Sep 182013
 
Five Things to Do Now to Ensure Successful Family Ski Vacations with Teens and Tweens this Winter

The temperatures are cooling off and the teens and tweens are heading back to school.  Before we know it snow will be falling in the mountains of New England and the Rockies and ski resorts will be open for business.  Planning ahead is a great way to get the best deals.  When it comes to families with teens and tweens, blocking out time for family ski vacations is about the only way to make sure that these trips really happen at all. We talk to many families who lament that once their kids hit high school and middle school, the demands of sports, part time jobs, school work, and college searches can really limit time for family fun.   Don’t give up! Family fun doesn’t have to take a back seat [...]

Jan 122013
 
Omni Mt. Washington Resort: One of the Best Ski Destinations for Families with Kids and Tweens

The Omni Mount Washington Resort is a high-end 4-season resort located at the base of New Hampshire’s 6,000 foot tall Mount Washington in the midst of the White Mountain National Forest and the Mt. Washington Valley.  This area is one of our favorite family vacation destinations at any time of year.  Since Omni Hotels began managing this historic property in 2009 there have been an ongoing series of major updates to the hotel, the golf course, and the adjacent Bretton Woods ski area. Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski area with 434 acres of skiing and snowboarding, including 101 trails and glades and four terrain parks is always a family favorite with lots of options for all ability levels.  Off slope activities include sleigh rides, a winter canopy tour, ice skating, nordic skiing, snow [...]

Jan 012013
 
New Year's Skiing at Vermont's Sugarbush Resort: Fun for All Ages and Abilities

With Boston and most of New England seeing its first solid snowfall and sustained cold weather in two years, we couldn’t pass up a last minute invite to welcome in the New Year by hitting the slopes at the Sugarbush Resort with our Vermont cousins.  With access to  two mountains (including 4,000 ft Mt Ellen), 3 terrain parks, tons of gladed areas and the 2,000 acre Slide Brook Wilderness area, Sugarbush offers incredible views of Vermont’s rustic Mad River Valley while providing all the creature comforts that family travelers love including over 50 miles of trails,  top of the line rentals, a great lodge, good food, on mountain hotels and condos with room for more than 2,000 guests, and well regarded ski and snowboard schools. We arrived about 10:30 am [...]

Dec 262012
 
Families Welcome Smugglers' Notch Winter Adventure Program for Teens Ages 16-20

Smugglers’ Notch, one of our favorite Vermont ski resorts, has added a new Winter Adventure program for teens ages 16-20.  The program mixes intermediate and advanced ski fun with the opportunity to explore a wide range of alternative winter sport options on and off the mountain. Thursday through Sunday, the morning starts at the teen friendly time of 10:00 am with an intermediate to advanced Snow Sense Session where the group skis and rides together focusing on exploring the mountain, reading terrain, and having fun — instead of focusing on formal technique. After lunch, the group heads back out with  instructors for specialty sessions such as ice climbing, backcountry snowshoeing, Ice Canyon Via Ferrata, and Winter survival skills. Smuggs has always offered one of the most comprehensive on mountain ski and snowboard [...]

Dec 182012
 
January 2013 is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month in Vermont - Check out the Great Deals

Thinking about taking the family on a ski trip but worried that not everyone knows how to ski or snowboard?  Don’t worry its never too late — our teens didn’t learn until they were in middle school.  This year, the major Vermont ski resorts are banding together to help make it more affordable that ever to learn to ski. Specifically, January 2013 will find most of Vermont’s major mountains offering some of their best ever Learn to Ski and Snowboard promotions all month long.  Many resorts will be featuring  a  $29 non-holiday package that includes professional lessons, equipment rentals and a beginner lift ticket.   Registration for the $29 package at any of the participating mountains is available at skivermont.com/learn .   Lessons are available non-holiday while supplies last. Already know how to ski?  Then bring a friend (or [...]

Dec 042012
 
Find Family Ski Fun on Campus During a Visit to Middlebury College

Internationally recognized Middlebury College, located in the Champlain Valley of Vermont, is well known for its challenging liberal arts curriculum and its excellence in foreign language studies.  Founded in 1800, the college is home to 2,500 undergraduates from 50 states and dozens of foreign countries. Many of its students choose Middlebury for the excellent academics combined with the opportunity to spend four years living at a historic  New England campus surrounded by beautiful views of the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks plus unlimited access to all variety of outdoor adventures in any season.  According to Wikipedia, “The campus is known as “Club Midd” because of its bucolic setting and the quality of its recreational and residential facilities.” If your family vacation or college visit plans bring you to this part of New England during the winter, be sure to save some time [...]

Nov 252012
 
Cranmore Mountain Resort Upgrades On Target for Families with Tweens

Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, New Hampshire’s Cranmore Mountain Resort is continuing to invest in many on and off mountain upgrades that we think will be a big hit with many families, particularly those with tweens and younger teens.  Since 2010, the Resort has seen its new owners invest more than $8 million dollars to create a state-of-the-art New England family ski and summer vacation destination. This year, Cranmore Mountain opened for Thanksgiving, thanks to 60 new high efficiency snow guns that bring the mountain’s total of high-efficiency snow guns to 378, serving 163 acres and 16 miles of terrain. That number is up over 350% since 2008.   The resort has also replaced its 1950s vintage East Double Chairlift with a $1 million, re-positioned triple chair designed to open up much [...]