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Let's Ski!

Yes, there's  a  lot  of  gear  involved.  But  when  it  comes  to  family  fun,  you  simply  can't  beat  a  destination  ski  trip. Maybe  it's  all  the  fresh  air,  maybe  it's  the  physical  exertion,  I'm  not  sure  what exactly  creates  the  magic.  What  I  can  tell  you  is,  some  of  my  most  treasured memories  with  my  kids  have  happened  on  or  near  the  slopes.   If  you  haven't  considered  a  family  ski  trip,  let  this  be  the  year  things  change. Bunny  slopes  to  black  diamonds,  local  resorts  to  a  cross-country  trip  to  chase powder,  we've  put  together  a  guide  to  make  picking  a  ski  destination  for  your family  easy  and  fun.  Don't  worry,  we've  also  got  all  the  insider  tips  on  how  to pack  all  that  gear,  keep  warm  on  the  slopes,  winter-proof  your  beauty  routine and  how  to  handles  those  first  ski  lessons.   Enjoy!

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RESORTS

BEAUTY

GEAR

Deer Valley  Resort  5 Solitude  Resort  5 Keystone  Resort  6 Crested  Butte  6 Okemo  Resort  7 BIg  Sky  Resort  7 Copper  Mountain  9 Smugglers'  Notch  9 Other  favorites  11

Winter Skincare  20 Snowproof  Hair  23 No  More  Hat  Head  24

Stay Warm  14 Playtime  15 Jacket  Trends  16 Slope  Style  19 Chilly  Chic  22 Head-­to-­Toe  24 Protection Gear  That  Grows  29 Kid  Jackets  32

TIPS Ski School  101  8 Dear  Parents...  12 Mountain  Munchies  27 Real  Moms  Reveal  28 How  to  Pack  30


SKI RESORTS FOR  FAMILIES

What makes a great family ski resort? A variety  of  trail  types  •  Great  ski  school  instructors  •  Childcare  •  Amazing hot  chocolate  with  mountain-­high  whipped  cream


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Deer Valley Resort UTAH

DEER VALLEY

3,000 Vertical  ft.

101 Trails

Just an  hour’s  drive  from  Salt  Lake  City,  Deer Valley  Resort  is  a  ski  family’s  dream  for  a  luxury getaway.  The  resort  holds  the  honor  as  SKI Magazine’s  #1  resort  for  last  season  in  large part  to  their  #1  ratings  in  Access,  Service,  Kid-­ Friendly  Activities,  Dining,  Lodging  &  Grooming. The  mountain  has  an  exclusive  feel  –  the  resort limits  the  number  of  daily  skiers  so  crowds aren’t  an  issue  and  as  one  of  only  three  ski-­only resorts  in  the  U.S.,  there  are  no  snowboarders cutting  off  your  perfect  run.  Family  amenities abound  from  ski  school  for  ages  3+,  on-­ mountain  ski  mascots,  and  resorts  like  the Montage  which  offer  everything  from  a  bowling alley  and  arcade  to  nightly  s’mores  around  the fire. Photo:  Deer  Valley  Resort 21  Lifts/12  High-­Speed

$114/$72 Lift  Ticket

Solitude Resort UTAH Solitude is  the  perfect  resort  for  families  new to  skiing.  It’s  close  to  a  major  airport  (just  40 min  from  Salt  Lake  City),  has  a  high  ratio  of easy  &  intermediate  trails,  and,  perhaps  best of  all,  offers  free,  super  close  parking  that lets  you  get  your  kids  and  gear  to  the mountain  with  ease.  Instructors  at  Solitude’s Snowsports  Academy  emphasize  learning through  play  and  offer  lessons  in  four  snow-­ sports  disciplines:  alpine  skiing, snowboarding,  telemarking  and  Nordic skiing,  as  well  as  ski  school  lessons  for  both children  (5-­12)  and  adults  (13+).  And  did  we mention  adult  lift  tickets  are  under  $80?

SOLITUDE

Photo: Solitude  Resort

2,047 Vertical  ft.

