Resolutions, part I

I love to make resolutions. They give me direction each year, and I’m pretty good at sticking to them.

I’m sharing a few here this week because, if you’re like me, making sweet memories with family and friends is a great goal no matter what the year. Here’s how I’ll go about it in 2013.

More time in the snow

There’s 3-inches of snow on the ground at Mt. Laguna today, so it’s highly likely we’ll take the quick 30-minute drive out there for a bit of fun in the snow. SoCal kids do love snow play!

It’s even more likely that we’ll head out to Mammoth in the next month or so. We skipped our annual Mammoth trip last year because of poor snow conditions, but with 6 feet on the ground right now, we’re a go in 2013.

Most families we know prefer the shorter drive to Big Bear, but there really is no comparing the two mountains. Mammoth is well worth the 7 hour drive to us (or the reasonable flight).

We love to rent condos with hot tubs that are near the slopes. We’ve also rented houses through VRBO, which are great for backyard sledding, snowman building and checking out the snow plows as they come down the street.

If you don’t rent a place with backyard sledding, be sure to visit one of the many public snow hills you will find around town, or head out to Woolly’s Tube Park. Even kids who don’t want to tube will have fun in Woolly’s snow play area. Getting there is as easy as catching a shuttle from the village, but street parking and lots are also available.

Every Saturday in Mammoth’s village there’s a family hour complete with music, face painting and a little parade. Most of the restaurants are family-friendly and there are a number of cute shops. We always make a stop into the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

When we want a break from snowy activities, we head to town for a day at Color Me Mine or to catch a movie or ice skating.

Mammoth offers group and private lessons and childcare. Kids under 6 ski for free and those ages 7-12 can ski for only $30 per day.

In 2013 I resolve to do one thing in Mammoth that we’ve never done before, and that’s dog sledding.

A 50-minute tour through the Eastern Sierras for our family will cost about $300, but I expect it to be one of our more memorable experiences. And, as always, top on my list of things to do is create wonderful memories with my husband and kids.

Happy New Year!

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