Plan a snowy trip to some of the most beautiful and iconic mountains in the U.S.—from Colorado to Utah to Tahoe—and give your kids more than a family vacation, give them three epic experiences they'll never forget. Thank you to Vail Resorts for hosting us as guests in Park City!
Sharing your passion for the slopes with the kids is a surefire way to create a memorable family vacation. Just picture it—
Skiing (or snowboarding!) on iconic mountains.
And, of course, the obligatory Family Snowball Fight.
But if you look deeper, you'll realize that a trip to the mountains can offer three epic experiences your kids will never forget. In fact, when you stay at any of the resorts in this world-class collection what you're really doing with your family vacation is offering your kids the opportunity to...
1. Conquer the World
You'll want to be sure to sign your kids up for ski lessons on your trip. The highly trained instructors really know how to connect with kids at their level, so your children feel comfortable taking lessons on their own. (Yes, without you!) The friendly and playful bond they form helps instructors teach your kids the age-appropriate skills they'll need to safely enjoy an adventure-filled ski trip.
And that's just the beginning...
When you sign your kids up for ski lessons, you're empowering them with much more than technical skills. Your children will come away with a newfound sense of independence, accomplishment, and confidence. After all, they'll have just conquered a mountain solo (without Mom or Dad's help!). And let's be honest, at their young age, that's pretty much the same as conquering the WORLD.
Booking a ski vacation also gives your family an unparalleled opportunity to...
2. Touch the Clouds
Anyone who skis knows that skiing is more than just a sport. It's an experience.
Feeling the sun, wind, and powder on your face is exciting. Speeding down the slopes is exhilarating. Your family's trip is sure to ignite a shared lifelong love of skiing.
When you're on a mountaintop gazing upon the snow-covered slopes all around you, something stirs deep within. That tingling sensation pulsing through your veins isn't just from the thin, crisp air. It's an inherent reverence for nature awakening inside you. A blissful moment that can be missed if you don't stop to take it in.
Plan an epic adventure for your family to visit the awe-inspiring mountains of Colorado, Utah, or Tahoe. But be sure to...
Pause atop the powdery peaks.
Breathe in the fresh mountain air.
Ground yourself in nature.
Then, reach up and try to touch the clouds.
Your kids will always remember the day you inspired them to reach higher than they thought they could.
Perhaps naturalist John Muir best expressed the lifelong sense of awe elicited by an experience like this:
"The mountains are calling and I must go."
And, as if that wasn't enough, vacations in the mountains also offer families a beautiful chance to...
3. Value the Joy of Small Moments
While skiing down the mountains can offer your family some truly awesome adventures, you might find that some of the fondest memories from your trip actually came from the smallest of moments...
Sometimes the simplest of moments can be the most memorable. That realization can be EPIC for kids.
The mountains are an awesome places to take a family vacation and any of these resort gives your kids the chance to CONNECT.
To connect with themselves—and gain independence.
To connect with nature—and experience both the thrill of skiing down a mountain and the wonder of simply standing atop one.
To connect with family—and embrace the joy and beauty of small moments shared together.
After all, THIS is the stuff that truly unforgettable childhood memories are made of.
BONUS PARENT-TO-PARENT TRAVEL TIP...
Follow the “Pick one thing” approach.
Once you’ve made a final decision on which resort best suits your family, have each family member pick one thing that he or she simply MUST do to make the vacation epic.
Quick Tip: Consider creating a Pinterest board for this. That way you can show the kids at a glance all the different pre-approved adventure options available near your destination.
Many resorts offer kid-friendly non-ski activities to enjoy, too. Here are a few kid-awesome adventures to pin for later that are sure to bring smiles to your kiddos' faces (and pure JOY in the moment!).
Going mountain tubing together at Beaver Creek
Exploring the World's Largest Snow Fort at Keystone
Eating freshly baked cookies at Beaver Creek
We invite you to uncover more kid-friendly experiences, new family traditions, and untapped mountain activities...
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Vail Resorts. The opinions and text are all mine.