February usually sees about 60 inches average snowfall here. If the snow gods are kind, you could be shredding some calf deep powder in the Parsenn bowl, bashing some mountainous moguls on Mary Jane, or just cruising down some groomers in the Winter Park area. With average temperatures rising very slightly from the coldest moths of December and January, you could still be subjected to some super cold snaps, but the snow is usually worth it, and the amount of trees in this area means you can get out of bitter winds.
Naturally, most people travelling at half term will tend to have children, to whom Winter Park is geared up to cater for brilliantly. The kids’ ski school is fantastic, and being a separate entity from the adult lessons means they can focus solely on providing fun and informative tuition for younger ones. The variety on the mountain, with its 7 individual areas, can expose your kids to a range of skiing situations and techniques both in and out of ski school. If you fancy skiing as a family, the Winter Park area is the best for beginners, with a variety of green and blue runs – check out the Lonesome Whistle Upper for a gentle green, perfect for beginners setting out from the nursery slopes. Alternatively, if your pack has a higher skill level and more confidence, the Vasquez Ridge offers some of the best blues in resort (such as Sundance), as well as exposing the group to some great powder stashes, making everyone a more rounded skier. If your kids want to follow in the footsteps of Bobby Brown or Tom Wallisch, you’re more than likely to find yourself in the park area; with a progressive park system, it allows you to gain technique and skills before heading out onto the bigger features.
The towns of Winter Park and Fraser are particularly family friendly. With free events dotted around town during the half term week, you can be sure to stay busy when not skiing. In prior seasons, free s’mores have been handed out by a campfire in the village, and Friday nights have seen mini rail jams in the Bouncer terrain park, involving kids from 12 and under in a non-judged rail jam. If you want to expend some more energy, check out the Village Ice Rink to see if they’re still offering a free game of broomball (ice-hockey without the skates…). If all that exercise has dramatically increased your appetite, there are numerous restaurants around town that will provide you with some family favourites. Pizza Pedal’r is a fantastic little pizzeria offering a wide selection of interesting choices. Fraser Valley Hot Dogs serves terrific (yep you guessed it) hot dogs. These aren’t any ordinary dogs though; variations include the Phil, with cheddar, jalapenos, onions and mustard and the Dogfather, which has a huge amalgamation of toppings to fill you to the brim.
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