On our way up.
The snow was really powdery, and almost impossible to compact into snow balls or a snow man. So we maybe cheated a tiny bit. There was a snow person already made that Greg found, and he took it apart and took off the decor, and then our kids roll it together and add the face and arms. And they were pretty proud.
The snow was so fun, until the second it was not fun anymore.
1) the tramway station is at the top of a long pathway which is paved, and you go down to get to the snow. When the kids were tired at the end, we had to haul them back up the pathway. I would bring my cheap umbrella stroller and leave it at the bottom of the path for getting them back up to the station.
2) Lollipops for the tramway down. It's like descending in an airplane, and their ears were really hurting them, and they kept saying "but I just can't yawn, mommy!"
3) Actual snow gloves for the adults. We borrowed stuff for the kids, but didn't worry about ourselves. We went to college in Utah and we were fine (I had knitted gloves, but not waterproof). But apparently when we lived in Utah we never had to roll a million snowballs for children, so our hands were COLD.
4) Snow boots, which cinch up. We borrowed one pair, but it was too small, so next year I will more diligently search out pairs for each child that fit. It wasn't the hugest deal because I put them in three pair of socks each, but right at the end Felicity was complaining that there was snow in her shoes.
5) They have hot water at the top... and the hot chocolate packets are $3. No way. Bring some hot chocolate packets, just for fun.
We really recommend the trip for anyone looking for an easy day trip to the snow. The tramway prices are a little expensive, but when you think about it, you are saving a lot of money on gas from just going to Palm Springs, plus you save on lodging, if you were going to go stay somewhere. We brought food up with us, but there are restaurants there (pricey for what you get, as far as I could tell), and in general you can do it on a budget. It's going to be a Christmas tradition from now on, for sure!