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Win a Family Ski Getaway!

Win a Family Ski Getaway!

Tell us why your family deserves to win a free ski vacation. And make it a really good reason, because next month SKI readers will vote for their favorite entries. The three lucky families with ...
posted: 12/19/2009
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Ski Magazine wants to offer you and your family a dream vacation! Imagine carving turns down a pristine mountain, enjoying a relaxing soak in an alpine hot tub, and curling up with loved ones in front of a crackling fireplace. This is your chance to make memories you’ll treasure for a lifetime.  Ready to enter?  Here’s how:

Step 1:

Just tell us in 100 words or less why you deserve a relaxing family vacation in the mountains, and you could win a four-day trip to Smugglers' Notch, Vt., Steamboat, Colo., or Northstar at Tahoe, Calif.—complete with airfare and accommodations for two adults and two children (children must be under age 18), and ski lessons or daycare for the kids.

Enter as often as you like, up to once per day from now till January 21. Just be sure each entry includes a new, creative and convincing reason why you should be one of the lucky families to win. We’ll post the funniest and most inspiring answers on the SKI Web site throughout the contest, so check back frequently to see if your writing has been featured.

Step 2:

Entries will close on January 21, 2010, and then it’s time to vote. The editors of SKI Magazine will narrow the entries to their top 25 choices. It’s your job to come back to the site daily (and encourage your friends and family to do the same) to vote for your favorite entries. We can send you email reminders if you like, so you don’t forget. The three entries with the most votes on the day the contest closes (February 1, 2010) will each be awarded one of the family ski vacations.

Good stuff to know:

The sponsors will assign the exact destinations and accommodations for each winner (sorry, you don’t get to choose—but that’s part of the fun). Prize packages will be available for fulfillment only during specified weeks throughout the 2010 ski season; some blackout dates may apply. No purchase necessary to win; must be at least 18 to enter.

Enter Now!

View complete rules

View some of our finalists here!

reviews of Win a Family Ski Getaway!

  The economy was bad, this last year we had, and our crisp winter spirits have grown rather sad. Previous years, we hit slopes like gears,with passes and trips we were shaking our hips and never once shed a tear.Now we pace through the halls when we here that snow the places we once found so exciting. And the destinations we once dreamed of in your magazines are twelve times more inviting.So bring us good cheer in this "new" year. Take us away from our local sled hill, so we can ski, wine, dine,and chill.




Moving from Tulsa, OK to CO, everyone, I mean everyone, asked us if we were going to be going skiing!  We don't know how to ski but would absolutely love, love, love to learn so we can say to all our T-town honkies that "Yes, we go skiing!!"  Our New Year Resolution list includes learning to ski!

This pesky recession
Has got us snowed in.
We’ve a mountain of bills to pay
It’s truly a shame that our family vacation must wait for another day.
But wait, did somebody say ‘mountain’, did I hear the word snow?
Oh, how we all long to go!
To Smuggler’s Notch, to Northstar, or Steamboat...
We’ll run and get our coats.
Our skis are ready, our bags are zipped
Please, please choose us for this trip!

lmattke (at) picpocketbooks (dot) com

the kids

the snow

the laughter

the big win


O, to master the votes of

selection,  It sure would be nice

winning the free ski vacation,

For this family

of four  never had time away

and if we were chosen we'd

be able to relax for a change..

This mother of 2

whose been married for 7

just wants to vacation so

she prays it to heaven.. let it

be me, that the readers will

choose, & let me be thankful

for they'd be helping

my little ones, too..

I must have been sent here

for a certain reason, I entered the

contest in hopes for this season.

Thank you for reading and

as we're grateful for  consideration

to be winning an all expense paid ski vacation!

This trip would  be a lift to this family's spirit

to give us a chance to finally breathe..

And if we should we not win 

in the  contest selection,

I fear another year this house

will  remain our

vacation destination.



pure and white

oh snow

this feels right

let us go


is it snow

pure and bright

catch the lift

out of sight


Hi, everyone! Thanks for your questions about the Family Getaway Contest. The contest is indeed closed, and we'll be posting the list of 20 finalists shortly. There were so many good entries that it took a little longer than expected to make our selections--thanks for yor patience.

Also, for those of you who asked about the word count of the entries, we will be considering that as a determining factor when we choose our finalists. Entries should be 100 words or less.

As for the photos of the families, we'll reach out and ask for your photo if your entry is up for consideration, but the quality of the image will not be a determining factor in the contest--winners are chosen based on their writing only. Thanks for entering!

Have you changed the day that the contest closes? I've checked back on your site every day since January 21st and I have not seen any place to vote, or any other voters. Have I missed something?

What is going on with the contest? It closed 21 days ago, and I keep checking back for the finalists, to vote, and see if I am a finalist. Could we just have information on when the voting on finalists begins?

Thank you! :-) 

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