65 Trails

8 Lifts/3  High-­Speed

$77/$49 Lift  Ticket


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Keystone Resort COLORADO The largest  mountain  in  Summit  County, Keystone  Resort  offers  lots  of  winter  fun  for families  with  over  3,000  skiable  acres  and  a variety  of  trails  to  keep  every  level  of  skier  in your  family  happy.  Just  90  minutes  from  Denver International  Airport,  Keystone  is  convenient  to get  to  and  boasts  a  number  of  unique  amenities like  night  skiing  most  days  of  the  week  (8:30AM to  8PM!),  a  groomed  tubing  hill,  and  a  5-­acre maintained  outdoor  skating  rink.  Best  of  all,  stay two  nights  and  kids  12  and  under  ski  and  ride free.  No  blackout  dates.

KEYSTONE

Photo: Keystone  Resort

131 Trails

20 Lifts/6  High-­Speed

Crested Butte Resort COLORADO Looking for  a  small  town  feel  with  amazing powder  and  trails?  Try  Crested  Butte  which likes  to  consider  itself  one  of  Colorado’s  few remaining  “ski  towns”.  No  traffic  lights  or chain  stores,  but  you  will  find  nearly  3,000 vertical  feet  of  groomed  runs  to  keep  you busy.  Fly  into  Gunnison  for  the  easiest access  or  make  the  4-­hr  drive  from  Denver  or Colorado  Springs.  Crested  Butte  offers  ski school  from  age  3  and  up  based  both  on  age and  ability  –  so  whether  your  6-­year-­old  is new  to  the  slopes  or  ready  to  change  down that  some  advanced  blues,  he’ll  find  the perfect  class.  Non-­skiers  can  enjoy  the  tube hill,  zipline,  dogsled  lessons  and  dozens  of other  winter  activities.

$82/$62 Lift  Ticket

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3,128 Vertical  ft.

CRESTED BUTTE

Photo: Crested  Butte  Mountain  Resort/Tom  Stillo.    

2,775 Vertical  ft.

121 Trails

15 Lifts/4  High-­Speed

$103/$57 Lift  Ticket


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Okemo Resort VERMONT Within easy  driving  distance  of  much  of  the East  Coast,  Okemo  is  a  great  resort  for  a weekend  family  getaway.  While  experts  might bemoan  the  lack  of  challenging  runs,  Okemo offers  a  wide  selection  of  trails  for  beginners and  intermediates.  Kids  6  and  under  ski  free, and  Okemo  offers  private  lessons  for  kids  as young  as  2.  Older  children  have  a  range  of programs  to  choose  from  including  group lessons,  specialty  classes  and  drop-­in sessions.  Families  will  love  the  abundance  of lodging  options  from  ski-­in/ski-­out accommodations  on  the  slope  to  valley  condos with  shuttle  service. Photo:  Okemo  Mountain  Resort

OKEMO

2,200 Vertical  ft.

120 Trails

19 Lifts/5  High-­Speed

$82/$62 Lift  Ticket

Big Sky Resort MONTANA Big just  isn’t  a  part  of  the  name  –  with  over 5,800  skiable  acres  and  4,350  feet  of vertical  drop,  Big  Sky  Resort  is  designated as  America's  Biggest  Skiing®.  The  resort offers  300  named  runs  on  4  connected mountains,  the  longest  of  which  is  a whopping  6-­mile  ride.  We  promise  you won’t  get  bored.  In  addition  to  full  and  half-­ day  programs,  Big  Sky’s  ski  school  provides the  unique  option  of  letting  kids  come  for shorter  activity  sessions  during  the  day  from 45  minute  to  2  hours,  giving  parents  the ability  to  ski  with  (or  without)  their  kids  at almost  any  time  throughout  the  day.

BIG SKY

Photo: Glenniss  Indreland

4,350 Vertical  ft.

300 Trails

22 Lifts/6  High-­Speed

$103/$53 Lift  Ticket


Ski School  101 Enrolling  the  kids  in  ski  school  for  the  first time?  Here's  what  you  need  to  know.

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CHOOSE Check the  resort  website or  give  them  a  call  to choose  the  best  class based  on  your  child's age,  experience  and abilities.  Consider  a private  lesson  if  it's  your child's  very  first  time  for the  individual  attention.

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ASK Ask about  the student:teacher  ratio  -­  for younger  kids,  aim  for  1:4. Also  make  sure  their Instructors  are  certified through  Professional  Ski Instructors  of  America  – American  Association  of Snowboard  Instructors (PSIA-­AASI).

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KNOW Be sure  to  know  your child's  height,  weight and  shoe  size  for rentals.  Also  be  sure  to ask  how  you'll  be contacted  if  there's  an emergency  -­  often  your cell  or  a  resort  pager.

