Night Skiing with Kids

Night Snowboardingnight skiingThis is something I never thought I’d say.  “Night skiing with kids is fun.” We took our 3 (almost 4) year old and our 5 year old out on the slopes at 7 pm for a bit of pre-bedtime night skiing.  They had a great time, and, to be honest, so did I. . . it was so much better than the typical crowded mornings on the bunny hill.

Yes, that’s what I said.  Night skiing is a great option for young kids.  There are some cons.  And some pros.  Here they are.

Cons of Night Skiing with Kids

1.  It’s colder than during the day.  Sometimes less windy, but colder

2.  Kids aren’t usually at their best in the late afternoon/early evening. They may be too tired to ski.

Pros of Night Skiing with Kids

1.  Sometimes less expensive

2. Fewer people in line for the lift, shorter wait.

3. Less crowded on the beginner slopes.

Why did we go night skiing?  We tried the morning and early afternoon skiing on Saturday during the day.  The kids were overwhelmed by the people, tired of the lines, and unimpressed with the sheer over stimulation of too many people on the slopes on a Saturday in the middle of winter break.  It’s the reason we choose to take our big winter trip in an off week in January/February.  Instead of trying that again on Sunday, we opted to stay at the house (a friend’s lake house in Pennsylvania) sledding.  The kids were excited for sledding and rather than push the issue, we went with their preference.

The afternoon was full of napping and relaxing, and the evening enjoyed a bit of a dip in the hot tub (for the kids) and dinner.  As 7 pm rolled around, we realized that our napper had tons of energy and that skiing was still an option . . . so why not!?

Yes, all things need to align for this to work, but for those that wonder, night skiing can be a wonderful option for kids.  Check out the video of our daughter taking her last run of the night (somewhere between 8:30 and 9 pm).

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About Laura Boniello Miller

Laura Miller is a internet marketing professional and a mother of two. Her interests include sport climbing, bouldering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She believes that playing outdoors is integral to health and well being, and that if your kids aren't dirty, they haven't had enough fun.