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

At Ski Cooper – a half hour and a world away from Vail and Breck

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

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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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Dining in the mountains — eating out or in on family ski vacation?
The Warming Hut in Breckenridge CO

Dining in the mountains — eating out or in on family ski vacation?

When you are staying in a roomy condo, like The Montaneros at Vail or where we have just checked in at Blue Sky at Breckenridge, with fully equipped kitchens, it is nice to cook with the family, put your feet up and enjoy a glass of wine, a martini or two.

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A new hotel in Vail where no request is too difficult
BOL at the Solaris in Vail Colorado

A new hotel in Vail where no request is too difficult

No request is too difficult for guests staying at the ultra luxe Solaris in Vail Village. The 79-unit Solaris Residences–the six bedroom unit facing the slopes is to die for—is the kind of place where no guest request is too outrageous. The reindeer? They were brought from a ranch in northern Colorado, said General Manager Bill Marshall.

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On a blue bird day, the views at Vail are spectacular
Mark Yemma at the Two Elks restaurant atop Vail Mountain

On a blue bird day, the views at Vail are spectacular

There is something wonderful about family ski trips no matter what the kids ages—in our case, kids ranging from 22 to 32. It’s nice that our grown kids are willing to share their precious vacation time with us; It’s nice to relive memories of when they were little kids.

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In Vail, a condo offers all the comforts of home for our family ski vacation
Montaneros Condos at Vail

In Vail, a condo offers all the comforts of home for our family ski vacation

Condo or hotel? When kids—even grown ones—are part of the equation, I’ll opt for a condo every time. None of us want to eat out every meal or pay high mark-ups for every drink. I like the space to spread out too. That’s why I’m so glad for the Montaneros, a Wyndham Vacation Rentals condo at Lionshead in Vail.

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