Get Out & Play FAQ’s

Please find below some frequently asked questions.

How does Get Out & Play work?

  • Get Out & Play is for 1st-5th Graders (except for Deer Valley who takes 2nd-5th grade).
  • Programs are offered straight after school on Fridays for Park City schools and Thursdays for Weilenmann School of Discovery.

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What about their equipment/rental information?

  • If students bring their equipment to school on the day of their program. A duffel bag works great for carrying all necessary items such as helmet, goggles, hats, mittens, ski pants, boots, etc. Keep in mind that the school buses will not allow equipment on board!
  • If your student doesn’t own their own equipment you can search our rental page for local shops willing to give discounted prices to the Get Out & Play Program.

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My child needs help getting equipment on and I can’t be there. Who will help them?

  • This program would not work without many volunteers. Chaperones and volunteers will help your students get ready and get lined up for the appropriate buses.

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How do they get to the resort?

  • Every student wears an armband that associates them with their registered program. Lead Parent Coordinators have a detailed list of each student in their program. EVERY STUDENT IS ACCOUNTED FOR, EITHER PRESENT OR ABSENT! Once all groups are reIMG_9553ady, they load buses with parent chaperones and head for the venues. Once they arrive at their destination, the parent chaperones help the students get their equipment if skiing or snowboarding, and get grouped with the appropriate instructors. Lessons run for varying lengths of time, depending on the program. Lessons will run 1 hour for Weilenmann ice skaters, 1 ½ hours for the cross-country skiers, 2 hours for the UOP programs and 2 ½ hours for those who are skiing or snowboarding at Canyons, Deer Valley or PCMR.
  • Once lessons are over, the parent chaperones will be waiting to help students get loaded back on the buses to head back to school. Return times will vary depending on program. Weilenmann Ice skaters will return just before 3:00, cross-country skiers will return at 3:30, PCSD Ice skaters will return at 3:45-4:00 depending on their school, UOP participants will be back around 4:00 and the alpine skiers and snowboarders will return to school around 4:30 to 4:45.
  • All we ask is that parents be at school, ready and waiting for their kids to return at the appropriate times. We don’t want our amazing parent chaperones to have to wait around at school after having committed their afternoon to helping out with the program.

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We are going somewhere after their session and I need to pick them up at the resort.

  • We try to discourage this as much as possible but understand their are situations where you need to pick up your child. If this situation occurs YOU MUST FIND THE LEAD COORDINATOR/BUS CHAPERONE LEADER and return the armband to them, letting them know you are collecting your child. We don’t want to have a full mountain search for your child.

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Why no Kindergarteners?

This question comes up every year. There are many Kindergarteners out there who have been skiing or snowboarding since they could walk! But the reason for asking our families to wait until 1st grade to introduce their kids into this program has to do with many other factors than just ability.

  • Group Size: The lesson groups are larger than most pre-school or ski school groups. Many times younger kids have a hard time learning when it is not a smaller group. It can be overwhelming.
  • Chairlifts: For the lessons at Canyons and PCMR, students in this program will be, at times, riding the chairlift without an instructor. Being that the groups are 1:8, there can’t always be an instructor with the entire group. Also, it can be difficult for younger kids to get on a chairlift. Without the assistance of the instructor, this can sometimes be a frustrating and scary experience. Deer Valley’s company policy for this program is age 7 by December 31st of the current season.
  • Overall Size of Program: This is a large program, with lots of kids getting ready at school, loading buses, participating in lessons, etc. Although many kindergarteners are good at navigating the mountain, ice skating, or hitting the terrain park on the weekends, navigating this program on a Thursday or Friday afternoon can be overwhelming. Many kindergartners who have signed up in the past, have ended up not completing the program due to anxiety or frustration.

On a positive note, once your child enters 1st grade, they will have 5 years to experience Get Out & Play! That is plenty of time to try out all of the great programs that are offered.

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I want to volunteer! How do I help?

  • We are very grateful for all our volunteers and without people like you we wouldn’t be able to have such a successful program. For all the volunteer opportunities please click here.

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I really want my child/children to take part but just don’t know how I can afford it.

  • Scholarships for the Get Out & Play program will be awarded to families whose children are on the Free & Reduced Lunch plan (FRL) or who have documented financial need. To find out more about our scholarship program please look at our scholarship page.
  • Additionally if you would like your child to take part in the program we do offer a partial pay program. The balance due must be paid approximately a month before the start date of the program (we will send you a reminder). If the balance is not received your child will not be able take part.

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