Our grassroots programs are designed to inspire diversity, access, and opportunity for all children in the Wood River Valley.
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Rota-Ripper Online Registration
Rota-Rippers is a tuition free, community supported, learn to ski and ride program located at Rotarun Ski Area in Hailey, ID. The program is designed to inspire the love of the mountains and celebrate diversity and access for all children of the Wood River Valley.
Dave Boldwin (snowboard)
Enrollment limit: 50 per session. One session per child allowed.
Athlete-to-coach ratio: 6:1
Session 1 – January 11-February 2
Session 2 – February 8 – March 2
Training two days a week. Monday & Tuesday 3:00-5:00
Overview: The Rota-Rippers program is an entry-level ski and snowboard program located at Rotarun Ski Area in Croy Canyon, Hailey. Rota-Rippers is a program that teaches 5-11 year old children the joys of skiing and riding. The objectives for the program include improving skiing and riding technique through progressed turning, balance and body positioning, honing skills and developing self-confidence and the ability to work in groups with professional instructors and coaches. Our Rota-Rippers athletes are coached by SVSEF trained and certified coaches and volunteers; ensuring the best possible experience. Athletes must be 5 years old by January 1, 2021.
The little mountain with a big heart.
Located just three miles east of downtown Hailey, Idaho, Rotarun Ski Area has been a community hub for local snow sports enthusiasts since 1948. A training site for Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation (SVSEF) programming, Rotarun also offers public skiing throughout the winter season.
SVSEF Programs at Rotarun
The Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation provides low-cost, entry-level ski and snowboard programming at Rotarun.
LASAR (Learn to Alpine Ski and Race) is a program for children ages 5-12 that invites all levels of ability. The objectives for the program include improving skiing technique through progressed turning, balance and body positioning, ski racing skills, self-confidence and the ability to work in groups with professional instructors and coaches. The team trains Wednesdays and Fridays, 3-5pm, January 8-February 26, 2021.
“Rotarun breeds lifelong skiers,“
a letter to the editor in the Idaho Mountain Express, March 6, 2019
Rotarun Ski Area has been a hidden gem of this community. It has provided numerous youths with the most affordable (free!) opportunity to learn a lifelong skill and, for some, passion. It may take a parent, or a loved one, the time, but in my opinion, there is no better way to spend time with your children than in the crisp winter air.
With corporate America slowly taking over the ski industry (sadly, even in our valley), Rotarun has proved that one can provide the seed and roots to a culture that many of us have been blessed to be a part of. Thanks to the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, the support of the Rotarun sponsors and the south valley skiers, the simplicity of the skier’s soul lives on in the Wood River Valley.