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Park Bark and Fly, your favorite Orlando airport parking spot, would like to share some ideas of places to go on a ski vacation with your family. There are many choices when it comes to ski resorts that offer great skiing, but it’s a little different when looking for the top ski resorts for a family vacation.
There are many things that make a ski resort “family friendly”. The best resorts offer private and group instruction geared towards children of all ages and have designated teaching slopes. They also may have discounted lift tickets, equipment rental and lessons for the children. And for the kids that don’t ski, they should have day care or kid’s camps with activities to keep them entertained.
The ski resort should be family friendly off the slopes as well. You want to have family entertainment options like roller coasters or zip lining for those times you aren’t on the slopes. You should also have the option of reasonably priced restaurants and lodging that caters to families such as condos with multiple bedrooms and kitchen for eating in when desired. Here are some of the top ski resorts for families.
Steamboat, CO For four decades Steamboat has been one of the best family resorts, and on the cutting edge. They invented the first Kids Ski Free program in 1982 and have since added Grandkids Ski Free, Kids Rent Free, and Kids Fly Free programs, all geared at those 12 and under. They also offer discounted Teen Tickets. On the mountain, visitors will find special kids terrain and lifts, plus a newly remodeled and expanded Kids’ Vacation and Children’s Center. The ski school is very family oriented, and every enrolled child gets to use a Steamboat Mountain Watch, a GPS location system that tracks vertical feet skied, speed, and shows where the child went that day. Fun family dining options include an all-you-can-eat Western BBQ on the top of the mountain. The very authentic Old West town of Steamboat Springs is also a pleasure for families, as are the nearby hot springs.
Aspen/Snowmass, CO Aspen mountain (Ajax) itself is not especially family friendly, as the only major ski mountain in North America with no green runs, but on the other hand, there are few places better for kids to learn than at Aspen’s Buttermilk, just outside of town. Buttermilk is an easy mountain with lots of green and blue terrain, but is also the home of the X Games, so teens and tweens love to go where their idols ski and ride. It has a mini-terrain park, plus the Panda Peak learning area with a dedicated beginner’s lift and no traffic from higher level skiers. Buttermilk is served by free shuttle bus from town. All four of Aspen’s mountains can be skied on one ticket, and all four share an award-winning children’s ski school. Over at Snowmass, the largest, there are hundreds of family friendly condos for rent, and Snowmass is also home to the finest children’s facility in all of skiing, the three-story, 25,000 square foot Treehouse complex with a variety of supervised programs for kids from 8 weeks to 14 years old. The luxurious Viceroy hotel here also offers an amazing children’s camp program. Finally, Aspen/Snowmass resorts offer “Kids Ski & Stay Free” programs for all of March and April.
Okemo, VT Long the most family focused ski resort in the East, family-owned Okemo has won loyal fans for its hundreds of ski-in/ski-out slopeside condos and rental homes. This is very unusual in Vermont, where most ski resorts are on land leased from the National Forest Service or State with no residential construction allowed. At Okemo, families can enjoy meals in and avoid the schlepping of equipment common to skiing by going right from their doors. The mountain is also laid out for beginners and intermediates, and has one of the largest superpipes in the East, plus six terrain parks. They offer free skiing and riding for children 6 and under, and always have six free beginner surface lifts. Okemo was the first resort to offer significant savings in a young adult lift ticket for ages 13-18. Off the slopes, family activities include alpine coaster rides, ice skating, and snow tubing.
Northstar-at-Tahoe, CA Northstar has enjoyed a huge renaissance in recent years with the construction of an entirely new pedestrian village at its base, with a skating rink and lots of family friendly interactive opportunities from pottery painting to candle making, plus bungee jumping, s’mores around fire pits, and more. The ski mountain is very easy to navigate, and has lots of groomed slopes with perfect beginner and intermediate terrain for learning. A very unique Northstar offering is the “Parent Predicament ticket” - for the same price as a regular adult lift ticket it lets two parents switch off skiing responsibilities throughout the day. In addition to the regular terrain park for those who enjoy tricks, the Star Park is a special scaled-down terrain park for kids. And to make it easier for equipment laden families, Northstar offers wagons at the skier drop off area so families can haul all of their equipment – and sometimes kids - around the Village and to the lifts.