4 BRING Most lessons  include equipment  rentals,  but your  child  should  come prepared  with  winter clothes,  gloves, goggles  and  a  hat  or helmet.  Throw  in  a  pair of  hand  warmers  &  and snack  too.

Thanks to  Kevin  Jordan  &  Heidi  Ettlinger,  certified  ski  instructors  &  members  of  the  Learn  to  Ski  &  Snowboard  Month  Leadership  Team


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Copper Mountain COLORADO Just 75  miles  from  Denver,  families  flock  to Copper  Mountain  for  the  snow,  ski  lessons,  and stellar  amenities.  The  ski  school  offers  several different  types  of  lessons  for  kids  and  adults  of all  levels,  starting  at  age  3  and  up.  You’ll  also love  the  pedestrian-­friendly  village  that  makes  it easy  for  families  to  get  around  to  restaurants, shops  and  all  the  activities.  Snow  not  great  or looking  for  a  break?  Head  to  Woodward  Barn,  a 19,400  square  foot  indoor  playground  with Skatelite  jumps  into  foam  pits,  skate  bowls  and mini  ramps,  spring  floor,  tumble  trak,  spotting belts,  Olympic  fly-­bed  trampolines,  and  a  Super Tramp.  Your  kids  will  flip  –  literally.

COPPER

Tripp Fay,  Copper  Mountain  Resort

2,601 Vertical  ft.

140 Trails

23 Lifts/6  High-­Speed

$92/$55 Lift  Ticket

Smugglers' Notch VERMONT Smugglers' is  a  destination  resort  in  northern Vermont,  just  under  an  hour  northeast  of Burlington.  Made  up  of  3  interconnected peaks  –  Madonna,  Sterling  &  Morse  – Smugglers’  offers  over  1,000  acres  of  trails, terrain  parks  and  race  courses.  Voted  #1 Resort  in  the  Eastern  U.S.  by  SKI  Magazine readers  and  as  one  one  of  the  top  resorts  for Kid-­Friendly  Activities  in  the  Eastern  U.S.  and Canada,  parents  can  choose  ski  lessons  for kids  as  young  as  2.5  or  opt  for  childcare  for kids  as  young  as  6-­weeks!  Plus  Smugglers' guarantees  that  each  member  of  the  family will  have  fun,  learn  to  ski  or  snowboard,  or improve  their  technique  regardless  of  current ability  level,  or  the  entire  lesson  portion  of your  vacation  package  will  be  refunded. 2,610  Vertical  ft.

78 Trails

SMUGGLERS'

Photo: Smugglers'  Notch  Vermont

8 Lifts/0  High-­Speed

$70/$52 Lift  Ticket


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FAVORITE SKI RESORTS


Click to read our Momtrends' travel reviews and learn more about these other favorite family-friendly ski resorts.

Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow Just an  hour  from  Reno,  Squaw  Valley  offers  skiing  families  miles  of  terrain and  gorgeous  views  of  Lake  Tahoe  and  the  Sierra  Nevada  Mountains.

Aspen Snowmass This sizable  resort  combines  excellent  service  with  a  huge  expanse  of interesting  terrain  making  it  a  top  destination  for  families  from  around  the  world.

Canyons Resort Whether you  are  looking  for  awesome  snow  adventures  or  unexpected  après experiences,  Canyons  is  Utah’s  largest  single  ski  and  snowboard  resort  and the  perfect  getaway  for  your  family.

Steamboat Springs Resort Four hours  from  Denver,  Steamboat  offers  a  perfect  combination  of  ski  lessons, varied  terrain,  and  a  historic  ski  village  to  make  it  a  favorite  for  families.

Breckenridge Mountain Resort Skiing Breckenridge  can  keep  you  busy  for  a  week  with  its  vast  and  varied terrain.  A  skiing  paradise  for  all  ages  and  ability  levels.

Jackson Hole Resort Recently voted  #1  ski  resort  by  Forbes,  Jackson  Hole  Resort  promises  to impress  with  its  snowfall,  tram  (100  passengers  up  4,139  ft.  in  9  min!),  trails and  amenities,  all  in  the  shadow  of  the  gorgeous  Grand  Tetons.

Stratton Mountain Ski Resort One of  Vermont's  largest  ski  areas,  Stratton  offers  nearly  100  trails for  winter  family  fun.

