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I'm from Chile. We are planning a trip to go with my kids to ski to the US late february. Which ski resort would you recommend for kids focused on beginner intermediate trails and specially avoiding extremely cold weather. We were looking some ski resorts in California, Utah and Colorado.
post #2 of 25

Welcome to Epic Pablo, you are about to get so much free advice. Here is mine. Provide more information to the members like ages, interests boarders/skiers, length of stay and it will get really specialized for you.

 

Park City, Utah. a big area with lots of groomed terrain. Just minutes from a major airport. A neat mining town at the base. This is not THE BEST ski area in the US but it is a good one to start at.

 

Enjoy.

post #3 of 25
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Thank you. I have a pair of twins they are skiers of 10 and 8 years old. We are planning to stay one week.
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I'm from Chile. We are planning a trip to go with my kids to ski to the US late february. Which ski resort would you recommend for kids focused on beginner intermediate trails and specially avoiding extremely cold weather. We were looking some ski resorts in California, Utah and Colorado.
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Thank you. I have a pair of twins they are skiers of 10 and 8 years old. We are planning to stay one week.

Welcome to EpicSki!  Where have your kids skied before?  Do you plan to put them in ski school?  Would also help to know what type of lodging you prefer.  For instance, if you want ski in/out at a major destination resort that also has non-skiing activities that will narrow the list fairly quickly.

post #5 of 25
My family is also from overseas and my children started at 3 and 5 and are now very capable 'fun' skiers of 8 and 10. Early on we had terrific trips to Mammoth and Northstar in California. Since then we've sampled a number of Canadian and US ski hills. For intermediate families I would suggest you check out both previously mentioned, other Tahoe resorts like Heavenly and Mt Rose, Park City in Utah as others have suggested and although I've not been there Aspen/Snowmass looks perfectly set up for families as does Steamboat. I can certainly vouch for Whister if you're willing to go to Canada - my kids now compare every ski destination to Whistler - so far it's their benchmark - followed closely by Mammoth. If you can squeeze a little more than a week you could do a few days at a Salt Lake resort drive a day to spend a few days in Colorado?
Good luck with the planning. It's almost as exciting as the trip itself.
post #6 of 25
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your advice. We usually ski in valle nevado, Chile. We are looking for a bug resort where they can choose different trails without repeating the same ones. How is the weather in Mammoth in February? And which lodge would you recommend?
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Thank you for your advice. We usually ski in valle nevado, Chile. We are looking for a bug resort where they can choose different trails without repeating the same ones. How is the weather in Mammoth in February? And which lodge would you recommend?
In my experience Mammoth is either snowing hard or sunny. We have not experienced much cloudy weather without snow.
The Village Lodge just at the base of the gondola is great but a bit pricey. The Alpenhoff is in an excellent location but is older but less expensive.
post #8 of 25
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And what about Park City? Have you been there?

post #9 of 25
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And what about Park City? Have you been there?


Paging @Mr. Crab for comments about Park City for a family trip.

post #10 of 25
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And what about Park City? Have you been there?


I have not been to Park City.

post #11 of 25
Aspen/Snowmass has what is generally considered, the best ski school in the country and Snowmass has a ton ski in/out accomadations I'm sure you would really like it.

The Mountain Collective Pass includes 2 days at Valle Nevado, so it would definitely save you some money. https://mountaincollective.com
post #12 of 25

Recognize that there's no guarantee re: weather and ski conditions... there might be extreme cold anywhere in the Western US in late February, but it's more likely to be nice. Snow conditions can vary quite a bit--some places more than others (for example, it rained in Park City this February, which weakened the ski experience). I agree that Tahoe, Mammoth, Aspen, and Park City are all good potential destinations: consider booking your flight to a US hub, but not booking the final leg/rooms until about a week before you travel.

