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Keeping Your Kids Happy During a Keystone Colorado Ski Vacation
Tips: Clothing: Make sure your children are dressed in layers. We all know that layering allows our bodies to accommodate our constantly changing temperature. Avoid cotton clothing as it retains moisture and try some of the readily available wicking fabric products. A Turtleneck, fleece and jacket are all a good idea and the little oneís can shed layers as necessary.
Body Fuel: Stuff your pockets with Powerbar-like snacks, nuts, and dried fruit. Inevitably, someone will want to quit before others are ready because of hunger.
Extras: Make sure to keep a gear bag in the car with extra clothing items like mittens, socks, headbands, sunglasses, goggles, sunscreen, and lip balm. long underwear and socks. If youíve ever seen the monumental size of the lost and found boxes at ski resorts, you will know that is only inevitable that someone will forget something...
Protective Eyewear: I canít emphasize this enough. I hear more horror stories from my ophthalmologist friends about the dangers of the Colorado sun on young eyes, especially when it reflects off the snow. Make sure your children have UV protective sunglasses or goggles.
Plan for Being Separated on the Slope. While we all hope it never happens, I can assure you, it can happen much faster than you think. Make sure you plan a meeting place before you begin skiing in the event your child becomes lost. The information booth is a good place or decide which lift you will ski next so if you get separated. Make sure your child carries a piece of paper in a secure pocket that has your home, cell and lodging phone number as well as your name. Inexpensive walkie talkies are now available and are a big hit on the slopes.
Planning a little in advance ensures a great adventure, fun, laughter. It is a wonderful feeling to know that your childrenís fondest childhood memories were of your family ski vacations.
About the Author: Steve Falk is co-founder and operator of SkyRun Condos, a company that provides lodging in Keystone Colorado. For more information on planning your family vacation as well as discounts on lodging and lift tickets, be sure and visit www.SkyRun.com for great information.