Utah's Kid Ski Culture
Supporting Tiny Skiers for a Lifetime of Fun
Watch the tiny grommets barrel down the mountain on miniature skis and snowboards with no fear, their parents trailing their tracks screaming, “Pizza, pizza!” Entry to snow sports for kids is simple, and family-based deals and amenities keep growing and evolving with every ski season. Utah loves teaching kids to ski and snowboard while keeping things fun for parents, too (Read: When Ski School's in Session, Parents Head for the Powder).
Ski schools abound at resorts throughout the state, and their instructors teach with loads of patience to help skiers of tomorrow start out right. Many families place their child in ski school for the morning to learn the basics and to give parents some quality ski time alone, and then all ski together as a family in the afternoon. (And don't forget, adults can always get better, too).
"Ski schools abound at resorts throughout the state, and their instructors teach with loads of patience to help skiers of tomorrow start out right."
More Snow Sports
If your family is Nordic-sport inclined, plenty of spots around the state are happy to support your adventures. Nordic centers, often with family-friendly tours available, can be found at Alta Ski Area, Park City Mountain, Cherry Peak Resort, Snowbasin Resort, Solitude Mountain Resort and Sundance Mountain Resort. Sundance Mountain Resort has more than nine miles of dedicated cross-country terrain and another six miles for snowshoeing. Snowbasin is a prime spot, featuring 16 miles of cross-country trails from beginner to advanced. Learn more about cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Their energy on the slopes may seem endless, but eventually, even the most dedicated young learner needs a break. Check out top local picks for off-the-slopes winter fun.
Switch up the activity to something fresh like snow tubing. Ski resorts such as Brian Head, Cherry Peak and Snowbasin have lift-served tubing hills, making it easy to break up the day’s itinerary of activities. Woodward Park City is another great option. The world-class action sports facility offers camps and lessons in ski, snowboard, mountain bike, skateboard, scooter, parkour, cheer and BMX. In addition to terrain parks, half pipes and ski runs, Woodward includes lighted and lift-serviced tubing.
Soldier Hollow in Wasatch Mountain State Park near Midway has 1,200-foot-long tubing lanes — the state’s longest. Slide there during the day or night, and lifts will allow you to get in as many runs as you can take.