 

My top recommendation if you're booking an advance would be Telluride: it has tons of beginner and lower-intermediate runs all over the mountain, which helps ensure good skiing regardless of weather (since you can move higher or lower, or just lap the gondola if it's too cold).

post #13 of 25
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Would you recommend east to have better weather?
post #14 of 25
No, the west is much better and the end of February is not typically extremely cold.
post #15 of 25

Go west, young man, go west. 

post #16 of 25
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My top recommendation if you're booking an advance would be Telluride: it has tons of beginner and lower-intermediate runs all over the mountain, which helps ensure good skiing regardless of weather (since you can move higher or lower, or just lap the gondola if it's too cold).

 

I agree with the Telluride recommendation.  Big resort...beautiful scenery...and tons of great beginner/intermediate terrain...and oh, no crowds in late February.

 

Next best choice: Snowmass

Next best: Copper Mountain

 

I also like Grand Targhee, but it's going to have a lot less of your desired terrain than the Colorado resorts mentioned above.

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My top recommendation if you're booking an advance would be Telluride: it has tons of beginner and lower-intermediate runs all over the mountain, which helps ensure good skiing regardless of weather (since you can move higher or lower, or just lap the gondola if it's too cold).

 

I agree with the Telluride recommendation.  Big resort...beautiful scenery...and tons of great beginner/intermediate terrain...and oh, no crowds in late February.

 

Next best choice: Snowmass

Next best: Copper Mountain

 

I also like Grand Targhee, but it's going to have a lot less of your desired terrain than the Colorado resorts mentioned above.


Haven't been to Telluride.  But for a family traveling from Chile, there is a lot to be said for Aspen/Snowmass.  Snowmass is more than enough for a week of fun.  Add-on Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands, there is no way to get bored even if only skiing greens and easy blues.  For lessons, I heard more than more instructor at Snowmass speaking Spanish to their student(s).

 

Problem with GT is the lack of better lodging at the base.  Not even much to choose from in town.

post #18 of 25

I wouldn't argue against Park City or Aspen, but the first place that came to my mind was Keystone. Lots of beginner and intermediate terrain. They are very family-oriented and have lots of options for lodging nearby. Travel from Denver is fairly painless, and the costs will be reasonable compared to other locations.

 

Also, kids ski free? http://www.keystoneresort.com/deals/kidsskifree.aspx

post #19 of 25


Pablo2

 

My background - grew up skiing in New England and have traveled to many ski areas including Valle Nevado - which we loved!

 

As a Vail ski instructor, I am biased but would highly recommend Vail if your budget allows.

 

Conditions always vary so you might monitor the El Nino/LA Nina patterns for the period you expect to travel. 

 

February during the US Presidents holiday (Week of February 20, 2017) is traditionally very busy.  If your schedule permits, either prior to or after that week might be beneficial anywhere in the US.

 

Our ski school has a variety of packages for children as well as for adults.  Trail options are extensive and varied with lots of daily grooming for green, blue and black skiers as well as untouched terrain.

 

Wherever you decide to ski, I hope you enjoy your trip north!

post #20 of 25
Thread Starter 

Thank you all for the advises. I am little confused now. The only conclusion I have based on your comments is that Park City is not one of the best resorts. Now I have to Choose between Telluride, Vail, Snowmass, What about alta-snowbird?

post #21 of 25

Park City is fine anyone can go there and have a nice ski vacation, but tops on my list are Telluride and Aspen a very close 2nd.  Lots of variety in terrain, beautiful scenery, and both have great ski towns. 

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Thank you all for the advises. I am little confused now. The only conclusion I have based on your comments is that Park City is not one of the best resorts. Now I have to Choose between Telluride, Vail, Snowmass, What about alta-snowbird?


There are a variety of factors to consider when choosing a ski vacation destination.  Clearly, terrain is one consideration.  For that Alta and Snowbird are at the top of most lists.  However, Little Cottonwood Canyon has very little area for hotels, condos, restaurants, or shops.  In contrast, Park City does not have as much terrain that intrigues visiting advance or expert skiers.  However, families who stay in Park City have lots of options for lodging, places to eat, and non-skiing activities.  A family who wants to do nothing but eat, sleep, and ski can have a very good time staying in a lodge at Alta.  A family who plans to take a day or two off from skiing for other activities would be better off in Park City, Telluride, Vail, Aspen/Snowmass.

