Taking the Kids — summer fun and July 4 in the mountains
Best Summer Vacation Ever

Taking the Kids — summer fun and July 4 in the mountains

These days across ski country you’ll find not only plenty of old-fashioned celebrations for Independence Day but also a growing number of mountaintop and mountainside activities

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It’s time again for families to have some fun in the snow
If you’re headed for the slopes this winter, look for kids’-free deals

It’s time again for families to have some fun in the snow

Peanut M&Ms are good, too. The Aspen, Colorado, middle-schoolers I interviewed for my “Kid’s Guide to Denver and Colorado Ski Country” opine that it’s always smart to have “power candy,” in your pocket

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Taking the Kids to Deer Valley, where guests say ‘no snowboarders!’
Kids skiing at Deer Valley

Taking the Kids to Deer Valley, where guests say ‘no snowboarders!’

Instead of frustrating hours at the airport, we spent a blue sky day on Deer Valley’s famously groomed slopes, stopping for an excellent lunch. (Deer Valley is as famous for its eats as it is for its grooming and customer service.)

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Ostracized snowboarder finds welcome at Snowbird and The Canyons
Summit at The Canyons

Ostracized snowboarder finds welcome at Snowbird and The Canyons

As the only snowboarder of the family, I constantly have to defend myself and my brethren that we’re not a bunch of sliding reckless criminals one strike from being locked up. I still have two strikes left, thank you.

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Something for every family in Park City, including snowboarder nephews
Chris and his uncle Andy liked the glade run "Detonator" at PCMR

Something for every family in Park City, including snowboarder nephews

Until this year, I had never snowboarded in Utah. When I thought Utah, I thought tiny martinis and tabernacle choirs . When I thought Park City, I thought fancy film festivals. Turns out, Utah, and specifically the former silver-mining town of Park City, are pure gold.

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At Deer Valley, the consensus seems to be no snowboarders
Blue skies at top of Bald Mt at Deer Valley

At Deer Valley, the consensus seems to be no snowboarders

The families I met here like Deer Valley—one of Park City’s three ski resorts— because of the groomed runs but more important, because there are no snowboarders allowed. Deer Valley, in fact, is one of only three resorts in the country that don’t allow snowboarders.

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