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About Me & My Family

I'm a travel and eco blogger, freelance writer, and editor living in beautiful Oregon. I love to travel with kids (most of the time) and run a review site for parents called www.pitstopsforkids.com.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, curious, energetic, scheduled
We Just Got Back From
A whirlwind tour of the national parks of the Southwest!
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Oregon state parks or Laguna Beach, CA. It's a toss up!
A Place We'd Love To Visit
St. John's in the US Virgin Islands
Favorite Vacation Memory
Watching my children explore Disney World for the first time!
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
Stranded in the San Francisco airport at 2 am with a toddler and an infant. Not. Fun.
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388 Reviews

November 10 2015
1 family found this helpful
Lookout Pass Ski Resort | kids travel, kids activities
Lookout Pass Ski Resort
Lookout Pass,
I-90 Exit 0,
"Hometown resort, great runs!"
Idaho has many really great ski resorts, so it's easy to overlook Lookout Pass. Don't do that! This small, local resort has great runs on the backside and a nice face on the front side, and a really friendly, cozy lodge. It reminded me of my childhood skiing experiences, when everyone brought homemade lunches and shared crock-pots.

The lift lines got long during our visit during key times of day (like after lunch and in the morning when ski school was operating) because there's only one frontside lift that everyone must funnel into. But apart from that, we found lots of fun trails, a terrain park the kids enjoyed, and nice long runs on the backside. We'll definitely be back!
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November 10 2015
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Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark at Silver Mountain
610 Bunker Avenue,
Idaho 83837
"Clean, fun, and bright!"
It's hard to find an indoor water park that doesn't feel suffocating, but Silver Rapids has a glass roof and lots of ventilation. I never felt like it was stuffy. More to the point, the kids loved the lazy river and surfing section. My kids don't do slides too much, but those looked fun, too. There are large hot tubs, and a bar upstairs (kind of un-classy, honestly, as the adults get loud up there). The downstairs food counter serves the junk food you'd expect, like nachos and burgers, but definitely try their huge sundae!

We usually spent a few hours at a time here, in between outdoor activities, and used the outdoor hot tub by the lodging area as well.
November 10 2015
1 family found this helpful
SILVER MOUNTAIN RESORT | kids travel, kids activities
602 Bunker Road,
Kellogg, Idaho
"Really nice suites, close to water park"
We've stayed here two times now, once in summer to enjoy some hiking and the water park, and once in winter, to ski...and once again enjoy the water park! What I liked about the resort was how easy it was to get around...the 'village' type area is small, with just a few restaurants, the water park, and some shops, with lodging just a few steps away. The gondola is right there, too.

We stayed in a two bedroom condo during our last visit, and loved having a full kitchen, two bathrooms, and a washer/dryer. This is huge when you're on a ski trip! We made meals in our suite, and used the ski lockers downstairs, too. I never used the exercise room, since we skied a lot, but we did use the outdoor hot tub. There are also communal BBQs and fire pits to use!
November 10 2015
1 family found this helpful
Silver Mountain Resort | kids travel, kids activities
Silver Mountain Resort
610 Bunker Avenue,
"Skiing AND a water park? Yes please!"
Silver Mountain is one of those rare ski resorts that has you covered in any weather conditions. The terrain here is really good for all ski levels, and the gondola from the resort to the lifts is the longest in North America...an attraction in and of itself.

Silver Mountain Resort is located at the base of the gondola, and includes condos and hotel rooms, a small village-like space with dining and shops, and best of all, a HUGE indoor water park. Water park admission is included in your stay, and the hours correlate well with ski hours, so you can definitely do both. We skied all day, then hit the waterpark. Yes, I was exhausted!

Plan to get there early so you can use the water park your first evening, because otherwise, your kids will not want to go skiing until they've tried it out! The rates are comparable to other ski resorts without water parks, and in general, Idaho is an affordable place to have a winter vacation!
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September 18 2015
0 families found this helpful
Breckenridge Distillery
1925 Airport Rd,
"Really fun, but just for adults"
If you have a date night with your partner while in Breckenridge, head out the the distillery! It's just outside town on Airport Road, and offers free tours of their small batch whiskey and vodka production. Yes, tastings are included! Tours are 30 minutes...I suggest going out there, then heading back into town for dinner (where you can order a cocktail using your newfound knowledge about Colorado spirits). In 2016, they plan to open a restaurant next door, which will make this more kid-friendly!