Imagine a ski resort where there are no lift lines, blue skis, good snow, affordable lift tickets and a relaxed atmosphere....that is Brian Head in southern Utah! We spent a weekend there exploring and enjoying the laid back resort.
Whether your kids are just starting to ski, have had lessons or not. . . parents always have to ask the question, "am I doing the right thing?" I had a chat with Dain Craig from Brighton to sort it all out.
Women ski differently than men. We ski for the enjoyment, not for the competition (most of us) and we're just built a little different. After a 5 week women's clinic taught by a female instructor, I became a better skier. At Deer Valley, not only good skiing, but of course, good food and great conditions.
If you have a down day on a ski vacation, a great way to still get the kids out and get some excercise is to snowshoe! Solitude has great trails and also an ice skating rink for their overnight visitors.
Lessons pay off. Plain and simple, don't try to teach your kids to ski or snowboard...too stressful on them and you. We've had a little snowboarding break, but we're back to boarding and Brighton and learning...it's about the pants.
These days everyone has a helmet. If you don't, you should. In fact, most ski resorts will not give lessons for kids without helmets. You don't always have to buy one, you can rent as well. But how do you now which one is "good" and how should they fit?
Sundance is beautiful! And quiet/quaint and kid friendly! The backdrop of Mt Timpanogos is like no other. It is a place you can ski, do art and have a spa treatment...all WITH the kids...in one day! There are so many options for families.
Snowbasin is such a great "secret". Not really anymore. It is only 35 minutes from downtown Salt Lake City-all fast driving and some of the best skiing in Utah. The kids did a lesson, Mom and Dad skied, and I've been informed..."I'm too slow" to get any good video.
Christmas is all about traditions...our family tradition is going to Alta on Christmas Eve. This year..we got BIG SNOW and according to Brennan..."it was awesome"! And the snow keeps coming to Utah!
With fresh snow on the ground and the holidays around the corner, it's a great time to think of a ski vacation. The great thing is, many resorts run great family deals this time of the year and if you have young kids, chances are...they ski FREE!
Dressing the kids properly can be challenging. What jackets, gloves, hats and helmets are best? It is expensive, let's be honest. I cut corners in some areas and not in others. Here are my suggestions on how to get kids to the slopes warm and hopefully, affordable!
In the next 2 weeks, most of the Utah Resorts will start their chairs for the opening of the season. With one of the best openings in years, we headed to Brighton which was the first resort to open. After all, Brennan has been wearing his boardy boots for most of the summer already; time to get them snowy!
Alta Lodge is one of those lodges with the old school feel. Brunch is very popular through the summer and winter gears up for yummy dinners and great skiing. As we speak...the first winter storm is on the doorstep.
Utah ski resorts are awesome in the "off" months. From hiking to biking to enjoying the leaves, it's a great place to the be while waiting for the snow. We stayed the night at the Cliff Lodge, enjoyed Oktoberfest and let the kids explore.
With another late season storm, Brennan hits Brighton one more time to ski and snowboard in one day. And, tries his hand at the terrain park. But, is it recommended? And Park City has awesome deals for next years season!
Brennan started the season off with a brand new tiny Burton LTR snowboard and high hopes. He ended the season as a little champ and as his instructor said "one of the best 4 year olds I've ever seen on a snowboard."
Brennan's excitement about his snowboarding continues. He turns 5 with a snowboard cake, hits the slopes with his birthday hat and has a great day in Brighton powder. Emily...gives the terrain park a try. Well, sort of.
The Aerie Restaurant recently reopened with a great menu and we got a chance to spend the night at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird. Babysitting services are also available, right to your room! And get this, Emily skied from the top of the tram down her first black diamond slope!
Meet Zak, Brighton's avalanche rescue dog. The dog days of winter is not all play as these rescue dogs undergo rigorous training to be job ready in the case of an avalanche.
The week of February 13th was declared Backcountry Awareness Week in the State of Utah. Educating adults and children about the dangers of the backcountry is very important. Forrest Shearer and Caroline Gleich gave advice to Brennan and Emily about the backcountry.
The Cottonwood Canyons have a great free program to learn about wildlife, the watershed and the environment. It's called Ski with a ranger. And with all the great FEET of snow we've received...Emily thinks it's good enough to eat!
I am often asked "where is the best place to take lessons?". There is no right answer because we all look for something different. In starting our weekly lessons at Deer Valley, the Bambi class is small, the food is awesome and Mommy time is superb!