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Children's Programs

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Kissing Bridge affords many exciting opportunities for your child’s ski and snowboard development. Starting with our KB Cruisers program, your child can develop from their first time to beginner chairlift/slope ready to Advanced KBC Mountain adventures. For our season long programs, we have Bridge Buster’s and Bridge Buster X for our more advanced skiers and riders.

Our Children’s Coaches provide your child time-tested and progressive lessons, from First Time Skier and Rider lessons to Advanced Mountain classes in a Safe, FUN and Energetic environment. Many of our Children’s Instructors hold Children’s Specialist credentials from PSIA-E and AASI. All of them have the special passion for teaching children, understand your child’s needs and foster and challenge their skills development through games and FUN on the slopes.

For more information regarding these programs, please email Snow Sports School Director, Mike Bouquard michael@kbski.com. Also, to see some of the fun we have in our programs, check out our feed on Instagram.

Parent Notes: Please Read

  • All KB Cruisers lessons will be at Central.
    Please register your children one hour prior to your desired lesson time.
  • All coaches are available at the end of each session to discuss the progress of your child.
  • Registration is the Learning Center in the Central Ski Area.
    Children in our Children’s programs must be able and willing to ski in a group of kids and be able to interact with other children in a safe manner.
  • All children in our programs must be able to understand and follow directions provided to them by the instructors assigned to their class.
  • Please notify us at time of registration if your child has any allergies or health problems that might warrant our attention (with some health problems, your child may be directed to participate in another of our programs).
  • Rental Equipment is not included in KB Cruisers packages. Rental equipment can be purchased through Snowflake rental shop.
  • KBC Mountain, KBC Mountain with Poles and KBC Advanced Mountain participants must at minimum 48″ tall to ride the chair lift.

Equipment & Tips for Beginner Skiers/Snowboarders

First Timers
Upon arrival at the area, take a minute to enjoy the sights and sounds of winter!

Register for your chosen lesson time at the Central Area Ticket Center or at the Learning Center at the Central Area. (First Timers should register at the Learning Center)
You will be given vouchers for your lesson, rental equipment and a lift ticket.
Proceed to the rental shop to get sized for either ski or snowboard equipment.

Take a few minutes for a bathroom break and to dress for outside weather.

Proceed to the lesson area in front of the main lodges and wait in front of the “First Time” sign.

Smile and get ready to enjoy WNY winters!

Dress for Winter!
Temperatures vary at different times of the day or when riding the lifts. Most likely, you will be outside longer that you normally are!

Wear layers of clothing, so you can add or remove layers as the temperature changes – if possible choose non-cotton clothing. Several manufacturers now offer “wicking” type of clothing that helps draw moisture away from your skin, so you can stay warmer – longer!

Warm hat or helmet
Neck warmer to protect your face from the wind!

Goggles or sunglasses

Sunscreen/lip protection

Warm, dry wool or poly-pro socks – one pair is generally all you need!

Wait until you are ready to go for your lesson or to the lifts before you finish dressing! No need to overheat inside the lodge!

Equipment
Our on-site rental shops offer the most up-to-date equipment for children and adults. Rental shops are located at the Central Area only.

Avoid stepping on wet ground as you try on ski or snowboard boots for proper sizing!

Try to pull your jeans or other pants legs out of the top cuff of your ski or snowboard boots, so you can utilize all of the adjustment buckles and straps for a better fit!

Once you leave the rental shop, stand your skis or snowboard against one of the racks, so the skis or board can cool down – helps avoid snow from sticking to the bottoms!

Rental skis and snowboards look alike, try to remember the number written on your equipment – the equipment was sized and adjusted for you!

If you forget something or want “something new” stop into the SnowFlake/245 Ski and Snowboard Shop located at the Central Area. (All New Children’s Ski & Snowboard Equipment Available!)

Demo equipment now available at the Rental Shop in Central!

KBC Mini Cruisers - Preschool Aged Skiers/Snowboarders

The Kissing Bridge Children’s program is dedicated to inspiring lifelong skiers and snowboarders by introducing snow sports at an early age. The KBC “Mini Cruiser” program is for pre-school aged skiers and boarders. The Mini Cruisers program will broken up into small groups and meet for sessions on a gentle learning hill ideal for building confidence through age appropriate lessons and having fun!

