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Has anyone done this with younger kids (elementary school age)? Please share your real-life experience.

DH and I both love to ski, and a solo ski trip for either would provoke some serious envy for the other! It's 4 more years until our 25th wedding anniversary -- the kind of big event that might justify grandparents or aunts/uncles coming to stay at our house to take care of 3 kids and see them off to school, etc. Just wondering ....

DEP
post #2 of 10
As a parent and one who attended ESA Stowe, I wouldn't bring younger kids unless 1 of you isn't skiing or you have another adult to be with them all day. On Saturday, the day starts at 7 with breakfast and ends at 10 pm with banquet with only a short break from late afternoon to early evening.

You don't need a justification like a big wedding anniversary to get away with your husband for a ski weekend. We all make better parents when we get a break. Your kids will be fine and won't remember your absence, but the two of you will remember the fine time at ESA! Keep in mind however that if you are flying, air travel can result in some extreme delays especially during winter. I had 2 flights canceled in March and June due to weather, and it took 10 hours at 1 airport and 8 hours at another to fly stand-by to get home. That is a nightmarish situation when you have young kids waiting for you to return. If you can drive to any of the ESA events, I would recommend that.
post #3 of 10
Which ESA event(s) are you considering?
post #4 of 10
Avoid ones where WTFH is attending. Two words for you... Restraining Order.
post #5 of 10
I've attended the last two esa apen with my wife an infant son. My wife, Lainie, attended the esa.

Jacob was one pushing two years on the first and two pushing three on the second.

Snowmass has a great children's program and Jacob enjoyed attending that and getting some one on one ski instruction. I expect that the program for a little older children would work as well.

Lainie and I attended the opening banquet with Jacob and he enjoyed running around the room - I don't think he was too much of a bother to the other attendees but I'll let them comment on that.

We were able to attend all the skiing but missed out on most of the evening events since we wanted to spend the time with Jacob. I don't think that took away from the great experience we had on the hill. I skied at Aspen and the Highlands and left the sessions a little early a few times to pick up Jacob.

We stayed a condo as opposed to the rooms the esa had arranged and that resulted in more expense. Since almost all of the accomodations are ski in ski out it was really convient.

We plan on doing the esa aspen again this year.

Rob
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Has anyone done this with younger kids (elementary school age)? Please share your real-life experience.

DH and I both love to ski, and a solo ski trip for either would provoke some serious envy for the other! It's 4 more years until our 25th wedding anniversary -- the kind of big event that might justify grandparents or aunts/uncles coming to stay at our house to take care of 3 kids and see them off to school, etc. Just wondering ....

DEP
3 elementary school aged kids---21st anniversary...

just curious----why?? Last of a dozen??

edit---corrected the anniv number! 25-4 and WTFH is harmless---with a drink in both hands that is!
post #7 of 10
I attended ESA stowe with my two kids age 7 and 4. I put them in all day ski school and there was no problem. They had a blast at the hotel and loved the skiing. I think the lesson format is flexible enough for pick up and drop off at ski school. You'll just need to talk to your instructor. I just called stoweflake and they do offer child care.

TAW
post #8 of 10
Taw, I hope to see you at Stowe!!!
We have soooooo much to talk about!
post #9 of 10
I will be there to ski and listen. TAW
post #10 of 10
Abbey hung out in the Women's Santurary. Thorouly enjoyed her self. She was 15 at the time.
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