My family did a 8 day trip in Reno/Tahoe area around the borders of California and Nevada. We are all beginner skier and have lesson on the first day in Mt. Rose and we later venture to a different resort in northern Tahoe area called Incline Village with Diamond Peak. All the time that I am on the slope, I was thinking of how much fun that Matt has with his family in Colorado. Darn the ski lift and the rental. It is quite outrageous in all the first time lesson, ski lift and rentals. But the fun is almost like priceless and the smile and fear seen in my wife's eyes and my two boys pay it back 10 times. I have never seen my tough wife be so scared and I can actually ask approval for a Pentax 645D if I want to go that route in begging for approval of anything moments. My camera choice in the ski trip is kind of odd. I don't want my fall-off to kill my K-5 or my standard traveling camera with nex 5N. And my Sony A7 is weather proof but I don't want to damage it in the first month. So I wise up to use a point & shoot light camera and it is actually my Fuji HS50 that goes with 24mm to 1000mm. It turns out great but I do have lots of gripes on picture quality once it get darker. But the camera is like dSLR in size and it will be more fun if it is like a Pentax Q or Pentax Q7 or the latest Panasonic GM1 Californians are strangers to snow except ski resort areas. Riding tram to Diamond Peak resort, North Lake Tahoe in a distance Californians hardly see snow and the ski resorts are the place to visit. Love the ski boot color My younger boy was in little children training session. He does great in beginner slope but prefers to go straight down instead going the S route to get better control. I took him to a trail called Lakeview not knowing what it was until we saw the beginner slope was closed due to lack of snow. Down we went the penguin trail supposed for Intermediate and we were totally not ready for it the first time. We made it down in one piece but full of snow in our boots and gloves because of the fallings that beginners had to go through in training. Mt. Rose has great instructor for kids, I wish I can join that program back I was in my boy's age. Skiing is so much fun that I don't know what the heck that I don't do it sooner. I should trade some of my gear obsession to ski equipments and save for more joyful opportunities for skiing with family for total fun dedicated to family outdoor activity in the winter -- a big dream of mine getting strong influence from MattB All are shot with Fuji HS50 in the longer focal length in 600mm to 1000mm as I am so far away as in over 1000 feet from the slope standing in the lodge restaurant area.