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Affordable Aspen – families enjoying the amenities and vibes of the famous ski town


Toddler celebrating at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen
Lest you think Aspen is only for celebs and wealthy Hollywood types, there’s plenty affordable here—starting with the Limelight Hotel with rates under $200 a night more
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Angeleno Goes Full Cowboy in Colorado


City slicker with newfound friends Blue the Cat and Finn the Dog at Vista Verde Ranch in CO
At the Vista Verde Guest Ranch, it turns ranch life ain’t so bad. It also turns out, a city slicker can really look really really ridiculously awesome wearing a Cowboy hat. At the Vista Verde Guest Ranch more
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The mountain or the ranch – so many great choices


Our family group snoeshowing at Vista Verde Ranch
The staff at Vista Verde Ranch, about 25 miles outside the ski town of Steamboat Springs has obligingly left us an Evening Sky Map for this month. more
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A visit to Strawberry Hot Spring Park in Colorado


Strawberry Hot Springs Park near Steamboat Springs CO
Nestled in the hills about 10 miles outside the town of Steamboat Springs, Strawberry Hot Springs is a natural hot springs fed by heated underground aquifers that come to the surface to make a number of heated pools more
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Combining ski vacation and dude ranch in the Colorado Rockies


Vista Verde in the Alpenglow
This year, I decided to mix it up—opting to spend half our winter ski week at a dude ranch, Vista Verde Ranch, on 500-plus gorgeous acres about 25 miles outside of Steamboat Springs and as far away from the crowds and tumult of a major ski area as you can get. more
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Let it snow! Transformational day at Telluride Ski Resort


From our balcony Day 2 in Telluride
After a week of bluebird weather, a much-needed winter storm has moved into Colorado and it is dumping snow at Telluride Ski Resort. more
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Telluride CO: historic mountain town welcomes modern families


Skiing down the mountain to Telluride
Welcome to Telluride Ski Resort, about an hour from Montrose and 2.5 hours from Durango (both of which have regional airports) in Southwest Colorado with just 2500 year-round residents who happily live in a box canyon 8750 feet above sea level. Yes you feel that altitude. more
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Special challenges for special kids in Crested Butte CO


CB adaptive 1
Tony suffers from dwarfism and is autistic. But here at Crested Butte’s Adaptive Sports Center, he literally is king of the hill. more
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Our family trip back to Crested Butte, where memories were made


Mel snowboarding in Crested Butte circa 1997
The 6 year old was determined to set herself apart from her older brother and sister on vacation. My youngest daughter declared she was a “big girl” and could decide for herself what fun she would have in the snow that week in Crested Butte CO more
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Conquering my mountain meltdown with the help of a ski instructor


Adult ski class like Eileen took at Crested Butte
We’re at the top of the mountain in Crested Butte, CO, elevation over 12,000 feet, and I suddenly am too scared to move. To be fair, the wind is blowing hard and the conditions are a bit icy but it really wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle — or hadn’t handled many times. more
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