Originally Posted by scottrmartin
Son is 11. Four younger kids will stay home this one. Ski 20-25 days a year last few years, half Michigan, half out west. Just moved to Connecticut this year. Have been to Aspen past two winters, prior to that Vail, Beaver Creek, Copper.
First trip to Utah.
I'm sure staying at Snowbird will be easier, probably end up doing that but have talked to people who love staying at the Alta lodges
Did you stay slope side for the other trips out west?
I'm a regular at Alta Lodge. Started taking my daughter there when she was 7 for spring break meeting up with friends. Became an annual trip. Helped that kids are free in April until they are 12. For kids who make new friends easily, the free kid program at Alta Lodge makes for a very relaxing vacation for a parent. There is supervised play and dinner from 4:30 to 8:15. Older kids who want to eat in the dining room with their family are welcome. We made friends with a family at Alta Lodge when the kids were 8 or 9 and met up with them every year after that until the kids turned 12. Have also heard good things from family who stay at the Peruvian or Goldminer's but I don't know if there are special activities for kids.
Note that Alta Lodge does not have TVs in the room. People watch the big screen TV together, mostly sports or a movie.
If there is a lodge at Alta of interest, I suggest you call and talk to them about getting a shuttle to Snowbird for your meetings.
Note that one oddity about the Alta Ski School is that they do not take reservations. Although I would guess if you wanted to sign up your son the afternoon before, it might be possible. Ski school opens around 8:45 and classes start at 9:30. Snowbird takes reservations. The advantage of not having reservations for Alta is that parent's can make the decision the morning of. So if a kid isn't feeling up for a lesson, there is no need to force them to go.