[R395R, Smugglers' Notch] Snowsports University has been teaching skiing and riding to kids for years in the northern Green Mountains of Vermont.

Operations Director Harley Johnson and Treasures Child Care Center Director Shelly Schafer have put together three videos to prepare parents and kids to learn snow sports, and to enjoy the process.

The videos cover pre-season preparation, how to dress for winter, and what will happen in class.

They take away the mystery, and let kids focus on the fun of learning.

All-day children's camps for skiing and snowboarding instruction start at age 3 for young skiers and riders, and an innovative program based in Smugglers' Treasures Child Care Center introduces 2 ½  year olds to skiing with fun age-appropriate instruction techniques.

Kids classes are available Dec. 10 to April 3.

But that's not all. A year-round zipline canopy tour is planned to open at Smuggs in December. Participants on the three-hour tour, the first of its kind in Vermont, will ride more than 4,000 feet of cable on eight sections of zip line, cross suspension bridges, and rappel from trees. In keeping with the Resort's commitment to environmental stewardship through nature-focused programs that combine learning and fun, Smugglers' canopy tour guides will highlight the ecology and natural history of the area to participants.

More information. Or call 800-451-8752