The total driving distance to the resort is about 3 hours, but, of course, getting out of Silicon Valley on Friday afternoon is a nightmare and it took us about 4.5 hours to get there. Still, Smarty immediately liked the room, with its soft throw blankets and a gas fireplace. My husband and I did not sleep well because of all the noises the fireplace (that also served as a main heater) was making overnight, but Smarty slept like a baby and got up bright and early ready for her skiing school adventure.
We were worried about how she will do - it was pouring rain on the level of our lodge, but, fortunately, the rain changed to thick wet snow 500 feet higher, at the base of the skiing mountain. It actually looked absolutely magical, and Smarty, who had never experienced falling snow before, was beyond herself with joy.
We chose not to ski during this trip - the weather really did not bode well for good skiing, especially since both of us did not ski since before Smarty was born. We dropped Smarty at the skiing school and returned to the hotel to enjoy a nice relaxed day of reading and watching movies in our room.
Are there winter sports and snow where you live?