Monarch Caterpillars Seasonal Program

This program is designed for children ages 3 and 4; for the discipline of skiing (no snowboarding); and that have had no previous experience to some experience.

Caterpillars is an introduction to skiing based on the developmental stage of 3 & 4 year olds, in small groups. Your child will have fun, with instructor guidance and direction, while playing with and experiencing the sport of skiing. They'll get to play a lot of games that help them to practice moving and sliding, taking rest and bathroom breaks as needed. Some class time may occur inside due to weather or other considerations, at which times the instructor will continue to facilitate your child's comfort with the equipment, and muscle memory training through movements indoors. Children will be introduced to beginner terrain and the surface lift(s). Each child will be issued a Monarch Season Pass.

Dates, Times and Price

1:00 - 3:30pm Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28 and February 4 and 18, 2015 (6 days, 2.5 hrs/day) 



Please register for this program at least 48 hours in advance of the first program day by filling out the

Registration Form


Required Release Formcompletely, and dropping it off at the Reservations desk in the Rental & Lesson Center, or send to either This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or

Monarch Mountain
attn: Reservations
1 Powder Place
Monarch, CO 81227

What to Expect, and Other Program Information

First day

We would prefer that you pre-register for this program. If you have not and it is the first day of the program, you may go to the Reservations desk in the Rental & Lesson Center to register. If your child does not yet have a season pass, you will be given, in addition to the registration form, the Season Pass forms to have a pass issued for your child. Please allow plenty of time to register prior to the start of the first lesson time.

Please meet Monarch staff at the "Yellow Butterfly" in the Ski School Meeting Area, north of the Rental & Lesson Center.

Arrive promptly at 12:45pm at the above location. The first 15 minutes will be for check-in, and to create lesson groups. Lessons will go to the hill at 1:00pm.

Participants must be dressed and ready to go, with equipment, upon arrival.

Children must use the restroom before lessons.

Lessons end at 3:30pm. Please be available at the drop-off area to pick-up your child. If you wish to designate someone else to pick-up your child, please fill out the custody section of the Registration Form

We want our programs to be fun, with no pressure, and with reasonable expectations.  For first timers, just getting accustomed to the bulky clothing and awkward equipment can be an accomplishment.  We will do our best to meet the individual needs of each child, and group them in the appropriate class based on age and ability.  During the lesson, and especially on the first day, a lot of time will be spent without skis on.  For many children in this age group, simply learning to move with ski boots on is difficult.  Instructors are trained to play a variety of games in order to facilitate and develop some of the fundamental movements of skiing.  When the instructor feels the class is comfortable with these movements, they will progress to stepping and sliding with just one ski on one foot, and then the other.  Students will then progress to movements with both skis on.  This progression will take some time, advances as a group, and continues over the six weeks of the program.  Throughout the class period rest, warm up, and bathroom breaks will be taken as needed.  If at any time you have any questions or concerns about what is happening, please do not hesitate to ask the Youth Program Coordinator directly, or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Behavioral Expectations

We ask that your child be potty trained and ready for a peaceful separation from parents.

What to wear

The participant should wear warm layers of clothing under a waterproof jacket and pants. Warm waterproof mittens or glove, a warm hat and one pair of warm socks is recommended. Wool or synthetic clothing is preferable to cotton garments as cotton absorbs water and does not hold body heat. Eye protection is a must. Goggles and a helmet are also strongly recommended.


Equipment rentals are not included in the price of the program. If the participant does not have their own equipment, arrangements for rental equipment can be made through the Monarch Rental Shop. Please click here to link to our RENTAL EQUIPMENT page for cost and reservations.

Whether renting equipment or using your own, each participant should arrive to the program with the appropriate, modern equipment, sized and adjusted by a professional according to the participant's specifications. If renting, please allow extra time before the start of each class to pick up and size your equipment.

If your child has any allergies or food restrictions, please be sure to include these on the "Special Considerations" section of the Registration Form

Season Pass

If your child does not yet have a Monarch season pass, one will be issued to him or her.  Click here for the required SEASON PASS FORM fill them out and attach them to your completed Registration Form


Refunds: Monarch does not offer refunds or make-ups for missed program days. If a student does miss a program day for any reason they will be eligible for a half price two hour private.


There are no make-up days for bad weather, including snow, cold or wind. Severe winter weather is a likely possibility on all program days. Please plan accordingly and make decisions best for your family's situation. For tips on proper winter dressing please see the information below.

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