Having it All - Ski School, Private Lessons and Family Time
Balance – a word that has an inviolate use in skiing and a concept we strive for in life. How does one balance out the needs and wants of a family that has differing levels of skiing ability? A nice mix of instruction coupled with some celebrated moments of family skiing is what we aim for in our trips.
We have three daughters who are 12 (Hannah), 10 (Megan), and 6 (Tess). They are all excellent skiers, but clearly the older two have some experience under their belt that allows more adventurous possibilities if it is the four of us versus the five. Of course, the goal is to make everyone’s day an excellent one.
Make no mistake about it I am seriously pro-ski school and private lessons. My proselytizing has no bounds regarding the wisdom of the investment in ski instruction for you, your friends, and your kids. I could argue with a straight face that the investment pays off somewhere in the range of x approaching infinity, that is how much I believe in instruction.
My kids have benefitted greatly from ski school and every trip we still organize private lessons for my two older ones to keep them sharp, motivated, and improving. Our youngest still needs some ski school but we are now faced with the most pleasant of dilemmas: All of our kids really want to ski with us pretty much full time.
My wife is an exquisite planner and during our usual 4-day ski trip we break things up so the kids are getting some quality instruction via either route (ski school and privates) but building in some assured quality family ski time.
Like anything advance preparation pays big dividends. Ski school fills up during heavy traffic times (MLK and Presidents’ Day Weekends, Spring Breaks etc.) – so do yourself the favor and plan ahead. The funny thing we have found is the more organized we have been on the front end of trips, the freer and more spontaneous we have been able to be during the trip. Use our schedule below as a prototype to help plan a fulfilling ski trip with your family with something for everyone:
Day 1 – Tess (Ski School – Signature 5) - All Day
Lunch- Hannah/Megan choice
Beth/JD/Hannah/Megan – Park City Mountain – All Terrain – All Day
Day 2 – Family Ski AM – Park City Mountain – Payday/Town Mountainzone
Lunch – Tess choice
Megan/Hannah – PM Private Lesson
Beth/JD/Tess – Park City Mountain – Silverlode/Bonanza and King Con Mountainzones
Day 3 – Tess (Ski School –Signature 5) – All Day
Lunch – Beth/JD Choice
JD/Beth/Hannah/Megan – Park City Mountain – All Terrain – All Day
Day 4 - Family Ski – Payday/Town, Silverlode/Bonanza, and King Con Mountainzones
Lunch – Family Vote
Après Ski – Legends Bar and Grill – Park City Mountain Resort
For more information on Park City Mountainzones (http://www.parkcitymountain.com/site/mountain-info/maps/mountainzones)
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