Parent Tips

  • Playing in the snow at Alpine Meadows

Make the most out of your child's day on the slopes by reading over our helpful parent tips.

Arrival & Parking

Squaw Kids

  • Directions: Drive up Squaw Valley Road, take a left onto Village East Road. You may park in the Premier Parking area, park in main parking lot and hop on the shuttle or walk. See map below.
  • New Shuttle: We've made it easy this year to get your child and their gear to the Squaw Kids building. Just hop on our shuttle which runs continuously to/from the parking lot to Member’s Circle drop off daily from 8:15-4:15pm.
  • New Premier Parking: Reserve your lesson in advance and you'll receive complimentary parking in our Premier Parking area on weekends & holidays (December 20 – January 4; January 19; February 14 – 22).

Please note: We've recently upgraded the parking spaces in front of Squaw Kids to improve fire safety and accessibility. This will make the Squaw Kids building entrance more pedestrian friendly by restricting access to only those who need accessible access. With this upgrade we no longer allow drop-off directly in front of Squaw Kids. Our Premier Parking Area will be open from 7:30-10am every weekend and holiday (December 20 – January 4; January 19; February 14 – 22). Premier Parking will be complimentary for Squaw Kids guests with advanced reservations. Present a Squaw Kids enrollment confirmation to parking attendant. Other guests are welcome to purchase parking in this area for $20.  

Alpine Kids

  • Alpine Kids is located on the lower level of the Base Lodge
  • You are welcome to park temporarily in the drop-off area just below the Alpine base lodge while checking into Alpine Kids Ski & Snowboard School.
  • Arrive at registration early. It can take up to 30 minutes to register.
  • Your child will need time to pick up their equipment, adjust to the surroundings, and meet other children and instructors without feeling rushed.
  • All children participating in a lesson are required to have a signed release of liability every season. 
  • Review our ski & snowboard level descriptions to know which level your child is. Instructors will evaluate during the lesson individually, but can be difficult if the child's skills are marked too high. Class adjustments may be made during the lesson. A child's skill level can change with the snow conditions.
  • A full day can be a lot of skiing for a 3 or 4 year old. We recommend starting with a half-day session. You can always upgrade to full day session when you arrive at pick up and it includes lunch!
What to Bring

Please label all belongings and make sure children are equipped with the following when they enroll:

  • Sunscreen above SPF 15
  • Appropriate layered clothing to be outdoors for several hours, no need for a hat because our rental package includes a HELMET (Helmets are required)
  • Waterproof gloves or mittens. If it is snowing consider bringing a second pair
  • Goggles are required on a windy or snowy day and goggles or sunglasses on a sunny day
  • Don't forget to add a snack in your child's pocket.
Other Information
  • Parents who wish to watch children in class should watch from a distance to help keep the child's attention on the instructor.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to pick up your child if you would like to talk to your child's instructor.
  • Each child will receive a 'report card' at the end of the day so that parents will know what skills were worked on in the class. Instructors will also make suggestions for the next step of instruction.
  • Be supportive and encouraging with your child no matter how they do in class.
  • Remember, children all learn at a different rates and weather conditions play a big part.
  • Please note that these programs are on-snow physically demanding programs and not day care. Participants will be on the snow in active outdoor activities.
Children's Chairlift Riding Code of Conduct

We have developed a children's chairlift code of conduct to help all of us educate our young skiers and riders about the importance of following chairlift best practices. Please take an active role in educating your child on the following guidelines.

  1. Behave and be respectful of your team mates and others when you are in line, loading the chair, riding the chair, and unloading the chair.
  2. When you are loading the chair, move promptly from the WAIT HERE board to the LOAD HERE board.
  3. At the LOAD HERE board,
    1. Hold your poles in your inside hand
    2. Look back and to the outside
    3. Grab outside of chair as it approaches
  4. While you are riding the chair, DO NOT play with skis or boards and DO NOT play with the restraining bar.
  5. If the lift stops, DO NOT turn around or play around on the chair.
  6. After you unload the chair,
    1. Move away from the unloading ramp
    2. Stay out of the way of others
    3. Wait for your coach or instructor
  7. Children that violate this Code of Conduct will be appropriately reprimanded up to and including termination from our program.
  8. The following websites provide helpful information for preparing your children to ride chairlifts safely: NSAA, Lids on Kids, and Freestyle Terrain.

"Please be advised that your child may be riding lifts alone, with other children, or with adults while enrolled in group or private lessons or Teams. Please advise a Supervisor or Head Coach if you do not wish for your child to ride a chair lift."

Chairlift Safety | Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows