Beyond the activities you’ll find on most hills, some ski resorts offer special programs for kids (of all ages) to learn from while out on the hill. Consider these.
Educational Lesson “Treks,” Smuggler’s Notch, VT: Children 8 and up are welcome to join in on Smuggs’ Lesson Treks, with daily themes. Sunday features the “Vermont Experience” where guests look for animal tracks out in the woods and on the trail, while your guide – an expert on all things Vermont, talks about the flora and fauna of the region. Tuesdays could be the starting point of your future “Survivor” winner, with their “Winter Survival SS Trek” in which kids learn about survival techniques and best practices for being outside in the winter in Vermont. On Thursday’s they combine the best of Vermont with a Maple Snow Sugar Trek, where experts teach all about maple sugaring in the state. It’s no wonder Smuggs was just awarded the Good House Keeping Travel Award for Best All-Season resort. www.smuggs.com
New England Ski Museum, Base of Cannon Mountain and in North Conway: Both sites of the New England Ski Museum – the long-standing main site at the base of history Cannon Mountain and the newer spot in the heart of North Conway (right by the midtown train station) offer kids a chance to learn about the history of their beloved sport. They can learn about how gear evolved, how skiing became so beloved and more. They can even learn about the greats of skiing like Bode Miller, who grew up skiing those very trails the kids just took on. A perfect apres learning experience. http://newenglandskimuseum.org
Ski a true historic spot, Bousquet Mountain: Located in Western Massachusetts, Bousquet has to be one of the nation’s most historically relevant hills. Opened in 1932 after a milk farm there failed in the great depression, it’s been the site of many firsts, including the first night skiing known – back in 1936. Their website has a boatload of history for you to share before you hit the slopes and see just how much has changed, and what remains. History comes to life there. https://bousquetmountain.com
Apres Groomer Ride, Sugarbush, VT: What’s it like inside the snowcat groomers use to keep the hill pristine? You can learn just that at Sugarbush, where they offer 90-minute apres ski groomer rides regularly (see their calendar for dates). Drivers are deft at not just bringing you to lovely spots on the mountain in the dusk and dark but sharing details of how the cats work and how the mountain is maintained. www.sugarbush.com