Single Session: $60

  • 1 hour lesson
  • Session Times: Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30am and 1:30pm.
  • Does not include rentals – rental equipment can be purchased through Snowflake rental shop.

ALL LESSONS REQUIRE ONLINE RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS

KBC Mini Schedule:

SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS
10:30am – 12pm
1:30pm – 3pm

Purchase KBC Mini Cruisers Pass

KB Cruisers - Ages 4-12

Our signature program for the junior skier or snowboarder in your family age 4-12 years.
Sessions are 90 minutes long and are taught by our highly energetic and creative children’s coaches.

Our main goal is to provide your child with personal on-snow training in a safe, FUN environment. Whether your child is enjoying his or her “First Time” experience or are active all mountain skiers or riders – our instructors are ready to help them enjoy our slopes at Kissing Bridge. Each session includes a group lesson, beginner hill lift ticket and lots of FUN and camaraderie on the slopes. Our goal is for your child to ask, “When are we coming back?”

KB Cruisers Lesson Prices

Single Session: $60

  • Card for 8 sessions – transferable! $450
  • Does not include rentals – rental equipment can be purchased through Snowflake rental shop

ALL LESSONS REQUIRE ONLINE RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS

KB Cruiser Schedule:

THURSDAY 6:00pm- 7:30pm

FRIDAY 6:00pm-7:30pm

SATURDAY & SUNDAY 10:30am– 12pm, 1:30pm- 3pm

KB Cruisers lessons begin when the KB season starts
KB Cruisers night lessons end Friday, February 24, 2023
KB Cruisers lessons end Sunday, March 12, 2023

Purchase KBC Cruisers Pass

Mom or Dad & Me (Preschool Aged Children)

Designed with the pre-school aged skier and boarder in mind, KB’s Mom (or Dad) and Me lesson is a personalized private lesson that will introduce your child to fun on the snow. Mom and Me will meet for one hour private sessions on a gentle slope that will help build confidence and learn and explore in a personalized environment. During the lesson, our snow sports instructors will teach you techniques that you can practice together outside of class.

Individualized 1-hour coaching session $125 (includes beginner slope lift ticket)

Does not include rental; rental equipment can be purchased through Snowflake rental shop. (Check with the rental shop for available small sizing)

Pre-registration required, call the SnowSports School to set up your session 716-592-4963 ext. 2230

Private Lessons for Children - Ages 3-11

Our experienced team of Children’s Instructors offer private lessons for aspiring skiers and riders at our Central Area at 9:30am, 12pm and 3pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Interested skiers should sign up for a children’s private lesson in the Learning Center in the Central Area.

1 hour private (3 yrs – 11 yrs): $135

  • Private Lesson Times – 9:30am, 12pm and 3pm
  • 5x 1-hour transferable lesson card: $575

No additional students allowed in this lesson package.

To schedule your private lesson email privatelessons@kbski.com or call the SnowSports School at 716-592-4963 ext. 2230

For more information on Children’s Private Lessons, please follow this link to our Private Lesson Page.

KB Holiday Lesson Schedule

Holiday Group Lessons
12/24/22 – KBC 12pm & Group Lesson 11am
12/25/22 – Privates Only 12pm – 3pm
12/26/22 – 11am, 1pm, 3pm
12/27/22 – 11am, 1pm, 3pm
12/28/22 – 11am, 1pm, 3pm
12/29/22 – 11am, 1pm, 3pm
12/30/22 – 11am, 1pm, 3pm
12/31/22 – 11am, 1pm, 3pm
1/1/23 – 11am, 1pm, 3pm

Holiday KB Cruisers
12/24/22 – KBC 12pm
12/25/22 – Privates Only 12pm – 3pm
12/26/22 – KBC – 12pm
12/27/22 – KBC – 12pm
12/28/22 – KBC – 12pm
12/29/22 – KBC – 12pm
12/30/22 – KBC – 12pm
12/31/22 – KBC 10:30am & 1:30pm
1/1/23 – KBC 10:30am & 1:30 pm

Monday Holidays: MLK and Presidents Day
Group lessons 11am, 1pm
KB Cruisers 12pm

Season Long Children's Programs: Bridge Busters, BBX and Bridge Buster Flex

The KB Bridge Busters program will help your children prepare and come with some experiences which will help them safely and adventurously enjoy bigger trips to larger mountain excursions.