Mammoth Mountian Heading west?  At  11,053  feet,  Mammoth  has  the  highest  summit  of  any California  resort,  making  for  more  snow,  breathtaking  views  and  a  season that  can  last  until  July.  Averaging  300  days  of  sunshine  per  year  helps  too.


DEAR PARENTS... WHAT YOUR SKI INSTRUCTOR WISHES YOU KNEW

FUEL UP.  Make  sure  your  kids  eat  a  good  breakfast.  Kids  expend  a  ton  of  energy in  a  lesson.  If  they  eat  a  well-­balanced  breakfast,  they  are  less  likely  to  crash before  lunch  and  get  the  most  out  of  the  lesson.     GO  EASY.  Your  3-­year-­old  might  not  need  that  full-­day  lesson.  Instead,  consider  a ski/play  program  for  3-­5  year  olds.  This  compliments  the  structure  of  preschool  with plenty  of  play  &  rest  breaks  built  in  to  a  program  with  a  basic  introduction  to  skiing.    

RENT GEAR.  When  your  child  is  just  learning,  rent  gear  instead  of  buying  or borrowing.  Renting  lets  kids  and  parents  find  the  right  size,  fit  &  style  of  gear  that works  best  for  them.    

LEAVE. But  it’s  okay  check  back  in  later.  Many  times,  students  do  better  when Mom  and  Dad  are  not  around.  Let  your  child  have  a  group  experience  and  make new  friends.  They  can  tell  you  all  about  their  experience  after  the  lesson.    

BE ON-­TIME.  Be  there  at  pick-­up  time.  If  the  lesson  is  over  at  3:00  pm,  be  there  at 3:00  pm.  No  kid  likes  to  be  waiting  around  on  Mom  and  Dad.  Plus,  they  may  want to  ski  with  you.  

REALITY CHECK.  Kids  need  mountain  miles  to  improve  so  have  realistic expectations.  They  will  get  better  being  in  a  lesson,  but  they  won’t  be  the  next Lindsey  Vonn  or  Bode  Mille  overnight!

Thanks to  Kevin  Jordan  &  Heidi  Ettlinger,  certified  ski  instructors  &  members  of  the  Learn  to  Ski  &  Snowboard  Month  Leadership  Team


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For family  fun  off  the  slopes,  try  one  of  these  kidapproved  winter  toys.

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FASHION TRENDS IN SKI WEAR Looking to  grab  the  latest  styles  in  snowgear?  Check  out  these  five  trends  from the  latest  Snowsports  Industries  America's  show  you'll  be  seeing  all  over  the  trails this  ski  season.

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Plaid

Bold and  bright  or  muted  and  dusty,  pink  is  pretty  but  anything  but precious  as  you  carve  the  mountain.

Bye bye  boring  black.  Bold  plaids  and  loud  prints  are  taking  over the  slopes  this  season.


Golden Rust

Earthy without  blending  in,  golden  rust  is  the  new neutral  of  the  season.

Colorblock

A carryover  from  previous  seasons,  colorblocking  is  still popular,  especially  contrasting  zipper  teeth.

Vivid Blue

From accessories  to  apparel,  this  vivid  icy  blue  pairs well  with  winter.


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Grabbing dinner in the village or drinks at the resort restaurant? Try one of these cozy chic aprĂŠs ski picks.


SKI SLOPE style

Goggles + Andi Ski Jacket Beanie + Pullover + Quadro Bibs

Bunny hill  to  black  diamond,  boys  will  look  the  part  in the  latest  from  Bogner.  Try  the  Quadro  ski  pants  with removable  bibs  or  this  serious  ski  jacket  modeled after  the  German  National  Ski  Team.

Pom Hat + Maddie Jacket Helmet + Fleece + Bekki Ski Pants Racing down  the  mountain  or  relaxing  with  some  hot  cocoa,  Bogner's ski  collection  for  girls  offers  colorful  and  comfy  ways  to  stay  warm  this winter.  You'll  especially  love  the  fun  details  like  floral  embroidery  and the  ability  to  mix-­and-­match  the  coordinated  collection.  Plus  all  the Bogner  kid  jackets  offer  the  same  functionality  as  the  adult  versions.


