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Spring Break skiing vacation with non-skiing grandparents

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I am trying to plan a family ski vacation for Spring Break (March).  We have 4 kids ages 11-15 who will all be learning to ski.  My parents want to be part of the experience, but do not want to learn to ski themselves.  I am looking for a ski resort that would best accommodate them as spectators.

 

I have very limited experience with ski resorts myself.  I have skiied at Eldora, CO.  Any non-skier at Eldora is essentially missing everything.  There is no way to really watch and enjoy the kids' experience.  You can watch the beginner slope from the parking lot or sit in an over-heated lounge with no view.   Is there any resort that is better suited for this kind of non-skiing experience?  Every article I have found is about finding activities for any non-skier away from the slopes.  That is not what I am looking for.

 

If possible I need a resort that would allow my parents to feel involved and part of the experience without actually having to ski themselves.  

 

Also, we will be driving from Arkansas.  So, I was looking for something in New Mexico or Colorado.  

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Finding a place that makes it possible for non-skiers to watch kids ski may be tough.  Especially if your kids are quick learners.  Even at the small resorts in the southeast, older kids are off the ski school areas that are close to the lodge pretty quickly.

 

My husband is a non-skier.  What I did for him when my daughter was learning was take photos and video to show him later.  My little home mountain close to DC has lots of parents and grandparents who put kids in ski school but have no intention of ever skiing themselves.  They hang out at the lodge all day long.  I appreciate what you are trying to accomplish.

 

A smaller place that caters to locals is probably better for what you are looking for.  For instance, Angle Fire instead of Taos.  The EpicSki resort pages for NM are here:

 

http://www.epicski.com/products/category/new-mexico-resorts

 

Hopefully someone who knows the NM and CO resort layouts will chime in.

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I believe there is a casino or several around Ski Apache in Ruidoso, NM. 

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Snowmass would fit the bill.   They can ride the gondola up with the kids and watch the beginner area from the new Elk Camp Lodge.

11-15's should progress to more advance terrain fairly quickly, so that may only work for a day at any resort.  But nearby Aspen has a lot of distractions.

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