Snowmamas Answer: Are Family Ski Vacations Worth the Money--Especially In This Economy?
The one thing my parents valued was traveling as a family, even when money was tight. We skied every winter--were always first in line for those discounted passes at the local grocery store! I never had new gear but it didn't matter. Those trips to the slopes are some of my fondest childhood memories. My children are still young but we're continuing the tradition and have already had some fantastic ski vacations replete with laughter, learning, hot chocolate, hot tub-ing and snuggling up to a fire. My parents were right. The memories we're making are worth the money.
I’ve loved snow since I was a child and can't imagine raising my children without it! Skiing is a great family sport, something we can all learn together. And ski vacations let us get out and experience nature in a new way with the kids--the scenery from the lift, the quietness of the mountains. One of our favorite things while sitting on a ski lift is to look for animal tracks in the snow!
I'm thankful that my parents got me out on the slopes at age five. I still remember the biting cold and the thrill of flying down the beginner hill unassisted. I'm glad I've been able to share that same experience with my kids. Spending the day together, skiing or riding under a famous Utah bluebird sky....there's no better family adventure! It's the stuff vacation memories are made of. And all that fresh, crisp air somehow makes everything taste better afterward - from that cozy cup of hot chocolate to the warm bowl of chili apres ski. Sure, ski trips are a lot of work. but once you're on the mountain, that's all a distant memory.
I can't think of a family vacation that's more work--or more fun--than ski trips. We'd lug them to ski school and then carry them back exhausted at the end of the day where they'd fall asleep before they'd finished their mac and cheese. But all too soon, they were out-skiing me, heading for the steepest, toughest terrain they could find, too busy conquering the mountain to stop for lunch, much less a family photo at the mountain top. Now, they may be grown and nearly grown, off on their own adventures. Still, they're always eager for a family ski trip--that unfettered time together that we never seem to have any other place or any other time of the year. Yes, these trips are worth every penny.
Memories of snuggling together with a cup of hot cocoa are precious, indeed. Even more special are the conversations of the days' adventures on the slopes! For the parents, there's the joy in seeing your child's eyes sparkle as they retell the fun they had on a particular run as well as enjoying some well deserved "we" time. For the kids, there's the feeling of accomplishment after heading down a challenging run. Moms and Dads having fun on the slopes knowing their kids are enjoying the day, too? Priceless.
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