I wasn’t born into skiing. I married a skier. Yeah, we had a mixed marriage for many years. Every time we’d discuss trips for the year he’d try to slip in skiing and every year I’d find something I wanted to do more. Anything. Last year he up and went without me, taking his brother to the mountains instead.
But this year was different. This year we all went. The children are 5 and 7, and James said it was high time they learned how to ski. I wasn’t about to let him take MY BABIES off to a mountain by himself, so I was definitely going to come along.
I’d been to Keystone in the summer, and James had skiied it before. We knew that they had a commitment to families and that kids skied free when you stay in one of their properties. Now that we had the destination selected, only one question remained.
It’s a really important question. Sure, James knows how to ski but James isn’t well known for his patience when giving instruction on physical tasks. Trying to help him pack the car in the IKEA parking lot was horrible – and I’m an adult. (By the way, we joke that we divorce proof our marriage by not shopping at IKEA. We laugh but it is so very, very true.)
Luckily, Keystone gets that. They have a ski school called “Camp Keystone” that does an excellent job of teaching children how to ski. Our children went from first experience to skiing fairly well in two days of school. Claire was skiing green hills with James the morning before we left. They out performed any expectations I could have possibly had for them.
Each morning, you check your kid in and they are assigned to a group based on their skiing level. If they are at Camp Keystone for 3 days or more, they are guaranteed the same instructor. They work with the instructors until the afternoon when you pick them up. You can go hit the black diamond slopes — or go back to the lodges and hit the hot tub.
Overall, I highly recommend Camp Keystone. It put the kids on the fast track to being lifelong skiers. They were well supervised with a low child to adult ratio while James was able to put his lift ticket to good use.
Oh! How could I forget the most important thing?! The kids recommend it. They had so much fun. They were asking when they could go back before we ever hit the Colorado border.
Disclosure – During our visit to Camp Keystone we were guests of Keystone Resort as part of a Kidtopia family weekend.