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Old 01-18-2019, 11:22 PM   #1
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How many of you have been skiing with young kids? My youngest is 4 and we are thinking of going skiing for spring break. Any recommendations?

Leaning toward Angel Fire because it's one of the closest for us to drive to.

I'm not a skier. I've only been 2 times when I was in college and didn't ski much on those trips.
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Old 01-18-2019, 11:40 PM   #2
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We’re headed to Durango, CO in mid February with our 3 kids (10,8 & 4). The older two ski, the youngest will go to the day care on the mountain.
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Old 01-19-2019, 01:55 AM   #3
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I would skip it for a few years. I would want to include all my family and putting one in a daycare with strangers while the rest of the fam had fun would ruin it for me YMMV
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Old 01-19-2019, 03:42 AM   #4
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We just got back from Taos, I had 4 kiddos with me 12,10,5 and 2. Since Taos offers ski school on ages 3 and up you should be able to take advantage of that. My kids had the best time... even the 5 year old that was in school. Taos also had some really great instructors and a very nice/safe setup for the little ones. I will say this though for you Taos is a tougher mountain to ski as a beginner and I cannot attest to how good the others ski schools are.


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Old 01-19-2019, 07:14 AM   #5
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We like Red River. Just got back from our fifth trip there to ski. The first year we went there my youngest was four and he loved it.
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Old 01-19-2019, 07:21 AM   #6
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We started all our boys at age 4 in private lessons. Now the youngest is 7 and the whole family skis the mountain together.
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Old 01-19-2019, 07:46 AM   #7
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Several things to remember: The whole group is limited by the one with the least ability. Spring break week is the busiest time to go. So make reservations for everything including ski rentals and instructors or classes.

At four it may be hard to find classes. Since you all have not been much you could hire a private instructor for the group. If you can find one that will allow a 4 year old.

The best would be snow / daycare program wihike you guys ski. We hated leaving our little ones so we have done it both ways.
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Old 01-19-2019, 08:53 AM   #8
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Started our son at 2, he played way more than he wanted to ski. 4 years later, he can literally bomb any hill on the slope and dad can't keep up . I say take em, don't expect much. And just have fun being on the mountain as a family.
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:00 AM   #9
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The older I get the less I like the large mountains and crowds. That said, I absolutely loved Red River last year. First time there. Going back in 3 weeks. You can walk everywhere after arrival. We will drive 30 minutes to Taos one day for some hardcore board action.

Put the kids in a half day class. After lunch you can play with them for a couple of hours.

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Old 01-19-2019, 09:07 AM   #10
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take them, the early the better! They have lessons for kids that age and I've had them that age fly by me.
We've taken several trips to Angel Fire in NM, going again end of this month.
Of course, my kids are much older now but when they were young we went, got on the lift to the top, we all got off together, looked around and they were GONE down the mountain ... took to it like a duck to water.
We love going together!
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:17 AM   #11
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The next Bode Miller start them young.You never know
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Old 01-19-2019, 09:25 AM   #12
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Put your 4yr old in a lesson the first day, and he will probably be skiing circles around you on the second day!!! Kids pick it up easy.

And Angelfire is a great place, as long as there is good snow.

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Old 01-19-2019, 12:46 PM   #13
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Put your 4yr old in a lesson the first day, and he will probably be skiing circles around you on the second day!!! Kids pick it up easy.

And Angelfire is a great place, as long as there is good snow.

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This^^^^^.....my Wife and I started our kids off when they were six or seven. I wouldnít dare try to keep up with them to this day. I donít mind Diamond trails but when they want to go Double Diamond I just meet them down the slope. glad we started them early....Plus, at the younger age they start out snow-plowing and catch on quickly from there. They have them in ski helmets as well.
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Old 01-19-2019, 02:01 PM   #14
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Ski school. At that age (4), the ski school will ski for an hour, head in for 30 minutes, then ski another hour, rinse, repeat. The instructors will take good care of your child.

You and the rest of your family can go enjoy the mountain.

As for location, Taos is hard to beat, or Wolf Creek. Good year for snow, go get after it!
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Old 01-19-2019, 03:30 PM   #15
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We go annually. Classes are awesome to teach the youngins...most instructors are great! The peer social environment helps them learn from each other. But if the classes are too big... the class gets naturally held back to the weakest skiier which retards the quick learners advancement...IMO. Im swapping from snowboarding to skiing so I can harness my 4 yr old and ski with her.

