Families seeking affordable lift tickets, shorter lift lines and stunning terrain need look no further than Colorado’s Gems, the hidden-gem ski areas scattered throughout the state. As you plan some of the final weekends of the skiing and snowboarding season, or organize a Spring Break ski extravaganza, here is a rundown of five gems resorts to consider for your family’s next getaway.
A day of skiing or boarding as a family is always a day well spent. But sometimes the kids (and parents) may be too sore or tired for another full day of either. For families seeking a brief respite from the slopes, if only for a few hours—from ice skating to snowshoeing, tubing, fat biking and more—there are plenty of unique alternatives to choose from throughout the state. Read on for a few favorite “beyond the slopes” wintertime activities.
Take a fast ride
One of theRead more
Like any pastime that requires buying the right gear, skiing and snowboarding can be costly. It means purchasing warm-weather clothing on top of skis or boards, in addition to lift tickets, food and the expense of getting to the slopes. Multiply that times an average family of four, and the costs can be discouraging.
But plenty of families throughout Colorado have found ways to make their favorite wintertimeRead more
There are a lot newcomers to Colorado—U.S. Census Bureau data from 2018 estimates nearly 5.7 million residents, up from around 5 million in 2010, more than a 13-percent increase. That also means plenty of newcomers to skiing or snowboarding. But for families, the prospect of learning may seem overwhelming. Not to worry! Here’s some advice from local parents to get you and your kids up to speed on the slopes.
Take a lesson.
Whether you’re a kid or an adult doesn’t matter:Read more
Getting to the ski resorts as a family isn’t always a picnic. After all, there’s gear to gather and pack, snacks and water to stockpile in numerous backpacks, and kids to wrangle. And that’s all by the crack of dawn.
So why endure the hassle of ski season with kiddos?
Because, as many Colorado parents will tell you, it’s about so much more than skiing or boarding; it’s also about spending time as a family. With busy day-to-day lives of jobs, homework and technology, there’s often littleRead more
The town of Crested Butte is best known as the Wildflower Capital of Colorado. But the former coal-mining enclave nicknamed “the last great Colorado ski town” should also be known as the place where families can cultivate mountain-loving kids, says Zach Pickett, communications coordinator for Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR).
“It’s a smaller ski town that lends convenience in proximity, so it’s a lot easier for families once you get here,” he says.
Simply park yourRead more
As I sized up the Woodward WreckTangle, the 10-element outdoor obstacle course that debuted in Summer 2017 at the base of Copper Mountain Resort, I envisioned myself sailing through it with the nimbleness of television’s “American Ninja Warrior” contestants. But instead of finding my inner ninja as I attempted the first obstacle—running steps comprising angled panels across which I was supposed to race—I floundered, flopping pathetically into the net.
“C’mon, Mom!”Read more
As far as kid-friendly ski resorts go, Sunlight Mountain Resort—located 12 miles south of Glenwood Springs and 30 miles northwest of Aspen—boasts several unique reasons for families to visit. Sunlight offers free parking within walking distance of lifts, 67 trails leading directly to the lodge to meet up with the group at the end of a few runs, and a full day of skiing for aboutRead more
It's only natural for skiing parents to want their progeny to love the sport as much as they do. But there's plenty we adults can do to derail fantasies of schusshing down the slopes in harmony with our mini-mes. To avoid that fate, follow some basic steps to ensure your littlest shredders will enjoy skiing into adulthood-or at least through the early learning stages.
1. Keep them warm.
Few things are moreRead more
For many families throughout the state, Presidents’ Day weekend is the ideal three-day break to head to the slopes. But with so many resorts to choose from, how do you pick? To narrow your search, here are some upcoming events taking place over this year’s holiday weekend, Feb. 16-18.