Schools Out 1/26-27 - Likely Crowds?
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rockvillem
January 8, 2004
Member since 01/8/2004 🔗
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My family of 4 (2 kids - 13 and 10) is considering using the school closure on January 26 and 27 to learn to ski. The areas closest to us are (in order): Liberty, Whitetail, Roundtop, and Bryce. I have a few questions:

1. Does anyone have experience with this school break (Mont. County has this every year in late January) and what it does to the crowds on Monday and Tuesday?

2. Is it a bad idea to try to learn on these days in light of this?

3. As a complete novice, I'd LOVE any further views on which of these areas would be the best for a 2-day learn to ski attempt with the family on this particular school break. Liberty is closest, but I am willing to drive the extra distance if it will improve the overall experience.

Many thanks!

TOMF
January 8, 2004
Member since 11/17/2003 🔗
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Bryce is a great resort for families with children who are learning to ski. I have a strong sense that the staff there are committed to providing quality instruction to young skiers. My children are older now and we do most of our skiing at larger resorts, but we have fond memories of our early years skiing at Bryce.
(Anonymous)
January 9, 2004
We live in Fairfax, which also has the same school break days this year. Last year, my sons (12, 9, and 6) and I used the school break time to go to Wisp to learn to ski. I was surprised at the number of other families who had traveled there from Fairfax County. The beginner area, in particular, seemed very crowded to me, though we had no problem getting rooms in the lodge at fairly short notice.
We had a much better time several weeks later at Bryce, on a Saturday. We left very early and got there when it opened. It's a two-hour drive, which may be a bit more than most people want to go for a day trip, but it was delightfully uncrowded and we were all able to ski down the green runs (and one blue) by the end of the day. (OK, so we cheated and left the six year old at home). I would definitely try Bryce again.
My only experience with Whitetail was a failed attempt to ski on MLK day last year. Too many other people had the same idea, and even though we got there early, they ran out of children's rental skis before we got to the rental window (but after we had paid and waited in line in the cold for an hour). We now have some free lift passes to Whitetail, which we will try some weekday.
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