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post #1 of 16
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I posted a similar question here but want to expand on it.

I am trying to put together a list of family-friendly ski destinations accessible direct non-stop out of DFW. Price ideally lodging under $200 a day if possible.

I want to take the kids and maybe enroll them in a beginners class. I don't ski but can easily spend my day goofing off doing something. maybe a adult beginner class. this trip is mostly about the kids

ideally

1. direct nonstop out of DFW
2. ski resort is not 10 hours away from the closest airport (Aspen is 7 miles from airport....)
3. Kids and family atmosphere.
4. Price "reasonable" IE not 500 a day lodging, etc etc.

thanks

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post #2 of 16

3 words:  Salt Lake City

 

I'm sure any number of the locals can chime in with which of the dozenish resorts within an hour of the airport is the most kid-friendly.

post #3 of 16

Snowmass

Steamboat

Crested Butte?

post #4 of 16

I'd say SLC is a good bet. Direct flights to another hub with resorts about an hour away from the airport.

 

You might also check out flights to EGE (Eagle/Vail airport).  Flights are direct from DFW and you're 30~ minutes away from Beaver Creek and Vail.  Try staying in Avon, Edwards or Eagle to save on lodging.  Vail might be too much mountain for kids to start on, but Beaver Creek and Vail both offer beginner lessons + lift tickets at a discount. 

 

As for Snowmass, its about an hour and a half from EGE, I don't believe there are any direct flights from DFW to ASE.  (Usually its either a connection in Denver or Houston)

 

I regularly fly into EGE from DFW (live in Dallas, house in Gypsum) and the drive over to Beaver Creek is pretty quick.  

 

AA also offers direct flights to Yampa (Steamboat) and Gunnison (Crested Butte)

post #5 of 16
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AA also offers direct flights to Yampa (Steamboat)

I think you meant Hayden.  Yampa is the other side of Steamboat up 131 and has no commercial airport.  It is, however, where my great grandfather homesteaded and not far from where my aunt has a ranch!

 

Mike

post #6 of 16
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I'd say SLC is a good bet. Direct flights to another hub with resorts about an hour away from the airport.

 

You might also check out flights to EGE (Eagle/Vail airport).  Flights are direct from DFW and you're 30~ minutes away from Beaver Creek and Vail.  Try staying in Avon, Edwards or Eagle to save on lodging.  Vail might be too much mountain for kids to start on, but Beaver Creek and Vail both offer beginner lessons + lift tickets at a discount. 

 

As for Snowmass, its about an hour and a half from EGE, I don't believe there are any direct flights from DFW to ASE.  (Usually its either a connection in Denver or Houston)

 

I regularly fly into EGE from DFW (live in Dallas, house in Gypsum) and the drive over to Beaver Creek is pretty quick.  

 

AA also offers direct flights to Yampa (Steamboat) and Gunnison (Crested Butte)

 

I lived in the Dallas area (mostly Grapevine) for many years myself before escaping.  One of the few good things about living there is that DFW has direct flights to just about everywhere, including...

 

Eagle County - I recall Vail being a little further of a drive but my memory is hazy.  In any case, Vail, BC, Breck will likely be more crowded and certainly more spendy (maybe not Breck) than SLC.

Hayden - I agree Steamboat would probably be a good place for all.  It wouldn't break the bank, either.  Good Call.

 

I still say SLC provides the most readily accessible options for a reasonable cost.  Hopefully, a Utah local or two on this board will pipe up about which place is the most "family friendly."  Park City or Snowbasin maybe?

 

You can also fly direct from DFW to Reno for the Lake Tahoe resorts, and I used to fly direct to Vancouver to go to Whistler, although that  involves a higher cost and hassle factor.  You can also fly direct to Jackson Hole, but I don't think it's what you're after.

 

My experience was always that SLC was the easiest, most convenient and most reasonably priced.  Great skiing, too!

I vote Salt Lake City 1st choice and Steamboat Springs as 2nd choice.

post #7 of 16

Fly to SLC, get a 2WD car, drive an hour or so up to Lakeside Condos, have a ball at Snowbasin.  Take a day off from skiing to go sightseeing in SLC.

