Vail has a complete offering for families with children, from young babies through to teens and from break-of-day to late at night, every day!
In the daytime there’s a non-ski nursery (+1 (970) 7543285) at Golden Peak that accepts children from as young as eight weeks through to six years, with the facility divided in to different groups for different ages and stages of development. At Golden Peak the resort operates the remarkable ‘Micro Mice Ski Program’ which will get children as young as one year and eight months old out on the slopes for 30 minutes in real ski boots and training skis with the aim of playing games that teach balance and beginning technique. This is part of a full day programme of care and play as is believed to be the youngest age at which a child can take ‘ski lessons’ offered anywhere in the world.
Most children will, however, start in the excellent Children’s Ski and Snowboard School from age three, this is available to children up to age 12 (Bases at Golden Peak and Lionshead) after which various cool teen programmes are available.
Off the slopes Vail’s pedestrianised centre is relatively family friendly and the dozens of restaurants means there’s strong competition for the family dollar, always a good sign for price (down) and quality (up). You’ll no doubt get back on the snow after dark during your stay though, as Val’s ever improving Adventure Ridge complex hosts a whole lot of fun evening sliding activities, such as tubing, ski biking, bungee trampolining and kids snowmobiling. It’s actually open all day if you fancy a change from ski and board during the day too.