Utah: What's New for Families
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
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
The price for both the Mountain Explorers and Tiny Tracks programs is
$89. A half-day afternoon option is available for $74, based on
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
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
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.
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
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