When daycare meets ski school, you get a rodeo of happy campers.

Steamboat is excited to offer Young Kids Lessons at Mountain Camp — formerly Kids Vacation Center (KVC) — to little skiers ages 2 to 6. The one-stop-shop for families with small children includes lift access, lunch, lesson instruction and an equipment rental option.

Steamboat’s Young Kids Lesson programs are built just for kids. The carefully customized days are designed around taking care of children in a safe, nurturing space and in an age-appropriate setting. The new location in the west wing of the Sheraton Hotel has been built from the ground up as an intentional, warm and welcoming environment.

Wee ones enjoy a streamlined check-in process and an age-specific boot bridge for speedy ski boot fitting. New skiers glide on a friendly first-sliding slope experience before they even leave the building. Specialized indoor play mats helps kiddos visualize and work with the shapes their skis will make when they’re out on the snow.

Steamboat ski instructors follow the simple progression of “first comes passion, then comes skills.” When they’re comfortable on the snow, little skiers don their own camp vests and enjoy private instruction time, learning skills and fundamentals that will nurture a lifelong passion for the mountain. (Actual time spent skiing or outside on snow is dependent on how long your child is willing and/or able to ski.)

Students are put into small groups of similar ages. Depending on their comfort, they’ll ski level-appropriate terrain, which ranges from beginner magic carpets all the way up to mellow intermediate runs for more advanced students.

Pros are specifically trained to work with this age group, pulling from a big bag of proven tricks to make skill drills and instruction time fun and full of imagination. Sing-alongs and silly stories are all a part of this encouraging and entertaining program.

Lunch is included at Young Kids Lessons and the menu is super kid friendly, including chicken tenders, pizza and mac and cheese as well as vegetable and fruit options served at every meal. We also have snacks, hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies for kids to enjoy as treats throughout the day.

The doors to Mountain Camp for Young Kids Lessons open at 8:15 a.m. and pick-up time for all programs is at 3 p.m.