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Subject: Family Skiing in the United States
Category: Sports and Recreation > Travel
Asked by: mrjgraham2u-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 18 Apr 2004 08:15 PDT
Expires: 18 May 2004 08:15 PDT
Question ID: 332115
What is the best ski resort in the United States for a family of
beginner skiers? Here is what we are looking for:

Ski Conditions:
1) Excellent ski instruction
2) An abundance of long, beginner (green) trails
3) Conveniant equipment rental

Accommodations:
1) Ski in/ ski out (if available)
2) Washer/dryer and kitchenette
3) Preferably somewhere in the Rockies (e.g., Colorado, Utah, etc...)

My family's ages and skill level:
1) 40 - Beginner to intermediate
2) 38 - Beginner
3) 12 - Beginner
4)  9 ? Beginner

Here is our planned itinerary:
1) Leave Saturday, March 19 2005
2) Ski Sunday (March 20) thru Thursday( March 24)
3) Return home Friday (March 25)
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Subject: Re: Family Skiing in the United States
Answered By: leader-ga on 20 Apr 2004 19:53 PDT
 
Hello mrjgraham2u-ga:

It was a pleasure answering your question. I have selected five great
family resorts that will fulfill all of the requirements that you
desire. Four of them are located in the Rockies while the other one is
in Tahoe. I have provided a brief description of each resort. Please
read the details that I have provided as they will allow you to
pre-scan the resorts before getting more information from their
websites.

I have found their website to be very extensive. You can take this
report as a summary and than go to the website for more information.
If you are still unclear about anything, just clarify because we are
here to answer your concerns and make your vacation more enjoyable.

NOTE! The accommodations that I have listed have washer/dryer and
kitchenette facilities. The ski lesson plan information is for
beginners and all of these resorts provide accommodations that have
ski/in ski/out facility.
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Winter Park Colorado
http://www.skiwinterpark.com/index-winter.html
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SKI INSTRUCTIONS
Kids Lessons: For Skiers 3-17 years; 1 day lesson and 3 day lessons;
Every skill level.
Adult Lessons: First timer Package & Beginner Skiing Lessons; 2.5
hours every day; Package containing 3 lessons or more available
depending on 2.5 hours of instruction every day.
Private Lessons: Family Private Lessons available.

BEGINEER TRIALS
33% of the winter park is beginner level.
http://www.skiwinterpark.com/mountain/stats.html

EQUIPMENT RENTAL
Three base area shops provide equipment rental and free storage; A
variety of skiing rental packages are also available.

SKI IN/SKI OUT LODGING
Two resorts (Zephyr Mountain Lodge & Iron Horse Resort Provide Ski
in/Ski out facilities).
Zephyr Mountain Lodge (1,2,3 bedroom condos)
Iron Horse Resort (1,2 bedroom condos)
http://www.skiwinterpark.com/vacation/slopesidelodging.html?nav=winter
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NorthStar at Tahoe
http://www.skinorthstar.com/winter/
_______________________

SKI INSTRUCTIONS
Kids Lessons: StarKids Program for 7-12 years old; Full Day to 5 Day
Starkids package.
Adult Beginner Lessons: $73-$78 for 2  hours of lessons.
Private Lessons: 1 hour to 6 hour private lessons for your group.

BEGINEER TRIALS
25% of the trials are for beginners. 
Specially designed Ski Park for kids.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL
One rental shop that has the latest computer check-out system. You can
rent the equipment for a day or for multiple days.

SKI IN/SKI OUT LODGING
The NorthStar village has ski in/ski out condos, beautiful homes and
individual rooms for the skiers. Ask for the ski trial condos for the
best access to lifts and other facilities.
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Steamboat Resort, Colorado
http://www.steamboat.com/home.aspx
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SKI INSTRUCTIONS
Kids Lessons: All day and Half Day lessons are available for kids and
teens (Rough Riders- all levels)
Adult Beginner Lessons: All day and Half day Clinics for the Adults. 
Private Lessons: All day, half day and 2 hour lessons available for private groups.

BEGINEER TRIALS
13 % Beginner Trials
Specially designed trials for kids at Kids Vacation Center
More Info: http://www.steamboat.com/winter-int.aspx?CategoryId=17

EQUIPMENT RENTAL
Different shops at the Gondola Center (village center). Kids and teens
enjoy great savings on rentals.

SKI IN/SKI OUT LODGING
An unparalleled variety of accommodation available from Resorts to
Small Hotels. Ski in/Ski Out available for most lodgings that are near
the ski base. Please consult the lodgings that are 300 yards or less
to the ski base. Lodging number 1,2,3-10,12,13,15-20 are 100 yards and
closer to the ski base.
Please consult: http://www.steamboat.com/lodgingmain.aspx?CategoryId=12
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Keystone Resort, Colorado
http://keystone.snow.com/
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SKI INSTRUCTIONS
Kids Program: Kids lessons are available on a daily basis; 5 day
package at the discounted price of 4 days is also available.
Adult Programs: Full day Adult programs for beginners where you may
learn to ski on day or at night. You may also than enroll in other
courses that will teach you more skills.
Mom Dad & Me one hour sessions are also available. 

BEGINEER TRIALS
12 % of the trial is beginner level. The park has the largest night
operation ski park in the US.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL
3 shops are located at convenient locations. Two of the shops offer
free junior rentals.

SKI IN/SKI OUT LODGING
A variety of lodging available. For best ski in/ski out experience
with all the facilities at your door step, go for Chateaux Du Mont
Condominiums (2 or 3 bedrooms) or Slopeside Condominiums (suite, 1
bedroom).
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The Canyons, Utah
http://www.thecanyons.com/
_______________________

SKI INSTRUCTIONS
Kids Program: 1 to 5 days (full day) lessons are available. Private
lessons for 1-2 kids for 2,3 or 6 hours are also available.
Adult Programs: 2 to 4 hours of beginner ski classes every day.

BEGINEER TRIALS
14% of the trials are for beginners.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL
Variety of rental packages available from the rental ski shop.

SKI IN/SKI OUT LODGING
Two great ski in/out lodgings makes up the resort.
1) Grand Summit Resort Hotel (studios, rooms,1,2 or 3 room suites)
2) Sundial Lodge (1 & 2 bedroom condos)


Useful keywords

?< Best family ski resorts >?
://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=best+family+ski+resorts&btnG=Search

REFERENCE

About.com
http://skiing.about.com/cs/usefularticles/tp/family-skiing.htm

Please clarify, if you need more information. 

Sincerely,
Leader-ga.
Comments  
Subject: Re: Family Skiing in the United States
From: cryptica-ga on 19 Apr 2004 20:44 PDT
 
Two areas in the west renowed for being great for families and
beginning and intermediate skiers, and for providing top instruction
are  Aspen -- particularly BUTTERMILK MOUNTAIN  and/or SNOWMASS,  and
DEER VALLEY near Park City, Utah.   They have everything you could
want and both have good websites and all kinds of lodging choices.
 
The only thing you should be aware of is that these resorts generally
close for the year around April 4th, so you'll be skiing toward the
end of the season, when the conditions could be  slushy if it's too
warm and there might not be any new snow.   You never know.

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