Skiing Knee-deep in Powder
Forget the beach.
"Winter is my favorite season," declares the fifth-grader from
There are similar Fifth Grade Passport programs in
Let's not let the dire economic news deter us from having some fun in the snow this winter. Sure mountain sports can be pricy, but they can also prove to be wonderfully memorable family times, whether kids are preschoolers who are seeing snow for the first time, fifth-graders who are showing off a new trick on their snowboards or college students bringing their significant other to meet the family.
There are also many terrific opportunities for those with special
challenges to enjoy winter sports at deeply discounted prices with
adaptive equipment and specially trained instructors at programs like
the National Ability Center
If we plan smart -- and in advance -- we can hit the slopes with the kids without busting the budget.
In fact, there are more deals than ever
to choose from -- everything from kids fly and ski free, deeply
discounted lesson packages for first timers to free nights and credits
for airline baggage fees that will allow you to stay and ski for little
more than the cost of a lift ticket. Before you book anywhere, check
online to see what special deals and value-added amenities the resort is
offering. For example, if you are heading to
If you are flying, check packages from companies like Rocky Mountain Tours (www.rockymountaintours.com) and ski.com, which specialize in snow getaways.
Look for kids-ski-free deals at resorts like Steamboat in
Avoid the holidays and head to the snow before mid-February, you will
find that kids 12 and under not only ski free, but fly free (one child
per adult) -- from Steamboat to
You can also save some bucks by opting for smaller resorts -- often a
good bet for beginners and those with younger children. For example,
check out the E-Z price
Look hard enough and you can find deals even for holiday weeks this
"Give it a try," urges
Absolutely. See you on the lift line.
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