I like to stay in rear trail and have another adult leader. Having an adult in rear trail helps not having to hump back up hill if the youngin wipes out and has a melt down. A leader gives newbie skiier kiddos confidence that the fall line can be cut or attacked head on depending on the aggresiveness of the trail.

Patience will be tested.

Have a great time Dad!
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Old 01-19-2019, 03:43 PM   #16
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If adults/older kids don’t have much experience skiing then I’d say skip Taos - it’s great for the advanced skier but rule number 1 for skiing is have fun.

I’d also highly encourage getting all the kids into skiing - if you stick with it I see people skiing well into their 60’s and 70’s. Skiing is one of the few things I see teenagers enjoying with their parents.

Santa Fe is nice and a great family hill - you just have to drive to/from town about 30 minutes each way. Red River is cool - small, less challenging hill in a nice town.

I just got back from Big Sky Montana and we rented a small ski-in, ski-out cabin with a hot tub, grill, kitchen, wi-fi. If I had a family I’d try and find arrangements like this - throw something in the crockpot and at the end of the day you ski straight to the cabin and relax and eat whenever you want. Get tired - just head back for a mid-day rest.

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Old 01-19-2019, 05:17 PM   #17
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Youd be shocked at how well a 4 year old picks up on skiing.
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Old 01-19-2019, 05:28 PM   #18
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Little kids from about 3-5, pick up on skiing and snowboarding probably faster than any other age group. Put them in group lessons for about 2 or 3 days and they will shock you. Never fails seeing a group of little skiers and boarders and they are shredding.
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Old 01-19-2019, 05:42 PM   #19
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When my kids were little we would go to red river and ruidoso.
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Old 01-19-2019, 07:02 PM   #20
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Take them while they’re young and it’ll be like riding a bike when they get older.
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Old 01-20-2019, 05:40 AM   #21
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The earlier the better for kids. The little ones can pick it up fast.

Another bonus is that all of the NM ski areas have excellent snow this early ski season.

I was in Ruidoso last evening and the town is as busy as itís been in a good while.


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Old 01-20-2019, 09:35 AM   #22
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Don’t miss out on a great vacation because your child is 4. 1-2 days of ski school and they will be able to ski most blues and any green. You will be more miserable if you wait because their learning curve will be flatter. Sking is my favorite family vacation, and my daughter started at 4.
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Old 01-20-2019, 02:46 PM   #23
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Little kids from about 3-5, pick up on skiing and snowboarding probably faster than any other age group. Put them in group lessons for about 2 or 3 days and they will shock you. Never fails seeing a group of little skiers and boarders and they are shredding.
Grommets, as they call them, are awesome.

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Old 01-20-2019, 04:05 PM   #24
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If adults/older kids donít have much experience skiing then Iíd say skip Taos - itís great for the advanced skier but rule number 1 for skiing is have fun.

Iíd also highly encourage getting all the kids into skiing - if you stick with it I see people skiing well into their 60ís and 70ís. Skiing is one of the few things I see teenagers enjoying with their parents.

Santa Fe is nice and a great family hill - you just have to drive to/from town about 30 minutes each way. Red River is cool - small, less challenging hill in a nice town.

I just got back from Big Sky Montana and we rented a small ski-in, ski-out cabin with a hot tub, grill, kitchen, wi-fi. If I had a family Iíd try and find arrangements like this - throw something in the crockpot and at the end of the day you ski straight to the cabin and relax and eat whenever you want. Get tired - just head back for a mid-day rest.
Nothing really that challenging at Santa Fe either. Taos is pretty much the only mountain in NM with true double blacks....and boy lemme tell ya they have some doozies. Lol.

Santa Fe is a great little mountain. Love it.

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AngelFire is a great beginners slope, and i wish i would have started at 4/ Raising them right! Have a blast.
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My son is now 5, but started when he was two. We snowboard, not ski, but we never put in a class just spent some time with him on the bunny slopes. He can make it down any green run now. Don't expect to enjoy the whole mountain with the little ones unless you want to put them in ski school.

He also doesn't last the whole day... it wears him out. He loves taking breaks at the mid mountain lodge for some hot chocolate.
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