Introducing the Mountain Minnis!

The Mountain Minnies is a winter adventure team for girls ages 3-5. The program is designed to get girls outside and having fun in the snow!  The Mountain Minnies will be out and about all winter long sledding, practicing balance on spooner boards, riding up the magic carpet, going on adventure hikes, drinking hot chocolate and more! Each session is one hour long and will have a different theme each week, incorporating sports, science, fairy tales, and a mandatory hot chocolate break ?

Mountain Minnies
Per Session



Each class is one hour long and is $23 per session. Please register early, as each session is capped at ten Mountain Minnies. You can register online for a single or multiple sessions here:


Parent Participation:

The Mountain Minnies are independent, adventurous, and fierce but let’s face it,  every now and then it’s nice to wave at mom and dad in-between winter adventures. Since each session is only an hour long we recommend that a parent or family member remain on-site. While the Mountain Minnies are off on one of their winter adventures, you’ll be able to have lunch by the fireplace up in the Cedar Lounge Restaurant.



The Mountain Minnies will meet in the Bear Creek room. The closest entrance is on the West side of the lodge. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes early to meet the instructors and check-in your Mountain Minnie! Please bring a driver’s license or passport for the check-in process. Pick-up will be in the same location as drop-off. Please arrive 5 minutes ahead of time to make sure that you are there waiting for your Mountain Minnie. They will be ready to tell you about their winter adventures!


Should My Mountain Minnie be Potty-Trained?

The short answer is yes! We realize that the Mountain Minnies are young, and that accidents will happen, but keep in mind that the Mountain Minnies will be outside and away from the bathroom for a full hour. We’ll do a bathroom roll call before we head outside but it helps if parents check too!


What happens if the weather isn’t cooperating?

Our number one priority is keeping the Mountain Minnies safe and warm. If it’s too cold outside we will have winter adventures indoors! We will find plenty of adventures inside and have a full list of indoor activities to keep the Mountain Minnies busy!


The Mountain Minnies will be outside for the majority of each session so please plan accordingly. We recommend a warm coat, snow bibs or pants, hat, warm mittens or gloves, boots and warm under clothes. The more layers the better!!!

*Please note that this program does not offer lessons on how to ski or snowboard. Instead the program’s purpose is to teach the building blocks that come before lessons. ie: balancing on spooner boards, riding the magic carpet etc. The goal of the Mountain Minnies is to empower girls in snow sports and get them outside having fun.



Siarra Vanderveen

Lead Instructor 

Siarra grew up skiing and snowboarding and loves to do anything that involves being outside! She is the zipline manager in the summertime and works in the office and with the minnies during the winter. Siarra loves working with kids and being able to get them outside to play!




Jade Clinton

Jade attended Northern Michigan University and has a degree in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management. She spent time working at a water sports company and is interested in event programming, outdoor adventure activities, and recreational therapy. Her favorite hobbies include rock climbing, skiing, scuba diving, surfing, water skiing, and paddle boarding. Next up for Jade is sky diving! Jade loves working with kids and sharing her knowledge of team building activities and outdoor survival skills




Cassidy Gale

Cassidy, a professional wake surfer, grew up snowboarding on the slopes at Cannonsburg. She is the current 2018 Wake Surf World Champion and attends Grand Valley State University. In 2017, Cassidy helped pilot the Cannonsburg Mountain Minnies, a program to help empower young girls in snow sports. Cassidy loves spending her time working with kids and sharing her love of the outdoors.




Kim Owens

Kim teaches high school band at East Grand Rapids and 6th grade band at Forest Hills Public Schools. She is the co-owner and race director of Switchback Endurance. Kim loves endurance racing and has competed in multiple stage races including the 2017 Adventure Racing World Championships, 2015 Trans Rockies 6 day stage race, and the 2015 Raid in France Adventure race.




Aaron Velting

Aaron, a NASM certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor, loves all things adventure! From running, biking, swimming, hiking and playing with her kiddos, she is always outdoors. Aaron is actively involved with the West Michigan Chapter of My Team Triumph and regularly paces other racers to help them accomplish their goals. Aaron is a 3X Boston Marathon Finisher and Ironman finisher. More than anything, Aaron loves sharing her love of the outdoors with others.



