Just like at the theme parks, Blizzard Beach caters to Guests of all courage levels. Tike’s Peak suits the fancy of little bitties up to about age 6, while Summit Plummet satisfies serious thrill seekers, and Teamboat Springs takes your whole crew on a whitewater adventure. But there’s one more area on Mount Gushmore where bigger kids who aren’t quite ready for the big rides can get their fill of water fun: Ski Patrol Training Camp.
Located on the ground level at the base of Mount Gushmore, Ski Patrol Training Camp is a special aquatic play area designed just for big kids and preteens who are too old for Tike’s Peak and aren’t yet comfortable plunging down racers and gushers. Here they get a great introduction to intermediate water slides and inner-tube rides. They can splish and splash and swoosh along without trepidation. They can also test their balance on the ice-floe walk across a floating iceberg course or hang on to a T-bar as they zip down over the water and drop into a pool (must be less than 60 inches tall for zipline). The water at Ski Patrol Training Camp is just over 8 feet deep, and specially trained lifeguards are on duty at all times.
As Disney says, “Kids just have the coolest fun on the mountain at Ski Patrol Training Camp!”
Ice floes occur in northern regions toward the end of winter and early spring when temperatures begin to warm and frozen sections of rivers and waterways start to break up. Pieces of ice can vary from palm size or smaller to that of a small island. As they begin to flow along the river’s current, they can sometimes create a jam, damming water and overflowing banks, as reported in this 1875 issue of Michigan’s “Bygones of Monroe: Raisin River Ice Floes”.
Today, check out this Homeschool Share unit study from Ami Brainerd. It includes reading of the book Three Snow Bears, by Jan Brett, and features lessons in geography, writing, vocabulary, Venn diagrams and even a soup recipe.
SCHOOL SUBJECT: Geography, Language Arts, Home Ec
SKILL LEVEL: Elementary