 

That said, there are several other major destinations that are possibilities.  You are getting suggestions from individuals based on where they have gone skiing in the past.  Just because no one has mentioned a place does not meet it would not be a good place for your family.  If you want better advice, it helps to know about skiing ability and lodging or travel considerations.

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Thank you all for the advises. I am little confused now. The only conclusion I have based on your comments is that Park City is not one of the best resorts. Now I have to Choose between Telluride, Vail, Snowmass, What about alta-snowbird?

You can definitely have fun at any of these. Alta-Snowbird is a fantastic spot for advanced intermediate and expert skiers, and Alta has good terrain for the levels you're discussing... just not nearly as much of it as Park City or the Colorado resorts.

 

Another thing to consider: February 18-20 is a holiday weekend in the US, and often the busiest time period for ski areas. If your trip includes these dates, Telluride or Aspen would be especially good choices as they will be less crowded than the others.

 

Travel can also be a deciding factor. Telluride can be a challenge--I'd recommend trying to limit this to two flights each direction if possible, since double-connecting is tiring and increases your chances of a missed connection. The Montrose airport is about an hour from Telluride and I'm not sure how the timing would work on Santiago-Dallas-Montrose (and American Airlines might change schedules anyway). Aspen and Vail-Eagle airports are limited but have more options, and they are closer to the ski areas. Salt Lake City has frequent service to most of the big US airports and is a pretty close, easy drive to Park City or Alta.

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Thank you all for the advises. I am little confused now. The only conclusion I have based on your comments is that Park City is not one of the best resorts. Now I have to Choose between Telluride, Vail, Snowmass, What about alta-snowbird?


As others have indicated, Vail is a good choice for a family ski vacation if your budget allows for it. I'm personally biased toward the Wasatch front ski areas (Alta/Bird/Solitude/Brighton, located in Little Cottonwood / Big Cottonwood Canyon respectively) for several reasons. There is a lot of airline service to Salt Lake City, so airfares are more reasonable than for many other places. All of the ski areas in LCC/BCC above and those on the Wasatch back (Park City/Deer Valley) are less than an hour's drive from the airport. Snow conditions at the LCC/BCC resorts are consistently among the best in North America; this is less so for the Park City resorts however. Lift tickets for the Wasatch front areas are a relative bargain - though this is definitely not the case for the Deer Valley and Park City/Canyons.

 

As far as negatives, lodging options at Alta/Bird (LCC) are quite limited and can be pricey. While Snowbird is one of my favorite places, it has limited beginner/intermediate terrain and may not be the best place for a family with mixed skier abilities. I also very much like Solitude: It's a bit undersized by western N American standards but has a nice variety of terrain and not a lot of crowds - I'd say it's pretty family-friendly. Brighton has nice glade skiing by my standards (i. e., not overly steep terrain with relatively widely spaced trees) but seems to attract a lot of discourteous skiers/boarders. Lodging at both is very limited, though there are some reasonably price townhouses at Solitude. You should keep in mind however that you don't really need to stay at the resorts - it's a short ride to any of these places from the eastern edge of Salt Lake City. There are lots of hotel options as well as town house/condos through VRBO or AirBmB in Salt Lake - though obviously. There is a downside to staying in Salt Lake if it snows (a not infrequent occurrence) and a large storm will make it difficult to get to any of the resorts in either Little or Big Cottonwood Canyon. It's also a pretty short ride to Park City. Another downside in staying in Salt Lake City is missing out on the "resort experience" if that's important.

 

With respect to Park City, while none of the resorts there make the list of my favorite places to ski, it's really a pretty cool little town, It offers a variety of lodging options and with lots of restaurants and nightlife, though all can be pricey. You could consider using it as your base: You'd have the option to ski any of the Park City areas - all of which have a lot of intermediate terrain with Deer Valley being particularly family-friendly - or drive back over the mountain to the Little/Big Cottonwoods (less than 30 mins) for better conditions and more terrain options.

 

I haven't skied Telluride, but have been to all of the places on your list more than a few times and while I personally prefer the Cottonwoods, think you will be fine with any of them.

post #25 of 25
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Thank you Charly for your advice. Very usefull.
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