Applications for Operation Snowsports closed on November 9. We encourage you to submit a Waitlist Application below. If spots open up this winter season, the Outreach & Enrollment Coordinator will be in touch with you via email.
Operation SnowSports is YES’s flagship program. Every winter season, Boston youth have the opportunity to experience the outdoors, develop confidence on the slopes, and build leadership skills. COVID-19 policies and procedures will be followed per MA Department of Public Health guidelines.
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. The Operation SnowSports YETTI and YES Kids experience begins with a virtual orientation where youth will learn safety tips for their day(s) on the slopes, followed by a trip to the YES rental shop for youth to be fitted for their gear. On the weekend day trips, youth arrive at YES to meet their instructor and classmates. Transportation is provided to/from the mountain. At the mountain, youth participate in a lesson, break for food, and continue with supervised skiing and snowboarding afterward. 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 $15-$175.
The YETTI (Youth Excel Through Tailored Instruction) experience offers youth the opportunity to ski or snowboard with the same group of peers for four pre-determined days throughout the season. Youth benefit from the YETTI program model’s personalized instruction and coaching that is tailored to their specific needs. No prior skiing or snowboarding experience is necessary to enroll.
The YES Kids experience is only available to youth who have minimal experience skiing or snowboarding. This option is to offer youth an introduction to the outdoors by spending one day on the slopes. An extra trip day will be offered as space is available.
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 afterschool, 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.