Taking the Kids — summer fun and July 4 in the mountains
Best Summer Vacation Ever

Taking the Kids — summer fun and July 4 in the mountains

These days across ski country you’ll find not only plenty of old-fashioned celebrations for Independence Day but also a growing number of mountaintop and mountainside activities

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Ostracized snowboarder finds welcome at Snowbird and The Canyons
Summit at The Canyons

Ostracized snowboarder finds welcome at Snowbird and The Canyons

As the only snowboarder of the family, I constantly have to defend myself and my brethren that we’re not a bunch of sliding reckless criminals one strike from being locked up. I still have two strikes left, thank you.

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Something for every family in Park City, including snowboarder nephews
Chris and his uncle Andy liked the glade run "Detonator" at PCMR

Something for every family in Park City, including snowboarder nephews

Until this year, I had never snowboarded in Utah. When I thought Utah, I thought tiny martinis and tabernacle choirs . When I thought Park City, I thought fancy film festivals. Turns out, Utah, and specifically the former silver-mining town of Park City, are pure gold.

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Outwitting the storm for once for a family ski reunion in Park City, Utah
View from our room at the Montage Deer Valley

Outwitting the storm for once for a family ski reunion in Park City, Utah

When the forecast got worse by the hour for the latest storm primed to hit the East Coast, I figured our flight from New York to Salt Lake City would invariably be cancelled the next morning.

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First destination skivacation — blue skies in Park City
Dan and Reggie at Park City Mountain

First destination skivacation — blue skies in Park City

It was our first destination ski vacation. My partner Dan Foldes and I had skied in Colorado throughout our college years, but we had only gone on day trips up to the mountains. This was the first time that we would be flying to a ski town, staying in a hotel, and skiing for three days straight, just the two of us.

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Sampling the healthy and delicious meals in Deer Valley Utah
The Empire Fireside Dining Experience

Sampling the healthy and delicious meals in Deer Valley Utah

No, we’re not in Paris or a big city patisserie. We’re in Park City, Utah at Deer Valley Ski Resort, one of Utah’s 14 ski resorts. At Snow Park Lodge, besides the freshly baked French pastries and muffins, the breakfast offerings include eggs benedict, home-made granola, house-smoked salmon omelets and challah French Toast.

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Welcome to the club ladies – wish there were more of these in ski country
The Ladies Club at Park City Mountain Resort

Welcome to the club ladies – wish there were more of these in ski country

There are also plenty of women’s clinics around the country designed for women to hone their skills, whether they are skiers or snowboarders. I wish every resort had a Ladies’ Club like the one offered at Park City Mountain Resort. All it takes is 2 hours and $60.

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Taking the Kids to snowy climes during learn a snow sport month
Old ski image from the Montage in Deer Valley

Taking the Kids to snowy climes during learn a snow sport month

You can have as much fun off the slopes as on at a snow resort, especially in January, which is designated as Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with special programs at resorts around the country.

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