Top Properties With Easy Access To Ski School According To A Mountain Travel Expert


January is global “Learn to Ski and Snowboard” month and with all the fresh snow falling around the globe there has never been a better time to plan a ski getaway To The Mountains! Mastering skiing or snowboarding isn’t just for youngsters or those who have never been on the slopes before – everybody can learn to refine form and technique, regardless of the level or age! If you’ve embarked on a ski journey with a novice or tried a learn-to-ski endeavor yourself, you’re well acquainted with the ups and downs that come with navigating the slopes. However, there’s an undeniable delight in the endeavor as it allows you to share your passion for the mountains with others. Nothing surpasses the grin of someone who just mastered how to link a turn or the chuckle of a child who caught their initial snowflake on their tongue. talked with Mountain Travel Expert veteran Sara Thomas, a seasoned Aspen local. She divulged her preferred properties that will have you or novices linking turns and tackling the blues or blacks swiftly!

Meet The Mountain Travel Expert

Sara is a seasoned professional of planning ski vacations, with a dedication that has spanned over 25 years. She spent her childhood summers in Aspen which eventually led to calling the area home. Her passion for the slopes inspired her to enroll her children in ski school from the tender age of three and on. Her son is now a local ski instructor who continues the tradition of instilling a love for the snow in the next generation. Having explored ski destinations globally, Sara is’s go-to Expert for advice on the finest properties to visit for an unparalleled and memorable learn-to-ski getaway.

Grand Summit – Park City – “Perfect For the Whole Family”

Following a recent “$15 million” renovation, the Grand Summit stands out as Sara’s top recommendation for families traveling to Park City, Utah for a snowy adventure. “This property is located at the base of the Canyons area and is ideal for families with children that will be in ski school during their stay,” Sara told us. Families will find the location unbeatable. “The ski school is located a mere few steps from the hotel’s doorstep, making pick-up and drop-off stress-free!” said Sara. One of the best perks of ski school in Park City? “Park City’s Green Run Guarantee will have you learning to ski or snowboard a qualifying green run in three lessons, or your fourth lesson is free!” said Sara. The new learning terrain at High Meadow Park will enhance the ski school experience for guests and provide an unrivaled setting for beginner skiers and snowboarders to improve their skills and spend more time on the snow than on the lift

Nestled right at the foot of the “orange bubble” lift, the hotel offers a prime ski-in ski-out location, eliminating any hassles associated with getting to the lifts early in the morning. Convenience is the pinnacle of service at Grand Summit. Getting to the lifts is made even easier with a dedicated ski valet, allowing a seamless transition to early morning powder turns after dropping the kids at ski school. For families with younger children not yet ready to hit the slopes, the hotel offers the added convenience of daycare, complete with outdoor and indoor play activities. The great amenities of the Grand Summit don’t stop at their convenient access to ski school. Sara shares her favorite “The heated pool, maintained at a hearty 90 degrees, provides daily fun if you need a break from the slopes. And of course, they have the perfect slopeside hot tub.” Guests at the Grand Summit have the options of many room configurations including two and three-bedroom suites and chalets that come with full kitchens.

Crestwood Condos – Snowmass, Colorado – “Your Home Away From Home”

“January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard month and there might not be a better place to spend it in the entire world than Aspen-Snowmass,” exclaims Sara. Their Ski and Snowboard School has a dedicated team of Pros that offer a comprehensive range of class levels. From group clinics designed for those taking their first turns to private lessons, the school caters to every age, ability level and ski or snowboarding style. “I took some advanced-level classes by myself, and my form improved greatly! I recommend lessons and/or private lessons for all my clients” Sara shared with us. 

