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What to do with the little ones?
CRASH strives to be a very family friendly conference. The Course Director and several committee members have had young children while organizing and attending CRASH. If your children are too young to ride or ski and you don’t want to put them in child care all day, the following is a list of some of our suggestions:
- Vail library—the children’s section is blocked off from the regular section, it faces the creek and has a wonderful play area including a giant Thomas the Tank Engine railway track, climbing areas, arts crafts, toys and a wonderful story time and it’s FREE.
- Riding the FREE Vail Valley buses--off peak times are better. Stop and walk around where you want. A good way to explore the Vail Valley.
- The pool and hot tubs at the Vail Marriott.
- Riding the Gondola up and down --free in the afternoon, otherwise there is a special gondola only ticket you can get, kids 12 and younger are free.
- Avon Recreation Center (there is a bus, and the concierge can help set up transportation)-pool and indoor water park.
- Adventure Ridge at the top of the Gondola-Snow tubing, ski biking, bungee trampoline. The gondola is free to ride after 2:30 pm for activities up to the ridge. Gondola for non-skiers/snowboarders available.
- Several beautiful parks with play structures in and around Vail, most are open in the winter. Check with concierge .
- Sleigh Rides at 4Eagle Ranch--there is also a little petting zoo and optional BBQ. This makes for a very fun day, but be sure to bundle up, it can get cold. The concierge at the Marriott can help arrange this activity.
- Day trip to Glenwood Springs to sit in the hot springs pool.
- Walking around town has a lot to offer. There are several great toy stores, friendly restaurants, and pretty places to see.
- Minturn sledding hill.
- Several quaint towns in the area that are fun to visit--Minturn, Leadville, Eagle etc.
- Outlet shopping in Silverthorne (also has areas that kids can run and play).
- On slope child care is excellent, a little calmer at Golden Peaks at Lionshead, but still very reliable. Book ahead for better rates.
- Walking Mountain Science Center. The Science Center open year round and free to the public. There are pre-school exploration programs on some mornings.