A few weeks into January, Aiden asked me when was it going to be Christmas because it hadn’t snowed yet. I knew right away that I better get to planning a ski trip with kids. He wanted to see and feel real snow and wouldn’t stop asking me about it. I the decided to plan a kid friendly ski trip to Winter Park, Colorado so he could experience the snow, and taste it too. In his words “Mom, I really want to eat snow.” As I was planning, I realized my sister’s birthday was going to fall on our trip, and that made it even more exciting!
- Winter Park, Colorado Ski Trip With Kids
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- How To Get Around Winter Park With Kids
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Winter Park, Colorado Ski Trip With Kids
This was how our conversation went:
A: “Mom, when is it going to be Christmas?”
Me: (looking confused) “A, Christmas was in December. Remember you were in Sweden with your cousins and you opened your gifts?”
A: “But Mom, it didn’t snow yet. That means Christmas didn’t come yet.”
Me: (laughing so hard) “It doesn’t always snow during Christmas son.”
A: “But Mom, I really really want to see snow because I really really love it.”
Me: “Okay Baby Boy, I’ve heard you.”
After Aiden and I had this conversation, I started looking at different family friendly snow resorts in Utah and Colorado. I also immediately started tracking the weather for when it would snow. I knew there would be snow at the ski resort, but I wanted it to snow while we were there so Aiden could experience it all.
I narrowed my choices to Keystone, Winter Park and Breckenridge, all family friendly ski resorts in Colorado and finally decided on Winter Park Resort. There was one deciding factor for me when I picked Winter Park, and it was because they were the only resort offering half day ski school. This was not because of the price, but time spent on the slopes. Aiden and my sister, Ells would be skiing for the first time, and I didn’t want them on the slopes all day just in case they hated it (but boy o boy was I wrong. they LOVED it). Winter Park was the best choice for our ski trip with kids.
How To Get To Winter Park With Kids
We flew on Southwest Airlines for 3442 points and $11.20 RT per person. The cash price for this ticket would have been $80 RT per person. I purchased the tickets for our trip the day before we left due to the snow prediction.
How To Get Around Winter Park With Kids
We rented a car from National Car Rental. I love that they have newer cars. We rented a Hyundai with only 2000 miles on it.
Don’t forget to pack the car seat, car seat stroller and car seat bag as well. I forgot Aiden’s car seat bag at home and had to buy one from Southwest Airlines for $17 –
bleh. I checked in Aiden’s car seat and I didn’t want it to get dirty.
I wanted to book the cheapest option possible as I was on a major budget, so instead of staying on the resort, we stayed at Best Western Alpenglo Lodge which is in downtown Winter Park and only a 6 minute drive from the ski slopes and winter park village. We booked it on Ski.com. We got a room with 2 queen size beds which was just perfect for 4 of us.
What To In Winter Park With Kids
Day 1 in Winter Park With Kids
There are several options for tubing in Winter Park, but Fraser Tubing Hill place was recommended by the hotel so we decided to go there. We had originally planned on going to the Coca Cola Tubing Hill at the Winter Park Resort but changed our minds after the recommendation. The Coca Cola Tubing Hill Requires advance reservations and cost $26 per person for 60 minutes which is the max time you can tube for. The Fraser Tubing Hill cost $26 for 90 minutes and was free for Aiden, so definitely a better deal. Check out Winter Park Tubing for other options.
Day 2 in Winter Park With Kids
(It snowed today – YAY)
When I found out that I could rent a kids snowmobile for Aiden, I knew he would love it. We went snowmobiling in Turkey, but he rode with me on the adult snow mobile. This time he was going to be able to ride it himself. We rented with Grand Adventures and it cost $20 for about 30 minutes. which included a helmet. He was able to ride in an open space while he snowed. Must add to your list when planning a ski trip with kids.
