Visiting Maine in Winter – Family Friendly and Affordable
Tobogganing in Camden, Maine

Visiting Maine in Winter – Family Friendly and Affordable

Unlike bears, Mainers don’t hibernate in winter. They like to encourage everyone who visits to get outdoors. Maine is the place to ski, snowboard, snowshoe, cross country ski, ice skate, tube, build snow forts and make lots of snow angels

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Having fun in the snow during Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month
Ski school at Aspen's Buttermilk Mountain

Having fun in the snow during Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

Sometimes it’s a good idea to let the pros lead the way — especially with so many enticing deals during Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month

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Taking the Kids — away from the crowds to play in the snow
Special family weekends are available at Appalachian Mountain Club

Taking the Kids — away from the crowds to play in the snow

We discovered one week last winter that, despite the tumbles, it’s exhilarating for everyone in the family to have the chance to try a new snow activity like snowmobiling, horseback riding, snowshoeing, backcountry skiing or biking on “fat bikes,”

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Warm Up Under The Big Top – Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour
Intermission pony ride.

Warm Up Under The Big Top – Big Apple Circus: The Grand Tour

What to do on one of the coldest weekends so far this winter? Stay in and curl up with some hot chocolate? No! Head out to see the Big Apple Circus' fantastic show The Grand Tour.

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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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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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Winter is a great time for a family visit to a zoo or aquarium
Children’s Zoo at Saint Louis Zoo

Winter is a great time for a family visit to a zoo or aquarium

The human kiddos laugh and giggle at the antics of the animals all day at the St. Louis Zoo. It’s one of three major free zoos left in the country along with the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

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Fun off the slopes: learning to build a snow sculpture in the mountains
Ziplining at Big Sky Resort Montana

Fun off the slopes: learning to build a snow sculpture in the mountains

Mountain resorts across the country offer an ever-growing array of off-the-slopes activities where the kids — and you — can get inspired to build your own sculpture either at home or near where you are vacationing in mountain country

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