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The Rewards of a Late Winter Ski Weekend at Bromley

The roads were snow-covered and slick as we traveled along Route 11 to Bromley. It was dumping outside during a March Nor’easter, and the snow had no signs of letting up. When we scheduled our winter ski weekend trip to Bromley Mountain a couple of months ago, I had wondered if skiing in March would […]

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It’s All About Adventure at Stowe Ski School

The first time I skied at Stowe Mountain Resort was back in 1993 when I was hired as a photographer to take portraits of skiers posed near Mount Mansfield’s legendary Front Four trails. Those were the days of one-piece ski suits, pre-parabolic skis, and film cameras. My photography job involved long hours but had some […]

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A Family Winter Getaway to Mount Snow

As a lifelong skier and nearly lifelong Vermonter, it’s natural to assume that I’ve traversed every ski area in Vermont. I grew up skiing at places like Stratton, Bromley, and Magic, and later spent many days at Stowe, Sugarbush, Smugglers’ Notch, Bolton, and Burke. Until recently, I had never skied at Mount Snow. I’m not […]

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Is It Winter Yet? Looking Forward to Family Fun at Smuggs

Smuggs holds a special place in my family’s collective memory because it is where my younger son Teddy really learned to ski. It was 2011, and his brother Tommy, then eight, couldn’t get enough time on the mountain. My husband Matt had also just learned to ski and was also loving it, while I had […]

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6 Ways to Get the Most Out of Kids’ Ski Lessons

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. My five-year-old daughter, Phoebe, is gearing up for her third year of skiing lessons. Over […]

Gravity on Wheels: Downhill Mountain Biking at Mount Snow Resort

My three girls are pretty avid bike riders. We’ve got a great bicycle path near our house where we ride frequently and last summer they pedaled an impressive 150-miles along a converted rail trail in Quebec. Yet despite their comfort on two wheels, they were hesitant to try downhill mountain biking. And despite my own enthusiasm […]

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5 Ways to Help Your Preschooler Learn to Love Skiing

By Erica Houskeeper A few days after Valentine’s Day, my 4-year-old daughter fell in love with skiing. It certainly didn’t start out that way. Earlier this season, Phoebe seemed to be somewhere between annoyed and indifferent about skiing. Being the good-natured person she is, Phoebe tolerated skiing but didn’t exactly embrace the sport. Even though […]

Ski School Fun at Okemo Mountain Resort

Another ski season has finally arrived, albeit a bit late this year. My family took advantage of the ski school at Okemo Mountain Resort and we booked lessons for both kids so they could get their ski legs back. Okemo’s snowmaking ability allowed them to open more trails earlier in the season than most, even […]

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 […]