Great Family Adventures: A Colorado Ski Tour With Wilderness Expeditions

Yes, we know: The family vacation is a much-parodied event, and perhaps rightfully so. But fumbles, foibles, and hassles aside, families keep taking them for the same good reason: They’re priceless sources of memories.

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HIGHLIGHTS: If all your kids want to do is shred pow—but you’d like to infuse a bit more meaning into the family trip—head to Monarch Ski Mountain on this affordable three-day package from Wilderness Expeditions. It combines skiing or snowboarding the Rockies with a dose of spiritual growth and community values. Group lodging and meals means making new friends: Skiers gather for a hearty breakfast and dinner together, and every night, there are games and devotional time. First-time skiers are welcome, but they’re required to take lessons.

OUTFITTER: Wilderness Expeditions is a Christian-based adventure service (though all are welcome) whose mission, since 1989, has been to create memorable experiences with spiritual purpose.

ITINERARY: Stays at Monarch Ski Mountain.

DATES: Multiple departures available; call for specifics.

PRICE: $290 per adult, $270 per teen, and $230 per child during peak season. The rate includes three days of skiing with lift tickets and equipment rentals, three nights’ lodging, and breakfasts and dinners—but not ski lessons.

INFO:, (719) 539-4888.

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