This is Theo’s 3rd year taking skiing lessons, which he has always done at Brighton. He’s enjoyed doing the multi-week programs so he can get familiar with the same instructors and kids in his group throughout the season. As we do every year, we stopped by Utah Ski & Golf to update the size of his skis and boots (as part of the great kids rental program I wrote about earlier). The weather has been so unusually warm that I’ve been able to sit out on the patio of the lodge during Theo’s lessons and enjoy the warm sun and clean air — very enjoyable for a non-skier like me! (But if you are a skier, parents get discounts on lift tickets the day of their child’s lesson.)
Theo also goes skiing with his dad, who is a native Utahn and skied his whole life, and is it great that Brighton is free for kids age 7 and under (we have one more year!). Other ski resorts that have generous lift policies for kids are Solitude, Snowbasin and Powder Mountain, all of which are free for kids 6 and under.
Although Theo loves to ski, he will probably just enjoy it as a wintertime hobby, rather than advancing to ski racing. However, if he was really interested, we would consider joining the Rowmark Junior program which introduces kids in 1st grade and up to the world of competitive ski racing. They have a ski program that integrates with the academic school curriculum and is a great resource for serious skiers, even young ones. The Rowmark Academy program continues all the way through high school and has had such illustrious alums as Picabo Street and Hilary Lindh, and has had 10 athletes from the program named to the U.S. Ski Team in the last 12 years.
Regardless of your commitment to skiing, from sitting at the lodge watching the skiers and snowboarders going by, all the way to being a competitive racer and Olympic athlete, the ski resorts in Utah are a great place to spend some time in the mountains during the winter (and, ahem, avoid the inversion in the valley).