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Colorado Family Vacation Ideas - Colorado Family Ski Vacation

Colorado Family Ski Vacation
By Tamil Selvi Aldragen

If you want to take your family on a real adventure, why not plan a Colorado family ski vacation and discover how much fun you can have in this winter wonderland. There are indoor and outdoor sports and activities that will let you test your skills and abilities or you can just have fun learning how to slowly move downhill without doing that imitation of a giant snowball. On second thought that can sometimes be more fun than skiing in the upright position. If your family wants the chance to live the adventure of skiing, ice skating or snow tubing there is no better place to set your course than the mountains of Colorado.

The great weather, fresh air and great variety of slopes and ski trails attract visitors from all over the world and you and your family can experience this exciting vacation together. Did you know that Steamboat, Colorado has had more winter Olympic athletes than any other city in the US? This is easy to understand because, after all, this is one of the places that parents put skis on their toddlers as soon as they learn to stand upright. Okay, maybe sooner. Don't be surprised to see some of the tiniest youngsters pull out some impressive moves. Just remember that balance comes easier to younger kids and your own children will probably be outperforming you unless you are ready to bring your own "A game" to the slopes.

There are kid friendly programs available at local Colorado resorts that work with children as young as 6 months. They may not put the youngest tots on actual skis and expect them to hit the slopes but sledding and other activities are certainly on the schedule. The younger you start to learn balance and coordination the better and who knows, you might have a future gold medalist on your hands.

The beautiful Colorado landscape is a perfect background for other activities like snowmobile riding, dog sledding, sleigh rides and snow shoe adventures. If your family is up to the task there is cross country, downhill and Nordic style skiing to choose from. For the less experienced skiers there are bunny trails for you to tackle.

Both adults and young children can be found experimenting with basic ski maneuvers on these less challenging slopes. You can always tell the kids that you just want to stay by their side and make sure they have a safe skiing adventure, and they may not even guess that your heart is racing a mile a minute. Just try to stay upright throughout the lesson and you might just pull it off. If you don't trust your own balance atop a pair of skis then saddle up a horse and take the family out to enjoy a brisk ride out in the country.

Gunnison-Crested Butte is another Colorado skiing hot spot that has plenty of family friendly fun waiting for guests of all ages. If your group gets tired of being outdoors you can check out some of the great restaurants and shops. Indoor ice rinks provide more winter fun in a controlled environment. If you want to get in a little culture take your group to the museum or stop by the Center for the Arts where you can enjoy a concert or live play.

You can score additional points with the kids when you tell them about some of the perks for families that are featured at a resort like Crested Butte. Check out the dazzling, high tech video arcade and night time pizza parties. The adults can always participate or just relax in front of a toasty fireplace with a warm drink. This just goes to prove that all of the fun on a Colorado family ski vacation doesn't take place on the slippery, icy ski slopes after all.

Selvi is a busy mom of two small daughters who is also the editor of, the independent Family travel guide. - Copyright: you may freely republish this article, provided the text, author credit, the active links and this copyright notice remain intact.

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