Utah is known for having The Greatest Snow on Earth.
It’s partially why my parents would bring us East Coasters to Utah at least once a year for some spring skiing. We loved it. We lived for those spring break vacations on the slopes as a family.
My dad taught all 3 of us older kids to ski at a resort in Maryland in a giant ice storm when we were little. (World’s most patient man.) Coming to the powder in Utah was so dreamy!
My dad grew up skiing (he’s from Utah). As a kid, I remember watching him ski moguls with my jaw hanging down. It was like his legs were made of rubber. How did they bounce off those bumps so fast?
He made a tradition with us kids of giving us a Snickers bar on the lift ride up for the last run of the day, calling it The Snickers Run–a little sugar rush to help us end a great (and tiring) day in the snow. AH! Thinking about it makes me miss him so much.
Skiing is a family activity that I will always cherish from my childhood. (That’s my brother Matt in the green jacket, by the way. He is hardcore.)
This ski season is the season to teach your kids to ski.
This post goes out to all my fellow Utahans: You have got to teach your kids to ski! We East Coasters were always so shocked when we came to The Greatest Snow on Earth and people that lived in it didn’t know how to ski.
That said, having lived here for over a decade now, I get it.
It’s a lot of work to teach kids to ski.
Picture courtesy of Emily Hill from Is this REALLY my life?
Spring skiing at Wolf Mountain may be the answer.
At least that is what we found. I was all amped to take my oldest (5) for a day on the slopes at Wolf Mountain, but then I broke my arm so Mr. R took the day off and went in my stead. They had a GREAT time. Tyson couldn’t stop talking about it when he got home. He still can’t!
Wolf Mountain has a great ski school with group and private lessons available. In fact, it is known as one of the best beginner mountains in the Rockies. Tyson loved the Magic Carpet (like a moving sidewalk for the snow) which let him get up the bunny hill easily and practice his new skills with his instructor. (He loved her, by the way.) When I asked him what he learned he told me about pizza (snow plow) and french fries (parallel). Adorable!
And you guys! It’s SPRING! Finally! It’s the best time to ski, in my opinion. It’s not too cold …in fact, I’ve even skied in a short sleeve shirt during the spring. It certainly is warm enough for your kiddies to have a great time and not complain too much.
Then there is a the price issue. Skiing is historically pretty expensive but at Wolf Mountain lift tickets range from $10-$37! (HOLY MOLY, y’all!) And get this: CHILDREN FIVE AND UNDER SKI FREE EVERYDAY. I love it.
If you are like me, you are thinking that maybe you need a season pass for next year. Here are the rates from the 2013-2014 ski season.
I feel so strongly about getting your kids on the slopes that I am giving away FOUR LIFT TICKETS to Wolf Mountain for you to go enjoy some good old fashioned family time on the slopes just like I had growing up.
I will even throw in a couple Snickers bars for your Snickers Run at the end of the day! You can carry that tradition on too. My dad won’t mind.
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**Lift passes expire on 3/24/13.**
Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post with free lift passes and a day of skiing/lessons/lunch for my family. Opinions are all my family’s own.