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Suggestions needed for first family trip to CO

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3 kids, boy 15 who snowboards, daughter 11 who has skied 3 years and 7 year old daughter who is a beginner and had a few lessons. Wife doesn't ski and I have skied for 30 plus years.

Problem is how do I keep up with everybody on the mountain as I will be the only one supervising? Planning on 4 days at Keystone March 30-April 4. Son will like the Snowboard park and I will put the girls in lessons the first day. Staying in River Run and will have a car so the wife can shop in Breck or the outlets in Dillon.

Any ideas, tips suggestions to make it work? Want the first trip out to be fun for all. Bringing friends for the older kids is not feasible as we live in southern Virginia(Tri-Cities area) and my kids do not have friends who's parents will pay the airfare and lift tickets.
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Keystone is a good choice given your circumstances.  You can put daughter 11 and daughter beginner in ski school on days that you and your son might want to explore A-Basin, Breckenridge, Vail, Copper, etc.  The bigger concern is whether your wife might get bored.  There is a lift-served sledding hill and XC area in Frisco, and two other XC areas at Breck, skating at Keystone, easy-access snoeshoeing out of Frisco, and she can get hammered at the Breckenridge distillery tour.  But let's face it; a ski vacation isn't great fun for someone who doesn't ski.

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3 kids, boy 15 who snowboards, daughter 11 who has skied 3 years and 7 year old daughter who is a beginner and had a few lessons. Wife doesn't ski and I have skied for 30 plus years.

Problem is how do I keep up with everybody on the mountain as I will be the only one supervising? Planning on 4 days at Keystone March 30-April 4. Son will like the Snowboard park and I will put the girls in lessons the first day. Staying in River Run and will have a car so the wife can shop in Breck or the outlets in Dillon.

Any ideas, tips suggestions to make it work? Want the first trip out to be fun for all. Bringing friends for the older kids is not feasible as we live in southern Virginia(Tri-Cities area) and my kids do not have friends who's parents will pay the airfare and lift tickets.

When you pick up your girls from ski school, get there a little early.  If they found a friend who has skiing parents, you might be able to do some skiing together later on.  Are your kids outgoing or on the shy side?

 

Have you ever looked at the regional ski forums in the SE/Mid-A?  There are families who head out west during spring break.  But I understand that it's hard to find them if you don't ski that much locally.

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As a fellow Virginian more accustomed to our smaller ski areas, your group would probably be more than happy to spend all your four days at Keystone unless some of you really have a case of travel lust.  There is a green circle run on Dercum Mtn called Schoolmarm.  It's got about 2300 feet of vertical.  On a quiet day it's a fantastic run for even beginners with a little bit of ambition.  I wouldn't be surprised if all your kids could enjoy running it and numerous similar runs all day with you by their second day. Then everyone soaks in the condo hot tub and repeat next day.  If they run the $5 a la cart snowcat rides above the Outback trail pod that is a fun taste of off piste for you and son.

Schoolmarm:

 

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