Steamboat has built a reputation over the past five decades as one of the best family ski resorts in North America and continues to focus on its award-winning family programs to create the best winter experience on and off the mountain.
Follow these tips to ensure your family has a great time in Steamboat:
Learn the Responsibility Code
These seven rules of the slopes can help you avoid accidents:
- Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
- People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
- You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
- Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
- Always use devices to prevent runaway equipment.
- Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
- Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.
Wear a helmet
Helmets save lives, but wearing a helmet doesn’t mean you can ski or snowboard recklessly. When buying a helmet, make sure it fits correctly. An experienced employee at a snow sports shop can help you select the proper size and brand. Also, keep in mind that you’ll need to speak louder to those who are wearing a helmet because it might slightly affect hearing.
Dress in layers
Layering clothing allows you to accommodate your body’s changing temperature while out on the mountain. Dress in base layers (long underwear tops and bottoms) designed for activity. Ski specific base layers dry quickly, absorb sweat and keep you warm. Kids also should wear an additional insulating mid-layer as well as a waterproof jacket and pants. When buying outerwear, look for fabric that is water and wind resistant, has wind flaps to shield zippers, snug cuffs at wrists and ankles, collars that can be zipped up to the chin and deep pockets. Don’t have what you need? Stop by one of our Steamboat Ski & Sport locations on the mountain.
Be prepared for any type of weather
Kids should wear mittens and a helmet to keep warm on the mountain. As much as 80 percent of heat loss is through the head, so pick a warm helmet that covers the ears. Be sure to wear sun protection, even on cloudy days, and always wear sunglasses or goggles.
Put your kids in ski school
Children’s instructors know how to teach kids, and a lesson allows children to focus on skiing and excelling with their peers. Small class sizes mean more one-to-one time for children on the snow. Parents can enjoy a day on the hill as grownups, and then let their kids show off new skills when skiing together as a family.
Have a meeting place
Radios and cellphones are a convenient way to keep in touch on the slopes, but be sure to have a meeting place in mind, such as the bottom of Sunshine chairlift, in case you become separated from your group. Also, be sure your child has your contact information as well as the name and number of your hotel on a piece of paper in a secure pocket.
Clothing can get wet, equipment can have troubles and kids can get worn out. Be sure to carry snacks, take plenty of breaks and call it a day before the fun ends.
Starting your kids on skis early opens a world of adventure, fun and beautiful scenery unsurpassed by many other sports. Your kids will be forever grateful to you when they become adults.
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