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Winter Skincare Outside winter  activities  are  great  fun  for  the  family,  but  cold weather  is  not  skin-­friendly.  Keep  your  family's  skin  safe  when enjoying  the  ski  season  with  these  tips  from  dermatologist  Dr. Kavita  Mariwalla. 1.  Sunscreen  is  a  must.  Ski  slopes  are often  at  high  altitude  and  all  that  white powder  makes  for  a  perfect  reflector plate  for  UV  rays  to  cause  skin  damage. Slather  on  SPF  30  or  higher  before hitting  the  slopes.

2. Heal  &  soothe  at  night.  Runny  noses and  chapped  cheeks  and  lips  are  a normal  part  of  any  winter  season.  Heal and  soothe  the  skin  by  applying  a  thick moisturizer  or  coat  of  petroleum  jelly  to the  areas  at  night.  This  will  help  seal  in moisture  and  prevent  irritation  from getting  worse.

3. Minimize  long  hot  showers.  A  hot shower  after  a  long  day  of  skiing  feels great  but  it  is  not  great  for  the  skin.  Dial down  the  temperature  of  the  water  and moisturize  with  an  oil  or  cream  (not  a lotion)  immediately  after  drying  off. http://drmariwalla.com

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Prevent chapped  lips  with  a balm  that  that  locks  in moisture  &  protects  against the  elements  with  SPF.


Picabo Street

Now a  mom  of  four  boys,  Picabo  Street  knows  a bit  about  skiing.  In  her  career,  she  has  competed in  three  Olympics  earning  a  Gold  in  the  Super  G and  a  Silver  in  Downhill  among  various  other World  Cup  victories  in  alpine  racing.

Must-haves for the mountain? I always  make  sure  to  bring  sunscreen,  water,  sunglasses  and  some snacks!

Best parenting tip for skiing with kids? My favorite  trick  for  my  family  is  to  take  the  time  to  teach  my  children  to  manage their  own  skiing  experience.  My  Dad  had  a  fun  saying,  which  I  adopted,"  Skis, boots,  poles,  hat(helmets),  goggles,  gloves,  pass."  I  have  seen  my  kids  get  more excited  for  skiing  as  they  learn  to  prepare  for  it  and  manage  their  own  stuff!  I've  also taught  my  children  how  to  dress  for  the  cold  weather  and  they  stay  out  much longer!!

When I'm not skiing... We love  to  go  tubing,  have  snowball  fights,  sled,  make  snowmen,  and  when  we  get a  chance...snowmobiling!!

Favorite way to relax after a day of skiing?

Our favorite  thing  to  do  after  a  long  day  skiing  or  in  the  snow  is  to  curl  up  on  the couch  with  a  big  cup  of  hot  chocolate  and  a  movie!!

Favorite skiing accomplishment? Of course  I  am  extremely  proud  of  my  Olympic  medals  (They  are  what  I  dreamt of!)  but  my  two  discipline  titles,  which  required  entire  seasons  of  competitiveness to  win,  are  what  I  allow  myself  to  feel  most  satisfied  about!!

Top Family Ski Resort? Park City  is  the  only  resort  I  have  skied  with  my   boys  and  we  LOVE  it!


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HAUTE HAIR

Accessories a braided headband

Snow-Proof Your Hairstyle Say so  long  to  dry,  lackluster  winter  locks  &  embrace  what the  humidity-­free  winter  chill  has  to  offer.  Survive  the  winter with  these  expert  tips  &  tricks  for  managing  your  mane. Wash  less.  Frequent  washing  and  heat  styling  can  draw moisture  from  your  strands,  so  in  the  winter  cut  back  to  every other  day,  max.  "To  keep  hair  washing  and  heat  styling  to  a minimum,  you  can  always  pull  your  hair  back  into  a  low ponytail  or  braid,"  says  celebrity  hairstylist  Julien  Farel.

a cashmere cap

a bold print hat

Hydrate more.  “A  dry  scalp  can  augment  the  problem  of  hat hair  so  it  is  important  to  maintain  a  healthy,  daily  conditioning routine  as  temperatures  cool,”  says  celebrity  hairstylist George  Gonzalez.  Look  for  haircare  products  that  work  to intensely  hydrate  and  deliver  nourishing  ingredients  to  the scalp. Add  volume.  “With  the  winter  air  humidity-­free  and  the  cold air  helping  to  set  your  style  in  place,  it’s  time  to  get  out  those heat  tools  and  put  them  to  work,”  says  Jo  Blackwell-­Preston, owner  of  Dop  Dop  Salon.  Prime  hair  with  a  thickening  primer like  L’Oréal  Professionnel  Densité  and  blow-­dry  hair  in  the opposite  direction  you  want  it  to  fall,  letting  it  cool  before flipping  it  over  for  more  lift.

