My girlfriend and I had family in town from back East and wanted to show them the very best Colorado has to offer. So we planned a trip to Vail, CO. The drive up the I70 mountain corridor took about 2 hrs from Denver Int Airport. The roads were fairly dry so it was hassle free but keep in mind you do traverse over two separate mountain passes before landing in Vail Valley so all-wheel drive is highly recommended. Upon arriving in Vail, we were greeted by a lovely host, Sandy; at Sun Vail condominiums located just across the highway from Lionshead Village. The check in office was directly in front of the Sun Vail complex which made our check-in very easy and convenient. The 3bd unit was updated and spacious. It had two separate balconies with a bbq and great views of Vail Resort right across the road. We made a nice dinner in the updated kitchen and quickly went out back for some fun sledding in the deep snow. Once we were just about frozen solid, we decided it would be nice to warm up in the outdoor heated pool and hot tubs. What a nice treat to have access to after spending time outdoors in the mountains during the winter months. We were completely relaxed after our hour long soak so we decided to call it a night as we were gearing up for a long day on the slopes!
We woke up to a Ski Butlers delivery at 7am sharp. What a great service they provide! They had a snowboard gear my girlfriend’s brother in law ready to go. It took maybe 15 min to get him all set up. We crossed the highway via the footbridge and gathered the rest of our gear from our own ski locker, which is included with the Sun Vail lodging unit.
We ended up having a great day on the mountain and logged in over 17,000 vertical feet…which was provided to us by Vail Resorts and their application entitled EpicMix…which is a free service for every pass holder on the mountain.
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Group vacations can be stressful to organize. When traveling with 10 or more people, it can be overwhelming to coordinate all of the travel logistics. Fortunately, there are many ways to make your next group ski vacation hassle-free. The number one way to take the stress out of vacation planning is to talk with our local Destination Experts. It’s free to call and they can give you tips about your entire trip as well as deals on equipment rental and lift tickets. Our Destination Experts live, work and play in our destinations so they can answer any questions you might have – like which babysitting outfitter is the best and where to go for the finest local beer. For the uber planner, our Destination Experts can plan every last detail of your trip from airport pickup to activity itineraries. For groups that like to fly by the seat of their pants, our Destination Experts can simply provide advice and discounted lift tickets. To learn about other ways to smoothly plan your group ski vacation visit our travel advice page or call one of our Destination Experts today!
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San Diego is the quintessential family vacation destination: it’s welcoming in all seasons, brimming with both kid-friendly attractions and hip, adult-friendly dining, and laid back.
Getting to San Diego is so easy, even families with small children and babies will think it’s a breeze: the San Diego International Airport is located less than five minutes from downtown, making a commute nonexistent. While in-city traffic exists, it can be avoided by carefully choosing to stay in locations with easy access to public transit and walking routes.
Rent a vacation home by the beach:
Lodging options in San Diego vary widely, from downtown hotels in the harbor area to beachside motels along the Pacific from San Diego to Carlsbad. For the best of both worlds, rent a vacation home in the Mission Bay district: you’ll be steps from the water (many rentals include boogie boards and even kayaks to use), but also within easy walking distance to restaurants and shops, as well as transit.
Use the historic trolley:
Families will see advertisements for Old Town Trolley Tours throughout San Diego. These tours are more than just a tourist offering: families can ride the trolley to attractions across the city, utilizing the hop-on, hop-off feature. Plan to spend an entire day ‘on the tour’, getting off to explore major attractions at your will. Not only will you skip the hassle of traffic and parking, but you’ll skip the longer lines for free trolleys in popular tourist areas, such as Balboa Park. The San Diego Old Town historical district is a must see, but don’t forget that the trolley ventures much farther afield.
Pick your beach based on needs:
San Diego has no shortage of kid-friendly beaches. Families with young children may opt for the protected water of Coronado Island, while adventurous families with school-aged kids and teens may prefer the wild and scenic beaches of Torrey Pines State Beach. Mission Bay offers recreational activities on the water, such as kayak rentals and stand-up paddleboarding, and Pacific Beach offers the most local vibe.
Plan a full day in Balboa Park:
In addition to the world-famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park is home to the Museum of Man (with a wonderful yet small children’s museum in the back) and the San Diego Museum of Art (with free student days). The botanical gardens are always free to enter, and street entertainers abound. On sunny days, Balboa Park can get busy, but museums are almost always manageable.
