Ways to elevate your ski day: backcountry ski excursions, clinics and more

If you generally ski lift-served terrain (hopefully with your family!) but find yourself routinely wanting to elevate your ski day with a little more adventure, there are some very obtainable and accessible ways to do so! Whether you've already skied … [Read more...]

Ski Vacation Hack: How to tune and wax your own skis

Winter outdoors enthusiasts gearing up for ski and snowboard season know how expensive snow sports can be, and how important it is to take care of skiing equipment. But if you don’t have $40 to $50 to spend on every professional tuning and waxing … [Read more...]

Back to Ski: Smugglers Notch Resort for teens and advanced skiers

We covered Smugglers’ Notch amenities for young kids and babies last winter, but Vermont-based Smuggs has older kids, teens, and advanced skiers covered as well. In fact, this combination makes Smuggs an excellent resort pick for multigenerational … [Read more...]

Ski trip planning hack: Using GetOutfitted to rent ski wear

Ski and snowboard wear is expensive--very expensive, in fact--and for some families, the cost to outfit everyone for one or two ski trips per season is simply not worth it. Our family skis much more often than that, but with the rate my teens are … [Read more...]

Boreal Mountain Resort with the M.A.X. Pass

If you read Pit Stops for Kids' ski coverage regularly, you know we're big fans of Lake Tahoe, CA skiing. I grew up in the area, skiing at resorts throughout Tahoe, and we try to visit our favorite resorts at least once a season. However, until our … [Read more...]

Family ski wear checklist: What you need and which brands are best

Ski season is upon us, and if you're a skiing family, you're busy cataloguing your gear and checking to see what fits each family member. If you don't ski often, you may not be outfitted yet at all. If you only ski once a year or so, we highly … [Read more...]

On being a skiing family: From the first green run to a family ski vacation

Recently, I read a Facebook update from a friend and fellow travel writer that declared something along the lines of, "Third time's a charm! On our third ski vacation, we finally fell in love with skiing." This happy statement made me reflect on … [Read more...]

Guide to skiing Breckenridge with teens (by teens)

Breckenridge Mountain is a huge ski resort with something for absolutely every type of skier and rider. On our latest trip, we went with our teens and pre-teen, who are all expert skiers and riders. I thought I’d let them tell readers their favorite … [Read more...]

Why First Tracks ski tickets are worth the splurge

More and more family ski resorts are now offering First Tracks ski tickets. What is First Tracks? It's a ski ticket add-on that allows the bearer to access the slopes earlier than the general public. Usually, First Tracks programs start at 7:30 am, … [Read more...]

Northstar California: a guide to the mountain for kids, by kids

After multiple trips to Northstar California resort with my kids, I asked them what, in their opinion, kids shouldn't miss on the slopes. Their top picks: Cat's Face, the 22-foot half-pipe: Built for Olympic medalist Shaun White (who recently … [Read more...]