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Need a recommendation for a great place for a Mom and her son.  He snowboards I ski, he's 15 I'm... not.  So looking for someplace where he might meet some kids and I might enjoy myself as well.  Good ski village but more importantly some place he would find it easy to meet other kids.   Thinking of end of March.

post #2 of 14

Where do you live ? Will you be driving in or flying in ?

 

Okemo VT is a great place for what your looking for.

 

They have a great 1/2 pipe and terrain park plus Noreaster is one 6000 ft long park for them.

 

Lot's of terrain for you too Mom.

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It all depends on where you live and how far you plan on going.  I agree with Max; I absolutely love Okemo.  If you want a family oriented resort, that's the best place to go on the east coast.  Awesome groomers.  Ludlow is a fantastic little, quaint ski town too.   

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Welcome to EpicSki!  Sounds like you are planning a fun spring break.  Would your son be interested in taking a lesson or two?  Depending on where you go, it might be a good way to meet others he could hang with later on.

 

What type of terrain do you like?  Advanced or intermediate?

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Originally Posted by Ski-some View Post

Need a recommendation for a great place for a Mom and her son.  He snowboards I ski, he's 15 I'm... not.  So looking for someplace where he might meet some kids and I might enjoy myself as well.  Good ski village but more importantly some place he would find it easy to meet other kids.   Thinking of end of March.

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Most ski resorts understand the need for older kids to connect with their peer group during family vacations and will have carved out places for this to happen, such as Game Rooms and other teen hangouts that provide entertainment, food, and beverages designed to appeal to the youthful visitor. For examples, Big Sky has a Basecamp for Teens.

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More and more areas are requiring a "park pass" be earned before entering the main feature parks.  That usually requires sitting with a group of new resort visitors in the lodge to watch a video about rules etiquette, and safety then pass a simple exam or assessment.  That could be a good opportunity for a new kid to meet some other kids to ride with for the day thanks to some instant bonding.  I know Appalachian here in NC now does that.  Ive herd Winter Park in CO also does that.  As for mom, tough call there.  Find another lady in the singles line and ski with her if you seem to get along well on the chair lift ride?  I've asked strangers if they want to ski a couple runs together before with mixed results.  I usually ski solo when I'm not with my kid or someone else I already arranged to meet at the place though these days

 

Actually, one of the very best friends I had in high school was someone I met skiing, talking to on the lift then skiing with for the day.  haven;d skied with him in years but still in contact some.

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More and more areas are requiring a "park pass" be earned before entering the main feature parks.  That usually requires sitting with a group of new resort visitors in the lodge to watch a video about rules etiquette, and safety then pass a simple exam or assessment. 

Just curious but why does everyone assume because he's on a board he wants to ride park? I know lots of boarders that have zero desire to ride park.

 

OP without knowing a region hard to give any advice

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Just curious but why does everyone assume because he's on a board he wants to ride park? I know lots of boarders that have zero desire to ride park.

 

OP without knowing a region hard to give any advice


Because he's 15 and seems to want to hang out with other 15 year olds.  How many 15 year old boarders do you know that don't ever ride in the parks?  It's the same demographics I see on the skateboarding forums I hang out in.  Most of the kids under 17 skate street and parks.  Most of the longboarders and bowl riders are older people.  I suppose it's possible that a 15 year old has a carving board with step in bindings, but  I wouldn't bet on it.  I'd let it all ride on my initial stereotypical assessment. 

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It all depends on where you live and how far you plan on going.  I agree with Max; I absolutely love Okemo.  If you want a family oriented resort, that's the best place to go on the east coast.  Awesome groomers.  Ludlow is a fantastic little, quaint ski town too.   

Mr Darcy's in town has a awesome hamburger for $9.00 for diner. The Coleman Brook Tavern at Jackson Gore has what has to be the best burger in the state, but you can only get it during lunch. It has a few different kinds of beef the teast great together.

 

There are a number of different places that have great food for not much money.

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 

Hey thanks everyone, lots of great advice.  He definitely prefers park when he has friends to have his back.  But nice to have the option to do a few runs together, I like long mid range blues personally.  We live in Chicago, have skiied mostly out west, curious about skiing on the east coast so will look into Okemo.  Anyone know much about Michigan? 

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just the entire vail pass is a lot of fun.

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Originally Posted by Ski-some View Post

Hey thanks everyone, lots of great advice.  He definitely prefers park when he has friends to have his back.  But nice to have the option to do a few runs together, I like long mid range blues personally.  We live in Chicago, have skiied mostly out west, curious about skiing on the east coast so will look into Okemo.  Anyone know much about Michigan? 

 

With the record warmth were having, the skiing in the midwest is poor to say the least.   Like Nolo said, there are ton's of places that cater to teens. 

Snowmass has teen programs and there is a ton of stuff to do in Aspen. He may not like it at first, but put him in a class and he'll meet people right off the bat.

Three directs daily out of ORD to ASE make it the fastest/easiest, most of the time.  Take him to XGames 1/24-1/27, he'd flip.

 

East coast could be good, but I'd only go that route last minute when you know what conditions will be?   I would assume the rain we're having is heading that way.

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SHREDHEAD, that rain went north and missed us. So far...
 

It will be cold Monday night so they will be making a ton of snow getting ready for next weekend, MLK weekend.

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East, for the most part, is going to be the usual, mlk weekend. We will have had several days of major thaw (through tomorrow), followed by cold dry weather for the next week or so. Snowmaking trails at the areas that do that well will be good in the mornings. Natural terrain will be a bust. It will be crowded. Just telling it as i see it.
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