It was our annual family ski holiday with our in-laws. Although we've skied in Vermont many times over the years, this was our first trip to Smugglers' Notch.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of Grandma and Papa, the girls were registered for a week's worth of ski lessons. Alice, not quite 3, and 4 1/2 year old Sophie were registered for five days of Discovery Dynamos Camp. Six year-old Madeleine was signed up for four days of Adventure Camp and an additional half-day lesson.
Aside from lunch and bathroom breaks, the kids were all out in the snow from about 9 o'clock in the morning until 2:30 in the afternoon. The afternoon program involved cookies, hot chocolate or lemonade and entertainment from the likes of The Friendly Pirate, a Magician, or a Science Show.
We couldn't believe it, but Little Alice was on the chair lift at Sir Henry's Hill by the third morning! And Sophie and Madeleine were going past mid-station and skiing down from the top by their third day! The teachers were kind, fun, supportive and overall amazing.