Taking the Kids - Skiing in Telluride
I'm standing in a bona fide ghost town in the middle of a forest -- in the snow, 10,600 feet above sea level.
Who says all there is to do on a winter trip to a ski resort is hit the slopes?
The town of
Visiting kids might learn a little Western history in the process. The entire town of
If you thought a trip to a resort like
January, in fact, has been designated Learn a Snow Sport Month with resorts in 23 states -- including here at
I took a day off from skiing to snowmobile on winding trails through trees in the
Too bad I couldn't get my gang to leave
But that's OK. In
"This isn't a glitzy or glamorous or fur coat kind of place," adds
And that's just the way the locals like it -- a mountain that never seems to get crowded, that offers stellar views in every direction and something for every ability from a four-mile green run from the top of the mountain to extensive hikes through expert terrain to adaptive programs for those with special challenges.
Back at the ski resort, the children's ski school is in full swing during one of its busiest weeks of the year, says
Parents like the intimacy and that the vast majority of instructors are veterans here who remember their kids from previous visits. It's also an easy ski school to navigate -- right next to the town gondola in the middle of the
Yes, skiing is an expensive sport (
Just don't push them too hard or too fast, he adds. Leave when they still want another run down the mountain and they'll be begging to come back tomorrow.
Mine always are. Now if they'd only slow down when they ski with me.
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