[R361R, Sierra Summit Mountain Resort], Fresno's own backyard winter playground, is inviting local schools to participate in its Educational Snowsport Program, which focuses on instructing students about the health and fitness benefits of staying active during the winter months.

The kids will learn to ski or snowboard with Sierra Summit's crack crew of certified instructors following a short program about the environment and safety sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. The program allows students to earn credit toward a Presidential Lifestyle Award as an additional benefit.

The Educational Snowsports Program costs $20 per student and the fee includes equipment rental, lift ticket, and instruction. Toss in another 5 bucks and Sierra Summit will provide lunch.

The program is being offered Monday through Friday during non-holiday periods beginning in January. The program is open to kindergarten through 12th grade students. One chaperone for every 10 students is required (skiing/snowboarding chaperones also must pay the $20 fee; however, chaperones need not be skiers or snowboarders).

Reservations are required, as well as a $150 deposit for each day reserved. There is also a limited number of participants each day.

Log onto Sierra Summit's Educational Snowsport Program for more information.