By Gina DeMillo Wagner
Lift tickets? Check.
Ski school for the kids? Check.
Plans for Mom while the kids are in lessons?
Women are self-sacrificing by nature, and moms notoriously put everyone else’s needs before their own.
But most parenting experts and psychologists agree: If you don’t take care of yourself, relax, and have fun, you’ll burn out and your kids will ultimately suffer.
So this winter, as the fresh powder piles up and you’re dreaming of a ski vacation with snow-capped scenery and hot tubs and outdoor adventure, make sure to block out some time just for you—to ski at your own pace, eat amazing slopeside meals, and maybe cross something off your winter bucket list.
Because not every family vacation has to feel like a harried business trip.
Want some suggestions?
Here are a few ideas to guide you through an indulgent day on the hill:
After you drop the kids off, it’s just you and the mountain.
As the crowds line up at the base of Peak 8, head up and away from the masses to the Imperial Express SuperChair, which puts you up above 12,000 feet elevation.
From the top of this lift, you can hike up to the top of Imperial Bowl for some fresh untracked powder, cruise the ridgeline, or drop into the Lake Chutes.
Whichever direction you choose, enjoy the space and the quiet.
If that’s too intense, you can still enjoy solitude and fresh terrain on Peak 6, Breck’s newest area, which features intermediate-level bowls.
Or seek some quieter beauty on mellow groomers over at Peak 9 or fast runs and glades on Peak 10, where there’s rarely a line.
For lunch, make your way down to Sevens, inside the Grand Lodge at the base of Peak 7.
If you’re in a hurry, grab soup from the soup window.
Or treat yourself (this is your day on the hill, remember?) and head inside for full bar service and a hot meal that trumps most slopeside fare: truffle Parmesan fries, anyone?
For happy hour or a date night (see babysitting options below), check out Taddeo’s, a cozy, authentic Italian restaurant just steps away from the base of Peak 9.
Enjoy a glass of wine, Colorado lamb, and risotto at the end of a long ski day.
Did you know that while the rest of the family is in lessons you can tackle new skills too?
Whether you’re looking to get more comfortable on steep terrain, learning to ski powder or moguls, or trying skiing or snowboarding for the first time, there are options just for you.
Breckenridge’s Ski & Ride School offers specialty women’s camps as well as private and group lessons.
Grab your partner or some girlfriends, and an instructor can lead you in a custom “camp” if you don’t want to ride alone.
Best of all: Camps and private group lessons begin after ski & ride school’s drop-off time and coincide with kids’ park and pipe camps, so there’s no mad rush and juggling act to get everyone where they need to be on time.
What if your kids aren’t quite ready lessons?
Good news: There are daycare options that will keep your little ones busy, fed, and well loved while you explore the mountain.
Breckenridge is a large, sprawling ski area, and many moms like to keep their little ones close by while they ski.
That’s why the resort offers three childcare options across its terrain.
The Peak 8 Child Care Center, located behind the upper gondola terminal at the Peak 8 base, and the Village Child Care Center, located in Peak 9’s Village Plaza near the QuickSilver lift, are open to babies and kids ages 8 weeks to 5 years.
And the Beaver Run Child Care Center, next to the Beaver Run lift at the base of Peak 9, is available for infants and toddlers ages 8 weeks to 3 years.
All the centers offer care from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., so you can get a full ski day in.
All the childcare workers are experienced and have undergone background checks.
And they go the distance, planning crafts, games, and activities appropriate to each age group.
You can rest assured the kids are having as much fun (if not more) than you are.
Quick hint for those traveling with infants and toddlers: Check out local baby gear rental company Mountain Tot Gear.
Whether you need a high chair or crib in your condo or a sitter for the day, the experts at Mountain Tot Gear can help—and by ‘help’ we mean deliver (and pick up) everything your baby could need right to your hotel or rental property.
The less you worry about your kids’ comfort and happiness, the more time you can spend on the slopes.
Stash the kids knowing they’re in good hands, find your peace and quiet on the snow, treat yourself to a decadent slopeside lunch, meet your hubby for a lesson or a drink at a lodge, explore a new area of the mountain….whatever.
Just this once, do what makes you happy on the mountain.
Once you do, we guarantee it won’t be just this once.