For 2000/2001 Snowmass unveiled a new training and race area on Lower Scooper just for children. It includes a new picnic building and its own lift. "Family Zones" at Snowmass provide a fun way for families to ride/ski together, the zone is located on terrain accessible by the Burlingame lift and is complete with adventurous kids' trail and a terrain park.
A variety of daycare options and group and private ski school programmes are available for children at Snowmass. Private lessons are available through Ski and Snowboard School for children as young as 18 months, and 3 year olds can participate in group lessons. Snow Cubs, Ski and Snowboard Schools of Aspen's childcare programme offers one of the nation's only state-licensed, slopeside daycare centres for children from 6 weeks though to 3.5 years of age.
Activities for toddlers include outdoor playtime, toys, games, storytime, puppet shows and crafts. Snow Cubs is located at the base of Fanny Hill on Snowmass and operates from 8.30am to 4.00pm and reservations are required. The new Tubing Hill at Snowmass provides fun for the entire family. Children must be 4 years or older and 4, 5 and 6 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.
Other family activities include "Storytelling by the Campfire" by Snowmass Village local Chuck Barth every Monday and Wednesday for an evening of ice and snow tales. Toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate will ensure families keep warm for this outside adventure by the fire-pit which is located in Snowmass Village next to the Pokolodi Lodge and is free for all ages.
At the end of every day its possible for the whole family to experience the excitement of riding in a snow cat to see how the slopes are groomed, space is limited and places must be booked at the Snowmass ticket pavilion.
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