Operation SnowSports is YES’s flagship program. Each year, YES takes more than 800 youth downhill skiing, downhill snowboarding, and cross-country skiing from December through April. All Operation SnowSports trips include an equipment rental, a lift ticket, a bus ride to one of New England’s best skiing locations, and a ski/snowboard lesson.
Applications for the 2021-2022 season will open in October 2021.
The Downhill Ski & Snowboarding Program
The Downhill Ski & Snowboarding Program track gives skiers and snowboarders an opportunity to try something new, or continue practicing their skills on the slopes. This program is ideal for youth that have tried skiing/riding before, as well as youth who are new to the sport entirely. Youth will begin their adventure by attending an orientation and equipment fitting at the YES office. On trip day, youth may depart from the YES office on a weekday after school or on a weekend afternoon, or meet at the designated location, have a ski/snowboard lesson, break for snack, and have ski/snowboard unstructured time to practice their skills. Through donations, fundraising events, and partnerships, YES keeps expenses to a minimum and provides programming that is affordable and accessible to everyone. In this way, YES encourages youth to not only learn and experience this new adventure and sport, but also to participate in other YES programs and develop lifelong relationships with mentors and peers.
Pricing: Program fee will be determined on a sliding scale based on household income and number of family dependents. Fees for income-eligible families can range from $40-$175.
The Cross-Country Skiing Program
The YES Cross-Country Ski Program partners with Weston Ski Track to offer a cross-country ski program- introducing youth to the sport and building their strength and stamina. Youth do not need any prior skiing experience to participate. On trip day, youth may depart from the YES office on a weekday after school or a weekend afternoon, or meet at Weston, participate in equipment fitting, have a ski lesson, break for snack, and have ski unstructured time to practice their skills.
Pricing: Program fee will be determined on a sliding scale according to income eligibility and number of dependents. Fees for income-eligible families can range from $20-$105.