Learning to ski or snowboard at an early age is the perfect way to help young children instill a love for winter. Exploring the slopes helps kids build self-confidence, meet new friends and develop a lifelong affinity for the outdoors.
Mara Gorman may live at sea level in Delaware, but she’s a native New Englander and mountain aficionado who grew up skiing at Mad River Glen. Her two school-age sons and husband all learned to downhill ski during the past few years; now the entire family is hooked and regularly journeys far and wide to get on the slopes. Mara and her older son Tommy like nothing better than steep, bumpy runs. Her husband Matt and younger son Teddy prefer long cruisers. But the entire family agrees that bluebird Vermont days are the pinnacle of skiing perfection.
Mara blogs about her family’s many travel adventures at The Mother of all Trips. She is also the founder of Back to Ski Week, an annual campaign designed to help families get excited about the ski season and to learn about preseason deals before the snow starts to fly.
Mara is an award-winning freelance writer whose work has appeared in various USA Today print publications as well as on websites such as AOL Travel. She recently published The Family Traveler’s Handbook.
When there’s no snow, Mara and her family can be found hiking, biking, and eating around the United States and Europe.
Dana Freeman is the Founder of FindandGoSeek.net, a hyper-local destination for families to discover what to see and do in their community. She is the Editorial Director of Vermont’s FindandGoSeek. As a compulsive fun seeker, she is out there taking copious notes on what her family encounters. Think of her as your eyes, your ears, your finger on the pulse of what are must see, must do things. In her role as Miss Magpie, she is always looking for insider tips on Family Fun in Vermont. Additionally, she writes a travel blog providing hotel and destination reviews in Vermont and beyond.
Dana moved to Vermont over a decade ago and put her two kids into ski programs before they even entered Kindergarten. She is no stranger to the slopes herself. She grew up spending most weekends at Windham Mountain in NY. Her family is currently a combination of skiers and riders. With no plans to move to snowboarding, she is constantly trying to improve her skiing just so she can keep up with her kids!
Prior to starting FindandGoSeek, Dana spent 10 years in marketing for large computer companies such as Dell, Novell and Sun Microsystems. When she is not finding fun for her family and yours, she can be found cooking, hiking with her chocolate lab or biking.
Gina Vercesi is an award-winning freelance writer with an adventurous spirit and unwavering wanderlust. In 2009 Gina founded Kids Unplugged, leading weekly hikes for families near her home in New York’s Hudson Valley. Kids Unplugged has since evolved into a vibrant site featuring unique, off-the-grid travel experiences for families.
Despite growing up in New England, Gina didn’t don a pair of skis until February 2014—the result of being raised by a beach-loving dad who eschewed everything having to do with snow and cold. When she finally took her first lessons and hit the slopes at Stowe Mountain Resort, she became an instant convert. As an All Mountain Mama, Gina loves sharing the joys of Vermont skiing with powder-lovers and novices alike.
Gina’s work has appeared numerous print and digital publications including the Boston Globe, Yankee Magazine, and Lonely Planet. She is passionate about helping families (including her own!) unplug from electronics and the frenetic pace of modern life and believes that travel and adventure are the best ways reconnect to one another and the world around us. Gina lives in a friendly village on the Hudson River with her husband, three daughters, and a good dog.All Posts by Gina
Erica Houskeeper is a writer and communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience. She grew up in Manchester, Vermont, and started skiing at age 4 at Bromley Mountain. She also spent her childhood skiing at Stratton, Magic, and the former Snow Valley ski area. After working as a journalist in Vermont, Erica later became director of communications for the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. In 2009, she launched www.happyvermont.com, a Vermont travel blog that explores the places and people of the Green Mountain State. Her blog has hundreds of subscribers and a loyal following. Active on social media, Erica has more than 2,400 followers on Twitter (@EricaHouskeeper), as well as many Facebook friends and a growing audience on Instagram. She currently works as a communications and PR consultant, and lives in Burlington with her husband and young daughter.All Posts by Erica