Plan ahead! The best time to start planning your 2015-16 family ski trip is now, before the snow starts to fall.
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.
Adrienne Veglia Mazeau
Adrienne Veglia Mazeau is the mom of a unicorn lover and a monster truck enthusiast, and loves taking them on adventures with her attractively geeky archaeologist husband. She writes about balancing a demanding full time career and family travel both close to her home in Upstate New York and beyond.
She is a contributing writer to the family travel and enrichment blog, Albany Kid. On her personal blog Wandering Working Mom, you can read about her adventures, gain family travel tips, and chuckle along at her working-mom superwoman acts.
In search of some “me” time, Adrienne sought a creative outlet that in some way incorporated her family as well. Writing about her family’s travels has accomplished this and more. Her personal blog strives to inspire others balancing family and demanding careers to carve out time to travel together. A focal point of her blog is exploring new and interesting destinations in one’s own backyard, which can be as meaningful as an exotic getaway. Adrienne tries to encourage this type of real travel to her readers.
Adrienne began skiing at age 12, but lost touch with one of her favorite pastimes when her career and family demanded much of her time. Now many years later, she is looking to take to the slopes again and introduce her two children, age 6 and 3, to skiing. Her goal is to show others, through her experiences, how to get back into this quintessential winter sport.All Posts by Adrienne
Gina Vercesi is a New York based 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 last season, she became an instant convert. Gina joins the All Mountain Mamas ready to share the joys of Vermont skiing to powder-lovers and novices alike.
Gina is passionate about helping families (including her own!) to unplug from electronics and the frenetic pace of modern life. She believes that travel and adventure is one of the best ways reconnect to one another and the world around us.All Posts by Gina