Sports

Freestyle and locals kids’ ski programs taking off

 | February 19, 2012

You’ll notice a lot of happy parents at Sun Peaks on Sundays for the next many weeks. Why? Their kids are enrolled in the popular Locals Kids and Freestyle programs, leaving them the time to enjoy the mountains on their own for a couple of hours.

This is the first year for the freestyle program, offered by Sun Peaks Resort, and Vincent Lafontaine, sports director for the resort, is pleased with its popularity.

“Overall we’ve got 41 kids registered. For the first year, we were really, really excited about the numbers,” he says. “Now we know there’s a market for it, and we’re going to continue. The goal is to eventually, within three years, have a Sun Peaks Freestyle Club.”

The 10 week freestyle program covers technical freeskiing, moguls and terrain park safety, etiquette and skills.

The local kids program is also up to record numbers.

“Our local kids program has grown again this year. On Jan 8 (the first day) we had, in the local program, 210 kids. We had 90 in the morning and 120 in the afternoon. When you calculate the local and the freestyle we had over 250 kids,” confirms Lafontaine.

Both popular programs are taught by fully certified instructors, and will be available again in 2013.

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