Weathering Vermont: The Magic Transformation of a Ski Weekend

Weathering Vermont: The Magic Transformation of a Ski Weekend

February 16, 2018

Vermonters call it the January Thaw and it’s notorious, wreaking havoc on the carefully honed snow base that ski areas begin nurturing in November. After a couple of weeks of frigid, blustery weather after the holidays, the mercury began to rise during the second week of January, topping out in the mid-fifties the Friday of … Read More

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New Owners Wave a Wand but Keep the Charm at Magic Mountain

New Owners Wave a Wand but Keep the Charm at Magic Mountain

March 9, 2017

After I first visited Magic Mountain Ski Area with my family two years ago, I wrote that it was the best kept secret in southern Vermont. I’m pretty sure that’s not true anymore, given that the resort won the first place 2016 Liftopia Best in Snow Award, which showcases the ski areas that skiers and riders are most passionate … Read More

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Top Ten Family Moments in Vermont

Top Ten Family Moments in Vermont

April 23, 2015

What a season in Vermont! The Mamas enjoyed some of the best ski and ride conditions that Vermont resorts have seen in years. We also enjoyed trying new activities and reaching new milestones as a family.  Here are our top ten family moments in Vermont from the 2014-15 ski and snowboard season: 1. Discovering Magic … Read More

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Upper Pass Lodge: Tops for Family Stays in Southern Vermont

Upper Pass Lodge: Tops for Family Stays in Southern Vermont

February 16, 2015

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 … Read More

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Magic Mountain: The Best Kept Secret in Southern Vermont

Magic Mountain: The Best Kept Secret in Southern Vermont

February 16, 2015

“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 … Read More

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Family Summer Events at Vermont Ski Resorts

Family Summer Events at Vermont Ski Resorts

June 26, 2014

Does anyone not like fireworks? Or BBQs? Or parades? Planning family vacations around holidays and special events adds an element of fun and easy entertainment. It can also add that something special to a family trip, something that stays with everyone a little longer and can develop into a much anticipated annual tradition. Vermont ski … Read More

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Summer Adventure Parks Offer Vermont Mountain Family Fun

Summer Adventure Parks Offer Vermont Mountain Family Fun

May 21, 2014

Think winter is the only time for your kids to have fun at Vermont’s ski resorts? Guess again. Summer brings a slew of adventure activities that don’t require snow or skis. My family has a long tradition of spending summer vacation in the Vermont mountains and we’re never at a loss for things to do. … Read More

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