I brought my three young kids (6, 4,2) on President's day weekend 2014. We got a semi-private ski lesson for the kids, rented the equipment. It wasn't cheap, but skiing never is. It was perfect for us, an hour or so lesson. the private instructor gets to cut the line for the magic carpet. we spent half a day and that was enough for our age group.
The big draw is the snow tubing. That is what most people are there for and what most of the tweens and teens are doing.
The hill is small, I saw only one ski lift (although we never left the bunny hill). The food is overpriced burgers and chicken nuggets. $3 small coffee cup to use as a measure. the main lodge is small to say the least - no meeting place, nowhere to sit down. Our instructor told us the day we were there was exceptionally busy, so there were lines to rent equipment, a 10 minute wait for the magic carpet lift and the small inside eating area was full at lunch time and no seats available. the parking was a mess, but part of that was because of all the snow we have had recently, blocking parking areas and narrowing available parking lanes. it was clearly overcrowded due to the holiday weekend and recent snow storms. ski lifts, equipment room and most lessons are staffed by highschool aged kids.
Our instructor Stephanie seemed young but was in fact superb. my kids loved her. she had little tips and such that were received well by even my 4 year old. she took my 4 year old on some runs, then my 6 year old, then my 2 year old. my wife was on skis and able to swap in and out to hold hands and support whoever wasn't with the instructor. we are talking about a 250 foot bunny hill, so they never leave photograph range really.
we saw her lead a 'group' lesson later and it must have had 30 people in it of all ages. very little personal attention and the result was a fraction of the runs we experienced with her. I think that was unusually crowded due to high volume on a holiday weekend with lots of snow, but I think if you have 3 or more kids in your group the semi private or private lesson might be the way to go.
it is in the middle of nowhere so nowhere to stay overnight - unless you are into the small bed and breakfast scene, in which case that might appeal to you.
but we loved it because it was exactly what we thought it would be. geographically close to southern CT and Westchester County. perfect for small kids not leaving the bunny hill and looking to get comfortable on skis. get some photos of the kids' first ski trip. I figure it is a good warm up trip to build ourselves up to a real ski trip to places north with real mountains, real restaurants and real hotel rooms.
the kids did do a few runs on the tubing track and they want to go back for that as soon as possible. it seemed like a head injury waiting to happen to me, but undeniably fun. I'd be nervous with anyone younger than 5 or 6 on the tubing. crashing into the pile of tubes at the bottom of the hill is the typical way to stop. on a crowded day like ours this meant crashing into the magic carpet line of people.
if you are looking for good skiing and non cafeteria style food, this is not it. if you are looking to introduce the kids to skis and a bunny hill and the distance makes this a doable day trip (or you have friends or fam offering a place to stay in the area), this gets the job done fine. for us it was a few hours of intro to skiing, grab a bite to eat somewhere and kids nap on the car ride home. and in a few years we will take a real ski trip once the kids can right themselves after falling over.
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