Our Clifford Racing Program is our BEST JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. This program fills up quickly every year. Don't forget that Passholders age 6 and up receive a 10% discount on any multi-day Snow School Program!

Clifford Racing Programs

Clifford Race Program
- 4 hours of group racing instruction for ages 6-16 for 9 consecutive Saturdays with an optional Sunday race.
- Begins January 5th from 9:30am - 11:30am and 12:30pm - 2:30pm
- Bring your own equipment or rent ours; helmets are required

Racing makes great skiers. It teaches everything your son or daughter needs to become the very best on the slopes. Its 9 consecutive Saturdays beginning January 5th and includes 4 hours of race instruction/day plus a Sunday optional races ( one at Mount Pakenham and possibly one at Calabogie Peaks-TBD). The optional Sunday races requires parental supervision.

The Clifford family produced some of the best ski racers in Canada. Starting with Ski Area Developer John Clifford (developed Camp Fortune, Mont-Ste-Marie, Mont Cascades and Mount Pakenham), the Cliffords have been tearing up (and down slopes) for over 60 years. John’s racing legacy was passed on to his daughters Betsy, Susan, and Joanne; Mount Pakenham’s president.

Our certified coaches strive to make our Racing Program fun and one of the best. Our coaches are dedicated to their profession and it shows in the caliber of our young racers.

The Clifford Race program is for all young skiers and boarders ages 6 to 13 who are looking to add more speed and variety to their lesson program and enjoy some recreational racing. We also have a group of teenagers ages 14-16 - skier only. Participants will benefit from the extended on-snow hours offered by this program. Individual performance will improve tremendously. 'Racers’ will spend 4 hours each training day on snow in a group with approximately 6-8 peers. Students will receive loads of individual feedback and will have plenty of supervised practice time. Fun races are scheduled to offer participants the opportunity to race in a team environment and to measure individual results.

To participate in Clifford Race Program students must be able to ride the chair and ski the terrain that is accessed from the chairlift with minimal assistance. Helmets are mandatory.

Upon completion of the Clifford Race program, students will be proficient, versatile skiers/boarders. They will have obtained the confidence and maturity gained from training in a supportive team environment. They’ll have acquired all the qualities that we seek in our Teaching Assistants.

Other Options:
We offer a 4-Hour/Week PERFORMANCE PROGRAM on Saturdays or Sundays for ADVANCED SKIERS AGES 9-14. The Program runs for 5 weeks starting January 5th or 6th, or February 9th or 10th. Group lesson instruction from 10:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm including elements in gate training, ski improvement, terrain park, and glades having skiers explore all of our Terrain for an all around learning experience. Snowboarding options available Sundays.

Mount Pakenham’s Teaching Assistants youth development program is the perfect way for young skiers and boarders to earn credits and further improve technically while developing solid communication and interpersonal skills as they assist instructors. The Teaching Assistants program is designed for skiers and boarders ages 12-14 with the desire to eventually become an instructor.

Students with Special Needs and ‘Inclusion’ in Group Ski and Snowboard Lessons
We often receive requests from schools and families to accommodate children with various challenges in group lessons.
Although schools now routinely include students with significant behavioral or emotional problems that occasionally render them disruptive, special needs students may not do well in a group ski lesson.
Students with intellectual, emotional, or behavioral challenges learn better one-on-one in a private lesson setting.
Students with physical challenges, requiring an instructor with special adaptive training should consider booking private lessons with a CADS (Canadian Adaptive Snowsports) certified instructor.
If you need to switch your child to private lessons, please speak to a reservation agent.

Mount Pakenham Snow School Waiver

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  • Program:
    4 hours of group racing instruction for ages 6-16 for 9 consecutive Saturdays with 2 optional Sunday races
    A Season Pass or Lift Package is required for this program.
  • Available: 9 consecutive Saturdays beginning January 5th from 9:30 - 11:30 am and 12:30 - 2:30 pm
  • Equipment: Bring your own equipment or rent ours; helmets are required
  • Fine Print: Snow School rates are for instruction only! Season Pass or lift packages are extra. Please add 13% HST to snow school rates. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling Mount Pakenham at (613)-624-5290 with your Visa or Mastercard.
    Bookings made less than 7 days before program start date may be subject to a $25 late booking fee.

    Full refunds, less $25 administration charge, are issued only if cancellation notice is received more than 14 days prior to the start date. Cancellations within 14 days will be assigned an alternate date or credit, less $25 administration charge, at the discretion of Mount Pakenham. All credits must be used by the end of the current season.
    Ski School Class Size
    We specialize in personalized attention within classes of 3 to 10 students. We reserve right to cancel or reschedule classes. Classes less than 3 students may have a shorter lesson.
  • Ability Levels:Beginner - Expert


Program Pricing
Clifford Racing Program ages 6 to 16 - 9 weeks starts Jan 6th (lessons only - lift tickets/pass required)


Program Options
Rent Skis or Snowboard for 9 Week Programs - Available to Snow School Participants and immediate family when booked with Snow School multi-day booking.
9 Week Program-Rentals package


Pkg of Lift Tickets for 9 Week Programs - Available to Snow School Participants and immediate family when booking multi-day Snow School lessons.
9 Week Program Lifts package


Supervised Hot lunch provided each day of the Clifford Racing program (9 days) for children ages 6-13.Lunch
Clifford Race Lunch Package


6 - Open to Close Lift Tickets - Valid Anytime
6 Pak Open to Close Lift Tickets - Regular rate $164+HST, Summer Hot Rates until October 19,2018


Lockers keep your equipment warm, dry, secure and makes skiing easy (Rental).
Season Regular Family Sized Locker (12 in x 22 in)


Season Large Family Sized Locker(15 inches x 24 inches)


Related Programs

5 Week Programs

Mount Pakenham works with your busy schedule. Choose between morning or afternoon, Saturday or Sunday.
Don't forget that Season Passholders age 6 and up receive a 10% discount on any multi-day, GROUP lesson, Snow School Program!

10 Week Programs

Our BEST WEEKEND PROGRAM combines both the Jan and Feb "5wk Programs" into one great 10wk Program at terrific savings! Starts Jan 5th or 6th. Remember: Passholders age 6 and up receive a 10% discount on any multi-day Snow School Program!

Every Other Weekend Program

Attention busy families and single parents!
5 Week Every Other Weekend Program offered Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm starting either Saturday Jan 5 OR Jan 12 or Sunday Jan 6 OR Jan 13, 2019.

Youth Freestyle Ski & Snowboard

We offer Freestyle training through private lessons only, offered as single lessons or a flexible package of 5. Alternatively we offer a 5-week consecutive "Private Lesson Program" with set dates & times.

Teaching Assistant Program

Our best youth program focuses on youth development, skiing and riding skills and future teaching opportunities. This program is for aspiring young instructors giving them the chance to experience the joy of teaching the magic of skiing/snowboarding!

Ski/Ride Like A Pro

Have you ever thought of becoming an instructor? Here is your chance to learn the basics, improve your skiing/riding and see if you would enjoy a rewarding career in the ski industry or just supplement your income on weekends. We would love to have you join our team!

Performance Program Ages 9-14

For intermediate/ advanced skiers and snowboarders ages 9-14 who want to explore everything Mount Pakenham has to offer. Don't forget that Season Passholders age 6 and up receive a 10% discount on any multi-day Snow School Program!