may ski intermediate terrain and some advanced intermediate terrain. Students may ride chairs 1, 3, 5 & 6 and include Snowbird, Pinery and Intrepid.

FIFTH LESSON – Red patch may be earned. Maneuver – parallel turns. Goal – start turns with skis parallel, finish turns using angulation and some carve. The wedge christie II is reviewed and we teach the student to steer parallel skis to initiate turns. Finishing the turn with more carve and less skid. Ski poles should be used for balance, as a timing device and to help the flow of movement. Red patch skiers may ski all intermediate terrain and most advanced terrain. Students may ride chairs 1-6 and ski the entire area except The Wall.

SIXTH LESSON – White patch may be earned. Maneuver – medium radius parallel turns. Goal – parallel turns with little skidding or chatter and show proper pole use. Parallel turns are reviewed with emphasis on edging and pressuring the skis. The white patch skier may ride chairs 1-6 and ski the entire area except The Wall.

SEVENTH LESSON – Black patch may be earned. Maneuver – short radius parallel turns and moguls. Lesson will concentrate on quicker more active movements turning in the fall line and then an introduction to mogul skiing. Black patch skiers are expected to be expert skiers and may ski the entire area.

WHAT STUDENTS AND PARENTS SHOULD EXPECT

Here are some very general guidelines that should help your students and their parents in understanding how a child might progress through the patch program.

Using a 10-year-old child of average intelligence, social and athletic skills as an example, a first year skier who skis 6 times, should be at the brown patch level, or lower intermediate skill level. A second year skier (ten years or older) should be skiing at the blue or possibly red patch level after skiing six or more times. A third year skier should be skiing at the red patch or advance skiing level.

The above guidelines are generalizations and will vary from child to child. When children inline skate, ice skate or water ski, they may progress much faster through the patch program than children who don’t participate in sliding or motion sports of this type. Older children will usually progress more quickly than younger children will.

White patch skiers are very good skiers. A minimum of four or more years skiing experience is usually needed to acquire the skills for white patch. Black patch skiers are expert skiers and the instructor will be looking to near perfect technique. Children under nine usually do not have the strength or physical skills to ski at white or black patch levels.

When snow conditions are good, instructors will look for strong technique at each patch level. When conditions are very fast or icy, instructors will pay more attention to control rather than perfect technique.

Children who have inappropriate equipment, too long, obsolete, boots too stiff or too large etc. may not progress as quickly or they may even regress.

The above are generalizations. Some kids have more athletic talent than others. Younger children need to practice more to acquire and anchor skills. Often kids who learned to ski without the benefit of lessons need to relearn or break bad habits. Parents and students need to be reminded that just because they ski “black diamonds” up north or out west, does not mean they are performing the skill to receive a red, white or black patch. It is natural for people to plateau at certain skill levels. Mileage and practice are often the ingredients needed to acquire patches.

SNOWBOARD STUDENT PATCH PROGRAM

Snowboard Student Patch Program Information (PDF)
Pine Knob Rental Agreement Form (PDF)

The Pine Knob snowboard patch program is similar to the ski program but snowboarders have their own patches and will not be allowed on the lifts or hills with skier patches.

In order to participate in the student program you must have a student snowboard I.D. card. The card allows students to snowboard at reduced rates Monday-Friday from 3pm – close (non holiday). There is one lesson ticket attached to the card. Additional lesson tickets may be purchased at the ski school desk as needed.

The student snowboard program consists of four lessons. Lessons are about 50 minutes long and start on the hour at 5pm, 6pm and 7pm. (Early in the season and late in the season we may not offer a 5pm or a 7pm lesson if there is little or no demand) If you have a group that needs a 4pm or 8pm lesson you must request this at the ski school desk in advance and we will accommodate you. Please make sure your beginners take their lessons at the first available time.

Please remind your parents and students that all levels of lessons are not available at all times. Our lesson schedule is based on group demand.

A student must be at least 7 years old to participate in the student patch program. The student must be able to follow instructions and stay with the instructor. At the end of the lesson the instructor does not bring the students back to a designated area but leaves the students where their lesson ended.

Patches must be sewn on jackets, pants or turtleneck. Patches may not be sewn on hats, gloves or goggles, because they can be lost or transferred. The entire patch set must be sewn on; not just the highest attained patch.

At the bottom of each chairlift there are signs designating the patch necessary to board the lift. It is the responsibility of the student to make certain they are on the appropriate hill and riding the correct lift.

In each lesson we review parts of “Your Responsibility Code” and other safety issues, review the previous lesson, teach the new maneuver and grade (except for the beginner lesson).

FIRST LESSON – First time snowboarders are introduced to snowboarding stance, skating, skate and glide, edging and gliding on the flats. Straight glide, fall line sideslips, skidded traverse, and straight glide to a stop on the slope. The goal is to perform a straight glide to a stop and an elementary turn. Students may ride on the beginner hill only.

SECOND LESSON – Yellow patch may be earned. Review of the first lesson, garlands and fan exercise. The goal is to perform a basic skidded turn crossing the fall line, connected by skidded traverses. Students may ride on the green and yellow hills.

THIRD LESSON – Brown patch may be earned. Review of all previous lessons as needed. Garlands, fan exercises, rhythm turns, traverse and side-slipping and board in lanes exercises. The goal is to perform linked skidded turns showing rhythm turns. Students may ride on the green, yellow and brown patch hills.

FOURTH LESSON – Black patch may be earned. Review of the previous lessons as needed. Carved traverses, flat terrain tipping, garlands, cross-over/cross-under and angulations exercises. The goal is to perform rhythmic, linked, carved turns of varying radii under complete control with no traverses between turns and a very quiet upper body. Students may ride the entire area.

What Students and Parents Should Expect From SNOWBOARD Lessons

Here are some very general guidelines that should help your students and their parents in understanding how a child might progress through the Student Snowboard Patch Program.

Learning to snowboard at the beginner level requires quite a bit more strength and endurance as well as having a higher frustration level than learning how to ski. Generally it is easier for young kids to learn to ski. We recommend that beginner snowboarders be at least 10 years old for the snowboard patch program.

Very often beginner snowboarders will need to repeat lessons several times before they are successful.

The snowboard learning curve is different than skiers. Snowboarding is harder to learn but easier to become proficient and skiing is easier to learn but may take years to become expert.

Using a 10 year old child of average intelligence, social and athletic skills as an example, a first year snowboarder who snowboards 6 times should have a yellow patch or advanced beginner/ lower intermediate skill level. A second year snowboarder should be at brown patch/intermediate level and a third year snowboarder should be at black patch/expert level.

Older or more athletic students may progress more quickly and younger less athletic students may take more time to acquire skills. Mileage and practice are the ingredients needed to acquire skill and the student patches.

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