Skiing is the ultimate family activity. It's great exercise, fun, challenging and makes for a great winter vacation during school breaks, holidays or just because. Best of all, the more you do it, the more fun it becomes. There's always new terrain to progress to, so it never gets stale, yet getting the whole family into the sport can be a daunting financial commitment. There's equipment, lessons and lift tickets to worry about, not to mention lodging for multi-day trips. Thankfully, places like The Homestead Ski Area in Virginia understand and that's why they've come up with the Family Learn to Ski Package.

The Family Learn to Ski Package is available Dec. 15, 2012 to Mar. 10, 2013, starting at just $305. For that price, two adults and two children get accommodations, daily lift tickets, equipment rentals and group lessons at the Sepp Kober Ski School. Additional charges apply for extra guests, ages six and up. 

New this season, The Homestead will open Virginia's first Rossignol Experience Center, giving families the chance to hit the slopes on Rossignol’s award-winning Experience skis with Auto Turn Rocker. This new technology helps new skiers gain more control and confidence, intermediates quickly learn to maneuver and carve, and advanced to expert skiers excel in all snow conditions. 

Skiing is only one part of the experience The Homestead offers to new visitors. After having your fill of the slopes, head to the new Allegheny Springs Winter Wonderland, which combines year-round outdoor swimming and ice skating. Take some laps on the ice rink or relax and warm up in the new spring-fed heated pool and whirlpools. After all, this is all part of the culture and amenities ski families have to get acquainted to, since the biggest part of trying new experiences is remembering to enjoy yourself.

The Homestead has 100 percent snowmaking coverage on over 45 acres of terrain that's both friendly enough for beginners to get the feel and fun enough for experienced skiers and riders to enjoy. 

More info at thehomestead.com