It’s a Family Affair

These programs will turn your kids into rippers

Arapahoe Basin: A-Basin is an adult playground—from the Beach to Montezuma bowl to bumps. Kids go crazy for Kids Club Arapahoe (ages 5-14 years)—two 4-week Saturday sessions focused on skill development, adventure and mountain safety. Ski Patrol Day—a favorite—includes a toboggan ride and beacon searches.

Copper: You’ll have access to 2,450 acres of skiing, including Copper bowl. Kids have Woodward at Copper: For 8 consecutive Saturdays, the Woodward Park Rats program teaches skiers and snowboarders new tricks in the Barn, followed by training on Copper’s jumps, rails, boxes and halfpipe.

Crested Butte: Steeps, chutes and bowls await parents at Crested Butte. But kids get their own slopeside amenities at Camp CB. The Cuddly Bear program introduces toddlers 3 and under how to ski; Explorers takes 4-6 year olds through aspens and to the kid’s terrain on Painter Boy.

Eldora: If you hear the word “upslope,” get thee to Eldora and ski the glades and steeps. Meanwhile, 4-6 year olds can learn how to ski on the new magic carpet and improve their skills in the Eldorables program. Pick a day Monday-Friday for five weeks of two-hour sessions.

Loveland: You can hone your early-season skills at Loveland or hike for turns above treeline. Kids can join the Loveland Explorers—a 6-week program for ages 7-14, taught by Loveland instructors and Loveland Racing Club coaches.

Monarch: You’ll dig Monarch’s gladed runs and all-natural snow—or a day with Monarch Snowcat Tours. Kids’ ages 3-4 dig Monarch’s Caterpillars program. For four consecutive Wednesdays, kids get introduced to skiing as parents learn tips on how to ski with their child. Don’t miss Kid’s Fest on January 9th.

Hanging Valley Wall, the Cirque, the Burn—Snowmass has terrain to challenge everyone. Kids ages 12-19 can challenge themselves at Snowmass Steep Camps. Camps meet at the Treehouse plaza near the state-of-the-art Kid’s Adventure Center.

Steamboat: You’ll love skiing champagne powder through picturesque aspen trees. Kids in 1st grade and up love the treasure hunts, BBQ, runs on the NASTAR course and torchlight parade during Desperados Ski Week.

*Colorado Kids: Colorado Ski Country USA 5th and 6th grade Passport Programs include three free days of skiing at participating resorts for 5th graders and four days of skiing for $99 for 6th graders. New for this season: The First Class Program offers one free lesson (including rental equipment) in January to 5th graders who have never tried skiing or snowboarding.

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