Heavenly! That’s where we’ve been skiing the last five days and I couldn’t better describe our time here. That is if you enjoy memorable experiences with your family and going to bed every night severely exhausted from an intense workout on the snow. I’m constantly trying to find time for family and fitness and now I’ve unlocked the secret: Ski Vacation. Vacation may be a strong descriptor, as it could be just a long weekend. Here’s our routine:
- Wake up at 6:30. Eat, get dressed and out the door. Note dressing a 4 and 6 year old with all required gear requires planning and patience.
- To the mountain. Check kids into ski school. (highly recommended and more on that below).
- Ski/snowboard til 11:30. Eat lunch.
- Pick kids up at 4:00.
- Back to cabin (I highly recommend Airbnb or VRBO)
- Start dinner. And open beer/wine. Kids exhausted and telling stories all night.
- Eat together as family. Tell more stories.
- Everyone is dead by 8:00 and in bed by 9:00.
- Sleep like your dead and repeat.
I had some disillusioned dream that I would go for a jog or bust out 30 minutes of a HIIT-type workout while here…ya…not happening. My legs are toasted and I’m mentally exhausted from navigating the daily routine. After a few days of recovery, I’m pretty sure my legs will be stronger than ever. It is so nice to get out of the bike/run hamster routine. Try to hit up a resort with Express-Lifts, as you’ll get in twice as many runs and likely (if like me) may call it a day around 1:00.
Memories, memories, memories. We’ve created more stories here in a few days than a few months at home. Our kids have learned a skill that that they will enjoy their entire life! Every night we are together sharing experiences of the day. We meet people on chair lifts, chat with instructors and the kids love it. We happen to be here during Christmas, so opening and playing with toys was a bonus.
Ski School for Kids:
I’m an accomplished skier – raced in high-school and college, etc… – but truth be told, I’m not the most patient guy and generally kids will listen to a stranger/coach better than a parent. I do ski with my kids, but we want them to have a great experience and establish key fundamentals. Ski school, can seem costly, but consider what you get for ~$125 per day: lift ticket, coaching, lunch, ski equipment (including helmet) and mass entertainment like hot chocolate breaks! Heavenly (owned by Vail) coaches rock! Works out to about $15/hour; it’s like a babysitter. Also check out Epic if you visit a Vail resort: pictures, vertical miles, etc…
A trip like this does not have to break your budget. Plan ahead, buy lift tickets from your local ski shop, book ahead on Airbnb or something similar, cook your own meals and pack your lunch. If you need to rent gear, do that locally before heading to mountain (my fav Sportsbasement; rented a snowboard for $60 for 12 days!).
Have fun and rock it! Full disclosure I snowboarded 4 out of 5 days and took some nasty spills. I kinda of suck, but loved it. My wife just started skiing and she is dominating. The entire family is severely challenged daily, sore, beat and insanely united and having fun!
Would love to hear if you have fitness/family combos!