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Old 11-10-2009, 11:46 AM
 
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I am moving to Denver and am avid snowboarder. I want to get my
kids into skiing very soon - toddlers now.

I am thinking of buying a Summit pass due to the value and many places I can ride - and I want to take my son with me and drop him off in a kids program in the morning so I can have a couple hours to ride on my own.
Eventually he can show me his moves and we can ski a bit together too!

Does anyone's young kids participate in any of these toddler+ ski programs for their kids? Or maybe even a mommy and me program?
Can you recommend a good mountain that provides such a program with good value? I plan on frequenting the mountain often.

I am not familiar yet with the mountain resorts near Denver... I am from Northern California and accustomed to Donner Summit and North Lake Tahoe mountains.

Thanks!
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:17 PM
 
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Checkout Copper Mountain... its owned by Intrawest which generally has a good toddler/young children's all-day and half-day ski programs. WinterPark has also recently been purchased by Intrawest and may be instituting similar programs. We only found 1/2 day programs at Breck (good thing about Breck is they start lessons at 2.5 yrs (if memory serves)).
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Old 11-10-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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Thanks for the info! How far are Breckenridge and Copper from Denver?
Is it more than 90 minutes to get there? (pending weather I suppose).

By the way, I am going to have to play "weekend warrior" a lot. How is traffic to the mountain
on weekends?
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:02 PM
 
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The traffic stinks.

You might want to look at this stuff - Snow - Lesson Packages (http://www.snow.com/passsales/learn%20to%20ski.aspx - broken link)

Other smaller places are supposed to have good child lessons for probably a good value - like Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, Ski Cooper (different than Copper Mountain), and Eldora (like Eldorables - Eldora Mountain Resort - Programs: Eldorables )
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Old 11-10-2009, 04:03 PM
 
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It's about 90 minutes to 120 minutes to both (Copper is further down 70 and just off the interstate and the Breck exit is earlier but you have to drive a two lane highway into town). Traffic is flat out awful on the weekends. If you are going to go then I would recommend getting out the door very early (ie 6 a.m. ish) and leaving the mountain no later than 1 or 2. Stick with this and you'll avoid the traffic jams.
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:12 AM
 
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My kids liked Copper, and they got a tubing hill too that's pretty nice. Definitely leave early, they'll probably be tired after lunch anyway.
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Old 11-11-2009, 09:53 AM
 
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Loveland has a good 10-3:30 program with school and lunch for kids 4+.

My kids all started at Breckenridge but moved on after a couple of lessons to Loveland.
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Old 11-12-2009, 06:32 PM
 
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My vote's for Loveland.

They've got a good kid's ski program there and it's the shortest drive from Denver while still having lots of terrain for you to play on.
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