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Child's Play

Child's Play

By Jennie Lay
posted: 05/31/2005

Face it, The days of family Scrabble in front of the condo fireplace went the way of rear-entry boots in the '80s. Nowadays, ski towns woo the underage set with an inflating menu of après-ski adventures meant to engage all ages and interests. So close the dictionary. Here's a sampling of the post-slope options.


Where 106 Main St. in Ludlow, a mile from the resort; 802-228-2400

Diversions Ride the indoor skate park's halfpipe and bowl, which one teenage blogger on the center's website officially calls "rad." Also, play basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, Ping-Pong, pool or air hockey-or kick back on Movie Night-from 2 to 4 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays.

Best for Ages 10-18

Allowance damage None. It's free.

Bonus A DJ or live band rocks the house from 8 to 11 p.m. on Saturdays, and 13- to 18-year-olds can dance the night away for a $5 cover.

Park City, Utah: GORGOZA PARK

Where Five minutes west of Park City along Interstate 80; 435-658-2648

Diversions Gorgoza is a tubing resort, with three lifts to take you up and seven lanes to whisk you back down-including short rollers for beginners and steeper, speedy runways for "advanced tubing." (A new Olympic sport, perhaps?) The park is lighted and open until 8 p.m.

Best for Ages 3 and up

Allowance damage Not bad: Two-hour sessions are $19 (7 and up) and $10 (3-6).

Bonus Let the kids do the driving. For $9, unlicensed 5- to 12-year-olds can legally rip a half-dozen laps around the Gorgoza track on mini snowmobiles.


Where At the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola on Lionshead; 970-476-9090

Diversions Don a headlamp for an evening ride on a "ski bike" (a bike frame mounted on skis); race on a snowmobile-regular or pint-sized; snowshoe, ice skate, play laser tag or hit the multilane tubing hill. Open Tuesday-Saturday until 9 p.m.

Best for Ages 5 and up

Allowance damage Ouch. It's $18 for tubing; $62 for ski biking; $18 for snowmobiling; $10 for laser tag; $8 for ice skating; and $10 for the trampoline. Choose wisely.

Bonus The Night Owl program ($60). Kids 7 and up get dinner and a chaperone; mom and dad get a quiet night in town.

Squaw Valley, Calif.: HIGH CAMP

Where Midmountain at Squaw Valley, at the top of the cable car; 530-581-7246

Diversions Grab some skates and take a twirl around the enormous Olympic Ice Pavilion (elevation 8,200 feet) or nightski on a 3.2-mile run. The Riviera halfpipe and terrain park are lighted, too. Open until 9 p.m.

Best for All ages

Allowance damage Minimal. The cable car ride and nightskiing are free with your lift ticket, and ice skating is $9.

Bonus Conquer your acrophobia on Headwall, a 30-foot indoor climbing wall ($14) or on the Sky Jump ($10), a bungee-trampoline that hurls you up and away.


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