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AVOIDING WINTER HAT HEAD style tips from the pros Beanies, caps  and  fur-­lined  hats  -­  we  love  winter  headwear.  But  what  they  do  to  our  hairstyle? Not  so  much.  Celebrity  hair  stylish  George  Gonzalez  of  George  the  Salon  in  Chicago,  IL  explains how  to  wear  winter  hats  without  sacrificing  your  (hair)style.  

"Cotton or  cashmere  materials will  also  help  to  avoid  that dreaded  static  after  effect.  If  you still  have  fly-­aways,  make  sure to  carry  travel  size hairspray  and  a  mini  brush.  A clean  new  toothbrush  will  also do  the  trick  and  save  space  in your  bag.  Simply  mist  the  brush and  conceal  fly-­aways  and static.  Short  on  time?  Mist  the palms  of  your  hands  and  glide over  your hair  for  a  quick  fix."

"If you  decide  to  wear  a  more  form fitting  hat  like  a  beanie,  a  simple  trick can  ensure  you  do  not  flatten  your style.  Simply  section  your  hair  the opposite  way  of  your  go  to  part.  If  you always  go  to  the  left,  try  a  deep  side part  to  the  right.  This  way,  when  you flip  your  hair  back  and  over  after  you take  off  your  hat,  it  will  have  more volume."

"You can also use your hat wearing time to create heat free waves and curls. Try braiding your hair or even pin curl sets, then place your beret or fedora on and you just created a cute updo-like hat style. Once you undo and shake out, you will be left with waves without the time and effort of a curling iron."


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PROTECTION


Kristen Lummis

A mom  of  two  and  avid  skier,  Kristen  writes  about  ski resorts,  gear  and  other  outdoor  adventures  at BraveSkiMom.com

Must-haves for the mountain? Sunscreen, snacks  and  disposable  hand  warmers. Nothing  ruins  a  ski  day  like  being  chilly  and  cold!

Advice for parents with snow-reluctant kids? My best  advice  is  “go  slow.”  If  your  kids  don’t  want  to  try  skiing  just  yet,  try  to  find out  what’s  holding  them  back.  Is  it  fear?  Are  they  concerned  about  being  away  from you  during  lessons?  Are  their  clothes  appropriate  and  warm  enough?  For  kids  who are  nervous  or  afraid,  take  baby  steps.  Try  on  ski  gear  in  the  house  or  backyard and  let  them  play  with  it.

Your winter beauty secret? I religiously  wear  natural  sunscreens  with  zinc  and  titanium.  Some  of  my  favorites are  Elta  MD  Skincare,  ColoreScience  (which  makes  a  super  handy  sunscreen powder  that  you  can  brush  on)  and  Neutrogena  Pure  and  Free  Baby  Sunscreen

Favorite way to relax after a day of skiing? I’m all  about  hot  tubs  and  warm  water  soothing  my  muscles.  But  more  importantly, we’ve  found  the  hot  tub  a  great  place  for  family  time.  No  electronics  -­  just  stars!

Favorite Family Ski Resort? Snowmass, Colorado.  I  grew  up  skiing  there  as  a  child  and  it  is  one  of  the  first  places we  skied  together  as  a  family  of  four.  The  mountain  is  perfect  for  families  of  all abilities  with  ski-­in/ski-­out  lodging  and  fantastic  programs  for  kids.

Best Thing about skiing together as a family? Without a  doubt,  the  best  thing,  the  very  best  thing,  is  time  spent  together,  outdoors, enjoying  nature  and  activity.  Being  in  the  fresh,  cold  air,  in  a  beautiful  place  with  the people  you  love  is  incredibly  rewarding.  Now  that  my  kids  are  teenagers,  it  is  really paying  off.  They  don’t  think  twice  about  spending  a  day  with  us.  They  are  incredibly good  skiers  and  now  they  push  me  to  become  better!


Mountain Munchies Favorite Fuel For the Family

And afterwards.... Hot Cider  Toddy 4  cups  apple  cider   1/2  cup  fresh  lemon  juice   1/2  cup  orange  liqueur

1/2 cup  brandy 8  cinnamon  sticks,  optional 8  orange  slices,  optional

Pour cider  into  a  medium  saucepan  and  set  over  medium-­high.  Bring  to  a  simmer,  covered, about  15  min.  Remove  from  heat.  Stir  in  juice,  liqueur  and  brandy.  Pour  into  8  glasses  and garnish  with  cinnamon  sticks  and  orange  slices


REAL MOMS'

mountain must-haves What do YOU pack?

