The Como Park Ski and Snowboard Program | St. Paul, Minnesota

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    Como Ski and Snowboard

    Saint Paul, Minnesota

    For over 45 years, Mount Como, the 100-foot hill in the middle of Como Park in St. Paul has been the site of a downhill ski and snowboard program. St. Paul Parks and Recreation maintains the hill with grooming and snow making. Four rope tows, two on each side of the hill help skiers and boarders make it to the top. Trained staff offers lessons to help everyone get back to the bottom skillfully, safely and with a smile on their faces.

    During the five to six weeks each winter that the program operates, the shop inside the chalet rents downhill skis and snowboards, and sells rope-tow tickets. It’s the most affordable and most conveniently located ski terrain in the Twin Cities. There is also a food concession that serves hot drinks and snacks for hungry, rosy-cheeked snow sport enthusiasts.

    The Como Park Ski Center, 1431 North Lexington Parkway, opens on Saturday, December 26 – weather permitting and is often open through the President’s Day weekend.

    Regular Como Park Ski Chalet Hours are:

    • Fridays, 5-10 p.m.
    • Saturdays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3-9 p.m.
    • Mondays and Thursdays, CLOSED.

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    For information about snowboard, cross country and downhill ski lessons, equipment rental, trail conditions, group rates or chalet rentals, please visit the City site, Parks and Rec winter programs at www.stpaul.gov/parks or telephone Paul Prior at (651) 266-6370. Beginning December 26, contact the Como Park Ski Center Chalet at (651) 488-9673 (only valid for the ski program from mid December until mid February).

    *Note: all information is based off of the 2013-14 season; times, availability and rates are all subject to change

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  • Ski and Snowboard Lessons

    The program includes five weekly one-hour lessons.
    When registering, you can pick from one of the following days and times for your weekly ski or snowboard lesson: (Adult only lesson times are bold)
    Tuesdays – January 7 to February 4, 2014
    6:00 p.m., 7:15 p.m.
    Wednesdays – January 8 to February 5, 2014
    6:00 p.m., 7:15 p.m.
    Saturdays – January 4 to February 1, 2014
    9:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:15 p.m. 
    Lesson Fees: $95.00 for 5 week instructional program.
    Note – The fee does not include equipment rental.

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    1. Kinder-Ski Lesson Program

    2. Downhill Skiing

    3. Snowboarding Lessons

    4. Private Lessons

    Safety, Fun, and Learning are the central components of our ski program at Mt Como


    Como Park Ski Center has lessons for all ski and snowboard levels. Students are grouped by ability for a more enjoyable experience. Students are required to demonstrate fundamental skills to pass to the next level. Safety rules are stressed at all levels. Como Ski and Snowboard School recommends helmets for all students.

    Beginner 25%

    The gentle slopes of Mount Como’s base provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for beginning skiiers and snowboarders of all ages.
    Intermediate 50%

    Once you learn the basics, we take your riding to the next level. Whether you are an alpine racer, or freestyle snowboarder we share our tips and tricks to get you excited to get out and ride!
    Advanced 75%

    From jumps, to rails, to gated race courses we give you a taste of the big leagues. Our professional ski and snowboard instructors provide you with the tips you need without having to leave the city limits! With the addition of MT COMO’s two brand new terrain park features from Planet Snow Tools we guarantee you’ll have a blast!

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  • Downhill Skiing Lessons

    Never Evers (Beginner Ages 7 and Older*) 0%

    Never Evers

    Students who have never skied before begin with getting around
    on flat terrain and progress to sidestepping gentle terrain on
    skis, straight runs and beginning turns and stops, and use of the
    rope tow. *Mature 6-year-olds may begin at this level.

    Ski Level I (Beginner) 18%

    Level 1 (Beginner)

    Students are able to use a rope tow. They improve their ability
    to initiate turns and to stop on medium terrain. Fundamental
    skill focus: developing techniques to turn and stop.

    Level II (Advanced Beginner) 36%

    Level ll (Advanced Beginner)

    Student has mastered Level 1 skills. Student learns to link turns in
    both directions, control speed while turning and skate on skis on
    all terrain. Fundamental skill focus: using each ski independently.

    Level III (Intermediate) 54%

    Level III (Intermediate)

    Students ready for this level control skis on varying terrain for
    turns and stops. Student learns beginning Christie turns, vertical
    side slips and hockey stops in both directions. Fundamental
    skill focus: using both the inside and outside edges of the skis.

    Level IV (Advanced Intermediate) 72%

    Level IV (Advanced Intermediate)

    Student already uses ski edges to shape turns. Student learns to
    link skidded turns in both directions, complete advanced Christie
    turns and ski edge engagement in the snow. Fundamental skill
    focus: engaging both ski edges in the snow without skidding.

