Childcare on the slopes!

Mountain Mama

By Mountain Mama \ March 9 2015 \ 0 Comments

Many people go on family vacations to experience things "as a family." You know, the precious together time, bonding....but let's be honest, there are times when Mom and Dad need a vacation too. Maybe it's taking a few runs together or grabbing dinner without the kids. There are many options for kids to mingle and have a good time and the parents to do the same. Some of the resorts have specific child care but all offer children's ski lessons.

Here are links to each resort:

Alta: 

Great powder and a quaint resort tucked at the end of Little Cottonwood Canyon. There is the ski school that you can enroll the kids in for 1/2 day or all day depending on the age. There is also an onsite childrens center where you can drop the kids as early as 6 weeks to 9 years old. They will work with the ski school in getting your child into lessons. There are several lodging options from small lodges to condo units. Alta Lodge also offers babysitting services should you want to go out to dinner. The sitters will come to your room.

Beaver Mountain:

Cute Mom/Pop run ski resort in northern Utah. There are many lessons offered in ski school where you can drop the kids and enjoy. The lodging is a bit limited, but you can get that cozy feel a short drive away.

Brian Head:

The gem of southern Utah for sure. Many lessons including terrain based learning is offered. Lodging is offered at the base of the resort and also has many condo options. If you bring your furry puppy friend, the Grand Lodge is pet friendly.

Brighton: 

Is our base camp resort as Emily skis for the Brighton Ski Team. LOVE the lessons which are offered for all ages 1/2 and full days. There is a small lodge at the base of the resort which is quaint and cozy. There is also child care offered from as early as 6 weeks. If you plan ahead, there is also child care offered at night as well so you can take in some night skiing or grab dinner at Molly Greens.

Canyons: 

Has an extensive list of all lessons for all ages. You can be assured the kids will stay well entertained and get plenty of skiing at Utah's largest resort. Child care is offered from as young as 6 weeks. In the Park City area, there is plenty of lodging and at the base of the resort.Sundial Lodge has a children's center has a children's club and supervised children's activities. Canyons Grand Summit also offers a children's center with activities. These options at the hotels give you the flexibility to get out a little on the town or for a nice dinner without the little guys.

Cherry Peak: 

Utah's newest resort will open next season with many options for lessons.

Deer Valley: 

Great atmosphere and great customer service leads to great lessons and child care. The children's center accepts kids from 2 months to 12 years. We have spent much time at the children's center and the care/food/service is amazing. There are many options of lodging and a lot of it is private condos which are top notch. The Montage Hotel is an amazing hotel that is kid friendly. Family entertainment is on the list. The Paintbox is exclusive to kids 5-12 years old and provides many activities for the little guys. It will make you want to hang around the hotel all day and evening and be a kid once again! St Regis is also a family friendly hotel that has amazing programs the whole family can enjoy or just the little guys.

Eagle Point: 

Lessons are provided for all ages and abilities. Lodging is provided at the resort with most being condos/townhomes or houses.

Nordic Valley: 

Lessons are available for all ages so you can drop the kids and get out on the snow. It is being upgraded to include more terrain, a gondola, year round activities and shopping.

Park City Mountain Resort:

Pretty much has something for everyone. From amazing ski lessons programs to off the hill fun and entertainment. Since it located close to Main Street, Park City, there a zillions of options for apres ski entertainment. There are so many lodging options, I can't possibly go through them all. On Saturday's, there is a kids apres party. There is a differnet theme each week and goes from 3-5 PM so you can go grab a cocktail with the adults. If you would like to find a babysitter for the evening, you'll want to make some phone calls and check these places out for yourself.

Powder Mountain: 

Lessons are a plenty for the kids. Lodging is mostly condos/townhome rentals.

Snowbasin: 

Lessons are offered for kids and adults. Child Care is offered at the High Altitude Kids Children's Center for babies as young as 8 weeks up to 12 years old. It gives Mom and Dad a chance to get out and enjoy. Here is a fun article for families and best of at Snowbasin. Lodging is off mountain and ranges from condos to hotels in Ogden.

Snowbird:

There are tons of options for lessons. There is also a child care facility on site called Camp Snowbird for kids as young as 6 weeks. There are several options of lodging ranging from condos to hotels. The lodges also offers babysitting services in the off hours coordinated through Camp Snowbird.  I checked this out a few years ago.

Solitude:

Lessons are offered for the little guys. Lodging is available at the base which are condos. There is also a nordic center for cross country skiing and a skating rink which is fun in the evenings.

Sundance:

Lessons are offered to drop the kids. Lodging is gorgeous from condos to homes, everything at Sundance has that amazing rustic feel that is so cozy. Check with the concierge for options on evening babysitting.

Jodi Saeland is a part-time KSL Meteorologist and full-time Mom of an 10-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son. Follow Jodi as she explores the trials and triumps of skiing with your kids. Gain practical real-world advice on how to pack, dress, communicate and ski with your kids on Utah's famous slopes. How to be a skier while having an avid, excited budding snowboarder!

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