Take a day trip to Carlsbad:
Home to beautiful state beaches and Legoland California, Carlsbad has managed to hang onto its down-to-earth vibe despite growth. Families can easily drive to Carlsbad from San Diego for a full day of beachcombing and biking, or make it a stop-over for a Legoland vacation.
A mountain of many adventures, Winter Park is full of vast and varied terrain with seven distinct ski and ride experiences. From the endless groomers of Winter Park to the challenging trees and bumps that blanket Mary Jane, there is something for everyone – and that’s just two of the seven territories! Winter Park is charming, affordable and low-key, with lodging designed with families in mind. Winter Park ranks as one of the largest ski areas in Colorado, with five mountains enjoying the largest snowfall of any major Colorado resort at the 400 inch mark. It has everything for the mountain-minded adventurer who wants to find excitement for the whole family in the Rocky Mountains.
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Steamboat Springs, Colorado is a delightful Old-West resort town. It perfectly threads the needle between family-friendly resort town and a top spring break destination with lively nightlife. They’re known for funky events like the 101 year-old Winter Carnival with the ski joring competition (where horses tow skiers down the streets of Steamboat!). The resort itself boasts 3,000 skiable acres, an average snowfall of 300 inches and a neighboring nordic ski jumping hill where professional athletes come to train. Steamboat Ski Resort was the founder of “Kids Ski Free” days and recently began the “Grandkids Ski Free” program making it convenient and affordable for families. Book your next vacation today and enjoy all that this lively town has to offer.
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Breckenridge, Colorado is serious about spring. The town literally goes nuts for spring during their month-long Spring Fever Festival. The festival includes free concerts by big names like the Wailers and DeVotchKa as well as ski and snowboarding competitions. You are guaranteed to have fun in Breckenridge whether you stay for one night, one week or the whole month! Explore our travel deals and the full calendar of events on our website, Breckenridge Spring Fever.
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March and April are two of the best months in resort towns. The sun shines longer, the weather is warmer and the events are bigger than in the heart of winter. While every resort has some sort of spring event line-up, Canyons, Breckenridge and Steamboat knock it out of the park with their festivities. Each town adds a unique twist to the traditional pond skimming contests and brings in A-list musicians for free concerts. People of all ages will enjoy these events — children can participate in parades and roast s’mores while parents relax at some of the best apres parties of the season.
- March 21 – Sunday, March 23: Jibbin’ for Juniors, a free mini-park for mini-shreds, at Ski Beach
- Saturday, March 22: Pond Skimming Contest & Free Concert with UK Grammy award-winning artists, Steel Pulse (w/ opening act, Cody ChestnuTT)
- March 22: Canyons Western BBQ at Red Pine Lodge
- March 23: Free Concert with The Magic Beans
- March 29: Red Bull Event & Free Concert with Brett Dennen
- March 29: Canyons Western BBQ at Red Pine Lodge
- March 30: Free Concert with The Mother Hips
- March 22: Peak 6 Big Mountain Competition starts of the festivities
- March 28: April 4, 11, & 18: Breck 5 til 5 Terrain Park Happy Hour: Ride the 5 chair until 5 p.m. and enjoy free hot dogs and extra time in the park.
- March 29: Mountain Dew Throwback Throwdown halfpipe competition
- March 29: Spring Fever Chili Cookoff
- April 5: Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival on Ridge Street in the heart of downtown
- April 9: Budlight Concert Series: The Wailers
- April 10: Budlight Concert Series: Ozomatli
- April 12:The Imperial challenge: Bike/Ascent/Descent, the most unique pseudo-triathlon anywhere!
- April 12: Budlight Concert Series
- April 13: Budlight Concert Series
- April 14: Closing day of Breckenridge Ski Resort
- April 19: Budlight Concert Series
- April 20: Budlight Concert Series
- April 20: Easter Egg Hunt on the Mountain
- April 10: Old Town Pickers Concert
- April 12: 34th Annual Cardboard Classic, watch as contestants race down the slopes in cardboard crafts held together with only tape and string!
- April 12: Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat – MarchFourth Marching Band, experience music and cinematic acrobatics in this performance
- April 13: 7th Annual Splashdown Pond Skimming Competition
- April 13: Bud Light Rocks the ‘Boat – G. Love and Special Sauce, listen the unique, laid-back blues sounds of G-Love after the pond skimming festivities
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