Family ski trips require careful planning, herculean effort, and infinite amounts of patience. Bulky gear, freezing temperatures, sticker shock, and perils both real and imagined can transform even the most lovely, easy-going family into guest contenders for the Jerry Springer Show. As a ski resort employee I’ve witnessed some epic slope-side meltdowns and as a “ski mom” of strong-willed girls I’ve been on the receiving and giving end of a few Hall of Famer tantrums. But anyone lucky enough to experience a family ski vacation will tell you that the memories make it all worthwhile. Invigorating exercise, hilarious mishaps, spectacular scenery, and multi-generational camaraderie are just a few reasons why adventurous families return to the mountains year after year.
Last month The New York Times published an eloquent piece by David Carr exploring why families take ski vacations. This is a wonderful read: The Family Ski Trip: Why Do We Do It?