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Snowflake Parent Manual

The Snowflake Club - Instructs boys and girls, ages 8 through 16, how to ski and snowboard.  While our primary purpose is to provide a fun-filled and exciting day of skiing, we also place emphasis on members taking lessons.  Beginner members must take lessons until they demonstrate that they can ski/board safely and under control.  Our ski school is certified by the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), and we use their teaching models for our lessons.  We award letters in the form of patches to indicate the childs’ ability and progression from beginner to advanced skills:  1 to 10 for skiers, A to F for snowboarders.  The price of each trip includes:  round trip coach bus transportation, lift fees, instruction and supervision.  Adult supervision is provided on every bus, on the slopes and in the ski lodge.  One supervisor is always in the lodge at "the white flag table" to answer any questions and to assist members with any problems.


  • Ski or Snowboard Package or Season Rental
  • Waterproof Gloves or Mittens
  • Ski lock
  • Long Underwear
  • Ski Socks
  • Turtleneck
  • Ski Pants
  • Sweater or Fleece
  • Hat or Headband
  • Goggles or Sunglasses
  • Neck Gator
  • Helmet
  • Ski or Snowboard Parka



$60 for registrations on or before September 30th

$70 for registrations on or before October 31st

$75 for registrations received after November 1st


Wilmot and Little Switzerland trips are $70.00

Alpine Valley trips are $75.00

Cascade, Devils Head, and Chestnut are $95.00



The buses for these trips will depart from the Highland Park bus stop ONLY.  Buses depart at 6:30am and will return at 7:00pm.  Lessons are not offered on these trips.  Due to the length of the commute and the increase in the slope at these locations, children must qualify to attend Cascade, Devils Head, and Chestnut trips.  Snowboarders must be Level C or higher and Skiers must be Level 3 or higher.  All children must be 10 years of age or older.  Sorry, there will be no exceptions.



The bus will depart from the Highland Park stop ONLY.  Departure is at 5:00pm returning at 11:00pm.  Lessons are not offered on these trips and members must be 13 or older to attend.  Currently space is limited to one bus (50 seats). 

BUS STOP LOCATIONS  If you accidently buy a trip with the wrong bus stop, please call the store at 847-831-4300 opt. 6 to change your reservations.  You cannot change your bus stop on-line once the trip has been purchased, you must phone in.

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Deerfield -  Deerfield High School, 1959 Waukegan Road

Departure:  7:20am        Returning:  5:15pm   


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Highland Park - Toys R Us Parking Lot, Deerfield Road

Departure:  8:00am        Returning:  5:25pm



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Kenilworth - Northwestern Train Parking Lot, Greenbay Road

Departure:  7:25am      Returning:  5:30pm

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Lake Forest  - Lake Forest High School ATHLETIC CAMPUS

300 S. Waukegan Road

Departure:  8:00am       Returning:  5:15

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East Lake Ave. and Skokie Blvd., Wilmette (rear parking lot at the north end near Carsons Furniture Galary)

Departure:  7:30am    Returning:  5:15pm


ALL REGISTRATIONS ARE ON-LINE ONLY.  You must be an active member to purchase weekly trips.  From the main page of the Snowflake On-line store, select WEEKLY TRIPS (located on the left-hand side).  Select the date of your choice and SELECT your correct bus stop location and press BUY.  Continue shopping or verify your cart contents and if all is correct, press CHECKOUT.  Enter your account password again then press CONTINUE.  Your payment choices will be displayed; when you have entered all the requested information, press SUBMIT.  Your CONFIRMATION is displayed on your screen with instructions to print the confirmation as your admittance on the bus.


The registration deadline for all trips (including Monday trips) is the Wednesday before the trip date.  At 1:00p.m. on Thursday (the day after the registration deadline) if space is available, late registrations will become available for purchase on-line until midnight.  There is a $20.00 late fee charged for registrations placed after the Wednesday deadline.  Not every bus stop location will have availability for late registrations.  If there are any available spots for the trip, they will be listed on the web on a first-come first serve basis.  



Arrive at the bus stop you would like to use 30 minutes prior to departure.  Locate the Snowflake instructor (wearing red Snowflake coat) and tell that person that you would like to go stand-by.  Your name will be put on a list, members who purchase the trip will be loaded onto the bus first.  If there are open seats, they will then take stand-by people in the order that they arrived.  Your credit card will be charged for the trip the following Monday.  There is a $20.00 late registration fee.   



Please telephone Williams Ski and Patio at 847-831-4300 Option 6 to speak to snowflake club customer service OR, leave a voice message.  CANCELLATIONS CANNOT BE DONE ON-LINE.  All cancellations will be issued as a credit to your credit card and will be posted the next business day.  Cancellations placed after the sign-up deadline will incur a $20.00 late cancellation fee.  Cancellations will be accepted up to and including the trip date only.  No refunds will be issued for cancellations placed after the trip date.  When leaving a voice message, please speak clearly and slowly so we can process the information correctly.  Please leave your first and last name, which trip you are cancelling AND the bus stop location along with your phone number. 



Weather can be very unpredictable during the season.  All of the local area ski resorts have state of the art snowmaking capabilities.  There does not need to be snow on the ground here for us to go skiing or riding so please, do not hesitate to sign up for trips.  We have links to the ski resorts with current weather conditions, directions and much more.  SCROLL DOWN this page and click on the name of the ski area.  You can also call the store at 847-831-4300, choose option 6 and then option 4 for last minute status of that weeks trip.  We will also keep the Snowflake web site updated as much as possible.



Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time.  You will need to have your equipment, your current Snowflake ID and your registration confirmation page.  Parents please DO NOT leave your child before they have been checked in.  If you are not pre-registered for a trip, you will not be allowed on the bus.  Don’t forget to pack a lunch or bring money to buy your lunch.



Patches AND ID's must be worn on every trip and at all times.  This is our way to identify our members.  Please sew or pin your patches on the upper left sleeve of your jacket.



You may bring your lunch and put it at the white flag table or you can buy lunch at the ski area.  Usually, $8.00-$10.00 is enough to cover lunch.



In the case of an accident, the parents will be called.  The injured member is taken to the ski hill first aid area and if necessary, we will then drive the member to the local hospital or return the child to his bus stop location.  Your child should know the name of your doctor and your preferred hospital.



On every Snowflake trip there is a table in the lodge, usually in the cafeteria area, that is identified by a white flag.  The white flag table is where members can find:

- ski school letters (patches)

- announcement sheet with lesson and departure information

- a clock

- someone to help with anything!


It is extremely important that new and younger members are made aware of this service.


Trip Schedule for 2014-2015

Click the resort name to visit their website.

12/6                             Alpine Valley

12/12 (Friday night)   Wilmot

12/13                           Alpine Valley

12/20                           Little Switzerland & Chestnut


12/28                           Wilmot 


1/3                              Alpine Valley

1/9 (Friday night)      Wilmot

1/10                             Little Switzerland & Cascade

1/17                             Wilmot

1/19 (MONDAY)          Alpine

1/23 (Friday night)     Wilmot

1/24                             Wilmot

1/31                              Alpine


2/7                              Wilmot & Devils Head

2/13 (Friday night)    Wilmot

2/14                            Alpine Valley

2/16 (MONDAY)         Wilmot

2/21                            Alpine

2/28                            Little Switzerland

3/7                              Wilmot

3/14                                   CASCADE Open to All Members



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