Rippers

Contact: Ryan Zaczek
Ability Level: Beginner,Intermediate
Age Range: 3-4 or 5-12

The Rippers program is the first step into Sierra Teams, and is perfect for young skiers/snowboarders (ages 5-12 or 3-4 with Mini Rippers) who are mastering the fundamentals and are ready for consistent support. With the same coach, Rippers will enjoy hours of dedicated coaching in a fun, team environment. We provide parents with an outline of training goals each week, as well as a slew of fun Rippers-only competitions and activities, like Ski With Maddie Bowman Day, to encourage love for the sport and exposure to aspects of upper level skiing/snowboarding including alpine racing, park skiing/riding and moguls. We believe competition is an excellent means for progression and motivator for ski development.

Team Skills/Abilities

Not sure what team to choose? Take a look below to help guide you in choosing which team best fits your skiing/riding goals. Each table below, lists each Sierra team's corresponding skills or abilities.

  • Rippers Ski Teams
  • Rippers Snowboard Teams
  • Ski Development Teams
    (Alpine, Freeride, All Mtn)
  • Attitude to Learn and Grow
  • Flex your Boot to Engage the Ski Tip
  • Functional Pole Plant
  • Symmetrical Turns on Intermediate terrain
  • Controlled Hockey stops (L+R)
  • Effective use of Blending Skills E/P/R
  • Learn More
  • Snowboard Development Teams
  • Attitude to Learn and Grow
  • Twist the Board
  • Pivot Slip
  • Symmetrical Turns on Intermediate Terrain
  • Flat Base Run
  • Blending Skidded & Carved Turns as Conditions dictate
  • Learn More
  • Ski Competition Teams
    (Alpine, Freeride)
  • Desire to learn and compete
  • Aggressive athletic posture on all terrain
  • Pivot slips on all terrian
  • Hips and knees over toes
  • Dynamic feet and hands
  • Swivel hips
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  • Snowboard Competition Teams
  • Desire to learn and compete
  • Aggressive athletic posture on all terrain
  • Symetrical turns in intermediate bumps
  • Comfortable riding switch
  • Straight air jumps
  • Perform a 360 anyway you choose
  • Learn More

 

2018/19 Rates

  Age Range Rate
Mini Rippers
(Sat + Sun)
3-4 2019/20 Pricing Coming Soon
Rippers
(Sat + Sun)
5-12 2019/20 Pricing Coming Soon
12 Week Rippers
(Thurs Only)
5-12 2019/20 Pricing Coming Soon
Benefits Same coach, same team each week. Master fundamentals of skiing/riding. Team building + confidence. Includes an Unlimited Season Pass.

*All program costs include the $60 assessment day fee (when purchased on or before Oct. 15th) and a complimentary Sierra-at-Tahoe Unlimited season pass. My Sierra Rewards Plus membership is available for an additional fee.

2018/19 Rippers Calendar

Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. We strongly encourage you to be on the snow by 8:45 a.m. as we generally head to the lifts at 9:00 a.m. which means you may not get connected to your respective team until they break for lunch should you arrive late.

Mini Rippers: Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Participants should be comfortable in a cold weather environment, be toilet trained, and be able to stop on skis or a board. We assume they will need help getting on and off the chair lift, but they should have at least done it once.

  • December
    2018
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • 1 - Tryout/Information Day
  • -
  • 8
  • 9
  • 15
  • 16
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • January
    2019
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • -
  • -
  • 12
  • 13
  • -
  • -
  • 26
  • 27
  • February
    2019
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • 2
  • 3
  • 9
  • 10
  • -
  • -
  • 23
  • 24
  • March
    2019
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • 2
  • 3
  • 9
  • 10
  • 16
  • 17
  • -
  • -
  • -
  • -

*Remember, you can come Saturday and/or Sunday each weekend a Rippers session is offered. Make up days or prorated prices will not be available for children who miss dates due to weather, injury, or other commitments. Make up dates will only be offered if the resort opens after the scheduled program start.

Good to Know

  • Start Time: teams will be on-snow between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm each day with a break for lunch. We strongly recommend planning to check-in at 8:45 am as we generally head up the Grandview lift at 9 am.
  • Groups are generally broken up by ability though we attempt some stratification of ages to facilitate lift loading policies - age is determined by age as of 12/31/2018.
  • Coach Consistency: Each team will benefit from the dedicated coaching team both on Saturdays and Sundays for improved consistency and long term skill development.
  • Lunch is not included. Please remember to pack a lunch and snacks or provide lunch money.
  • Drop-off and pick-up will take place on the snow outside Ski Patrol next to the Grandview Express Chairlift.
  • Rippers is a non-competitive program with an emphasis on skills development
  • The program is staffed by Sierra coaches who are specifically trained under our senior coaching staff to implement a specifically designed curriculum and Sierra Team philosophy.
  • A 10% discount will be give to each participant within the same family after the first participant is registered. Must be purchased through the Season Pass Office; please call 530.543.3108.
  • Participants must be able to get on and off the chairlift without help and be able to make controlled turns down all green runs.
  • Participation in competitions is not mandatory.

How to Join

Fill out the Rippers/Mini Rippers Registration Form here .

Contact Us

Questions can be directed to 530.543.3180 or rzaczek@sierraattahoe.com .

Skiing/Riding at Sierra has Many Perks

We love our passholders and show it often by offering Early Loads on select powder days through the season. Sierra's wind protected lifts and trails make Sierra-at-Tahoe your best bet on stormy days. Our hard-working crews know every minute on the hill counts and makes it their mission to open on time. Our passholders get hooked up with 20% discounts on food, new gear and rentals with My Sierra Rewards! Sierra is the closest major resort to Northern California (ensuring you less driving and more skiing/riding). Sierra's blessed with natural snow from heaven, not hoses.

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