A LAST-MINUTE SPRING BREAK
Spring Break Ideas

A LAST-MINUTE SPRING BREAK

What are you waiting for? Spring Break is looming and you haven't planned a getaway. We're not talking a Big Trip -- a cruise, for example, or an adventure trip to Costa Rica, though, according to Travelzoo.com, there are good last-minute deals to be had in Costa Rica.

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To a favorite Colorado ski town that’s as much fun in summer as winter
Eva Weinbers with ski instructor at Crested Butte CO

To a favorite Colorado ski town that’s as much fun in summer as winter

A gem of a mountain (no lift lines here!) just minutes on a free, festively painted shuttle bus from the tiny (less than 2,500 people) town of Mt. Crested Butte, so steeped in mining history that most of the downtown area, with its wooden, multicolored, 19th-century buildings, is on the National Register of Historic Places. (Ever see a two-story outhouse?)

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Family Ski Trip Mode
The expert skier Mel tries snowboarding for a change in Crested Butte

Family Ski Trip Mode

We’re in family ski trip mode. Everyone having a big bacon and eggs breakfast in pajamas. A lot of teasing is afoot. Thirteen year old Eva decides she’ll ski with us rather than go to ski school. We’re all impressed at how well she skis.

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Not many fur coats in this crowd
Elk Avenue in Crested Butte CO

Not many fur coats in this crowd

Mel seems to be rebounding from her fall and disappointment during the Junior Extremes qualifying run down a terrifyingly steep slope. Everyone has been telling her it’s a lot better to give your all than to not try. That she didn’t succeed just goes with the territory. It helps when she learns a lot of other kids fell on the same run.

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Snowshoe day — There’s More to Do In CB than Just Ski
Eileen snowshoeing near Crested Butte CO

Snowshoe day — There’s More to Do In CB than Just Ski

It’s a perfect blue sky day. The sun is shining...the snow crisp under our snowshoes. There’s hardly anyone else out on the trail -- just a few other snow shoers and Nordic skiers with their dogs, and an occasional snow mobiler. We see the tracks where hardy skiers have come to back country ski, hiking up so they can ski down pristine powder.

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Organized Chaos — Getting the Kids (and Grownups) Ready to Ski
Little Hannah Sitzman meets her instructor at Crested Butte Ski School

Organized Chaos — Getting the Kids (and Grownups) Ready to Ski

Organized chaos. Three adults, four college kids, two teens, and a five year-old and three year-old getting ready for a ski day. I‘ve got a sinus infection so I opt not to ski today. I take 13-year-old Eva to the “teen” class. Ellen Osterling, who oversees the kids’ programs, says the ski school tries to offer teen classes every day -- even if they have to send out a teen with his own instructor.

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Park City in the Summer and Winter

The Utah Olympic Park was the venue for Nordic jumping, bobsled, luge and skeleton events during the 2002 Winter Olympics here. Today, world class athletes train here -- you may see them if you visit Tuesday through Saturday. They train in summer as well as winter. Today the Park also continues to serve as a year-round competition site.

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TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK IN WINTER
The buffalo we named Gertrude near Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park

TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK IN WINTER

By Eileen OgintzTribune Media ServicesOld Faithful spews thousands of gallons of steaming water right on schedule, but Miguel isn't the least bit interested. He just lumbers by us searching for…

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TO MONTANA FOR SOME FUN IN THE SNOW
Lone Peak Tram at Big Sky in Montana

TO MONTANA FOR SOME FUN IN THE SNOW

Mary Blilie had been at Big Sky Resort in Montana for just one day but had already snapped more photos of her kids than she had in a long time. That's because when Blilie, now a Minneapolis engineer, was a kid her family skied here every winter and now, after a 17-year hiatus, she was determined to create some of those same happy memories for her own two children

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