Child Care and Ski School In Steamboat

The Kid’s Vacation Center and ski school in Steamboat are top-notch and highly convenient for parents who need some much deserved grown-up time on the mountain.

Ski School

Olympic medalist Billy Kidd Steamboat
Damon, Melissa and Avery (11 months) pictured with Billy Kidd, the first American to ever win an Olympic medal in the sport of skiing

Steamboat is known as Ski Town USA because it has produced more Olympic athletes than any other place in America… So guess where I want my kid to learn how to ski? 🙂

Not that I expect my daughter to become an Olympian (Avery, if you want to, we will support your dreams), but I do want her to be able to ski well. Skiing can be a dangerous sport, especially if you aren’t very good, and I don’t want her to get injured. Also, skiing is a big part of our lives. Heck, it’s even in our last name. (We have one of those long and Polish names that is hard to pronounce and even harder to spell.) We go skiing about three times a year, and we want our daughter to eventually be able to ski the same terrain that we ski. (I promise, Avery, we won’t all wear matching outfits or anything… We aren’t those parents.)

11 month old skis steamboat
Avery on skis for the first time at 11 months old

So, when she gets old enough (kids can start at 2 1/2 years old) we will put our little girl in ski school, and Steamboat has one of the best around. How do I know? I’ve talked to other parents. On the lifts or the gondola, in the restaurants, or at the base… People tend to talk to each other in ski towns. Ski towns are very friendly. In fact, the atmosphere off the slopes is one of my favorite things about going to a ski resort.  I’ve spoken to several parents that said the ski school is superior to other programs they’ve experienced.

And finally, the ski school and bunny slopes are so conveniently located, right at the base of the gondola, making it easy to pick your child up at the end of their session.

Child Care

The child care is a bit pricey (as it is in any ski town) but the facility is clean and very well staffed, and the children are separated based on age. By “a bit pricey” I mean it will basically cost you the price of a lift ticket.

Steamboat travel
After we picked Avery up from the Kid’s Vacation Center in Steamboat

It is also located directly below the gondola so you can literally ski down at the end of the day, pick your child up, and catch a gondola to the parking lot (More on that in the section about the base area) or head to a restaurant to grab a bite to eat.

I would recommend reserving a spot in the Kid’s Vacation Center early because it does tend to fill up fast. Babies need to be at least 6 months old to use the child care facility and the rates are based on a full day only. There is no discount or reduced price for a half day. But when your child is old enough to finally ski with you, KIDS SKI FREE!


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