This skier got her holiday wish - snow! Next year I will be more specific so it doesn't snow on my travel days, only on my ski days.
I have another wish; I wish my kids were younger so they could skip school. The slopes are prime, and under-populated, if you can ski midweek this month.
When our kids were little, we would take them out of kindergarten or grade school to ski. They're teens now, and high school hooky is severely frowned upon. But there were no long-term educational repercussions from playing hooky when they were in elementary school. My husband and I loved the wide-open midweek slopes and the savings over weekend and holiday pricing. Our kids still remember their instructors at Sugarloaf's Mountain Magic ski camp, and photos ops with Amos the Moose.
If you can pencil yourself out of work, and entice the kids to play hooky (that shouldn't be hard), you will find that both Sugarloaf and
At the Monday night Welcome Party, your kids get to shake furry paws with the fuzzy mascots. My daughter was a big fan of the Snow Tiger at
I hope you skip out and get your kids into ski school. They will quickly learn to love the sport like you do. Missed school is easily made up - but not missed opportunity. Convincing your boss you have "powder flu" might be a bit more challenging.
Heather Burke is our family ski guru. Photos by Greg Burke. For more of Heather's family ski tips and stories, go to www.familyskitrips.com.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.