December 22 & 23: Christmas Edition

Session #1: 10am-11am (Sat and Sun)

Session #2: 11:45am-12:45pm (Sat only)

Deck the ski hill with boughs of holly…fa-la-la-la-la! The Mountain Minnies will decorate ornaments and go out on a winter hike to find the world’s smallest Christmas tree. After decorating the tree, the Minnies will return to base camp to ride in tubes. The Minnies will practice balance skills on spooner boards and will finish up the day with cookies and cocoa!



December 30: New Year, New Adventures

Session #1: 10am-11am (Sat and Sun)

Session #2: 11:45pm-12:45pm (Sat only)

The Mountain Minnies will kick off the new year with a hot chocolate toast and New Year parade around the ski hill. Everyone will hear us coming because we’ll be



January 5 & 6: Frozen

Session #1: 10am-11am (Sat and Sun)

Session #2: 11:45pm-12:45pm (Sat only)

Tubing rides,  a snow hike, and balancing on spooner boards! We will finish the day having a hot chocolate party in our snow castle with frozen themed cupcakes! Will this be the best day ever? We think so!!!



January 12 & 13: Superheroes to the rescue!

Session #1: 10am-11am (Sat and Sun)

Session #2: 11:45am-12:45pm (Sat only)

The Minnies will pick their secret superhero power to protect the ski hill. We’ll start the day by making shields and will head out to the ski hill base to rescue our snow man. Following that we will practice our super power long jumps, balance (on spooner boards) and speed work. We’ll finish the day with hot chocolate and cookies.



January 19 & 20: Winter Olympics

Session #1: 10am-11am (Sat and Sun)

Session #2: 11:45am-12:45pm (Sat only)

LET THE GAMES BEGIN! The Mountain Minnies will compete in long jumps, running relay and practice balancing on spooner boards! Following that we will go out on a tubing scavenger hunt. Be sure to cheer for us during our Olympic performance. We will finish off the day with hot chocolate and olympic themed cookies inside the lodge!



January 26 & 27: Minnies in Wonderland 

Session #1: 10am-11am (Sat and Sun)

Session #2: 11:45am-12:45pm (Sat only)

The Mountain Minnies will play snow croquet, solve riddles during an outdoor scavenger hunt, and practice balance on spooner boards. We will finish the day with a hot chocolate tea party inside.



February 2 & 3: Groundhog Day

Session #1: 10am-11am (Sat and Sun)

Session #2: 11:45am-12:45pm (Sat only)

The Mountain Minnies will go on a winter hike searching for Phil,  the Cannonsburg groundhog.  Once the Minnies find him, they will make shadows in the snow using snow paint. The Minnies will get more outside activity balancing on spooner boards and going on a tubing ride. They will finish the day with a hot chocolate and cookie party inside.



February 9 & 10: Beach Day

Session #1: 10am-11am (Sat and Sun)

Session #2: 11:45am-12:45pm (Sat only)

It’s time to break out sunnies and Hawaiian Luaus because it’s time for a beach day at the hill! The Minnies will create a flower snow mural and practice a Hawaiian luau dance. Afterwards we will go on a tubing ride towards the woods and then finish with a hot chocolate and cookie party inside the lodge.



February 16 & 17: Adventureland

Session #1: 10am-11am (Sat and Sun)

Session #2: 11:45am-12:45pm (Sat only)

The Minnies will compete in a relay race, complete an obstacle course,  go on a winter scavenger hunt and tubing expedition. As always, we will finish in the lodge with hot cocoa and cookies.



February 23 & 24: Science and Snow

Session #1: 10am-11am (Sat and Sun)

Session #2: 11:45am-12:45pm (Sat only)

The Minnies will do a science experiment of melting snow. Don’t worry parents, we will not be using any flames ? Afterwards, the Minnies will head outside to create snow art using paint and glitter. After a tubing expedition the Minnies will head back indoors for cocoa and cookies!