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  • Utah: What's New for Families
    2004/05 Programs

    Photo courtesy Deer Valley In a state where the culture encourages families large enough to constitute baseball teams, Utah ski resorts have had plenty of experience providing fun, safe, diverse and flexible family programs and amenities. From kid-oriented resort mascots, to ski lessons for children as young as two, to state-licensed child care facilities, to kid-specific camps and clinics, Utah's resorts truly make it possible for the entire family to enjoy a relaxing vacation. While kids enjoy their favorite snow sports or camps, parents will have the freedom to do the same, knowing their children are well cared for and entertained.

    Some of the highlights:

    Alta offerings include Children's Ski Adventures for kids ages 4-early teen. Offered through the Alf Engen Ski School, choices include a two-hour session or an all day package that includes lunch. Private lessons are available for children of all ages. Register at Alta's Children's Adventure Center, located in the Albion Base area. A rental shop is adjacent to the check-in area.

    Alta also offers day care for kids aged 3-12 months. The Alta Children's Center, located at the Albion Base, is a state-licensed facility owned & operated by Redwood Preschool, Inc. For additional information, please contact (801) 742-3042. The Alf Engen Ski School and the Alta Children's Center work cooperatively to meet children's needs for the day.

    Brian Head Resort was selected as a Top Family Getaway by The Family Travel Forum. The resort's Kids Camp, for all kids ages 12 and under, is a fully supervised childcare and winter coaching facility especially for children. Lesson programs for children include carefully planned days of exploring the mountain on special trails, playing in the terrain parks, learning new skills, meeting new friends, and having fun.

    Kids Camp is located at the Navajo Lodge Learning Center adjacent to the Resort's Navajo Mountain, and includes a state-licensed day care facility. Navajo Mountain, adjacent to the Learning Center is one of the only places in the U. S. where beginners and children have an entire mountain to themselves. The mountain has two lifts and 10 beginner trails and is completely separate from the Resort's advanced terrain.

    Special children's lesson programs include Mountain Explorers for children ages 6-12 for skiing and 7-12 for snowboarding. This is by far the best way for young first timers to learn to ski or snowboard and for the others to "Get Better." More advanced classes will use all mountain terrain applicable to their ability including Brian Head's terrain parks designated beginner, intermediate and expert areas. The Mountain Explorers program includes coaching, lunch, all-day rental equipment, all day supervision and an all-day lift ticket and is offered daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Tiny Tracks program is for children ages 3-5. All 3-year-olds go out on the slopes twice daily, up to one hour each session, with a semi-private lesson (2-to-1 ratio). Three-year-olds must register through the day care facility. Four and-5-year-olds have a morning and afternoon two-hour group lesson with up to a 6-to-1 ratio. The Tiny Tracks program includes coaching, lunch, all-day rental equipment, all day supervision and all-day lift ticket. The program is offered daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling (435) 677-2047 during the winter season. All children must be potty-trained.

    The price for both the Mountain Explorers and Tiny Tracks programs is $89. A half-day afternoon option is available for $74, based on availability.

    Brian Head also offers individual attention to children ages 6 weeks and older at its state-licensed day care facility. Hands-on activities and low child-to-caregiver ratio combine to make this a very popular program for the Resort's youngest guests, offered daily from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Reservations are required, and can be made by calling (435) 677-2047. Prices are $12 per hour or $70 for a full day for infants and toddlers, and $11 per hour or $65 for a full day for children ages 2 1/2 years and up.

    Photo courtesy Ski Utah Brighton was named "Best Family Resort" by readers of Family Utah magazine. They also win their "Best Family Friendly Terrain" and "Best Family Value" polls each year, often by more votes than all other Utah resorts combined!

    Brighton has always been about family fun and keeping it affordable. This season they are maintaining a few really important things - including the low ticket price. Adult lift tickets remain at $41 while children 10 and under continue to ski FREE.

    While your children enjoy a Kinderski or Young Rider lesson, lessons for adults to improve their skills with a Specialty Clinic are new this year. Brighton offers several options: "Pipe and Park", the "Brighton Challenge" or the "Telemark Challenge." These clinics offer a chance to see a part of Brighton Resort with an expert instructor that visitors may not know exists.

