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Planning a Family Ski Vacation

Itís time to plan the family vacation Ė and everyone wants to go skiing. Donít worry, skiing isnít as expensive as you might think, and there are numerous resorts that cater to families, offering a variety of packages designed to save you money. The problem will be choosing the destination.

Most ski resorts have websites. Start the planning process by accessing these websites to determine where you and your family might want to go for your family ski vacation. There are many different things to look for when choosing a resort. The absolute most important thing to look for is a ski school if someone in your family will need instruction. While most resorts do have ski schools, some donít. Donít make the mistake of choosing a destination where
one or more of your family members wonít have fun, simply because they donít know how to ski.

Next, take a look at the slopes, lifts, and trails. You want to make sure that the resort has something to offer everyone in your family. If the resort only caters to beginners, an expert skier will become quickly bored. If you have a snowboarder in your group, and there is no snowboarding park or terrain, that snowboarder will not be happy. There are resorts that serve all winter sports so make sure that your families interests are covered.

Lodging is the next thing to look at. You want to be comfortable, so where you will sleep at night matters a great deal. In most cases, there is a hotel right at the base of the slopes Ė but this isnít necessarily the best or most affordable place to stay. Find out what your lodging options are for the area, and choose the one that is right for your family and your budget. If you will be staying farther away from the slopes, make sure that there is transportation to and from the slopes each day!

Your family will have many more interests that you will need to search for before deciding on a particular destination and resort. Some of those interests may be dog sledding, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or horseback riding. Resorts do offer these activities, but some donít Ė so be sure to ask about the winter activities, as well as the planned events during the time that you will be at the resort. This will help you plan a ski vacation that your family will enjoy and remember for the rest of their lives.

I learned to ski on Diamond Hill in Rhode Island. There wasn't a lot of snow, but it had plenty of ice. Having good skiis with sharp edges saved me a lot of bruises. I don't remember a formal ski school. But there were people who did some free lance ski lessons and I learned enough until my first ski school lessons at Mt Snow in Vermont.

If you are in New England, I would recommend Mt Snow in a Rhode Island minute. It's a good place to learn how to ski with lots of powder, a ski school that is hard to beat, and great places to choose from to stay in all price ranges.

Until next time, send me an e-mail and let me know what travel articles you would like to see, and how you are doing, O.K.?

Jim Fortune - the Bella Budget Travel Guy

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