Snow vacation with the kids

Skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding, tubing and snowmobiling. Families looking for an exciting snow vacation will find those activities, and many more, at resorts througout the U.S. and around the world.

Skiing at high altitudes

Don't overdue
Drink lots of liquids
Avoid salty foods
Get plenty of sleep

St. Louis families can ski, snowmobile, or enjoy other snow sports close to home. Inquire about all-day programs for the kids. While parents and the teens are out on the slopes, qualified instructors entertain younger children with activities both on the slopes and at the lodge. Back at the condo each night family members will have stories to share around the fireplace, sipping a cup of hot chocolate.

White planet : a mad dash through modern global ski culture
Leslie Anthony.
Vancouver : Greystone Books, 2011.
A fun and informative look at the global ski revolution from one of its long-time devotees. Writer, adventurer, and ski hound Leslie Anthonyhas spent his life on two planks, racing down hills, searching for the next perfect ride. His own discovery of skiing occurred just as Alaska was becoming the ski world's Next Big Thing. In the late eighties and early nineties, ski enthusiasts, powder snow, and vast tracts of steep terrain came together, captured on film and beamed to audiences around the world. The result was a freeskiing revolution. In White Planet, Anthonytraces an arc through much of skiing's global diaspora over the past thirty years, observing its metamorphoses, its ever-new destinations, and the forces that continue to push the sport in more extreme directions. He's skied volcanoes in Mexico and vertical faces in Alaska, he's raced historic telemark courses in Italy, and he's swum through powder in Japan and avalanches in India, always chasing a new experience, a fresh line, and a bluebird day of skiing with someone who shares the passion. Along the way, he introduces many of the daredevils who have succeeded-and sometimes failed-at spectacular feats, the visionaries who have changed the whole concept of boots and boards and what can be done on them, and the entrepreneurs who are bringing the sport to nontraditional markets such as China, Bulgaria, and India. From the sadistic to the sublime, White Planetis an insightful, humorous, rock 'n' roll adventure that paints a picture of modern global ski culture.
The culture and sport of skiing : from antiquity to World War II
E. John B. Allen.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, c2007.
Allen (history, Plymouth State U.) details the history of skiing from its appearance in prehistoric Russian and Norwegian rock carvings and epics to the outbreak of WWII, when the Finns employed the ancient sport to successfully fend-off the Russians. Illustrations are included. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Open your heart with skiing : mastering life through love of the turns
Stephen S. Hultquist.
St. Petersburg, Fla. : DreamTime Pub., c2007.
Whether you are a hesitant beginner or a mogul-loving pro, Open Your Heart with Skiing will help you discover how you can get the most out of skiing, both on and off the slopes. Author Stephen Hultquist packs this book with practical advice to help you with your skills on the mountain, and then he shows you how to bring these mental, emotional, and inspirational techniques to the rest of your life. A certified ski instructor with more than thirty years of experience skiing, as well as a personal coach, Hultquist is the ideal person to show you how to get the most out of Your turns!
Fit to ski and snowboard : the skier's and boarder's guide to strength and conditioning
Rocky Snyder.
Camden, Me. : Ragged Mountain Press/McGraw-Hill, c2006.
Whether you're a weekend warrior or an advanced athlete, Fit to Ski and Snowboard helps you create the ideal conditioning program for your body and your needs. You can do these personalized workouts at the gym or at home, tracking your progress with the workout log and muscle chart. You'll be amazed how much you can: Improve your balance with wobble board and stability ball exercises, Strengthen and protect your back using core training techniques, Gain quicker reactions through plyometrics, Increase your flexibility with sun salutations and stretches. Book jacket.
The all-mountain skier : the way to expert skiing
R. Mark Elling ; illustrations by Brian Elling ; photographs by Kirk DeVoll.
Camden, Me. : Ragged Mountain Press/McGraw-Hill, c2003.
""Covers more information than a week's worth of private lessons.""--"Ski "magazine

"The All-Mountain Skier "helps skiers advance their skills with a foolproof, self-instructional program for mastering advanced techniques in even the most challenging conditions. Drawing from his extensive experience as a ski professional, instructor Mark Elling delivers essential advice and information--including tips from other expert skiers--to help readers perform like pros.

Essential skiing : a bible for beginning skiers
Herb Gordon.
New York, NY : Lyons & Burford, Publishers, c1996.
An introduction to downhill skiing that also includes sections on snowboards and cross-country.
The athletic skier
Warren Witherell and David Evrard ; drawings by David Evrard & Diane Bode; photos by Erik Ostling & Thor Kallerud.
Salt Lake City : Athletic Skier ; Boulder, Colo. : Distributed by Johnson Books, 1993.
Warren Witherell is a legend in American skiing. Written for skiers from beginners to World Cup racers, The Athletic Skier covers the basics of ski and boot design; progresses through teaching and learning skills; reviews new technologies and choices in equipment; and concludes with racing techniques.
Skiing with the whole body
Jack Heggie.
Berkeley, Calif. : North Atlantic Books, c1993.
Includes bibliographical references.

If the family's idea of a winter vacation must include high, snowcapped mountains, then California, Utah, Colorado, or the New England states beckon. Experienced skiers will look forward to the higher rated trails, but there will be plenty of trails for the young skier. Lessons can be fun and helpful. Don't forget all family members need to adjust for skiing at these high altitudes.

Maybe this is the winter to plan the truly unique snow vacation. How about Europe? Resorts across Europe invite American families.

  • Innsbruck -- Two famous resorts San Anton and Kitzbuhel overlook this Austrian city. Make the family's dream of skiing the Alps come true. When not skiing, families can take the train or shuttle bus into Innsbruck to visit the Hofburg Palace and Swarovski Crystal Collection. Or the family can go snowboarding at the local snow park that boasts a half-pipe, a pro jump, and a tabletop.
  • Baqueira -- Spain's Pyrenees mountains offer adventure for those who want a skiing destination off the beaten path. Peaks around Baqueira have vertical drops over 3,300 feet. Skiers need to rent a car to reach the area. But the drive is worth it as each curve brings picturesque villages into view. Visitors during the high season may find themselves skiing next to the Spanish royal family.

Don't hibernate this winter. Grab the family and make your getaway.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff