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New York, NY

We are parents, too. We think traveling well and traveling with children shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. We have limited vacation time, and we’re not spending our few days of freedom in lousy hotels eating bad food. We know the world is full of wonderful resorts, cool urban escapes and far-flung lodges that can make our time with our kids count. We want it all, and we don’t think it should be so hard to find. So we’re going to share it with you.


Spring Break Ski Trip to Montage Deer Valley

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Spring Break Ski Trip to Montage Deer Valley

Henley Vazquez

What age is right for a ski trip? If you're Gaya, a New Yorker and mom of two, starting early is the right answer. This adventurous mama recently returned from the Montage Deer Valley and shared her tips on how to kickstart a toddler's love of skiing and the outdoors. Read on for her pros and cons (and some awfully cute photos).


  • Location: The Montage is up the mountain away from the more busy part of town with great views and it's so quiet.
  • Service: Amazing. The staff is very helpful staff. Especially when our daughter was ill, they were so incredibly helpful.
  • Rooms: We were in one room and for a family of four that can get tight. But our room here was large enough, with great views and a fireplace, so didn't feel cramped at all.
  • Super kid-friendly: Children's menu, bowling arcade, s'mores in the evening, snow tubing, and great playroom (additional cost and children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult) all make this an ideal family getaway.
  • Breakfast and Lunch: Best part of the day, they have a great spread. 
  • Spa: Amazing services and well-trained staff.

things to know

  • Not for beginner skiers: If you are just learning to ski, then it may be better to be closer to Snow Park, where there are beginner slopes. The Montage slopes are more for intermediate to advanced skiers.
  • Late start for Ski school: Their program starts at 5 years old, so if you have younger kids you have to go down to Snow Park, or arrange for in room babysitting which is excellent, but pricey.
  • Pool: Their outdoor pool allows kids throughout the day, but the indoor pool is closed from 11 AM to 6 PM for family swim. In the winter, the outdoor pool can feel pretty chilly!