Kidcentric Ski Resorts
Sorry, Cinderella. Five-year-old
"This gives you a reason to come back out because it's fun -- for the parents too," said local firefighter
It's not too late to join the fun either. Kidtopia will be held again at
So if your kids were mesmerized by
For example, kids ski and rent gear free while parents score an Olympian package at Steamboat (www.steamboat.com), which has sent more athletes to the Olympics (17 this year, including Nordic combined medalist
Join the fun at the end of March at The Canyons in
Get a free first day throughout the month of March at Smugglers' Notch's first-rate
We chose Keystone for a long weekend family reunion on snow because it was convenient to
My husband, son and daughter celebrated their birthdays by taking a Keystone Adventure Tour -- access to nearly 300 acres of Keystone's most challenging terrain through a guided Snowcat tour. My daughter Mel pronounced it "the best birthday ever."
The two non-skiers in the group went snowshoeing; I took a lesson from instructor
One of the teens in our group tests his mettle practicing in Keystone's terrain parks -- considered some of the best in the country -- while the 7-year-old in the family, an excellent skier, heads to Keystone's ski school for a first-ever snowboard lesson, a bandana draped around his neck
We joined other families for a fondue dinner complete with Bavarian-style music one night at the top of the Gondola. (The chocolate fondue for dessert was the best.) Another night, the grown-ups headed to the historic
Keystone understands what families need -- from the plastic wagons they can borrow to cart the kids and their gear from the parking lot to the convenient condos to the myriad deals and offers, including the Adventure Passport packet of discounts you are given when you check in that covers everything from martini tastings to free ice skating lessons, yoga tours and introductions to snow biking. There's something for everyone.
And then there's the Snowfort. Honestly, I've never seen kids having so much fun at the end of a ski day. Because Keystone has night skiing, the lifts and gondola continue to run after dark and families take full advantage.
Did I mention the tubing nearby at the top of
We locked tubes and screamed all the way down.
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Taking the Kids to Alaska and Meeting Some Bears
Eileen Ogintz - Taking the Kids
Welcome to 'bear camp,' an outpost of the Kenai Peninsula fishing lodge Great Alaska International Adventure Vacations, where families come to hike, fish, raft and, of course, check out the bears.
Taking the Kids to Mohonk Mountain House
We miss the turn on the dark, winding road, a road that seems to go on forever. But, then, there it is, right in front of us, the sprawling Victorian castle at Mohonk Mountain House. Not exactly what you'd expect just north of New York City. The 265-room Mohonk Mountain House resort, located in the Hudson River Valley, is a rarity.
Taking the Kids to Patagonia
Chile's famous Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia is the most beautiful in South America and it is heart-stoppingly gorgeous -- turquoise-blue lakes, soaring snow-covered peaks, glaciers, fields dotted with red grasses and green-and-yellow shrubs.
Taking the Kids - Skiing in Telluride
If you thought a trip to a resort like Telluride was too pricey or too hard to reach, think again. Yes, skiing is an expensive sport ($175 a day here at ski school, including gear, lunch and lifts at Telluride) but worth the investment, snow-loving parents believe.
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. 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
They look like any group of young snowboarders decked out in the latest Burton gear, but looks, as we know, can be deceiving. These kids can't afford snow sports or the gear, much less bus fare to the mountain. They are here thanks to Jake Burton Carpenter, the founder of Burton Snowboards.
Taking the Kids: Skiing in Austria
I've never seen such wide open slopes -- no trees, no houses, just field after field of newly fallen snow. And I've never seen my 18-year-old daughter Mel, an avid and expert skier, as happy to ski with mom. Just goes to show what a postcard-perfect ski day -- blue skies, sunshine, spectacular mountain vistas and first tracks on a glacier -- can do!
Getting Up-close & Personal with Olympians
It's cold, dark and the snow is dumping, but that doesn't stop thousands from turning out at Park City Mountain Resort to cheer on snowboarding superstars Shaun White and Hannah Teter, as well as other world-class athletes as they strut their stuff in their competition before the 2010 Olympics.
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