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Devo

The Vail Development Team - DEVO - is a multi-session youth ski and snowboard program offered through the Vail Children's Ski & Snowboard School. Devo’s mission is to create lifelong skiers and riders while introducing young athletes to mountain safety and etiquette in a social, team oriented environment. Offerings include Junior, Youth/Teen, Race, Snowboard with additional focuses on all-mountain or freestyle. Although the program focuses on consistency there will be times when a substitute coach may be needed and will be used. Please continue to the below tabs to learn more and purchase the appropriate program.

News
See DEVO blog posts on the Vail blog!

Overview

  • Ages 8 (3rd Grade) - Teens
  • Alpine Level 6 and up
  • Snowboard Level 4 and up
  • All Mountain Skiing/ Race/Freestyle/Snowboard Teams Available
  • Team Average 8-10 Members
  • Lunch is not included
  • Drop off Vail Village Structure 8:40-9:00
  • Pick Up Golden Peak Base 3:15-3:30
  • Lift Pass is not included
  • Saturday 13 Week (Alpine/Snowboard) and Sunday 9 Week (Alpine Only) Program Available
  • Check calendar tab for details

 

Team assignments are based on skill and special requests. Please communicate with coaches and supervisors to be sure your child is matched appropriately. We will make every effort to accommodate special requests, but reserve the right to make changes for the benefit of all concerned.

Alpine 
The Youth Development Team is for students interested in a consistent All Mountain Skiing Program for children ages 8 (3rd Grade) - Teens. The goal of the Youth Development team is to develop the ability to ski in all conditions on Vail Mountain, and use the mountain as their “playground.” Coaches will challenge students through skills and terrain selection. If your child in interested in Racing or Freestyle we offer teams with a focus in that discipline and all mountain skiing. 

 

Snowboard 
Snowboard Youth Development is for students interested in a consistent all mountain snowboard program. Team members will have the ability to improve all round riding skills. The snowboard teams will use Vail Mountain as their ‘Playground” and learning environment. The Snowboard team members will also experience some time in the pipe and park, with specific skill development in these areas. Team members must be at least a level 5 to join a team. Only offered as a Saturday 13 Week Program.

 

Programs

Saturday 13 Week program

Youth Alpine

December

10, 17

January 7, 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 11, 18
April

1, 8

Saturday 13 Week Program

Youth Snowboard

December  10, 17
January 7, 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 11, 18
April 1, 8
           

Sunday 9 Week program

Youth Alpine

December 11, 18
January 8, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 26
March 5
                         
               
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Please download the special Devo Registration instructions that you will need to successfully complete the registration process. 

NEW this season! Registration for DEVO ends at 5:00 pm on SEPTEMBER 30th, all registrations and cancellations after this time will be charged a $50 fee.

All DEVO charges will be applied the first week of December. Employee Dependent rates will be applied automatically at this time.


Having trouble figuring out your child's ability level? Check the descriptions below (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). 

 

Note:
Children age 12 and under must wear a helmet while participating in a ski or snowboard school lesson. Rental helmets are available at our children's ski school locations for your convenience.

While helmets may reduce or mitigate the severity of some head injuries, their use does not guarantee safety and will not prevent certain injuries. The Resort reminds you that every winter sport participant shares responsibility for his or her safety and for that of others using the ski area facilities. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it. Become familiar with and observe “Your Responsibility Code” and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

Overview

  • Ages 4 - 8 (2nd Grade)
  • Level 4 and up, Alpine Only
  • All Mountain Skiing/Race/Freestyle Teams Available
  • All children will wear vests and ride the lift with an adult
  • Lunch is included
  • Drop off Vail Village Structure 8:40-9:00
  • Pick Up Golden Peak Base 3:15-3:30
  • Lift Pass is not included
  • Saturday 13 Week and Sunday 9 Week Program Available (Alpine Only) 
  • Check calendar tab for details

 

The Junior Development Team is for students interested in a consistent All Mountain Skiing Program for children ages 4-8 years (up to 2nd Grade). The goal of the junior development team is to start developing skills and a passion for skiing. If your child is interested in Racing or Freestyle we offer teams with a 20% focus in those disciplines. All of our teams spend the majority of their time working on All Mountain skills.

Team assignments are based on skill and special requests. Please communicate with coaches and supervisors to be sure your child is matched appropriately. We will make every effort to accommodate special requests, but reserve the right to make changes for the benefit of all concerned.

 

Programs


Saturday 13 Week Junior Alpine

Ages 4-8 (2nd Grade), Level 4 and up.
December

10, 17

January 7, 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 11, 18
April

1, 8

Sunday 9 Week Junior Alpine

Ages 4-8 (2nd Grade), Level 4 And Up.

