Where in Colorado should you take the family skiing?
The kids are on break for the holidays! So of course a trip to enjoy our famous mountain powder is in order. But where will your family have the best experience? Well there are some great options! After all resorts expect a fourth of their customers will be children. So here are a few slopes which have beefed up their family-friendly features (more than $8 million in improvements for this year!) with the hopes you’ll pick their school!
Arapahoe Basin is investing $2.3 million into a brand new 7,000-square-foot school geared at the 3 years old and up! This partially solar powered facility will open in the spring of 2015. Creating a fun experience for tykes the minute they check in, A-Basin will get kids height and weight for rental gear with a fun game program. When your child steps on the scale, they’ll learn their stats and which backcountry animals compare to their size! Before they hit the slopes with their instructors, kids can practice their skills at A-Basin’s new “ski gym” which will include balance boards and low walking beams. Check out their school for more details.
Snowmass’ famous resort has just opened a whole new state-of-the-art school for young skiers! Buttermilk Mountain has a $5 million, fort-inspired Hideout – built for lessons and a place for kids between 2 to 12 years old to hangout in between their runs. Parents bring their little ones to the 7,500-square-foot building to enroll for lessons, rent gear and etc. Preschoolers who need a break can enjoy the Tent, a warm, supervised playroom with canvas walls and rock-shaped pillows. Older kids will want to visit the Lookout, a glass-enclosed climbing structure that’s 25-feet-tall (with a great view of Buttermilk’s base)! Discover more about the Hideout.
Another one of Aspen’s slopes has also made upgrades! Snowmass’ Elk Camp now has a $750,000 tubing hill. It’s a 500-foot-long hill served by a lift. The four lanes of easy riding is only for kids during the day and included in the all ski-school lessons. At night parents are welcomed to join their kids on the hill. Check out more about the tubing hill here.
If you plan to get away for a few days, you should head south past Durango to Purgatory Mountain Resort. Their brand new Burton Riglet Park is designed specifically for 3 to 6 year olds wanting to learn snowboarding. Using specialized Burton snowboards, instructors pull the boards with tethers to help tykes develop their balance and the basic skills. Instructors control the ride, so kids are offered a safe experience while learning directions and speeds. Watch their video about the park.
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