Family Ski Trip: The Aftermath

Posted by Erica Noonan  December 30, 2009 12:47 PM

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Thanks to all of you who offered advice on planning the best family ski trip to Smugglers' Notch.

Good calls, especially from commenters mED on the sunscreen and the chocolate motivational treats, and akmom and Ann who both said not to force anything, rather let the kids proceed at their own pace and take plenty of breaks.

The weekend went well, and we are back home with minimal damage, save the saucer-sized bruise on my leg from falling onto my own boot bindings while waiting in the tow line.

I learned a few more useful tips we can add to the Ski Moms archives:

GPS doesn't work in Vermont. Neither do cell phones The mountain pass through Stowe closes Oct. 15. Note to self: check a map next time.

Don't leave soda in the car overnight. It freezes. And don't go outside for long, you'll freeze too.

Just because the 3-year-old begs to be taken to the resort day care center doesn't mean she won't throw a Level 10 tantrum upon arrival.

Adult learners should be separated from their kids. The sight of the little ones all bundled up like Ewoks is so adorable, that a person can get distracted, lose their balance, and cause the domino-like collapse of the rest of the class. (Sorry everyone!)

After two mornings of lessons and bunny slope practice, David took me on my first green-level hill, The Crazy Alpine Ice Death Drop (Later on, I discovered its real name was actually Magic Learning Trail. Has much less of a ring to it, if you ask me.)

David maintains the hill should be renamed The Complainer after I snowplowed my way down at .25 mph, while berating him and barely dodging the tiny children whizzing by to my right and left.

I don't think we can afford another resort weekend anytme soon, so I am considering day trips to local and more affordable spots like Nashoba Valley in Westford, Wachusett Mountain near Worcester, or the Blue Hills in Canton to get more practice.

Has anyone been to these places lately? What did you think? Were they good for families? How about for beginner skiers? Leave a comment, or drop an email to

(Photo credit: No, that's not me. Yard sale shot courtesy of Uncyclopedia)

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Erica Noonan is chief of the Globe West bureau. Before joining the Globe in 2000, she worked for the Associated Press in Boston. Raised in Wellesley, she has a master's degree in political communication from Emerson College and a BA in political science from Trinity University in San Antonio. She lives in Natick with two energetic children: Dennis, 6, and Lila, 4.

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