December 11, 18
January 8, 22, 29
February 5, 12, 26
March 5
                         
 Buy Now  Buy Now

Please download the special Devo Registration instructions that you will need to successfully complete the registration process. 

NEW this season! Registration for DEVO ends at 5:00 pm on SEPTEMBER 30th, all registrations and cancellations after this time will be charged a $50 fee.

All DEVO charges will be applied the first week of December. Employee Dependent rates will be applied automatically at this time.


Having trouble figuring out your child's ability level? Check the descriptions below (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). 

 

Note:
Children age 12 and under must wear a helmet while participating in a ski or snowboard school lesson. Rental helmets are available at our children's ski school locations for your convenience.

While helmets may reduce or mitigate the severity of some head injuries, their use does not guarantee safety and will not prevent certain injuries. The Resort reminds you that every winter sport participant shares responsibility for his or her safety and for that of others using the ski area facilities. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it. Become familiar with and observe “Your Responsibility Code” and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience.

Overview

  • Junior Alpine Race: Ages 6 - 8 (2nd Grade)
  • Youth Alpine Race: Ages 8 (3rd Grade) - 12
  • Alpine Level 7 and up
  • Lunch is not included for racers 9 and up
  • Drop off Vail Village Structure 8:40-9:00
  • Pick Up Golden Peak Base 3:15-3:30
  • Lift Pass is not included

 

The Race Development team is for students interested in developing and improving alpine racing skills, and all mountain skills. Team members will be exposed to some GS and Slalom skills tactics and techniques throughout the season. It is important to note that the entire mountain is used to increase skills that transfer to racing. Coaches of the race team will have had experience racing and/or race coaching. Team members will also have opportunities to participate in the Youth Ski League Races throughout the season. 

Team members must be at least a level 7 to join a team. A level 7 skier can make dynamic parallel turns of different sizes on all blue and blue/black terrain.

Team assignments are based on skill and special requests. Please communicate with coaches and supervisors to be sure your child is matched appropriately. We will make every effort to accommodate special requests, but reserve the right to make changes for the benefit of all concerned.

 

Programs

Youth Alpine Race

Ages 6 - 8 (2nd Grade), Level 7 And Up.
December

3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 31

January 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
March

4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19

Junior Alpine Race

Ages 8 (3rd Grade) - 12, Level 7 And Up.

December 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 31
January 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
February 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26
March 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19

 

 Buy Now  Buy Now

Please download the special Devo Registration instructions that you will need to successfully complete the registration process. 

NEW this season! Registration for DEVO ends at 5:00 pm on SEPTEMBER 30th, all registrations and cancellations after this time will be charged a $50 fee.

All DEVO charges will be applied the first week of December. Employee Dependent rates will be applied automatically at this time.


Having trouble figuring out your child's ability level? Check the descriptions below (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). 

 

Note:

Children age 12 and under must wear a helmet while participating in a ski or snowboard school lesson. Rental helmets are available at our children's ski school locations for your convenience.

While helmets may reduce or mitigate the severity of some head injuries, their use does not guarantee safety and will not prevent certain injuries. The Resort reminds you that every winter sport participant shares responsibility for his or her safety and for that of others using the ski area facilities. Always show courtesy to others and be aware that there are elements of risk in skiing and snowboarding that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce. Know your ability level and stay within it. Become familiar with and observe “Your Responsibility Code” and share with other skiers the responsibility for a great skiing experience. 

 

16-17 Vail Development Team Calendar


SATURDAY

Youth/Junior/Teen - 13 Weeks

  • December:  10, 17
  • January: 7, 14, 21, 28
  • February: 4, 11, 25
  • March: 11, 18
  • April: 1, 8


SUNDAY

Youth/Junior - 9 Weeks

  • December:  11, 18
  • January:  8, 22, 29
  • February:  5, 12, 26
  • March:  5


RACE DEVO

  • December: 3/4, 10/11, 17/18, 31
  • January: 1, 7/8, 14/15, 21/22, 28/29
  • February: 4/5, 11/12, 18/19, 25/26
  • March: 4/5, 11/12, 18/19

Summer Contact:

For questions about the DEVO program during the summer months, please contact Greg Willis at GWillis@vailresorts.com.

 

DEVO Coordinators Kirsten Degroat Henson, Jared Bailey, and Jill Chalfant can be reached during the ski season via email at kdegroat@vailresorts.com, Jbailey6@vailresorts.com, or jchalfant@vailresorts.com.
 
The DEVO phone number is (970) 754-3257.

The mailing address: 

Vail Children's Ski and Snowboard School 

DEVELOPMENT TEAM 

P.O. Box 7 (V40) 

Vail CO 81658 

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