The Camden Snow Bowl has assembled a diverse lineup of youth and adult programs for the upcoming season. Starting with age 3, programs range from one to one instruction to group skiing and snowboarding, with additional focus on freestyle and competition.

The Snow Bowl’s programs will be launched at Program Day this Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. at the lodge. Program Day will feature the opportunity to meet instructors and coaches and learn about options for new or experienced skiers. Jeff Dec, director of the Ski and Ride School, and the Snow Bowl’s new Competition Program Director, Marisa Hanning, will introduce this season’s race and freestyle programs. Coaches and instructors will also be on hand to meet families and answer questions.

Program Day is just the start of a busy week for recreation enthusiasts. On Thursday, Nov. 17, the annual Ragged Mountain Ski Club Auction will be take place at the Waterfront Restaurant. Proceeds from the event support the 4th Grade Learn-to-Ski Program that impacts close to 500 children in 17 area schools. The CHRHS Ski Team hosts its annual ski swap at the high school cafeteria on the weekend of Nov. 19-20, and on the evening of Nov. 19 Teton Gravity Research presents the ski/snowboard film "Tight Loose." Sponsored by Camden Clothesline, the film takes place at 7 p.m. at the Camden Opera House. It will be preceded by an informational meeting for season passholders.

Program offerings

Ski and Ride School Programs begin with Stumpjumpers for ages 3-6 yrs., ensuring a 1:1 student-teacher ratio. Students then graduate to Mighty Mites (ages 5 & 6), a program that focuses on fun, balance skills and exploring varied terrain. The KATS program, or

“Kids Accelerated Training”, introduces children ages of 7 – 14 who are ready to ride lifts to all-mountain skiing and snowboarding.

From January to March, Freestyle Programs are offered for ages 8 to 13 on weekend mornings. For freestyler groups for ages 14 to 18 meet Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout the winter. The FORM Program (Freestyle On Ragged Mountain) is held during February vacation for youth between the ages of 7 & 14.

S.T.O.R.M (Skills Team of Ragged Mountain) is a non-competitive Race and Ski School program for snowboarders and skiers ages 10-14. STORM is a social, non-competitive series of lessons where skiers explore trails and glades, improve their carving technique and learn to ski and ride in all the variable snow conditions and types of terrain.

In addition, the Snow Bowl offers an array of programs for children getting ready to race. These programs start with U8 (Under 8), a beginner level program for 7-year-olds who know their way around the mountain. Children ages 8-9 enter the U10 program where they explore the entire mountain with their group. The focus is on having fun, making new friends, and learning the fundamentals.

From there, U12 (ages 10 &11) follows the progression developed by the USSA Coaches, where young skiers practice turns on varied terrain. For experienced skiers, the Snow Bowl offers the U14 program serving ages 12 -13 serving athletes who have solid skills and are ready to compete. In this popular Middle School Race Team program, young skiers are encouraged to participate in races locally and around Maine. High Schoolers can participate in U16-U18 (for ages 14 and older) where students focus their energy on general skill improvement and race technique. Athletes participate in local races and have the option to travel to USSA events with their team.

There is no upper age limit to Snow Bowl programs. Appropriately named “Masters,” adults can register to participate in a group where they receive tips from experienced coaches and ski with other adults who share a passion for racing.

Complete information on programs and registration forms can be found at camdensnowbowl.com. Season passes can also be purchased online.