|Clifford Racing Programs|
Our Clifford Racing Program is our BEST JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. This program fills up quickly every year.
Don't forget that Season Passholders age 6 and up receive a 10% discount on any multi-day Snow School Program!
Clifford Race Program
- 4 hours of group racing instruction for ages 6-16 for 9 consecutive Saturdays with 2 optional Sunday races
- Begins January 6th 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 December 31st and includes 4 hours of race instruction/day plus 2 Sunday optional races ( one at Mount Pakenham and one at Calabogie Peaks). 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.
Because of the Clifford racing heritage, our Racing Program is 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.
New last year 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 December 31st, January 1, February 4th, or February 5th. 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 money 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 Association of Disabled Skiers) certified instructor.
If you need to switch your child to private lessons, please speak to a reservation agent.
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 6th 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.
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.