Backpack with a water tube, child's ski harness for my 5 y.o., hand warming packs. - Inga W, mom of 3

Lip balm, tissues, a pocket snack like a granola or protein bar. - Michele P., mom of 2

Lip balm like Blistex or Crabtree and Evelyn, Turtle Fur, perfect for covering mouth and nose, and a pocket snack like small bits of PB&J or granola bars. - Diana S. mom of 1 Lip balm like Dermatone Pommade with SPF, handkerchiefs like Bumblebee Linens, extra socks like Skier Mid Sock from Icebreaker. They are made of Merino woo l and are wonderfully warm & comfortable. - Michelle-Marie H, mom of 2


GEAR that

GROWS Kids grow  like  weeds  which  makes  keeping  them  in  winter  gear  a  challenge.  Fortunately, some  companies  like  One  Step  Ahead  make  gear  with  extendable  hems  &  sleeves  to  help winter  wear  to  last  a  bit  longer.  Now  if  only  they  could  come  up  with  a  solution  for  boots...


TOP TIPS FOR

PACKING FOR YOUR SKI TRIP Skiing &  snowboarding  take  a  lot  of  gear,  especially  when  you’re  packing  for  a family.  Luckily,  family  ski  vetern  Kristen  Lummis  from  BraveSkiMom.com shares  her  tips  to  make  the  entire  process  easier. A  Bag  For  Everyone.  This  gem,  the  best  advice  ever,  came  from  an experienced  ski  dad,  who  showed  up  at  our  door,  juggling  our  son’s  gear after  a  day  of  skiing.  “You  might  think  about  getting  him  a  bag  that  holds everything,”  the  dad  gently  suggested.  We  did,  and  that  changed everything.  Whether  you’re  skiing  for  a  day  or  a  week,  having  individual bags  that  hold  boots,  helmet,  goggles,  and  the  rest  of  your  ski  essentials will  save  your  sanity.     Keep  the  bags  packed  and  ready  to  go.  After  a  ski  day,  wash  and replace  all  items  in  the  bag.  At  the  end  of  the  ski  season,  do  the  same and  store  your  gear  for  the  summer  –  in  the  bags.  Come  winter,  you’re ready  to  grab  and  go!  

Multi-­Tasking Clothes.  Pack  light  with  clothes  that  can  do  double-­duty. My  favorites  are  wool  base  layers  in  fun  colors  and  styles.  I  like  wool because  it  naturally  fights  bacteria  and  rarely  gets  smelly.  Coordinate your  ski  layers  with  your  street  clothes.  Pair  a  cute  top  with  jeans  and  a sweater  one  night;;  wear  the  same  top  skiing  the  next  day.  And  since most  ski  towns  are  relaxed  and  casual,  nobody  needs  anything  more dressed  up  than  jeans  or  a  cute  skirt  to  pair  with  boots.   Pare  down  your  baggage  even  more  by  booking  a  condo  and  doing laundry  midweek.  


Leave it  All  At  Home.  Depending  upon  how  far  you’re  traveling  and  how often  you  ski,  sometimes  the  best  (and  most  stress-­free)  strategy  is  to  rent skis,  boots,  poles  and  clothing.While  most  of  us  are  familiar  with  rental  and demo  ski  equipment,  companies  like  GetOutfitted.com  will  rent  you  super-­ clean,  brand-­new,  name  brand  (and  stylish)  outwear  for  your  next  trip.  All you  have  to  do  is  reserve  the  clothing  you  want  and  have  it  delivered  to your  lodging. At  the  end  of  your  vacation,  ship  everything  back  in  a  pre-­paid  mailer.  You can  even  rent  Go-­Pro  cameras!  

Make a  List.  Lists  make  packing  easier,  whether  you’re  taking  a  lot  or  a little.  Build  your  own  list,  or  use  mine  at  braveskimom.com.  Keep  a  master list  for  each  person  and  when  your  kids  are  old  enough  to  read,  they  can help  pack  themselves.  

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Cute Hats

Once your  little  ones  are  off  the  slopes,  keep  them  cozy  &  cute  in  one  of  these  adorable  beanies.


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