Back in November, the snow was too shallow, with many rocks exposed. In the runup to Christmas, you were simply too busy preparing the perfect holiday season. January brought a bevy of bills to take care of after the generous party that you threw the month before, which was also accompanied by the frosty grip of the polar vortex.
As the winter wears on though, the warming rays of spring are on the horizon ahead, and time is running out to enjoy the powder-driven spoils of the winter season. As such, the time to plan a family ski weekend to the mountains of New England is now, as you may lose the opportunity if you allow something else to distract you in the immediate future.
To get you started on the process, we have dug up three ski hills in New England that go the extra mile for families, so you can be assured that everyone will have the most memorable weekend of the 2013-2014 winter season in the coming days ahead…
1) Sunday River, Maine
Optimally positioned to take full advantage of Northeaster storm tracks with its location in the Green Mountains of Western Maine, Sunday River usually contains copious amounts of the white stuff, making for a lengthy ski season (Nov-April). With hotels on-site, making first lift is easy, with no need to fumble with multiple sets of gear while loading and unloading from your vehicle.
While skiing is the star attraction, those looking for variety will find it with ziplines, heated outdoor pools, and dog sledding with adorable huskies rounding out the deal!
2) Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Want to take the gang to a place where the views suck the wind out of you, without jumping in a plane to the Rockies? Then skiing at Bretton Woods in New Hampshire is your best option, with direct views of the highest mountain in the Appalachians, Mount Washington, being had from most runs on this expansive ski resort.
If you have younger kids, then the Babes in the Woods daycare and/or Hobbit ski programs will come to your rescue, as highly trained and passionate ski instructors and daycare providers will train and entertain your children as you and your partner carve up the slopes together … because let’s face it, after the winter you’ve been through, you both deserve some play time in the wilderness!
3) Stowe, Vermont
Have older kids or teens continually looking to push the envelope out on the mountain? Then it’s time you graduated them by heading to Stowe, a ski resort in Vermont renowned for its ample steep runs. They provide a smooth transition from tamer runs that they have grown up on over the years, without unduly stressing them with ones that might put them in a situation where they have bit off more than they can chew. When they feel they can conquer any mountain, go with them to the Front Four, where they will learn the true meaning of “burn and turn”!
Believe It Or Not, Winter’s Almost Over
Being mid-February, in another 4-8 weeks, the warming winds of spring will begin zapping snow to puddles of slush before we even realize it. The white stuff on the mountainous spines of New England won’t last much longer than that, so don’t waste another second putting it off … plan your family ski vacation in the mountains of New England before it’s too late!