The pluses of skiing without the kids — at the Westin Riverfront Resort in Colorado
Westin Riverfront Resort connects to Beaver Creek Ski Resort

The pluses of skiing without the kids — at the Westin Riverfront Resort in Colorado

Who says ski trips aren’t romantic. Certainly, they are when you leave the kids behind, one northern California couple said. “This is our time to reconnect,”

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Our family trip back to Crested Butte, where memories were made
Mel snowboarding in Crested Butte circa 1997

Our family trip back to Crested Butte, where memories were made

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

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Conquering my mountain meltdown with the help of a ski instructor
Adult ski class like Eileen took at Crested Butte

Conquering my mountain meltdown with the help of a ski instructor

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.

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At Northstar CA, moms get pampered with special ski progam
Champagne toast at the end of the day

At Northstar CA, moms get pampered with special ski progam

This program at $295 is less than an all day private lesson. The women are grouped according to their ability, no more to four to a group. They might end up with a private coach all day. The day includes a lift ticket, the latest demo equipment and at the end of the day, champagne and canapés during a “tech talk” about equipment. Considering that a lift ticket is over $100 and demo equipment $70, this is a bargain.

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To Keystone CO – one of the most kid-centric ski areas in the country
Kids at Camp Keystone

To Keystone CO – one of the most kid-centric ski areas in the country

Keystone is Vail Resort’s most kid-centric resort, with kids-ski free (as long as you book a two-night stay), night skiing tweens and teens love and daily “Kidtopia” activities. There’s a parade through the village on Saturdays with kids being twirled around in tires, free cookies and hot cider in the ice-skating rink, the chance to meet and greet the avalanche dogs and ski patrollers, free kids sundaes and more.

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A ski area in Vermont owned and operated by skiers who grew up on it’s slopespes
Larry Williams doing grill chores at Bolton Valley

A ski area in Vermont owned and operated by skiers who grew up on it’s slopespes

It’s easy to see why families are attracted to Bolton Valley—the low-key atmosphere reminiscent of when parents learned to ski in Vermont and the fact that lift tickets are about 20-30 per cent less than at neighboring Stowe.

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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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A family reunion on the snow in Colorado
Hiking App Trail in Rain in NH 1997

A family reunion on the snow in Colorado

There were round-robin emails in the weeks before the trip in which we discussed the menus and shopping lists. My husband, raised in Texas, brought his “famous” chili, frozen from home, and my British sister-in-law the ingredients for Shepherd’s Pie.

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