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My wife and I are crazy, but we're planning our first real ski trip over spring break (last week of March) for our two 6 years olds and a 3 year old (almost 4). The 6 year old twins have been skiing in midwest for a couple years and are pretty comfortable on most of the runs out there so I'm really hoping they can handle the Blue runs at Keystone. The three year old is going to be in the ski school day care every day; he's excited to learn to ski like his brothers so hopefully this won't be a problem. 

 

Just looking for any tips and suggestions for dealing with young kids out there. We'll have a car, so I was thinking we'd save a few bucks and stay a little outside the resort (Soda Springs townhomes maybe) or is that a mistake? Would we be better off staying in River Run? It was suggested that I put the three year old in the ski school at mountain house area rather than river run, so if we are doing that, I figure we might as well drive there each day. Thoughts? 

 

Thanks for any help or suggestions!

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My wife and I are crazy, but we're planning our first real ski trip over spring break (last week of March) for our two 6 years olds and a 3 year old (almost 4). The 6 year old twins have been skiing in midwest for a couple years and are pretty comfortable on most of the runs out there so I'm really hoping they can handle the Blue runs at Keystone. The three year old is going to be in the ski school day care every day; he's excited to learn to ski like his brothers so hopefully this won't be a problem. 

 

Just looking for any tips and suggestions for dealing with young kids out there. We'll have a car, so I was thinking we'd save a few bucks and stay a little outside the resort (Soda Springs townhomes maybe) or is that a mistake? Would we be better off staying in River Run? It was suggested that I put the three year old in the ski school at mountain house area rather than river run, so if we are doing that, I figure we might as well drive there each day. Thoughts? 

 

Thanks for any help or suggestions!


Welcome to EpicSki!  Not crazy parents, just regular ski nuts.  You'll fit in well around here. :)

 

This thread has links to examples of threads by parents planning trips out west from the flatlands.  Most families have somewhat older kids, but there are a few where the kids are under 7 or so.

 

http://www.epicski.com/t/129632/tips-for-planning-family-ski-trips-from-flatlands-midwest-se-mid-atlantic-nj-nyc-ct-ri-ontario

 

Have you and/or your wife skied in the Rockies before?

 

My daughter could ski blues at Alta at age 7.  She started skiing at age 4 in northern VA.  Was skiing blacks in the southeast in her third season (age 6).  Completely spoiled her by taking her out west.  But that meant I got to go ski at Alta during spring break annually. :D

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Are you aware that if you book lodging at Keystone through Keystone, kids ski and sleep free? Rent a Keystone-managed condo and use the car to go for groceries.
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Just looking for any tips and suggestions for dealing with young kids out there. We'll have a car, so I was thinking we'd save a few bucks and stay a little outside the resort (Soda Springs townhomes maybe) or is that a mistake? Would we be better off staying in River Run? It was suggested that I put the three year old in the ski school at mountain house area rather than river run, so if we are doing that, I figure we might as well drive there each day. Thoughts?

 

We went to Keystone 5 years ago with our kids; 8 and 6 at the time. It's a fantastic resort for families and recommend it highly. We stayed at the Dakota in River Run which is a short walk through the village to the gondolas. Dakota has a heated pool and hot tub which was popular with our kids. Very convenient for skiing and dining and some shopping. I don't know much about Mountain House. Walking to the lifts is a big plus with young kids. Makes it easier if half your group wants to call it quits.

 

Your kids will love the snow fort. IIRC it's at the top of the gondola. We didn't go, but I heard that the Fondue Chessel restaurant at the summit is popular with families, so book early.

 

Use the car to buy groceries (buy a lot of water) and going to restaurants. Dining at Keystone is meh. Try the Arapahoe Cafe and Dillion Dam Brewery.

 

Keystone base is at almost 10,000', so plan for the altitude and bone dry air. Our whole family were affected for the first 3 days. My son tossed his cookies in bed the first night. Yuck. Diamox can be your friend. Spending 1 night in Denver before driving to Summit County can also help.

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My wife and I are crazy, but we're planning our first real ski trip over spring break (last week of March) for our two 6 years olds and a 3 year old (almost 4). The 6 year old twins have been skiing in midwest for a couple years and are pretty comfortable on most of the runs out there so I'm really hoping they can handle the Blue runs at Keystone. The three year old is going to be in the ski school day care every day; he's excited to learn to ski like his brothers so hopefully this won't be a problem. 

 

Just looking for any tips and suggestions for dealing with young kids out there. We'll have a car, so I was thinking we'd save a few bucks and stay a little outside the resort (Soda Springs townhomes maybe) or is that a mistake? Would we be better off staying in River Run? It was suggested that I put the three year old in the ski school at mountain house area rather than river run, so if we are doing that, I figure we might as well drive there each day. Thoughts? 

 

Thanks for any help or suggestions!


Just curious, where did you decide to stay?

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oops,  I guess I should have followed up here! anyway, thanks everyone for the help. 

 

We ended up booking through keystone to get the kids ski free deal. It was probably pricer for the lodging than other options, but with the free lift tickets it was probably a wash. Plus they were able to give us a really good rental car rate by booking through them, so that worked out. 


We're staying at Soda Springs and I've got the youngest in the ski school at Mountain House. The older boys will probably ski with us, although I'm hoping I can talk them into doing ski school at least one of the days - I need someone to try to correct all the bad habits they've probably picked up from me!

 

Going to spend a night in denver before driving up, so hopefully everyone manages the altitude ok, but we'll see. 

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Hopefully you can get the older boys into a fun group at ski school.  There is something to be said for making that happen the first day since they may well adapt to the altitude faster that you and your wife.  For my daughter's first trip out west, she was 7.  Since there happened to be a snowstorm the day we arrived, I picked up a budding powder hound from ski school the next afternoon.  She was hunting powder on the edges of the groomers, as well as wanted to do the tree run used by ski school just off a green.

 

Have fun!

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