Abigail Smeltzer (pictured above) is a Level I, Children's Specialist I PSIA-certified instructor with Crystal Mountain's Snowsports School. She learned to ski at age four on the slopes of Crystal, and has taught skiing for three years. Abigail writes about Crystal’s Nanny McSki program, recently honored by the National Ski Area Association as a Conversion Cup finalist. Now in its third season, the Nanny McSki program is gaining in popularity every year.
It’s convenient, hassle-free, and aimed at making your family ski vacation a memorable one. Crystal’s Nanny McSki program takes the stress out of getting the kids up, fed, booted and on the slopes. Here's how it works: a PSIA or ASSI- accredited instructor greets your family at your doorstep, and picks up the kids. From there, the instructor oversees rental, takes the kids for breakfast and lunch, and heads to the slopes for a day full of skiing and learning fun. Unlike our regular Snowsports School programs, Nanny McSki allows increased flexibility for children, parents and the instructor. We meet your family in the morning , take breaks when needed, meet up with mom and dad for lunch, and in between have a day filled with skiing adventures all set to a pace appropriate for each child’s learning style.
In order for your Nanny McSki day to run smoothly and efficiently, we only allow up to three children of similar skill level per nanny. This allows the instructor to teach skills that every child in the group can attempt and even master. However, if you have children who are at different skill levels, we suggest that you invite some family friends to join you. Each family can request a nanny for the day. From there, we’ll group the children into similar skill levels and assign them to their nanny. This way, both families can benefit from the opportunity to try this program.
Besides the benefit of being flexible,, this program can also be economical.. A single day Nanny McSki price is $389 for one to three children, which includes breakfast, lunch and snacks, rental equipment, and a day of skiing. (Lift tickets are purchased separately. At Crystal, kids ages 8 & under ski free anytime). For the price, the stress- free experience and great memories made, the Nanny McSki program is worth every penny!