February, 2015

A Parents-Only Escape to Killington Mountain

The snow cat chugged up the trail as snow fell from the night sky and lift chairs hung, ghostlike, above our heads. Wrapped in wool blankets, we huddled together in the big, open-air sleigh being pulled behind the cat, our bodies insulated by both the blankets and the hot, spiked cider we’d just consumed. Rounding […]

Upper Pass Lodge fun

Upper Pass Lodge: Tops for Family Stays in Southern Vermont

My family returned to Upper Pass Lodge in February 2017 to discover with delight that almost nothing had changed. I’ve updated a few things in this post to reflect the differences, but really it’s basically still the same family-friendly, wonderful place to stay. Whether you’re skiing at Magic Mountain Ski Area next door (you can […]

Magic Mountain Vermont

Magic Mountain: The Best Kept Secret in Southern Vermont

“Don’t write about this place!” My new friend Steve’s voice echoed back up the hill at me as we dove, skis first, into a deep stand of pines worthy of a Robert Frost poem. Our kids, all boys, were somewhere up ahead dipping and swerving around the trees. I’m not sure who felt younger, them or […]

When Ski Kids Grow Up: From Never-evers to Life-timers

Not too long ago Friday nights in our house were pretty chaotic. For years our kids participated in a weekly ski program. It was always a scramble to find a lost ski mitten, layout long johns, and pack the ski bags. Living in Vermont, we were determined that our kids were going to learn ski because […]

Bromley’s Ski School – What a Difference A Year Makes

This time last year my family embarked on our second family ski trip EVER to Bromley Mountain in southern Vermont and it was a huge learning experience. Between the gear rentals, the hesitancy of our kids at first to try the magic carpet, and just our own unease as parents getting back into skiing, it was […]

Learning to Ski at Stowe Mountain Resort

I have wanted to learn to ski for as long as I can remember. Growing up in a beach-loving, cold-eschewing family, skiing was not high on our list of recreational activities. In elementary school, many of my classmates would line up once a week during the winter months to board the after-school ski club bus […]

Sugarbush Resort view

Stay in One Vermont Valley and Ski Three Resorts

I love convenience as much as the next person, especially on a ski vacation. Staying slope side means parking and unpacking the car and then thinking only of what time you want to get up and catch the lift in the morning. But what about when the conditions aren’t great, limiting what is open at […]

S'more Waffle Sugarbush Resort

We All Love Waffles at Sugarbush Resort

My kids love skiing so much that sometimes I can’t get them to stop for lunch. My older son in particular has been known to eat a PB&J and some carrot sticks in the lift line rather than head indoors for something hot. This means that by the end of the day, they are usually […]