These lessons are designed for children aged 5-13 who already know how to ski well.

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All Bridge Busters package include:

  • Season Pass
  • 8 2-hour coaching sessions
  • Programs begin Saturday, January 7 or Sunday, January 8, 2023
  • Programs end Saturday, February 25 or Sunday, February 26, 2023
  • End of the season Family Race and Picnic: March 4, 2023
  • All programs will be held in the Central Area.
  • BONUS! Christmas Camp* – December 27, 28, 29, 2023 10am-1pm

*Christmas Camp will not be made up should Kissing Bridge be closed due to weather.

*Rental Equipment is not included in season long program packages. Rental equipment can be purchased through Snowflake rental shop.

Bridge Busters

Here at KB we know that most of all kids want to have fun, no matter what they are doing. The Bridge Busters program at KB is designed for fun experiences and adventures as students learn a variety of disciplines in our family friendly atmosphere from moguls to beginner terrain parks, and journeys into the glades, as well as ripping carved turns on groomers and even running through race gates. We want children from the ages 5-13 to explore everything that Kissing Bridge has to offer and have fun with peers their own age and ability level.

  • Children must be at least 5 years of age.
  • Groups are formed on the ability levels of each student from strong wedge turns to parallel skiers or falling leaf to terrain park snowboarders.
  • Session Time is chosen at the start of the season.
  • Sessions in the terrain parks and gates included in this program.
  • Coaches will be with the same group of students for the entire season, allowing for progressive lesson planning to build on skills acquired in previous weeks.
  • Lessons begin and end in the Central Area.

Bridge Buster Tuition: 1 session $550, additional session $75

BBX – Bridge Buster X

Whether you’re blasting through moguls and trees, racing through the gates, perfecting your tricks in the park or ripping carves on the corduroy, BBX instructors will help you develop skills and work towards your personal goals. BBX is designed for the advanced 8-14 y/o skiers and snowboarders to experience everything Kissing Bridge has to offer and meet new friends.

Students must demonstrate Advanced Skiing or Riding Skills to participate in this program.

  • Children must be 8 years old or older.
  • Strong emphasis will be placed on terrain park safety and “Smart Style” terrain park etiquette.
  • Helmets are encouraged.
  • Session Time is chosen at the start of the season
    Sessions in the terrain parks and gates included in this program.
  • Coaches will be with the same group of students for the entire season, allowing for progressive lesson planning to build on skills acquired in previous weeks.

BBX Tuition: $550, additional session $75
Lessons begin and end in the Central Area.

BB FLEX – Bridge Busters “Flex” Package

A program designed for the active family, BB FLEX allows flexibility in a family schedule. Each week, BB FLEX students can choose one Bridge Busters session either on Saturday or Sunday. Families can pursue snow sports adventures together for 8 sessions with the additional option of adding more sessions. Imagine the snow fun your family can have making great memories together in this program.

Bridge Buster Tuition: 1 session $575, additional session $75

Students must demonstrate Advanced Riding Skills to participate in this program

  • Children must be 5 years or older.
  • Lessons begin and end in the Central Area.

Bridge Busters session times:

Choose session/sessions to attend seasonally.

SATURDAY SESSIONS & TIMES
9:30 am– 11:30 am
1:30 pm– 3:30 pm

SUNDAY SESSIONS & TIMES
9:30 am– 11:30 am
1:30 pm– 3:30 pm

Purchase Bridge Busters/BBX/Flex Pass

Children's Camps

This is the perfect opportunity to discover our Children’s Programs or for out of town guests to ski or ride with cousins or friends over the Christmas Holiday! Explore our hills and develop skills and tactics while skiing or riding with our energized coaches and meeting new friends!

Skiers and Riders must have the ability to navigate green and blue terrain and load and unload the chairlift independently and pull down and push up the safety bar without assistance.

For participants who do not get this camp included with their program, tuition: $150 Please call the SnowSports School at 716-592-4963 ext. 2230

  • Meet in the Central Area
  • Included with Membership in Bridge Busters, BB Flex, and BBX.
  • Must have a lift ticket to participate. Purchase tickets.
  • Coaching Sessions: December 27-29, 10am- 1pm each day

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