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Guest Post: Brave Ski Mom!
Brave Ski Mom Kristen Lummis
Snowchase Media is very happy to have a great guest blogger, Kristen Lummis, from Brave Ski Mom joining us! Kristen is a distinguished and well regarded ski blogger who has been sharing insights, encouragement, and great ski tales for many years. Thank you for joining us, Kristen!
The Family Ski Vacation: Why, How and Where
When our youngest son was 3, we went on a family ski vacation. It was so much fun, that we did it again the next year. Before we knew it, we’d settled into a routine, day trips to our local mountain, interspersed with occasional family ski holidays at other resorts.
Family Ski Vacation 101
For the past seven years, I’ve been an active snowsports journalist and blogger, focused on family skiing. At my website,and others, I’ve covered many topics related to family skiing and written countless ski resort reviews.
Today, I’ve got three tips for planning a family ski holiday, along with suggestions for several exceptionally fun family resorts.
Tip #1: Look for Deals
As I’m sure you probably know, ski resorts can set you back some money, especially when you’re paying for a family.
If you can, avoid the winter holidays. The week between Christmas and New Year’s is notoriously expensive, while Martin Luther King and Presidents Day Weekend are both pricey and busy.
If you must travel during peak periods and you’re hoping to save some money, check out smaller resorts that cost less, but still deliver great skiing.
An example from my home state of Colorado is Sunlight Mountain Resort, between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Their Ski, Swim, Stay packages offer free skiing to kids 12 and under and is a great value.
Search resort websites for deals. Generally, you’ll find the best value in early December, January (excluding MLK weekend) and April.
Tip #2: Plan Ahead
Every family is different, with different priorities. While some families live to ski and ride and don’t care about other resort amenities, other families are looking for off-slope diversions like tubing, sleigh rides and ziplines.
In general, the larger the resort, the more options you’ll have. Research on line by reading ski resort reviews (for example at) or by visiting resort websites.
If you are interested in certain actitives, be sure to make reservations online or when you first arrive at the resort. You don’t want to be disappointed when an event or activity is sold out.
As for ski and ride lessons, you can usually save money by booking these online, in advance. The same goes for lift tickets and lodging.
Tip #3: Keep It Simple
While it can be tempting to overbook, hoping to take advantage of every possible experience at a given resort, don’t.
Skiing and snowboarding are tiring. And if you and your kids are having fun, you’ll likely be skiing and riding all day.
Don’t make too many plans and leave plenty of time to relax together. Some of our favorite ski holiday memories involve hanging out in the hot tub and playing board games together after dinner.
Recommended Family Ski Resorts
I often tell people that my favorite ski resort is wherever I’m skiing today. And seriously, you and your family can have a great time together, no matter where you are and no matter how big or small the mountain.
Still, there are some standouts that specifically cater to families.
Here’s a short list to get your started.
Copper Mountain, CO
Winter Park, CO
Finally, I encourage you to check out the family skiing information my website, braveskimom.com.
Whether you’re looking for information on planning family ski vacations, starting your kids on a snowboard or skis, keeping them warm or saving money (among tons of other topics), we’ve got you covered.
If you’re looking for inspiration or affirmation, we’ve got that, too.
P.S. Thank you to Snowchase Media for inviting me to guest post today! I really appreciate it.
Kristen Lummis is a freelance writer based in Colorado, with a professional focus on family skiing and adventure. She blogs at braveskimom.com.