Crestwood Condos makes accessing the school an absolute breeze. The Ski School offers several meeting points and one happens to be out the backdoors of the Crestwood. The property is ski-in ski-out and if you can ski blue or green terrain, you can ski back to the property from any point on the mountain. “The staff is outstanding at Crestwood and provides amazing attention to detail making all my clients stay totally hassle-free. Guests can pick up rentals and lift tickets on property, and store equipment with a ski valet. This makes the logistical aspects of a ski vacation streamlined,” shared Sara. What truly makes Crestwood special is the exceptional customer service provided by all staff members. From meeting guests at the airport, driving folks to the village for ice skating or restaurant reservations, or making sure your anniversary trip is something extra special. “They excel and cater to every guest’s needs on a whim,” Sara stated.

Beaver Run Breckenridge, Colorado – “For The Ultimate Convenience”

Beaver Run Resort is a skier and rider’s haven, offering convenient access for those ready to dive into snowy adventures in Breckenridge. “This ski-in ski-out property has its own Beaver Run chairlift which provides direct access to slopes,” said Sara. What really sets the property apart is the mountain plaza that hosts on-site Breckenridge ski resort services, such as a lift ticket and season pass office, a ski and ride school and even a Breck Sports ski and snowboard rental shop. “Having Breck Sports on property is so convenient because if you are anything like my family, it’s possible someone forgot to pack their gloves or goggles!” Sarah laughed as she explained the prime location to us. For children not quite ready to hit the slopes, Breckenridge provides daytime childcare services that are located at Beaver Run. 

The Beaver Run property offers many different room configurations that range from hotel rooms, studios and one and two-bedroom condominiums to spacious executive suites. “They provide hotel-level amenities, but you still get the unique charm of staying in a unit that is individually owned,” Sara explained to us. Guests have all the conveniences they could ask for on the property. “There is on-site dining, a resort spa, housekeeping, mini golf and access to two pools and nine hot tubs!” said Sara.

Club Med La Rosiere – France – “For An Authentic European Experience”

Nestled in the Tarentaise Mountains of France near Les Trois Vallées, this comprehensive property enhances learning to ski. Sarah shares her favorite highlights of the establishment with us, “The ski school assembly point is right outside of the ski storage area for kids and adults. It’s straightforward to locate, with precise arrangement for skiers and snowboarders, along with numbered zones based on proficiency level. Your designated group number, assigned upon arrival, simplifies determining where you, or your children, need to proceed. The instructors are remarkably impressive and develop a camaraderie akin to close companions by the end of the journey.” Accessing the lift after drop off is facilitated as the ski lift is merely ten yards from the rear entrance of the premises. The resort is particularly inviting to novices, offering gentle slopes and a supportive atmosphere for acquiring skiing skills for all beginners.

Sara continues to inform us that the enjoyment extends beyond locale to an impressive ski school. “They provide an extensive childcare program that ensures continuous amusement for your youngsters. They offer daytime and evening care, affording parents flexibility for romantic evenings. Enrolling your youngsters in the evening care options guarantees they will have the opportunity to watch a live performance where caregivers present popular favorites such as Frozen and Encanto. The establishment goes above and beyond and not only offers outstanding skiing amenities, fine dining selections, and cozy accommodations, they ensure the experience is pleasurable for every member of the family.

Club Med Kiroro – Japan – “The Perfect Powder Getaway”

Are you excited by the mere thought of deep powder in the land of the rising sun? Yet, do you find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed when considering the allure of endless powder while trying to manage your little ones? Sara has the perfect solution for you. “Club Med Kiroro is your answer,” Sara winks. She told us the ski school meeting spot is conveniently located in front of Kiroro Peak, a mere 20 steps from the gondola and property. And if your children are a bit apprehensive about the gondola, there is a shuttle bus option that provides an easy alternative to the resort. 

Kiroro Resort in Japan is blessed with an impressive annual snowfall (like the rest of Japan) but is a standout when it comes to resorts that are not quite as crowded. Sara explains what sets Club Med Kiroro apart from other properties in the area “Of course, the surrounding area is beautiful, but what keeps me sending clients to Club Med Kiroro over and over again is their dedicated and helpful staff. They have a brand-new property that is exceptionally curated. They hire amazing staff that are committed to ensuring a memorable stay and always make sure guests are well-taken care of.” For those seeking a more personalized experience, private lessons and powder tours available through the property.

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