This came up as one of the things to do with kids in Winter Park. I knew we would all enjoy the scenic ride and most of all roasted marshmallows and hot chocolate. Sounds crazy, but neither of us have ever had roasted marshmallows, so this was a first for us. This made our ski trip with kids so much fun. Dashing Thru The Snow Sleigh Rides was great, and their prices too. $35 for each person, and Aiden was free. (
won’t it be nice for Aiden to stay 4 forever haha)
Day 3 in Winter Park With Kids
I picked Winter Park Resort because it offered had half day ski lessons for kids. Both kids took lessons and LOVED it. Oh em gee!! Aiden didn’t want to leave the slopes. He announced to everyone that skiing is his favorite thing ever. This made me feel happy that I choose to go on this ski trip with kids. My sister however said she’d like to try snowboarding next time. You can book ski lessons here: Winter Park Ski & Ride School.
The Village at Winter Park Resort
The Village at Winter Park Resort has a few things to do. Ride the lift for the scenery, shops, restaurants and a playground for kids. You can spend a few hours there just hanging out. When planning a ski trip with kids, make sure to add some down time as well. This was downtime well spent.
Where To Eat In Winter Park With Kids
We had a hard time finding good food in Winter Park. Denver definitely has much better food. We ate in Denver on our way to Winter Park as well as on our way back to the airport.
- Smokehouse BBQ (they have the BEST smoked wings, with plenty of sauce options)
Tips For Visiting Winter Park With Kids
- We rented our ski gear from Epic Mountain Sports (you can save 20% off your rental by renting online). It was so much cheaper than renting at Winter Park Resort. The customer service was great and I’d definitely rent there again.
- Make sure to pack the right clothes so your kids don’t freeze. Aiden was okay because I made sure he had several layers on, but I was freezing. Check out my post on “10 Things To Pack For A Snow Trip With Kids“
- Want to get a few hours of alone time? Put the kids in ski school and enjoy the time with your significant other. That’s exactly what my husband and I did. We opted out of hitting the slopes. Sometimes it’s hard to get a photo of just us without Aiden trying to be in it. haha
- Most hotels / condos have a hot tub and heated pool. Don’t forget to pack a swim suit. We didn’t get a chance to use the one in our hotel because by the time we got back indoors, we just wanted to lay down, put the heater on blast, eat, rest and relax. The teenager was busy snapchatting, and the 4yr old, watching cartoons.
Booking Your Trip – Tips & Tricks
How To Book Cheap Flights When You Travel
If you are looking to book the cheapest flights you can possibly find on the internet, then make sure to use Skyscanner when searching for flights. Don’t forget to download the Free Skyscanner App also which is very handy. This is how I was able to get $12.40 airfare from Los Angeles to London, as well as $9.40 airfare from London to Italy.
How To Book Affordable Accommodation When You Travel
When booking accommodation, TripAdvisor is the way to go because you can read reviews and see photos from other travelers to get a feel of where you will be staying. Other great sites to book hotels are HotelsCombined, Booking.com and Hotels.com. Don’t forget to check HomeAway and VRBO for house and villa rentals too. Perfect for when you travel with a large family, and also to save money when hotels are expensive. Another favorite of mine is BookVIP – they offer huge resort savings.
How To Book Activities When You Travel
My favorite website to search for activities, tours and especially skip the line tickets is Viator and Get Your Guide. This makes trip planning so much easier because you don’t have to search several sites as both websites have several options to choose from. Same also goes with TripAdvisor Attractions – you can search and book activities as well as read reviews.
How To Book Rental Cars When You Travel
Instead of checking every single website, I use RentalCars.com, Car Rental 8 and Skyscanner Car Rentals to find car rentals all over the world with just one click. If you plan to park at the airport, visit Airport Parking and make a reservation.
Why Travel Insurance Is a Must When You Travel
People book trips and forget the most important part, purchasing travel insurance. Because we travel often, I purchase our travel insurance through Allianz for a year at a time which means that we are covered for all trips within that year. Travel insurance will protect you and your family against theft, injury illness, flight cancellations and so much more. It is a MUST!
Looking to save even more money when you travel?
Visit my Travel Resources page to see all the reliable and trustworthy brands that I use to book my travel with. I only recommend brands that I’ve used and can vouch for, so you’re in good hands! ? Also check out these posts below:
- How To Save Money On Flights
- Best Websites To Find Cheap Flights & Error Fares
- Tips On How To Make Travel Affordable For Families
Top Travel With Kids Tips
Traveling with kids and have a few questions you need answers too, these posts below will help your trip run smooth.