 

http://www.lakesideresortproperties.com/hot-deals/kids-ski-free

 

A friend stays at Lakeside a couple times a year.  She and her family take the shuttle over to Snowbasin.  Sometimes make use of the dinner delivery service.  A different place delivers each night.

post #8 of 16

Might get some ideas from this thread by a father of young kids:

http://www.epicski.com/t/77136/best-destination-for-young-family

post #9 of 16
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Might get some ideas from this thread by a father of young kids:
http://www.epicski.com/t/77136/best-destination-for-young-family

great link thank you. Steamboat Springs seems to be mentioned alot.....thank you (and keep the info flowing)
post #10 of 16

How old are the kids?  Elem school?  Younger, older?

 

Steamboat is a place I always thought would be fun to take my daughter.  I enjoyed the skiing and the town quite a while ago when I was an intermediate skier.  The possibility of delays due to a snowstorm in/out of Hayden is a disadvantage.

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The possibility of delays due to a snowstorm in/out of Hayden is a disadvantage.

 

And I thought it was just me!  Once got cancelled on the way there until the following day, and once had to divert to Eagle Co. and take a charter bus up.  Ugh!

 

Except for once when leaving Jackson (who cares then...when leaving), those are the only times I've had significant issues with weather screwing up flights.

 

Is Hayden more susceptible to that than other snow-country airports?

post #12 of 16
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How old are the kids?  Elem school?  Younger, older?

Steamboat is a place I always thought would be fun to take my daughter.  I enjoyed the skiing and the town quite a while ago when I was an intermediate skier.  The possibility of delays due to a snowstorm in/out of Hayden is a disadvantage.

Son - 10
Daughter - 8

both like outdoor stuff, etc. Never skied or played in snow. Seen some light Dallas, TX snow and loved it.

My "strategy" is memory-creation with my kids, in other words, fill-up-the-photo-albums with stuff because some day they will be 18 and going off to college. So I want to expose them to some cool stuff.
post #13 of 16
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The possibility of delays due to a snowstorm in/out of Hayden is a disadvantage.

 

And I thought it was just me!  Once got cancelled on the way there until the following day, and once had to divert to Eagle Co. and take a charter bus up.  Ugh!

 

Except for once when leaving Jackson (who cares then...when leaving), those are the only times I've had significant issues with weather screwing up flights.

 

Is Hayden more susceptible to that than other snow-country airports?

I don't think Hayden is unusual for any airport in the snow zone of Colorado.  Even Denver can be a problem.  I was delayed when changing planes in Denver on the way to SLC last season.  Ironically I chose that route to avoid Chicago in case of snow there.

 

SLC is unusual as a destination for a ski vacation because snow at the airport is a non-issue AND there are so many world-class places within an hour or so by car.  Going to be even better for budget trips when the metro line to the airport is finished.

 

Flying into Reno is never a problem.  But driving to Tahoe . . . that's another story if there is a storm.

post #14 of 16

Lucky kids!  I spoiled my daughter early on for skiing because then I got to ski more.  Started her on local hills.  First late season trip to Alta was when she was 7.  She's a tween now.  Not quite better than me, but will be soon.

 

When are you thinking of going?  The reason it matters is that some places that are lower altitude tend have less than optimal snow conditions sooner.  For instance, planning an April trip to Park City or Snowbasin is riskier than Alta or Big Sky.

 

Check out this thread.  A family who drove up from Arkansas to NM for their first ski trip.  Boys are 10-17.

http://www.epicski.com/t/115541/newb-as-in-never-been-going-first-week-in-jan

 

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Son - 10
Daughter - 8

both like outdoor stuff, etc. Never skied or played in snow. Seen some light Dallas, TX snow and loved it.

My "strategy" is memory-creation with my kids, in other words, fill-up-the-photo-albums with stuff because some day they will be 18 and going off to college. So I want to expose them to some cool stuff.
post #15 of 16

SLC, as the others have said. It's ridiculously convenient. PCMR and Deer Valley are super-kid-friendly and probably the most convenient for you all. Alta is good for beginners too (but not Snowbird). Brighton and Solitude are pretty quiet, pretty but if you're after laid on fun, it's DV and PCMR. Buy some deals online before you go (liftopia or the backcountry.com lift ticket deals, you can get multi-days and lesson deals sometimes).

post #16 of 16
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As for Snowmass, its about an hour and a half from EGE, I don't believe there are any direct flights from DFW to ASE.  (Usually its either a connection in Denver or Houston)

 

EGE is a decent option, but AA does fly direct from DFW and LAX into ASE.  Buttermilk is another really nice family hill and it's less than a mile from the airport.

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