Vermont’s Mount Snow has the antidote to fast-moving family life where everyone seems to be glued to his or her electronic devices. Mount Snow launches The Family Camp this summer for families looking to leave the iPad at home and focus on enjoying each other’s company.
Outdoor recreation opportunities are nearly endless at this camp, but there’s one important rule: during the day or at any other Camp function, electronic devices are not permitted. (Parents caught breaking the rule will have to sing their college fight song that night at dinner.)
The 3, 4 or 7 day, fully customizable camps will offer families the chance to unplug and enjoy activities ranging from mountain biking to yoga to guided whitewater rafting. Camp will include lodging, meals, activities, excursions and more. Sundance Lodge, located at the foot of Mount Snow, will act as base camp.
“We’re fortunate to be based in the Green Mountain National Forest,” Mount Snow’s Dave Meeker told SnoCountry.com. It is the closest area of National Forest to all of southern New England, eastern New York and New Jersey, which means families do not have to drive far to enjoy public lands forever preserved and maintained for their recreational use.
While there will be ample opportunities to explore nature and take part in activities not otherwise readily accessible in an urban setting, no outdoor survival skills are necessary.
“Experienced adventurers will certainly be entertained at camp, but thanks to our professional camp staff, families can be introduced to new outdoor activities,” said Family Camp Director, Mike Mitton.
“On the first day of camp, everyone is fit for a mountain bike they will have for the week. We’ll make sure you know how to use it properly on an easy ride. We’ll start with small hikes to see what everyone is comfortable with. Our goal is for a peaceful time with the kids. You can learn about the natural surroundings from one of our guides on a hike, or just enjoy a swim at the hotel pool.”
Family Camp Program Manager, Melissa Metivier, told SnoCountry.com, “In the mornings, parents will have an opportunity for a little time to reconnect by themselves, with activities like golf or tennis, while the kids will have their pick of activities with camp counselors.”
At lunch everyone gathers for the afternoon and evening. Midday activities might include a picnic lunch at a local lake, followed by kayaking or swimming. Movies at night or perhaps a lawn game will round out the evening.
Other activities like shopping trips and museum tours can be arranged upon request.
Mount Snow’s culinary staff will prepare all meals and lodging accommodations are condominiums equipped with all the comforts of home.
As an added bonus, each family member who attends Family Camp at Mount Snow this summer will receive a free 2014-15 winter 2-day lift ticket.
The Family Camp at Mount Snow began late-June and will operate every week through early August.
Photo: Family-friendly mountain biking is just one of the choices at camp (Mount Snow)