Not my quinzhee! Fun fact: the word quinzhee only entered the English language in 1984.
Not long before my fateful ski trip.
|Me and a bunch of children learning to ski.|
|Attempting to master "the pizza".|
My kids loved skiing. It was probably their favourite activity that we have done in ages. So I highly recommend giving it a try if you have kids over the age of 7 or so.
Things to keep in mind:
- They have a licenced restaurant. Alcohol and skiing sounds like a recipe for disaster if you ask me but what do I know?
- They also have a snack bar where you can get things like French fries and hamburgers. There are also vending machines.
- You can bring your own food and they have water bottle filling stations.
- You need to know exactly what you want when you get to the front counter. Despite the fact that they have deals and offers on all the time the staff will not volunteer that information. If you show up on a Monday night and say "3 people for skiing" they will charge you whatever the regular rate is for 3 people for a lift ticket and rental which is about twice what the Discover package is. So be prepared to say "3 people for the Monday Night Discovery Package) or whatever offer you are taking advantage of. The Discovery packages also only include a learning centre lift ticket so if your kids want to go on the bigger hills you have to pay an extra $3. Again, no one will volunteer this information to you, your kid will just be stopped at a ski lift and told they don't have the right lift ticket. If you don't get the upgrade when you first get there you will have to take the kids back inside to get new tickets. Go to the lift ticket line up instead of the regular lineup since it will be much shorter. My advice is just pay the extra $3 from the get go to avoid the hassle.
- You need to pay a $250 deposit for each person skiing. It is cleared as soon as you return your equipment.
- Most of the deals start at 5:00 p.m. and they don't start selling tickets for those until 4:45 so if you show up at 4:30 you will have to wait around for 15 minutes before you can buy tickets. This creates a weird situation where you have families hanging around wanting to buy tickets and plenty of staff on hand to sell them tickets but no tickets actually being sold. I don't understand why they don't just sell the tickets but make them not usable until 5:00 since this would also cut down on lineups.