Ski Tips for Your Youth Group Ski Trip

Your Gnarly Group Ski Trip: Generate Buzz This Summer

So  you know about all of the benefits of planning your group ski trip during the summer, you’ve booked your trip.  Now it’s time to create the buzz within your group for the gnarly ski trip you’ve planned. Fortunately the internet offers no end of opportunities to build that excitement. Ski Daddy has great ideas to help you publicize your group ski trip.

Send out teasers

Use email, facebook, twitter and other popular social media to send out teasers about your ski trip, announcing first day of registration.  You can use Facebook’s scheduling feature to set these up all at once, or use a free app like Buffer to schedule across all the social media platforms.

Add text to photo and post them to Instagram. Ski Daddy may have a few pre-made pics for you in the near future. But in the meantime you can use free resources like PicMonkey to create your own.

Create a Pinterest group board for your group ski trip and allow your group to post to it. They can add pics of amazing boards and skis, skiwear, quotes about the mountains and outdoors, and photos of beautiful scenery. You can add some of those same teaser pics you used on Instagram to get the buzz going.

Have some fun with it

Post questions on social media for your group to answer:

  • What’s the scariest slope you’ve ever been down?
  • What’s the best food to eat after a hard day of skiing?
  • Groomers or moguls?
  • Gloves or mittens?

Offer to buy a snow cone for the best answer (Get it? Snow cone?), and invite the rest of the group along for a snow cone night.

Use video. Take advantage of your kids and their creativity and get them to make some fun clips for Vine or even some full promotional videos for You Tube.

Make sure the parents are in the know

Often parents rely on the church bulletin for their information. If that’s the case use the bulletin, and be sure the parents know things like when the sign ups begin and if there is an early sign-up discount.

Be sure to point parents to your group’s ski trip website provided by Ski Daddy in all your communications with them. Help them understand that this is where all the details about the trip are and that this is where they sign up. If you can get all your sign-ups on your website, it will save you a ton of time and energy.

You’ve made the plan, booked the trip, now all you need to do is get the group signed up. A little buzz now will equal a lot of sign ups come September!

 

Make Cell Phones Work for You on a Youth Group Ski Trip

For youth leaders, cell phones pose an ongoing issue, and on a youth group ski trip this issue can be magnified. Just Google “youth group cell phones” and you will see that youth leaders everywhere are trying to figure out how to keep cell phones from interrupting the time the group spends together. Kids are texting friends who aren’t there and posting to their favorite social media.

Youth group cell phones can work on your ski trip

On a ski trip these issues get kicked up a notch. First of all, these kids are most likely away from some of their good friends and family. Secondly, they are doing some really exciting things on the slopes that they want to share with folks back home.

So how does a youth leader keep kids in the moment, building relationships with one another during the limited time a ski trip provides them?

  1. Schedule “phone-free” time for the group. When you are planning for your trip, look at your schedule and think about the times phones would be most disruptive. For example, if you are planning a Bible study after dinner each evening or a morning devotional before hitting the slopes, you will want to mark those times “phone-free” in your schedule.
  2. Publicize the “phone-free” time. Let everyone going on the trip, as well as friends and family staying home, know that during a specific times each day cell phones will be turned off and put away for a group activity. Help them understand that the group will be together and safe during these times so no one need worry about not being able to reach their child. If everyone knows this ahead of time, you won’t have to deal with kids who are waiting for a call from Mom or a girlfriend.
  3. Enforce the cell phone free time. Set up a designated bowl or basket for powered off phones to be placed in during the “phone-free” times. This will remove the temptation to take a quick peek to see if there are any new texts.
  4. Encourage fun use of phones at other times. Set up an album on a free photo site like Photobucket for everyone to upload photos from the trip for friends and family back home to see. Use the phones for a scavenger hunt. Set up texting buddies to send encouraging texts to one another throughout the trip.

With just a little planning, phones can enhance the relationship building and overall experience for your youth group on your ski trip. The key is to take charge of the phones before they take charge of the trip.

Do you have any great tips on how to use cell phones on your youth group ski trip?

If you haven’t booked your group ski trip for this season yet, Ski Daddy would love to help. Give us a shout and we will take care of the details.

Three Ways to Keep Your Group Safe on Your Ski Vacation

A group ski trip to Colorado, New Mexico, or Utah can be an amazing opportunity for fun and bonding among the group. But to be sure that the trip is filled with plenty of oohs and ahs, and not so many uh-ohs, as the group leader you want to be sure that your group follows some basic safety procedures.

Group Ski Trip Safety

First, use the buddy system to maximize group ski trip safety.

It is always safest to ski with at least one other person. Ski resorts get crowded, particularly during peak times, but you can occasionally find yourself feeling a bit alone. The buddy system insures that if someone gets hurt, they have a back up. The buddies can also keep an eye on each other for signs of altitude sickness.

Within any group of skiers, there will be a variety of skill levels. These skill levels will fall on the spectrum from attacking the black diamonds with gusto to needing a few beginner lessons. So do your best to match up buddies based on skill level. This way no one will be left behind or, worse, feel the need to push their skill level in order to keep up.

Buddies can ski together on appropriate level slopes for their ability, and the whole group can meet up at a designated spot for lunch or apres ski to review the best runs of the day.

Second, make sure everyone has a map on them.

In case of injury on the slopes, the buddy can precisely mark the location of the injured person on their map and hand it off to someone to give to the ski patrol, or if no one else is around, go get ski patrol themselves. Phones are great to use in this case, but sometimes reception can be iffy. (And remind your group to keep phones somewhere water can’t penetrate, like in a ziploc inside a zippered pocket.)

Third, make sure all the skiers in your group are familiar with the Skier’s Responsibility Code.

Skiers who follow this code are safer and keep those around them safer. Some of the items may seem like common sense, but when you are learning a new skill, cold, looking for your friends, or turned around on the slopes, it can be easy to forget. A quick reminder of the rules of the snow road can make a big impact on your group ski trip safety.

Would you like to get a little more information about a group ski trip? Ski Daddy plans group ski trips for small and large groups to Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Go ahead and contact them for a little more information.