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Old 11-23-2021, 07:31 PM   #1
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Looking to plan a family vacation and skiing is on the want list. I’ve never been and have no idea where to start or even when the best time to go is. Any of y’all have some advice for a family friendly place? Kid is 8 if that makes any difference.

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Old 11-23-2021, 07:35 PM   #2
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Looking to plan a family vacation and skiing is on the want list. I’ve never been and have no idea where to start or even when the best time to go is. Any of y’all have some advice for a family friendly place? Kid is 8 if that makes any difference.

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If y’all have never been I would recommend a small resort and book a half day lesson. Grandby which is near Winter Park is a good one to learn at. Relatively cheap compared to the big resorts.
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Old 11-23-2021, 07:36 PM   #3
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There is also a good innertubing hill near by and snowmobiling.
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Old 11-23-2021, 07:37 PM   #4
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A lot of good places. We are trying Purgatory this year for first time first week of January. Honestly it’s the earliest we have ever been skiing but wanted to give it a try. Monarch and stay in Salida you have to drive up but great place even for beginners. Ski Sante Fe is great but from my experience it’s kinda ruff on newer skiers. Angel Fire is hit or miss with snow, but great for close trip and beginners friendly. It’s kinda like asking someone what’s your favorite fishing spot, they all have goods and bads. Ya just gotta go give it a try, good luck and have fun.
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Old 11-23-2021, 07:45 PM   #5
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Looking to plan a family vacation and skiing is on the want list. I’ve never been and have no idea where to start or even when the best time to go is. Any of y’all have some advice for a family friendly place? Kid is 8 if that makes any difference.

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No help here, I am in the same boat as you. Wife wants to ski this year and my daughter is 16. If you find a good deal pass it along if you would please.
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Old 11-23-2021, 07:48 PM   #6
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We went for the first time 2 years ago at New Years. We went to Taos and loved it. We did not take any lessons and had it picked up within a couple of hours with simple instructions from my brother in law that was with us. Were there for 4 days and went from never having a set of skis on to going down the greens and one of the blues by the end of the trip (at a more conservative pace than most folks around us)
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Red River and angel fire is where we skied as kids
Wolf Creek pass near pagosa springs
These are driving distance from Texas
Spring skiing in bamiff Canada is awesome because skiing and national park
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Old 11-23-2021, 07:54 PM   #8
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My Wife and I own a Condo in Angelfire. We fell in love with the village years ago, and decided to buy there last year. Great for families, lots to do.
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Keystone used to let kids ski for free.
Pay for lessons if it’s your first time.
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Old 11-23-2021, 07:59 PM   #10
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Winter Park….. Great family environment, lots of beginner/intermediate runs. Y’all will love it.
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If it is your first time, I'd take a look at Snowmass, CO or Crested Butte. Both easy mountains, wide open groomed trails, ski in and ski out accommodations.

IF the snow isnt good there, then I would go to Wolf Creek. Both my kids learned there, they have a magic carpet escalator thingy, and the kids just go round and round. 1 day was enough, then they skied with us the rest of the trip.
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Old 11-23-2021, 08:33 PM   #12
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No help here, I am in the same boat as you. Wife wants to ski this year and my daughter is 16. If you find a good deal pass it along if you would please.

Catching up on all the advice right now but yes sir will do


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Old 11-23-2021, 08:37 PM   #13
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Wife is googling all the places mentioned guys. Thanks for the words of experience. Also sounds like paying for lessons may be must


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Red River is your friend. Trust me. Do not go to the big crowded Colorado resorts. Angel Fire is also good for families. 30 minute drive from Red River. Ski Apache near Ruidoso will work too. Drive to New Mexico for your first trip. If it's a success fly to the big resorts next year. Or not. The crowds and lift lines suck.

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Old 11-23-2021, 09:23 PM   #16
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Winter Park
Frazier
Loveland
A Basin
Ski Santa Fe
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Angel Fire
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Old 11-23-2021, 09:30 PM   #17
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Again thanks for all the locations guys. What about timeline? When would y’all make the trip?


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Old 11-23-2021, 09:47 PM   #18
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Depends on where you are going.

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Old 11-23-2021, 09:48 PM   #19
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Ski Apache.....