    Level V (Advanced) 90%

    Level V (Advanced)

    Students learn beginning parallel turns with correct pole usage,
    vertical step turns and progress to linked parallel turns.
    Fundamental skill focus: rolling both skis over together to the
    opposite edges in the turn.

    Level VI (Most Advanced) 100%

    Level VI (Most Advanced)

    Students work on advanced parallel turns, racing techniques,
    carved parallel turns, and racing a slalom course with an
    emphasis on handling speed.

    Como Ski Program Brochure

    Feel free to browse the 2014 lesson program brochure provided by the City of St. Paul. Scroll around and learn about the various fun things to do here in the winter!

  • Kinder Ski

    (Beginner ages 4*-6)

    The Only Kinder-Ski Program Around!

    This popular program begins with games that get children
    comfortable with ski equipment and progresses to side stepping
    gentle terrain on skis, straight runs with beginning turns and
    stops and use of the rope tow.

    No 7:15 Kinderski on Tues. or Wed.
    *Kinderski students must be at least 4 years old by January 1.

  • Snowboarding Lessons at Mt Como

    Level A (Never boarded before)

    Never Evers (Beginner Ages 7 and Older*) 25%

    Students learn about snowboard equipment, how to strap in the
    board, how to get around on flat ground and on the hill, how
    to fall, skidded turns on flat terrain, and hops and turns on flat
    terrain. Most students will graduate to the next level within the
    same year. *Recommend students be at least 8 years old by
    January 1.

     

    Level B (Advanced Beginner)

    Snowboard Level B 50%

    On gentle terrain, students learn straight runs, turns to
    a stop, balance while riding, hops and skidded turns.
    Fundamental skills focus: balance.

     

    Level C (Intermediate)

    Snowboard Level C 75%

    Students learn skidded turns in both directions, ride the rope
    tow, do flat spin 180’s, Ollies, and start to use the board
    edges to round out the turns. Fundamental skills focus: using
    the board edges to perfect the turns.

     

    Level D (Advanced)

    Snowboard Level D 100%

    Students learn dynamic skidded turns, carved turns, air 180’s,
    air 360’s, riding on rails, and riding in terrain park areas.
    Fundamental skills focus: balance and edges.


    Como Ski Program Brochure

    Feel free to browse the 2014 lesson program brochure provided by the City of St. Paul. Scroll around and learn about the various fun things to do here in the winter!

  • The Como Instructors

    Meet Your Instructors!

    Mount Como staff is made up of people who are employed seasonally by St. Paul Parks and Recreation. They operate the grooming and snowmaking equipment, supervise the towrope, fit skis and snowboards that are rented and serve up snacks in the chalet. The ski instructor program employs more than fifty people each year.

    The ski and snowboard instructors range in age from 15 to the over-fifty crowd. Many of the instructors grew up near the hill and can say it’s where they had their first downhill experience and also where they got their first job.

    Several of the instructors are Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) certified. They lead training sessions that begin in October and include CPR/first aid class, customer service as well as curriculum and best practices in teaching. Instructors get out and polish their skills at Afton Ski Area as well as at Mount Como before they welcome the first students to the hill. After the season is over, there are several more meetings to debrief and prepare for the following season.

  • Private Lessons at Mt Como

    One hour private Snowboard & Downhill Ski lessons
    offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Friday or Sundays
    beginning Sunday, December 27.

    REGISTER ON-LINE ONLY for one hour private Cross Country
    Ski, Downhill Ski or Snowboard lesson. $ 40 /date/ hour /person.

    Private Lesson fees do NOT include equipment rental —See Public Equipment Rental.

     

    Como Ski Program Brochure

    Feel free to browse the 2014 lesson program brochure provided by the City of St. Paul. Scroll around and learn about the various fun things to do here in the winter!

  • Como Ski and Snowboard

    The Como Ski and Snowboard Program

    For over 45 years, Mount Como, the 100-foot hill in the middle of Como Park in St. Paul has been the site of a downhill ski and snowboard program. St. Paul Parks and Recreation maintains the hill with grooming and snow making. Four rope tows, two on each side of the hill help skiers and boarders make it to the top. Trained staff offers lessons to help everyone get back to the bottom skillfully, safely and with a smile on their faces.

    During the five to six weeks each winter that the program operates, the shop inside the chalet rents downhill skis and snowboards, and sells rope-tow tickets. It’s the most affordable and most conveniently located ski terrain in the Twin Cities. There is also a food concession that serves hot drinks and snacks for hungry, rosy-cheeked snow sport enthusiasts.

