Ski and Snowboard School

Blizzard Ski and Snowboard School

Over 55 years of dedication to more enjoyable skiing through competent instruction, and attentive supervision

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Chicagoland Snowsports For Young People, Ages 8 to 18

Blizzard Ski & Snowboard School provides the best opportunity for young people in Chicagoland to ski and snowboard safely, with skill and confidence. And of course, a chance for outdoor winter fun every week!!

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Blizzard in a Nutshell and Tidbits for a Successful Saturday Trip

Dec. 17, 2019, 1:20 p.m.



Blizzard is a 60 year old Skiing and Snowboarding School offering weekly trips to Wilmot. We provide lessons from rank beginners through expert level. No one can outski the talent we have on our instruction bench.  Board instruction includes Terrain Park and Slopeside.

Our Weekly trips are available to members from across Chicagoland. The annual Membership fee to join the Club pays for our administrative costs. Once you are a member, you can join our weekly trips. The weekly Trip Fee is a single payment for each trip covering the Lift ticket, Lesson, and Bus Trip. You only sign up for the weeks you want - the week of the trip (see Weekly Trip at the top of this page). Unfortunately, we do not allow guests, even if family members.

Provide your child with lunch money, and equipment rented ahead of time, and we will take care of the rest. Coach buses from various suburbs and multiple city locations whisk your child(ren) away for a full day of fun and learning in a lightly supervised environment.  As a not-for-profit, we encourage parents to get involved by being chaperones on our Saturday Trips.

We have children and even grandchildren of previous members who are now our members. With 12-14 weeks of snowsports, who wouldn't want to join Blizzard!

New memberships will be taken through the end of this week. With over 850 members we are THE club to help ensure a love of snowsports and help your child(ren) become confident and responsible members of our community. Our membership fee is nonrefundable, once paid, and the season started (it has.)

1. The weekly Blizzard Trip registration opens at 7 AM on Monday morning and closes at 5 PM on Thursday. There is limited availability after that time. Use the "Weekly Trip" link or scroll through this homepage for the sign up link.

2.  Our Originating Bus Stops leave at 7 AM on Saturday, and generally return between 4:30 PM and 5:30 PM.  (for more specific pick up and drop off times see the Calendar and Bus Schedule page under the "More Info" tab at the top of this page.)

3.  Everybody gets a Blizzard tag on their first day of participation and we integrate with the Epic Pass Program from Vail.

4.  We love working with kids who have never-ever skied or boarded before and come from homes where snowsports is not part of the usual curriculum.

Tidbits for a Successful Saturday Trip

A. Label EVERYTHING. We have Blizzard stickers for skis, boots, poles, and boards.  For clothing we recommend:  Select the Blizzard Ski Club and the Label Logo Pack.

B. Rent your equipment from a reputable Ski shop and let them show you how the equipment fits and how it works (the kids will be taught this by the instructors, as well.) We recommend Viking Ski & Sports on Fullerton, Ave. Viking Ski Shop . We no longer support rentals from Wilmot as an alternative.

C. Once they have their Blizzard Tag and Epic Pass, keep them in a zippered jacket pocket or in a ski/board boot between trips so they don't forget them for the next trip.

D.  Everyone has a love of snowsports who is on one of our buses. It is instant conversation for those a bit shy or reticent to be part of a larger group. We encourage students to meet new people and make new friends. Please help us support this concept.

E.  Hydration is important. Provide a water bottle or a few extra dollars and remind you child(ren) to have water available for the trip home.

F.  Relax and put your feet up knowing we are providing a great day for your kid(s) and some peace of mind for you!

Membership and Registration

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Become a Blizzard member!
Membership fee includes:

  • New member orientation
  • Special program for new beginners
  • Special program for advanced members
  • Ski/Snowboard lessons
  • Weekly communication and newsletter
  • Membership card
  • Blizzard pin and shoulder patches
  • Optional weekend trip
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Steps to Sign Up for 2019-2020 Season

  1. Login or Sign Up: if you have a login from previous years, it should work on the new site.
  2. Update your user profile, making sure contact details and other information are current.
  3. Update or add family members as Blizzard students. Note that all Membership Fees, Trip Reservations, and equipment rentals made from Wilmot are purchased for a student on record in the system, so you need to fill this information first before paying membership fees.
  4. Confirm your medical insurance and waiver information. You will not be able to go on to pay membership fees without digitally signing the waiver. Entering your full name in the waiver form constitutes your digital signature.
  5. Pay membership fees for all members that will be participating this year. As in previous years, we are using PayPal for payment processing. You don't have to have a PayPal account in order to pay through their service, although signing up for one can make the checkout process faster and easier.

As always, if there any questions, please contact us. Enjoy the season!

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We have Zero Tolerance for disrespectful or inappropriate behavior on a bus or at the Mountain towards fellow members, supervisors or others. Our goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment in which everyone can build a lifetime love of snowsports!

Questions? Give us a call or send us an email and we will get back to you as soon as possible!