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Old 11-23-2021, 09:49 PM   #20
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Another vote for Winter Park. Headed back in February for our third year in a row. Been to a bunch of other places including Keystone, Breckenridge, Heavenly, Crested Butte, and others, but we love the small town vibe and slopes of WP.
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Old 11-23-2021, 09:54 PM   #21
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Stay the farthest you can away from Breckenridge! Colorado itself is circling the toilet compared to 8-10 years ago! Bunch of covid rules with loding and ski resorts still very well in play up there
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Old 11-23-2021, 10:37 PM   #22
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Recommend Angel Fire, the perfect size for a family with kids. Nothing too challenging but there is a slope for night skiing and a tubing hill. You can stay next to the slopes pretty reasonably.
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Old 11-23-2021, 11:07 PM   #23
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Red River is your friend. Trust me. Do not go to the big crowded Colorado resorts. Angel Fire is also good for families. 30 minute drive from Red River. Ski Apache near Ruidoso will work too. Drive to New Mexico for your first trip. If it's a success fly to the big resorts next year. Or not. The crowds and lift lines suck.

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I have skied red river countless times. It gets crowded too, and it’s small.
Don’t plan anything around ski Apache. They don’t always get good snow.
Save your money and ski Colorado.
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Old 11-23-2021, 11:14 PM   #24
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Stay the farthest you can away from Breckenridge! Colorado itself is circling the toilet compared to 8-10 years ago! Bunch of covid rules with loding and ski resorts still very well in play up there

Last year wasn't too bad but looks like all Vail Resorts have implemented full on communist covid mandates for the season. Vax cards are required for most dinning on the mountain or ski schools for those 12 or older. Masks required at all times. This was what was told to my wife when trying to book our yearly Vail trip this week. We also like Toas but not sure they or any other NM resort will be much better. The employees at Toas were laid back last year but most skiers and locals were flat out freaks.

Concerning a first trip with kids, I personally believe in good lessons. Some say they didn't need them or had a half day and skied everything. Thats fine but also see major benefit if with a good instructor. Vail resorts have in my opinion the best kids schools hands down. Toas is probably one of the worst. Angel Fire has a great mountain for beginners and kids also though. My 11yr old started at 6 and enjoyed the kids classes more than skiing with mom or dad. Vail's Blue Sky bowls or Kachina Peak in Toas are all he wants to ski now so I'd say lessons worked for him. Wolf Creek or Purgatory aren't bad options either for good snow but agree that Breck is way too crowded towards the weekends with Denver locals.

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Old 11-23-2021, 11:33 PM   #25
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A little expensive but park city in Utah. Less than an hours drive from Salt Lake City airport. Took my family of 5 there, kids were 13, 11, and 9. Skiing and tubing were awesome.

Also, The Canyons is now connected to Park City.

Recommend going in late February through early April. Before then can get very cold & miserable
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Sipapu is the best ever little ski lodge and experience for the first time kids in my opinion. Been to Colorado, Utah, NM, and is very cheap compared to other places....we are skiing there after Christmas.
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Red River is a fun smaller setting, been multiple times and have always enjoyed it.
Grew up skiing Wolf Creek in Pagosa and love going up there
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Lessons are definitely a must
Well worth the fun that will come after a good understanding.

Gambling on not taking lessons may make for more frustration than fun
Just my opinion
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Red River is your friend. Trust me. Do not go to the big crowded Colorado resorts. Angel Fire is also good for families. 30 minute drive from Red River. Ski Apache near Ruidoso will work too. Drive to New Mexico for your first trip. If it's a success fly to the big resorts next year. Or not. The crowds and lift lines suck.

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Red River all the way, great place for family adn for beginners. Conservative town as well, no crazy COIVD rules, if they have them they are not really enforced.
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Old 11-24-2021, 09:14 AM   #30
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I’d go up to Steamboat. They have great schools and it’s a really nice town. The snow in February is normally great and they’re getting a start to the season.
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I’d go up to Steamboat. They have great schools and it’s a really nice town. The snow in February is normally great and they’re getting a start to the season.
Steamboat is probably my favorite place to ski in Colorado.
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I have skied red river countless times. It gets crowded too, and it’s small.

Don’t plan anything around ski Apache. They don’t always get good snow.

Save your money and ski Colorado.
I remember snow issues way back around 1990. Their snow making and grooming has improved alot. No issue in the last 20 years.

I've never been in a lift line at Red River. It's basically the best town to stay in. Short drive to some of the best extreme terrain in the country.

The fact that you're driving means there really isn't any advance planning needed. No snow at Apache? Go where there is snow. Taos, Santa Fe, Red River or Angel Fire.

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I remember snow issues way back around 1990. Their snow making and grooming has improved alot. No issue in the last 20 years.