Big Sky, MO Aside from Big Sky’s three mountains of skiing, there’s plenty to soak in after the lifts close too: the outdoor pool, the live après ski music at the Carabiner bar in cozy cowhide chairs, the Crazy Austrians at Chet’s, fresh pasta at stylish Andiamo’s.
Big Sky lodging ranges from the swank slopeside Summit Hotel, The Shoshone and Huntley Lodge, or spacious mountainside condos like Big Horn. For young families, kids 10 and under ski and stay free at Big Sky (with paying parents – don’t just ship your kids out), and there’s free Kids Club in the evening. You can take time off the slopes for dog sledding, zip lining, or a winter tour of nearby Yellowstone National Park. For extreme skiers, Lone Peak is a beacon for big mountain steep and deep. And you can access neighboring Moonlight Basin for a combined 5,512 acres with “the Biggest Skiing in America” ticket. Big Sky is beautiful, big and off the beaten path of most skiers (read: no crowds). We met friendly Montanans everywhere we roamed in the Big Sky state, plus the occasional big horn sheep on the roadside. The snow and the scenery are amazing.
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The wonderful winter weather is upon us and if you are looking to enjoy a beautiful getaway in one of the best ski and lodging areas in the country, look no further than Snowcrest Lodge at Big Sky Resort. Park Bark and Fly has partnered with Snowcrest Lodge so that we may offer special rates for our customers.
Special Rates for Ski Season 2012-2013 - JUST REDUCED
We are offering exclusive rental of our two private Snowcrest Lodge Condominiums. There are only 4 units above the Mountain Services, Mountain Sports School, rentals and shops downstairs. These units are very private but in the heart of the action and coveted by many. Lift ticket office is directly under your unit.
These beautiful units are ski in/ski out to Swift Current and Ramcharger high speed lifts at the core Base Area. You will be within immediate walking distance to all Mountain Village restaurants and shops. Both units have double balconies, one that opens onto deck with private outdoor hot tub and the other is off the master bedrooms. Guests have use of Huntley Pool and fitness facility. There is a complete kitchen, fully stocked with cooking utensils, DIRECT TV in living, dining area, and bedrooms. There are humidifiers in each room and laundry facilities in each unit.
Parking is at the Summit garage, loading and unloading will be assisted with bellman in front of the Summit.
Unit 8512 - Is the smaller Ski In/Out Suite with 1550 Square Feet - It has 1 king bedroom with balcony, 1 queen bedroom, 1 large loft with queen bed, 3.5 bathrooms (sleeps 6-7) This unit faces the mountain, so your view from living room balcony is an unobstructed panoramic view of Lone Peak.
Unit 8513 - Is the larger Ski In/Out Suite 2000 Square Feet - It has 1 king bedroom with balcony, 1 queen bedroom, 1 bedroom with two twin beds, 1 large loft with Queen Sleeper Sofa, 3.5 bathrooms (sleeps 8) This unit faces the Mountain Mall, Summit Resort, and Mountain Village.
Following are the discounted nightly rates available approved by the owners
Dates Available Unit 8512 Unit 8513
Nov 22- Dec 20th $ 490 $ 550
Open's Up Jan 5th-Jan 31 $ 500 $ 550
All February $ 750 $ 800
All March $ 750 $ 800
April 1-15th $ 500 $ 550
*17% Taxes and Fees will be added by Big Sky Resort; Only a 20% Down payment is required
If booked directly through the resort rates for the 12/13 Winter Season run from $700-$1700/Night.
Summer Special Rate for 2013 - $1500/Week - Big Sky is Incredible during the summer months with tons of activities including mountain biking, hiking, zip lining, golf, whitewater, fly fishing, horseback riding, rock climbing and of course Yellowstone National Forest.
CONTACT US TODAY AND BOOK YOUR WINTER GETAWAY!
Following is a link for more information and pictures - http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p202609 and - http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p927440
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the dates you want to reserve and I will get back to you with payment instructions.
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We like to make your traveling easier by offering our services with Orlando airport parking at Park Bark and Fly. Traveling over the holidays can be busy, expensive and stressful however there are still deals to be found! Check out our holiday travel tips!
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During the Thanksgiving holiday time, Wednesday is the busiest day for outbound travel. If possible with your plans, travel on Thanksgiving Day. Less people are traveling and the airlines usually offer affordable discounted fares. Always book early or as soon as you can. The closer it gets to the holidays, the higher the fares become. With the current state of the airline industry, it is never too early to book your holiday travel flights.
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