Published on Sunday, November 04, 2012 21:16
Written by Eileen Ogintz
Humans were never meant to hibernate in winter. Besides, there’s too much fun to be had in the snow, whether you want to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, cross-country ski, sled, build snowmen or snow forts, or make snow angels.
Are you ready? Snow is already beginning to fall in the Rockies and Sierras. And you can share you joy of all things snow with the Bring a Friend Challenge
, a new element of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
. It's open to all current skiers and snowboarders from Dec. 17-March 17. The Challenge offers incentives for current skiers and snowboarders who introduce newcomers to lessons from professional instructors this winter. You can win prizes and even a free trip to a snow resort.
January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month 2013. Special Features
offers a quick overview with all of the places where you can get discounted—or possibly even free--lessons and rentals. You can also follow the deals on Twitter
Look for opportunities to explore new mountains-- like the Mountain Collective
, an unprecedented collaboration between the four top independent resorts: Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows that offers 50 percent off on lift tickets and 25 percent savings on lodging. Find Packages and Deals
You can snowshoe with kids
in national parks like Yellowstone
and Grand Teton. Or you can experience winter at a dude ranch like the C Lazy U
and Vista Verde Ranch
in Colorado where you can snowshoe, horseback ride in the snow, cross-country ski and even back-country ski with a snow cat taking you up the hills so you can ski or snowboard down on private land. And you won’t need to cook a single meal.
Many snow sports resorts are pulling out all the stops for families this season with increased programming, free lift tickets and free flights. Look for deals from companies such as Ski.com
that can package lifts, lessons, lodging and air and can tell you where and when to find kids-free programs
Check out companies such as Black Tie Rentals
that will deliver gear right to where you are staying and adjust it on the spot. (I loved the convenience at Aspen last year) Many locations offer a kids-rent-free package throughout the season for ages 12 and younger. Ski Butlers
has deals in Steamboat and Telluride where kids rent free with an adult rental for five or more days.
More ski news: Tips on finding a ski resort close to home
Eileen Ogintz writes the popular Taking the Kids
syndicated family travel column.