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posted by Vanessa on January 7, 2010 10:35 PM MST
Absolutely! I can remember every family vacation. I can't recall the "things" my parents bought me but the sights, sounds, smells and taste of every family vacation is embedded in my memory! My family has been skiing at Park City since the late 60's. I started there when I was 6 and now I'm 41 and we have never missed a ski season. We just got back and for the first time my two sisters and I and all of our kids (9 of them)(ages 5-19), husbands and our dad (a total of 16 of us in one house) enjoyed a week in Park City. There is no doubt it is an expensive vacation and a lot of work, but SO worth it! So here are some tips to stay on budget and have fun. #1 Eat at home (breakfast, lunch and dinner.)#2 stuff your ski jackets with hot cocoa mix, a water pouch and a power bar)#3 Buy your tickets at Sea and Ski in Salt Lake(you can save almost$35/ticket/adult/day)#4 Book rental equipment online for deep discounts.#5 Drive there if possible. It cost 5 of us under $300 roundtrip in gas from the OC and we made it there in 10 hours. Even if you rent a van and carpool most likely the rental will be cheaper in your home state than renting in Salt Lake (it's high season). #6 Ride the free bus once you are in town #7 Behind the original highschool(on 13th Street) there is a homemade sledding course that is free, fast and fun!BYOS #8 Assign a family photographer each day you're there, so you might actually get to be in a picture :) #9 Rent movies from the Red Box. #10 Take the trolley on Main Street(free) #11 Go ice skating at Park City Ice Arena (see website for pricing and open skate times) #12 Jump off the high dive at Ecker's Middle School (minimal entrance fee). You will laugh so hard you will almost feel like a kid again. Your kids will dare you to do it! #13 Borrow ski clothes from family and friends. There is nothing wrong with hand me down ski clothes (mostly likely they are brand new).#14 Save all your lift tickets and journal on the back of them, who skied and the daily events. They make great little tokens from your vacation and you won't have to spend money on souvenirs. Enjoy every minute!