    For information about snowboard, cross country and downhill ski lessons, equipment rental, trail conditions, group rates or chalet rentals, refer to the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Website: www.stpaul.gov/parks

  • 5-Week Lesson Rates & Registration

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    Lesson Fees

    $95.00 for 5 week instructional program.
    Note – The fee does not include equipment rental

    Equipment Rental for 5-week Lesson Program

    Snowboard Package (For All 5 Lessons)

    Board, Boots, and Bindings – $75.00

    DownHill Ski Package (For All 5 Lessons)

    Downhill Skis, Boots, and Poles – $45

    First registered, first reserved basis (limited numbers available)

    Online Registration

    Online registration is available by credit card ONLY and will end on Wednesday, December 26, 2013. Anyone wishing to register after January 2nd, 2014 must do so in-person at the Como Park Ski Center.

    Register By Phone

    To register by phone call the Como Park Ski Chalet at 651-488-9673. Chalet Hours are listed on the bottom of this web page. Registering by phone requires credit card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express or Discover) – please have it ready!

    Register By Mail

    Print out and complete the registration form on the City of St. Paul’s brochure for the 2013-2014 season and mail it with a check or credit card information to:

    Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Ski Program
    25 4th St. W., Suite 400
    Saint Paul, MN 55102

    Register In Person

    Visit the Como Park Chalet at 1431 N. Lexington Parkway. If paying in cash, please have the exact amount.
    Chalet opens Pre-Season December 17 and 18. Open Holiday Hours December 26-January 2, and opens for the Season Friday, January 3, 2014.


    Register Online Today!

    Register Online at SaintPaul.gov

    Como Ski Program Brochure

    Feel free to browse the 2013/2014 lesson program brochure provided by the City of St. Paul. Scroll around and learn about the various fun things to do here in the winter!


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  • The Booster Club

    Vision/Mission Statement

    Our mission is to passionately support snow-sports for the diverse youth and families of our urban community in an accessible, safe and fun learning environment while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle – Mount Como Ski.

    The Mount Como Booster club is a 2011 start-up currently in the process of registering as a non-profit in the state of Minnesota. We operate independently of the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, with the sole purpose of our efforts being to help promote and inform the local community about the amazing Como Ski and Snowboard Program.

    We will be informing the community on ways to support our efforts in the coming months.

    For now, to get involved with our efforts contact us and we’ll reply as soon as we can. Thank you for your support!


    BOOSTER CLUB BOARD MEMBERS

    1. Paul Nakanish (President)
    2. Eóin Small (Secretary)
    3. Kathleen Klukas
    4. Tom Fontana
    5. Scott Finne
    6. Andrew Scheid
    7. Lisa Steinmann
    8. Lucy Steinmann
    9. Abbey Otteson
    10. Wally Hakseth
    11. Jeffrey Popowski

  • Hill Info

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    Chalet and Ski Hill Hours of Operation:

    Chalet and tow rope open on Saturday December 26th, weather permitting

    Mondays & Thursdays: CLOSED
    Tuesdays & Wednesdays: 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Fridays: 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.
    Saturdays: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Sundays: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
    *For holiday hours see St. Paul Parks and Rec website: http://www.stpaul.gov/

    -Hill is not open to the public during Saturday ski and snowboard classes (1/5-2/2)


    Rope Tow Rates

    Downhill Ski & Snowboard*
    *Not available during Saturday lessons

    ROPE TOW TICKETS – Single day
    Junior (17 and under) $12.
    Adult (18 and over) $15.

    Single Day Equipment Rental

    DOWNHILL SKI– Skis, Boots and Poles

    Junior Ski Package (17 and under) $12.
    Adult Ski Package (18 and over) $15.

    SNOWBOARD – Board and Boots

    Junior Snowboard Package (17 and under) $16.
    Adult Snowboard Package (18 and over) $20

    CROSS COUNTRY SKI– Skis, Boots and Poles

    Junior Ski Package (17 and under) $12.
    Adult Ski Package (18 and over) $15.

  • 2013 Online Ski/Snowboard Lesson Registration Open!

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    Are you ready to have some affordable winter fun this season??

    Head on over to the City of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation website to register for 2014 winter downhill, cross country, and snowboarding lessons!

    Go to SaintPaul.Gov

    Wonder how ELSE you can help?

     

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    A donation to the Como Snowsports Booster Club will assist our efforts to provide affordable winter recreation right here in St. Paul, Minnesota. From instructional programs and improved snowmaking and grooming equipment, to additional terrain park features it requires a lot of funding that WE are here to make happen.





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    We look forward to seeing you on the slopes of Mt Como in 2014!