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post #1 of 6
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Hi,

 

I have a 4 yr old that I started this year. She has been on the magic carpet a few days. She is starting to learn to stop and turn. I am thinking of a one week Utah trip in March. I'd like to find a place with a good ski school, where she can progress and start getting on the lift in an isolated area.

 

Any ideas on which places have good ski schools, and isolated beginner areas with (short) chair lifts would be much appreciated.

 

Me and my wife will ahve fun anywhere, I think. I am upper intermediate, and she is a low intermediate comfort skier. We'd prefer to stay at the mountain.

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Hi,

 

I have a 4 yr old that I started this year. She has been on the magic carpet a few days. She is starting to learn to stop and turn. I am thinking of a one week Utah trip in March. I'd like to find a place with a good ski school, where she can progress and start getting on the lift in an isolated area.

 

Any ideas on which places have good ski schools, and isolated beginner areas with (short) chair lifts would be much appreciated.

 

Me and my wife will ahve fun anywhere, I think. I am upper intermediate, and she is a low intermediate comfort skier. We'd prefer to stay at the mountain.

Based on my experience out west with my daughter, there is an obvious choice if your budget can handle it.  Fly to SLC, stay at Alta Lodge, and between Alta Lodge services for kids & parents and Alta Ski School, you will have a grand time.  My daughter was 7 for our first trip.  She started at age 4 in the southeast, so was still pretty much a novice.  That week there was a family at Alta Lodge with a younger girl.  She did ski school in the morning and was in daycare in the afternoon if her parents wanted to ski all day.  Alta Lodge has a kid's program that takes care of them from 4:45 to 8:15, including a kid-friendly dinner.  So parents can relax and enjoy the included 4-course dinner.

 

I have friends with kids who have spent a week at Alta Lodge during April spring break for several years.  Kids are free at Alta Lodge in April.  That's the only skiing the kids get.  They were about the same ability as my daughter by the time the older child was 12, even though my daughter had a few more ski opportunities (10-12 days in northern VA).  All the kids love Alta Ski School.

 

I started skiing at Alta as an intermediate long ago.  Have become an advanced skier in recent years (now retired).  Alta is still my favorite place out west.

 

For some ideas about the other lodges at Alta.  Each lodge has a different vibe.  All include at least a couple meals.

http://www.epicski.com/t/125833/alta-lodges

 

In March, Park City is another good option.  However, would not be such a good idea in April.

post #3 of 6

I'll caveat this by admitting that I've never been to Utah, but I recently spent a lot of time researching the SLC areas as well of most of CO for a similar trip with young kids (5 and 3-yr old twins).  Like you, kids ski school was a major consideration for me.  With 3 kids to pay for, $$ was also a major consideration, which may or may not be the case for you.  If it is and your budget won't cover Alta, you may want to check out Solitude.   I personally ended up booking a trip to Copper b/c I had better flights into Denver, but my top pick in Utah, for my budget, was Solitude. 

 

From what I understand, it's a fairly quiet area but, for a family trip, that may appeal to you and there are several relatively reasonably priced slope side condo options.  There is also a shuttle you can use to get the little one to ski school and, if you rent a car, you could add a side trip or two in at other nearby resorts.  Their kids ski school offers several mufti-day package options that are a good bit less expensive than most of the other resorts in that area that I looked at.  Adult ski school prices seem like a good value as well. Again, I obviously can't speak from experience, but from what I've read/been told that their ski school is good to excellent.   

 

The impression I get is that the main knock on Solitude is that advanced skiers may get bored there for an entire week.  But as an intermediate myself, I'm not really sure that would be a problem.   

post #4 of 6

Solitude is a good choice if budget is an issue.  Especially if willing to cook and eat in the entire time.  Not too many options for eating out.  For skiing, the groomers at Solitude are fun and a few are relatively steep for a little more challenge.  Also, Brighton is just down the road.  Even possible to get a combo lift ticket.  Brighton is a fun place for intermediates.  Has mellow trees right next to groomers if ready to be a little adventurous.

 

For Solitude, probably better to rent a car for more flexibility.

post #5 of 6
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Thanks all.

 

Does anybody have any experience with the ski schools at Solitude or Brighton?

 

Also, Alta doesn't seem to take reservations for kids' classes. Does it every get filled up in this season?

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Thanks all.

 

Does anybody have any experience with the ski schools at Solitude or Brighton?

 

Also, Alta doesn't seem to take reservations for kids' classes. Does it every get filled up in this season?

My sense is that the Brighton ski school is pretty good.  A lot of local families send their kids to the after school program.

 

Here is a Trip Report from a father who was quite happy with the Solitude ski school:

http://www.epicski.com/t/119804/tr-solitude-3-31-4-4

 

Have only done Alta ski school for kids in April.  In general, I have not heard of issues with not having spots available.  Probably worth calling to ask the question directly.

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