I've never been in a lift line at Red River. It's basically the best town to stay in. Short drive to some of the best extreme terrain in the country.

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Kids were all still in school when we went. Usually Christmas or spring break. It can get packed.
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just got back from keystone and breckinridge no covid protocals at either place didnt do anything different than i do here at home never put on a mask one time and was never asked about a vaccine card spent five days their
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Steamboat is probably my favorite place to ski in Colorado.
I really like Steamboat.....nice wide blue runs....ski in ski out.....

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Wolf creek for first timers is a great place
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Sipapu is the best ever little ski lodge and experience for the first time kids in my opinion. Been to Colorado, Utah, NM, and is very cheap compared to other places....we are skiing there after Christmas.
This is the correct answer.
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After New Year but not during Prez Day weekend. MtCB always seems to get some fresh powder during the Winter Holiday season. Typically at least one or two days of fresh powder during our typical 7 day ski venture.

Good to hear the Vail resorts along I70 arent Covid stupid. All last years trip to MtCB the workers were all incessant…”pull up your mask” while standing in line. Workers were polite about it but incessant.
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Probably my least favorite place to ride. Very narrow runs. That would be fine if they were steep but they're not.

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Please, whatever you do, dont go to Ski Apache for your first time. They have run that place into the ground. Workers are rude, snow has sucked for a long time, and even with snow making there are only like 4-5 runs. Plus its as expensive as Colorado.

We have a house there, and I grew up skiing there. Even with a free place to stay, we will always choose somewhere else to go for skiing. Ski Apache sucks.
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Probably my least favorite place to ride. Very narrow runs. That would be fine if they were steep but they're not.

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I thought the same thing. Hit it once for half a day and wondered why anyone wouldn't drive 30 more miles down the road.
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Breckenridge and the resorts around it are easy to get to and lots of fun. That is our "easy button" for a ski trip. Crested Butte and Vail are our two favorites, but Taos and Steamboat aren't far off. You'll have a great trip if you go to any of the reputable spots. Good luck!
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Old 11-24-2021, 11:29 AM   #43
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Winter Park is a great place that I would recommend. Very family friendly.

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Old 11-24-2021, 11:31 AM   #44
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Our family loves Monarch, not crowded, great snow and good instructors. VRBO in Salida and you're good to go.
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Old 11-24-2021, 11:56 AM   #45
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Vail has a very good beginners area for kids learning how to ski. My kids were 5 and 8 when we went, they learned to ski on that trip, the mountain is big enough to have good slopes for adults as well.

My only knock on Park City was there was not a good kids area. The mountain and trails are for the good/advanced skiers. I loved it, but it was not good for young kiddos
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Old 11-24-2021, 03:58 PM   #46
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Red River is your friend. Trust me. Do not go to the big crowded Colorado resorts. Angel Fire is also good for families. 30 minute drive from Red River. Ski Apache near Ruidoso will work too. Drive to New Mexico for your first trip. If it's a success fly to the big resorts next year. Or not. The crowds and lift lines suck.

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Good advice here except Angel Fire over Red River for your first time due to more beginner slopes at Angel Fire. While in Angel Fire, drive the 30 minutes over to Texas Red's in Red River for a good steak and check out the scene there and maybe ski one day to compare for the next trip. Red River is the better atmosphere, but Angel Fire has better skiing for beginners and a great ski school.
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Good advice here except Angel Fire over Red River for your first time due to more beginner slopes at Angel Fire. While in Angel Fire, drive the 30 minutes over to Texas Red's in Red River for a good steak and check out the scene there and maybe ski one day to compare for the next trip. Red River is the better atmosphere, but Angel Fire has better skiing for beginners and a great ski school.
Correct on Angel Fire being a bigger and better resort.

I've been boarding for 34 years. I've been to probably 30 resorts. I used to have to go to the biggest and baddest. As I age I still ride fast. I like the much more chill vibes of the NM resorts.

If you want the greatest of all it's hard to beat Lake Tahoe. Ride all day party and gamble all night. Go go dancers and black jack. Lol.

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Old 11-24-2021, 09:08 PM   #48
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We’re headed back to Red River mid-January. My family and kids love it.
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Old 11-24-2021, 09:33 PM   #49
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As for the lessons: pizza and french fries. Lol.
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Old 11-24-2021, 09:48 PM   #50
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Sipapu is cheap and good for kids. Last year and this year going to Breckenridge. We liked it little better because more slopes for beginners. I would do Sipapu again after a little more experience. My wife and didn’t start skiing until in our 50s.
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