There are a lot of excuses that I tell my kids when we are on a school break. There’s the “I’m Caribbean, I hate the cold!” or “I’m a city girl! and we don’t leave the city!” and then there’s the truth … I’m afraid to get on an airplane! but there is only so much concrete jungle I can take before I need to escape!
This past weekend I left the excuses behind, loaded up the car with the kids and headed down to Camelback Mountain. The drive was absolutely beautiful and those mountain views are breathtaking. The girls were snapchatting every view that they could!
Leaving Queens was easy, no traffic and I was there in about 90 minutes which is pretty much a nap for my kids. The weather was not in our favor but it held up long enough for my girls to ski and go snow tubing. I should mention it was their very FIRST time learning to Ski and they loved it! their instructor Trevor was incredible! very patient and even handed us coupons for lessons with him when we return and YES we will be returning. The girls were hooked and won’t stop reminding me that we need to go back soon. Next school break? next weekend?
Lessons for beginners
Camelback offers Kids Half-Day Programs, single session Learn To Ski/Ride packages, 90-minute beginner lessons & private lessons. If you’re a beginner or simply want to brush up on your skills, they can help you and your child prepare for your ski or snowboard adventure. There are equipment rentals if you don’t have your own gear like us.
TIPS TO SAVE TIME!!! PRE-REGISTER FOR RENTALS ONLINE!
Camelback’s Pre-Registered guests have a dedicated entrance to our rental shop that saves you valuable time when picking up your rental equipment. Signing up is free!
While the girls were on the slopes I had about an hour and a half of ME time. I went shopping at the resort’s shops, had lunch and just sat back to enjoy the views, indoors of course. I noticed a lot of parents and grandparents were indoors too with either all the gear that the kids didn’t want to lug around or pretty much babysitting the little ones. So, bring books, cards, or any handheld gaming device to entertain the little ones that are skipping out on the snow activities. Also, there are outlets everywhere to charge your phone and that’s a plus! especially for the teens!
The staff members were very helpful and even showed me to outlets or spots where I could grab photos of the girls for my next visit. My cellphone died quicker than usual, so I recommend bringing a power pack. I was only a little walk away from my car so I found myself going back and forth to charge it here and there.
If you don’t feel like paying for a locker rental there are also coin lockers for $1. They’re just a little smaller.
What to pack
Being that this was just a day trip for the girls and me, I can tell you some basic Mom essentials to pack.
- Hand sanitizer
- Hair tie
- Lip Balm
- Waterproof gloves
- Neck gaiter (scarves can get tangled!)
- Beanie hat or ear muffs for the little ones
- A change of clothes ( you will sweat a lot if skiing!)
- ski/board jacket
- ski/board pants
- Sunscreen (even if it’s gray outside)
- Backpack to carry snacks, water and a change of clothes (if you don’t rent a locker)
If you’re going to Aquatopia, towels are provided at Aquatopia indoor waterpark for you to use. Visit their FAQ’s page for a list of frequently asked questions.
Where to Eat
There are plenty of places to eat on the resort or outside of the resort. We chose to eat close to where the girls were taking their lessons. There were burgers, veggie burgers, salads, chicken nuggets & fries basket and other lunch room style dishes which the kids loved.
Nursery services are available daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the ski & snowboard season for children ages 1-6 years old. $20 Two hours (minimum), per child.
Is there going to be enough snow?
Camelback is one of the only ski resorts to offer 100% snowmaking on all 166 acres of terrain! Our 1200 plus snowmaking guns have enough production capacity to cover 2 acres, with one foot of snow in one hour. That’s like covering the George Washington Bridge with 1 foot of snow in 24 hours.
Preferred & handicap parking
Camelback has allocated a significant number of preferred parking spots for a nominal fee of $20.00 on weekends and holidays. The preferred lot is accessed through the main entry to Camelback and is the closest parking to the main ticketing area.
Once you and your family are parked in one of our free, general parking lots, there’s no need for you to round up the kids and haul your skiing and snowboarding equipment to the resort by yourself. Their shuttle will pick you up at one of the designated shuttle stops and transport you throughout the resort for no charge.
Bring your gloves! I did not dress in snow gear so snow tubing will definitely get your bum wet if you don’t come prepared. The kids were all decked out in snow gear, so they were fine. Be careful on the lift bringing you up! our snow tube got caught along the sides and my daughter freaked out. I was able to snag it back up but if you’re not prepared it can happen to you.
If you’re going to let the kids hit the Snow Tubes while you sit it out, there are fire pits to stay warm. You could totally bring your thermos of Hot Cocoa and just chill out! there were so many friendly parents around to keep you company. I just love this place! Again, you don’t have to sit outside. There are waiting areas for you to warm up and take some pretty awesome photos.
Bathrooms do have changing tables if you decide to bring your baby. Just make sure you wear boots that prevent you from slipping on the icy areas. I left my baby behind because I knew I wouldn’t be able to wheel her around and a carrier just didn’t seem safe for me.
WEEKENDS & HOLIDAY PERIODS
All Ages – 9:00AM Value Session $30
All Ages – 3-Hour Session $35
Military – 3-Hour Session $33
Have you been to Camelback? did your kids love it? we did!
*Disclosure: This post was made possible thanks to Momtrends and Camelback Mountain. Read full disclosure in Media Kit.