    Not that daring? Brighton's instructors are trained to offer you the personalized instruction that will take your skiing or snowboarding to the next level. They offer both group and private instruction to meet everyone's needs. They also offer lesson packages that include a day pass and equipment rental.

    The Canyons Resort is proud to bring back several programs catering to its youngest guests. "Celebrate Children SKI FREE" packages are available throughout the 2004-05 Season. Kids visiting The Canyons Resort celebrate with free skiing and riding for Mom and Dad, free lift tickets for kids 12 and under, 50 percent savings on kids' equipment rentals and 50 percent savings on group ski clinics. Celebrate Children SKI FREE packages are available during the following weeks with a Sunday through Thursday night reservation (ski or ride Monday through Friday) at the Grand Summit Resort Hotel or Sundial Lodge: 11/28/04-12/2/04, 12/5/04-12/9/04, 12/12/05-12/16/04, 1/2/05-1/6/04, 1/9/05-1/13/05 and 1/23/05-1/27/05.

    The Canyons also offers child care for kids ages 6-weeks to 4-years-old. The Canyons' Little Adventures Daycare Center is conveniently located in the Grand Summit Resort Hotel. Full day for kids 2 to 4-years-old, with lunch, costs $72; half day, which also includes lunch, is $52. For kids 6-weeks to 2-years-old, cost is $80 for a full day and $60 for a half day. Daycare is offered daily from 8:30am until 4:30pm. For advance reservations, call (435) 615-3402.

    Back by popular demand this year are special Teen Clinics. Groups are divided by ability and are available for 13 to 18-year-olds. The full-day program costs $100 and includes five hours of instruction. Lift tickets and lunch are not included. Teen Clinics are available Dec. 25 - Jan 22, Feb. 12-20 and March 12- 20. Reservations and more information are available by calling (435) 615-3449.

    Deer Valley Resort: A $4.5 million expansion completed in Snow Park Lodge last winter season has doubled the size of Deer Valley's renowned Children's Center to nearly 743 square meters. The expansion allows the Children's Center to offer separate rooms for infants, crawlers and toddlers, and older children. The renovated Center also features built-in nooks for reading, entertainment purposes and performances, and a full complement of indoor amenities, such as an indoor playground, games, puzzles, videos, books and crafts projects.

    Deer Valley's Children's Center is a state-licensed facility providing supervision and activities for non-skiing children ages 2-months to 12-years. Deer Valley was the first Resort in Park City to offer day care for children. Intimate supervisor/child ratios; special services like pagers for skiing parents and early drop-off opportunities to accommodate ski lesson schedules; and activities like storytelling, art projects, imagination activities, singing, playtime and quiet time make the Center a winner with both kids and parents.

    Many of Deer Valley's ski programs for younger children feature an accommodating combination of time on the mountain and time spent in the Children's Center. The Center is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations are highly recommended.

    Park City Mountain Resort has a wide selection of terrain from beginner to expert, allowing the whole family to ski what they want, when they want. The resort offers a variety of lessons to entertain all levels of skiers and riders and all children age 6 and under receive FREE skiing or riding privileges when accompanied by an adult.

    Just like Park City Mountain Resort's varied terrain, the Resort has numerous ski and snowboard programs for everyone in the family. The Resort's Kids Mountain School has lessons for all skiers and riders ages 3-13, with a maximum number of three kids per instructor for the Little Groomer's (ages 3-5). The children's VIP lesson offers a customized program for first-time skiers or riders. The guaranteed small class size for the first day on skis or a board assures every child's success.

    Park City Mountain Resort's "mom, dad and kids" private lesson provides a unique two-hour lesson teaching parents tips that will ensure successful days of skiing and riding on the mountain for their children. One of the Resort's expert instructors creates an environment that helps the child improve their skiing ability while teaching guidance to the parent on the where's and how's for a successful day on the mountain.

