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Discovery Ski Education Foundation (DSEF) is a non-profit parent run organization that provides technical training for kids, promotes enjoyment of the sport, and builds confidence. We welcome all kids who love to ski and want to improve their skills. We offer four programs for kids age 5-16.
This year we will be offering two recreational programs (ESP and Advanced ESP) and two competitive programs (LTR and Race) Our recreational programs will run 10 consecutive Saturday’s beginning January 9th. Our competitive programs will officially begin with Christmas Camp (December 26th – December 31st).
Please note the following important changes we have made to our program this year due to Covid-19. ESP and Advanced All-Mountain ESP will run from 10am-1pm. We have eliminated the lunch break. Please feel free to put a snack in your child’s coat pocket. LTR continues to train 9:30-2:30 on Saturdays and DART will continue to train Saturdays and Sundays 9:30-2:30.
By signing up for our programs you acknowledge that you have read and understand Discovery Ski Area’s Covid-19 policy and DSEF Refund Policy for the 2021 season. The refund policy is located at the bottom of this page as well as in your confirmation email.
Stay tuned and check back often as we have program updates and changes to share.
10 Consecutive Saturdays beginning Jan 9. 10 am – 1 pm
Our Enhanced Skier Program (ESP) is a non-competitive recreational program designed for skiers age 5-16 with previous skiing experience. This program is for youth skiers who want to improve their skills and become confident life-long all mountain skiers. Coaches will teach the fundamentals of alpine skiing utilizing drills and a variety of teaching techniques to help all skiers achieve goals and progress at every level. Participants will be placed into small groups based on skier ability. Athletes must be 5 years old by December 31, 2020 in order to participate in ESP. Participants must have previous skiing experience, be able to manage their own equipment and clothing, load and unload the chairlift safely and independently, and ski independently.
10 Consecutive Saturdays beginning Jan 9, 10 am – 1 pm
Our new Advanced All-Mountain program is a recreational program designed for advanced skiers committed to improving their skiing in a challenging but fun environment. The All Mountain program will focus on adjusting techniques and tactics to improve skiing on all terrain and in all conditions. Participants can expect to ski steeps, trees, moguls and more all while reaching their full potential and excelling in all aspects of skiing. Participants can expect to ski in a group of skiers of similar ability with the same coach throughout the ten-week program. Athletes must be 7 years old by December 31, 2020 in order to participate in the Advanced All-Mountain ESP program. Participants must have the ability and desire to ski at a high level. This means they must be able to independently and confidently ski the whole mountain, as well as load and unload all chairlifts safely and independently. Skiers should have the ability and desire to ski multiple laps off the Limelight chair. Participants without the required skills will be asked to transfer to another program and will be offered a prorated refund.
Beginning Christmas Camp Week (12/26 – 12/31 and continuing Saturdays 9:30 – 2:30)
This is an 11-week program designed for all-mountain skiers (ages 7-16) who want to see what racing is all about. Skiers will learn racing basics through drills and directed free-sking. Participants can test their skills at a kids-oriented fun race and enter USSA sanctioned races. This will usually include a USSA race held at Discovery (if one is scheduled) and\or the Youth Ski League (YSL) championship race. USSA membership is required to compete in sanctioned events.
Beginning Christmas Camp Week and Continuing Sat and Sun 9:30 – 2:30
Discovery Alpine Race Team (DART) is designed for advanced skiers who are ready to compete at a higher level. No race experience is necessary but athletes should be committed to training to improve their performance. This program emphasizes race training and conditioning through focused free skiing, instructional drills and gate training in all ski racing disciplines. Participants are encouraged to attend all Youth Ski League (YSL) races during the season which take place across Montana, Wyoming and South Dakota. A USSA alpine competitor license and a hard ear helmet will be required for participation in this program. Race skis are highly recommended. Athletes must be 7 years old by December 31, 2020 in order to participate in DART. No prior race experience is necessary, but athletes must have the ability and desire to ski at a high level with a focus on race training. This means participants must be able to independently and confidently ski the whole mountain. Participants without the required skills will be asked to transfer to another program and will be offered a prorated refund. You will be required to sell raffle tickets as a part of our annual fundraiser
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DSEF has added the following clause for the 2020-2021 season: In the event that DSEF must cancel training days for a program due to COVID-19, each participant will be eligible to receive a prorated refund amounting up to 70% of the scheduled training days that were cancelled. This includes temporary or permanent closure due to local and/or state guidance, possible or confirmed cases among the team, or the closure of Discovery Ski Area.
All other refund requests will be evaluated by the board on a case by case basis.
Refund options include a refund check, a credit for the 2021-2022 season, or donating the amount to DSEF.
Total program cost: $295
Program cost per day: $29.50
# of days cancelled: 2
70% of 2 days @ $29.50 = REFUND OF $41.30
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Contact & Hours
General Contact Info
Discovery Ski Corp.
PO Box 1250
Philipsburg, MT 59858
Ski Patrol Dispatch
(406) 563-2184 (option 1)
Hours of Operation
Thanksgiving - April 4
9:30 A.M. - 4 P.M.
10 A.M. - 3:45 P.M.
10 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. BY RESERVATION
TAP 'ER LITE BAR
9 A.M. - 4 P.M.
May 21 - mid-October
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
11 A.M. - 5 P.M.
Discovery Ski Area is operated under a special use permit with the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.