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1. Posted by Beninperth (Budding Member 4 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

We are a family of four with two boys aged 11 and 9. We live in Perth Western Australia. We are planning to go to Harry Potter world in Orlando and want to spend circa four weeks on holidays. We would like to go skiing for a week and maybe some sun. Any advice on destinations, intinary information will be appreciated
cheers

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5388 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Hi.

Quick Google type search says HPW, Orlando, is open every day.

If snow skiing you have to go where the snow is available for your visit to USA.

When will you be in the US?

3. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 266 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Do you have experience with skiing? I'm asking, because you cannot learn it in one or two days. you'll need at least a full week lessons for only beeing able to ski the "baby run" down.
Your destinations depends on when you are here.

4. Posted by Beninperth (Budding Member 4 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

We are planning to be in the States from mid December to January 2025
We are experienced skiers, but our kids are not
Thanks
for all your help

5. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru 5388 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Skiing suggestion, Aspen Colorado.

(Never been to this place. Skiing, too much like work! )

6. Posted by zzlangerhans (Travel Guru 533 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

So this is something I know a fair bit about, having gone skiing in many places in the US. There are several questions you need to ask yourself
1. Is expense an issue? If you are a multimillionaire go to question 2.
2. Am I comfortable renting a car and driving in snowy conditions?
3. Am I looking for more in my ski destination than just skiing?
4. Have I considered possible effects of altitude?

Unless you are skiing late January to early March, I would not consider anywhere on the eastern half of the US. There is too much chance your resort will be relying on snowmaking machines, having ice patches and bare patches, and soggy snow outside of the center of the season. If you are skiing during the center of the ski season look for resorts in Vermont and Maine. Vermont has a lot to see and do outside of skiing.

Western US is always better if you have the option. Unless you are looking for bragging rights and have an unlimited budget there is little reason to choose a big name resort like Aspen, Vail, Park City, etc. Lift tickets can cost up to $300/day and group lessons can be $500/day/person. There are many resorts where the skiing and lessons are just as good for a third of those prices.

Make sure you are comfortable driving from the city with the airport to the resort. Weather is unpredictable but plowing is typically good in these areas. Four wheel drive SUV is essential.

Be careful of altitude, especially with kids, and especially if you come from sea level. Some people are sensitive to altitude even at 7000 feet and the peaks at some of the Colorado resorts reach 13000. Altitude sickness can ruin your trip or even land you in the hospital. Unless you have experience with altitude better to stay below 10000 and ideally 9000.

The most specific recommendation I can give you is to fly to Salt Lake City and consider skiing at Snowbasin, Brighton, or Alta which are a short drive from the city. Salt Lake City has A LOT to see and do, interesting culture, and great restaurants. We've skied at Snowbasin and that was our favorite resort so far. This year we will probably ski around Bozeman, Montana for a change of scenery but that will be a long road trip from SLC.

I've written blogs about SLC and Snowbasin.

There's an overwhelming number of choices which is good because it makes it easy to exclude places that overcharge for name recognition and cachet. Find a major city in the Rockies that has direct flights from Florida and do the good old internet search "best ski resorts around _____ ". Just use the usual review sites to make sure your resort has at least 4.5 stars.

7. Posted by BeateR (Full Member 266 posts) 18w Star this if you like it!

Wow, I'm so excited that somebody here is suggesting Salt Lake City, because this is my suggestion also. Accommodation and restaurants are cheaper then in any ski-resort and you can choose different resorts, all only half an hour to an hour drive from SLC. And we found nowhere such a good snow than in Utah.
And if you are tired of skiing you could go scuba-diving, just one hours drive away:
http://www.seabase.net
But have a look if it is open again.

8. Posted by goodfish (Full Member 324 posts) 17w 1 Star this if you like it!

And if you are tired of skiing you could go scuba-diving, just one hours drive away:

Seabase hasn't seen any activity on its websites - including its FB page - since 2022 so isn't open. If you choose SLC for the slopes part of your 4 weeks, you could head south to Utah's fabulous National Parks. Winter is the quieter season for these otherwise VERY busy parks so it would be a good time to explore them without the crowds.

Yes, they will be cold but as you'd have to bring winter clothes for skiing anyway - I would bring Yaktrax or similar traction devices for your boots - you'd be ahead of the game. Some parts will likely involve the possibility of driving in snow but you'd have to deal with that anywhere in ski country. Anyway, a good place to explore your options:

https://www.visitutah.com/Places-To-Go/Parks-Outdoors/National-Parks-In-Winter

9. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 2542 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beninperth

We are a family of four with two boys aged 11 and 9. We live in Perth Western Australia. We are planning to go to Harry Potter world in Orlando and want to spend circa four weeks on holidays. We would like to go skiing for a week and maybe some sun. Any advice on destinations, intinary information will be appreciated
cheers

In the winter, Harry Potter World/Orlando is likely to be relatively warm. There are some options for sun in Florida at that time of year if you do that first. Like you could go down to the Everglades (renting a car) or fly down to Key West. You can have fun there without having a car - you can ride bikes.

Maybe do Orlando, fly down to Key West and then go to Utah for the skiing, and then do the Utah National Parks

10. Posted by Beninperth (Budding Member 4 posts) 17w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all your help. As we are Orlando already we might stay in that part of the states. Where around Orlando will be good for a beach holiday.
How can we find out about cruises from that area to the Bahamas or other islands
Thanks for your help