    Photo courtesy Park City Park City Mountain Resort also offers family adventure off the mountain. Gorgoza Park, located five miles from the Resort's base, provides lift-served tubing for all ages. With up to eight groomed runs of variable incline, Gorgoza Park provides a safe tubing environment for everyone's taste. And guests won't want to miss a Gorgoza favorite, Mini Z snowmobile rides, for the kids.

    Powder Mountain offers the Powder Kids program in two groups, for children ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 12. Children ski or ride with kids their own age, either from 10 a.m. to noon, or all day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. No more than eight children participate in each class.

    Snowbasin has an active ski and boarding program for children and young people. At the smallest end of the scale is the Little Cat Kids and Bobcat Kids programs for children 4 to 6 years old. Though these young ones get to ski free, two-hour lessons beginning at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. cost $46, and an all-day lesson (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and lunch costs $93. For children aged 7 to 11 who have never skied or snowboarded, a two-hour beginning lesson costs $46. A two-hour improver lesson for young people already adept on snow costs $53, while an all-day lesson (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) that includes lunch costs $93. Also available is a $319 Mountain Vacation package for young people that includes a lift pass, three all-day ski lessons (from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and lunch.

    Snowbird's Kids Ski Free program lets up to two children 12 and under ski the chairs free with an adult all-day lift ticket purchase. From Family Ski Zones to the kids' Mining Camp fun park, Snowbird has plenty to please budding skiers and boarders.

    Snowbird Mountain School offers a plethora of options for children, including a small group guarantee of a maximum of three children per instructor for children ages 3-6. The Mountain Adventure half- and full-day programs give kids ages 6-15 the opportunity to explore the mountain with other children their age and ability.

    Snowbird's nursery is a fun and caring environment for children from 6-weeks to 3-years-old. Half- and full-day programs are offered at the nursery. For children between 3 (potty-trained) and 12-years-old, Camp Snowbird offers all the fun of summer camp in both winter and summer. Outdoor play, arts and crafts, free play, table games, lunch, snacks and more are provided to guests in a warm and happy atmosphere. Mountain School lessons can also be added to Camp Snowbird's half- and full-day programs for children interested in combining skiing or riding and camp. Snowbird also offers evening babysitting for guests as young as 6 weeks should the parents want to enjoy an evening to themselves at Snowbird's romantic Aerie Restaurant or perhaps at the pool atop the Cliff Lodge.

    Family activities in addition to skiing and snowboarding include tubing, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, ski and snowboard movies, three video arcades, board games, teen holiday parties and more. For the little eater, most of Snowbird's restaurants offer a children's menu.

    Solitude continues to offer a premium family experience. A "family-friendly" terrain park has been created with fun in mind for everyone. The goal of the park is to have an area where everyone feels welcome, young and old, first time or a veteran, whether on snowboard or skis. Most of the features are snow based (no steel structures) and are a manageable size for all riders. The park is located in gentle terrain and will be accessible from four of Solitude's eight lifts. Solitude also offers a full compliment of children's lessons, for skiing kids ages 4-12, and snowboarding kids ages 7-years and older. The program features a one-stop-drop approach where parents usher their kids into the facility, and the rest is handled by staff - from rental set-up on down to a lift pass for the day. For a holiday vacation where you can connect with family and friends in a unique mountain setting, look no more. Solitude's Mountain Village transforms itself each holiday season into a winter wonderland with Alps horns, nightly carolers, visits from Santa, and family evenings with children's entertainment at Last Chance Lodge (a remarkable buffet dinner served nightly). Visitors anytime of the year will find a quaint skating rink in the center of the village and a remarkable Nordic center that winds its way through 20k of National Forest.

    Sundance Kids has programs designed to ensure that your children have fun on the slopes while they build skills and confidence. The Resort's children's instructors are experts at creating a safe, fun learning environment for children of all ages, either in a group setting or through personalized one-on-one coaching.

    Sundance offers ski school for children ages 4 to 12-years-old. Snowboard lesson are offered for children 7-12. Ages 4-6 have a maximum class size of three children. Ages 7-12 have a maximum class size of seven.

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