by WYNNE LOVE

If you hit the slopes as a child, you know what a thrill it can be. But even for an experienced skier, teaching your own children can be a challenge, not to mention finding the time and money to do so. That’s where the Blue Angels come in.

Run by Heidi and Griff Emery, the Blue Angels Youth Ski and Snowboard Program teaches kids aged 7-16 any level of skiing or snowboarding. Heidi began Blue Angels in 1992 after participating in competitive racing, and working as an instructor and event producer for Snowboarder and Powder Magazines.

“Some of my very best childhood memories were made on the mountains,” reflected Heidi. “My goal with the Blue Angels program is to open this door to today’s youth in a nurturing, fun-filled environment so they can explore the wonders of these two amazing winter sports!”

Heidi has done just that with the Blue Angels program. In five weeks, she creates skilled skiers and snowboarders who make new friends and have a blast on the slopes at the same time.

We offer a complete package with transportation, all day coaching, adult supervision, lunch and snacks…”
~Heidi Emery, Owner and Program Director
The Blue Angels Youth Ski and Snowboarding Program

Participants attend five consecutive day-long Saturday classes at the Mountain High Resort. “We offer a complete package with transportation, all day coaching (all ability levels), adult supervision on and off the slopes, lunch and snacks, with the consistency of the same coach for five full days,” explained Heidi. “Groups are matched based on age, ability, and sport, which is often difficult to find when dropping in for a ski or snowboard lesson on a day-by-day basis.”

Clients rave about the program. “Heidi is an amazingly caring and involved program director who literally moves mountains and keeps a close eye on the kids,” praised Rory B. whose son has spent five seasons with the program. Rory added, “He’s gained many other skills from his Blue Angels experience such as keeping organized, using judgment, observing changing weather conditions, and maintaining energy during a day-long ski trip.”

Heidi and her team incorporate sponsor giveaway days, crazy helmet days, and even visits from professional athletes to add to the fun. They look forward to welcoming a new crop of students this winter and are confident it will be the most fun they’ve had all year.

Packages cost $799 with bus pick-up locations in La Jolla, Carmel Valley, Del Mar, and Rancho Santa Fe. For more information, visit the Blue Angels website at www.BlueAngelSnow.com.