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Alta w/ 4 year old

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All, curious if Alta is a good spot to go with a 4 year old.  My son has a late spring break this year (March 20th through 27th) and want to take him on another skiing trip (just got back from Northstar).  The wife has given me the go ahead to do a "guys trip" with just me and my son and am trying to decide on locations.  Alta looks like a great bet that time of year with a good ski program and activities for 4 year olds.  Curious if anybody has first hand experience.

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All, curious if Alta is a good spot to go with a 4 year old.  My son has a late spring break this year (March 20th through 27th) and want to take him on another skiing trip (just got back from Northstar).  The wife has given me the go ahead to do a "guys trip" with just me and my son and am trying to decide on locations.  Alta looks like a great bet that time of year with a good ski program and activities for 4 year olds.  Curious if anybody has first hand experience.


My first hand experience as a parent was in April when my daughter was 7.  She was good after a few seasons in the southeast (5-10 days each winter) enough to ski blues at Alta after a day of ski school.  Became a spring break tradition for several years.  Kids are free in April at Alta Lodge and we were meeting up with friends.  We've met many families at Alta Lodge who started their kids at young ages (<7).  Often the parents skied at Alta as children.  Since the Alta Ski School has the option of mixing lessons with day care, some parents who want to ski longer take advantage of the service.

 

One unusual aspect to the Alta Ski School is that they do not use reservations.  The advantage is that a parent can make a last minute decision based on weather and how their child is acting early in the morning.  Helps to arrive as early as practical for check-in during a busy week.

 

If staying at a lodge in Alta is of interest, here are comments about all five of them.  Warning: once you stay at a lodge, you will be very spoiled. :)

 

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

 

I started my daughter at age 4 at a small hill.  Massanutten ski school runs 9:30-2:00 and that worked out well.  If my husband was a skier, taking my daughter to Alta sooner would definitely have been likely.

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I put my niece and nephew in lessons at Alta when I first started them on skis.  He was 4, she was 7.  At 4 there's just not enough leg strength to progress far.  Mostly they would put them on a magic carpet for 30-45 min, followed up by hot chocolate and movies in the play area for an hour or so, then repeat.  I went into it with unrealistic expectations for his age, but looking back (he's 7 now) it made a huge difference when the muscles did develop.  In my opinion Alta and Brighton are some of the best places around here to take kids for lessons, and both are on the less expensive side.  I prefer the skiing at Alta myself.  If you think you'll have fun there, I'd say it's a great place to take kids.

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Our kids grew up skiing Alta- the nice thing about the Albion side is that it's separate from the main area, great green terrain and plenty of it for a four year old. Good ski school- Laid back, friendly, old school, gorgeous, mellow vibe. Everybody is stoked just to be there.  Deer Valley is another great choice, but PC has gotten to be a bit of a zoo. We live in PC but still ski at Alta every weekend.

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I took my son (along with his Godfather) to Snowbird for a boys trip last year.  He was 4 and a half for the trip, and he loved every minute of it.  He spent 4 days in ski school, and then skied with us for the last hour or so of the day to show us what he'd learned and where he'd skied.  It was an awesome experience for all of us. 

 

Snowbird was great for our trip, but I might have chosen Alta if his Godfather wasn't a snowboarder.  From memory, the full day kids program was significantly cheaper at Alta, and I think there are probably better terrain options for smaller kids to progress on than at Snowbird.

 

The only downside of our trip is that the bar was set pretty high for ski trips.  I'm now trying to manage my son's expectations that skiing doesn't necessarily mean a plane ride, 11'000 foot mountains with great snow, awesome terrain and a tram.

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