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Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games Featuring Vermont Adaptive Race Team Athletes

Feb 28, 2017
Athletes from Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports' race team will compete in alpine skiing and snowshoeing at the Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games March 3-5 at Suicide Six Mountain in Woodstock.

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Families & Groups

Finding hidden gems in snow country


Family snowboarding time, Homewood Mountain Resort
There are other hidden gems like Ski Cooper elsewhere in Colorado and around the country for snow-loving families, suited especially for those with young kids and families just learning. Here are five good bets: more
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Suzhou, China: Gardens and Canals Equal a Family-Friendly Asian Adventure


Shantang Street
As I exited the airport in Shanghai, my preconceived notions about China seemed initially accurate. It was my first time visiting this country and I imagined I would be stepping into a land that had come too far too fast. more
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Finding the value at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico


Making tortillas on the plaza at Azul The Fives
The family had chosen Azul Beach Resort the Fives, a Karisma Gourmet Inclusive Experience, just outside of Playa del Carmen, for their getaway, because it seemed to offer all they needed. more
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Snow Shoeing, Back Country skiing and horseback – Vista Verde Guest Ranch


Our gang snow shoeing along the Elk River near Vista Verde Guest Ranch
Vacation days don’t often get better than this. After a hearty breakfast at Vista Verde Guest Ranch——think fluffy buttermilk pancakes, sausage, oatmeal and eggs all varieties—we head out together snowshoeing more
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Far from the ski crowds: Vista Verde Guest Ranch in Colorado


Matt Yemma on snowmobile tour at Vista Verde Guest Ranch
Vista Verde Ranch, about 25 miles north of Steamboat Springs, is about as opposite a downhill mountain resort as possible. Set on 540 acres in the middle of Colorado’s Routt National Forest, this is the place to come to explore the wilderness on cross-country skis, horseback, fat bikes or snowshoes away from the crowds. more
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Skiing conditions not optimal? Try a spa treatment, like at Beaver Creek


A Beaver Creek tradition, warm chocolate chip cookies at end of day
It has been dumping snow it seems since we arrived in Colorado. So time for a treat off the slopes. Fantastic is how I feel during the sports fusion massage at the Beaver Creek Park Hyatt two-story Allegria Spa more
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To Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands – a trip of a lifetime even for kids


Fur Seals, King Penguins and our ship Le Boreal
We walked amid thousands of penguins (we saw five species) not bothered by our presence and fur seals who were. The huge elephant seals ignored us, as did the humpback whales we watched from zodiacs. more
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Breckenridge CO: Plenty for families on and off the slopes


Eileen finishing up her ride on the coaster at Breck
What I love about Breck, as locals call it, is there is plenty to do even if you aren’t a skier or rider. There are more than 200 restaurants, bars and shops more
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Why Colorado’s Keystone Resort is such a hit with families


World's largest ice fort at Keystone Resort
On the first day of his first trip with his grandchildren to the slopes — at Keystone Resort just 90 minutes from Denver -- he couldn’t help getting emotional as the family dropped off the two grandkids, 4 and 8, at ski school. more
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At Ski Cooper – a half hour and a world away from Vail and Breck


Hazel, 8, adds rock to a cairn originally begun by the 10th Mountain Division during World War II training
It feels as if I have the entire mountain with its fresh snow all to myself—and it’s Saturday. Welcome to Ski Cooper, just outside of Leadville with 39 trails and four lifts spanning 400 lift-served acres and no artificial snow more
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