(c) Jack Ballard
Spending a week mastering moguls, cruising the groomers and exulting in a morning of fresh powder may sound like the idyllic itinerary for a family vacation. But few people actually have the energy or incentive to ski all day for seven consecutive days. What’s more, the storm that creates an epic powder experience may render skiing nearly impossible the day before due to poor visibility.
No matter how much your household likes skiing, you’ll have some down time to fill when you’re not actually on the slopes. Choosing a destination that offers other activities is a great way to maximize family fun on a ski vacation.
I love fly-fishing and the trout bite even in the winter. There’s superb fishing in the Big Wood River literally at slopeside at Idaho’s Sun Valley Resort (www.sunvalley.com). You can also hit the tubing hill or effortlessly trek a winter wonderland on a sleigh ride. Book a vacation at Big Sky Resort (www.bigskyresort.com) in Montana, and you have access to nearby winter activities such as dogsledding and excursions into Yellowstone National Park.
And there’s nothing wrong with doing nothing. Read a book. Watch logs burn to embers in the fireplace. It’ll give your mind and your legs a boost for the next day on the slopes.