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Ski Vacations for the Whole Family

January 18, 2011 By: Asher Fusco Travel Agent


Waldorf Astoria Park City
Fairmont Banff Springs’ packages suit both couples and families.


A winter family vacation doesn’t necessarily need to be a trip to a warm-weather standard such as Florida or the Caribbean.

The Vail Ski Resort this year is offering a new twist on après ski, allowing kids to spend the evening hours on a variety of supervised activities such as snowman-building, ice skating, board games and an indoor treasure hunt. The Après Kids program is hosted at The Arrabelle at Vail Square, a RockResort property.

In addition to the Après Kids program, kids under 4 ski free, kids ages 5 to 12 can ski with lift tickets, and young and first-time skiers can learn the tricks of the trade at Vail Ski School. The Après Kids program is available through the end of the 2011 season at a cost of $50 per child.

Four-Night Northern Rockies

Package: Triple Creek Ranch in Darby, MT, is offering four nights for $2,890 based on double occupancy at its resort and ski slopes.

The Ski the Northern Rockies package includes:

• Downhill ski passes and ski or snowboard rental, along with transportation to Lost Trail Powder Mountain.

• Cross-country ski equipment use and transportation to Chief Joseph Pass.

• Accommodation in a log cabin, along with meals, wines and spirits.

• Other activities, including hiking, horseback riding and snowshoeing.

Waldorf-Style Skiing in Park City: The Waldorf Astoria Park City in Park City, UT, has come up with a stylish way for clients to enjoy the best snow in the U.S. this season with the Ski in Waldorf Style package. The exclusive package gives guests the opportunity to experience first tracks at the Canyons Resort with a pro and ride a charming horse-drawn sleigh through the natural beauty of Park City. A gondola whisks guests up to the village to access 4,000 acres of skiable terrain, brand-new orange bubble chair lifts, a ski beach, 167 runs, 18 lifts and five bowls.

Waldorf Astoria Park City
Waldorf Astoria Park City allows guests access to more than 4,000 acres of skiable terrain.

The experience includes:

• One full day of skiing with a professional instructor for all registered adults in room.
• A horse-drawn sleigh ride and dinner.
• One 50-minute Mountain Salvation Massage per adult at the Golden Door Spa.
• One multi-day adult lift ticket to the Canyons Resort.

Prices start at $761 per night for a Deluxe Guest Room and are valid for stays until April 10. A three-night minimum stay and seven-day advance booking are required. Package pricing is per night, per adult and does not include taxes, resort charge or gratuities. Upgrades and enhancements are additional.

More Banff for Your Buck: Fairmont Banff Springs’ Luxury Ski the Canadian Rockies package offers nightly accommodation, two adult tri-area lift tickets, ski shuttle transportation, breakfast for two, including gratuity, access to the hotel’s Willow Stream Spa and parking. Available through May 23, package rates start from $407 per night. For those bringing the entire clan, the hotel’s Family Ski & Play for Free in the Canadian Rockies package includes nightly accommodation for a family of four, two-day tri-area lift tickets for two adults and two children, ski shuttle transportation, and free meals for kids under five or half-price meals for kids under 18. Guests can also opt for a $194 resort credit each day in place of the lift tickets. Package rates start from $339 per night with a three-night minimum stay required. Call 403-762-2211, or contact [email protected].

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By Asher Fusco | January 18, 2011
This winter, ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada are doing everything they can to ensure the harsh slopes are gentle on parents and children.