Everything You Want To Know About Snowstar

Welcome to Wisconsin's oldest and largest ski and snowboard school for young people, Snowstar Snow Sports School.  The club was started in 1962 and is now the largest program of its kind in the state.  In our program, members make new friends, learn proper ski & snowboarding skills, and participate in a sport they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.  Our aim is to provide fun-filled days and memorable experiences. 
And now we want to welcome you to the Schmitz Brothers Resorts better known as Little Switzerland, Nordic Mountain,The Rock Snowpark and its newest edition, Snowstar Snow Sports School. We are so happy to take on the tradition and have fun with all of you. We look forward to seeing you along the way. 

Why join a ski or snowboard school?
If you are going to ski or snowboard do it right!

Like most activities, skiing or boarding is learned best when it is learned the right way. You progress faster, it's easier, it's safer and you don't pick up bad habits. SNOWSTAR members will have the best instruction available from our own qualified professionally trained ski & snowboard instructors.

Who can join?
The club is open to young people ages 7 thru 18.  The SNOWSTAR SNOW SPORTS SCHOOL presents a well-rounded teaching and recreational program stressing SAFETY, FUN and LEARNING.

How does it work?
The program consists of weekly Saturday day trips to various local ski areas complete with transportation, lessons and supervision.  Members go to our website to make a reservation and pay in advance for the dates they wish to attend.
After completing a membership application and paying the annual Tuition Fee, members receive monthly pre-season newsletters along with ski shop discount coupons and information about sales and specials.
In November, members receive a membership packet which includes ID card, Equipment ID Stickers and more.  There is a Membership Manual available on on our website.  Members and their parents are resposible for accessing and reading the manual. 

Policy for trip reservations
All trip space is reserved and paid in advance on our website. You can sign up and pay for as many trips as you like. You can also pay as far in advance as you like up until Thursday at midnight before a trip.
Please keep in mind that we cannot refund the entire amount of trip fees if canceled after the Thursday night deadline.  We will refund all except the bus fees if the trip is run.  If WE cancel a trip due to inclement weather, we will refund the entire amount.

We have a form on our website for you to fill out in the event your member cannot make it on a trip you have already signed up and paid for.  The form must be filled out before 9:00 am on the morning of the trip to receive a refund.  We will not refund if the form is filled out after the trip is run.

What does Snowstar offer?

  • Professional ski and snowboard instruction on all
    Saturday regular teaching trips.
  • Regular members receive a 1.5 hour lesson on each teaching trip. Beginning skiers and snowboarders remain in lessons for all 3 class periods on each trip until specific skills are mastered.
  • Guest days
  • Junior instructor training
  • Individualized special instruction

Ski and Snowboard Instruction
Instruction is provided by SNOWSTAR's professionally trained ski and snowboard instructors.  Classes range from beginner to expert and members progress to more advanced classes as their skills improve.  Classes are limited to 6 to 8 students per instructor.  Beginner students will remain in lessons for all 3 class periods on each trip until they show that they are able to achieve the next skill level.

Always ski and board responsibly. Know Your RESPONSIBILITY CODE.

Transportation is by chartered school buses to The Rock Snowpark and Little Switzerland and by chartered coach buses to Nordic Mt. and Cascade.   Buses pick up members at convenient pick-up locations around the metro area in the morning and return them to the same spot that evening. Bus schedules can be found here and in your Membership Manual and do not change in time or place throughout the season except for special trips as indicated.  Pick up locations may be added or deleted during the season as membership warrants.


Germantown - Park and Ride
Mequon - Homestead High School
Brown Deer Rd/Hwy 43 - Park and Ride
Shorewood High School
Brookfield Square Shopping Center
Watertown Plank Rd park & ride
Lake Country - Hwy 83 and 94 park & ride

Each bus is manned by our instructors who travel with the bus and are on duty at the ski area to lend a helping hand, maintain decorum and assist, especially the beginners.  The SNOWSTAR table is located in each ski area's chalet.  Any member that has a problem during the trip should go to the supervisor in the chalet and assistance will be given there.

How much does it cost?
When you join you pay an annual Tuition Fee.

On each weekly trip you pay a trip fee.

CLICK HERE to see this season's tuition and trip fees.

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