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Essay: Our Last Ski Vacation

Essay: Our Last Ski Vacation
Essay: Our Last Ski Vacation
We were never hardcore skiers. Just a hardcore family.

I'm finalizing the details of a family ski vacation to Mount Snow, Vermont. It occurs to me that it may well be our last family ski trip as a foursome, and I’m having a difficult time getting my head around that fact.

What’s ending our run? Not ill health, not divorce, not boredom with the sport or the mountains. Thankfully, there isn’t job relocation taking us away from the snow. No, my two girls are growing up. Actually, they have grown up. And damn, are they busy.

Inn of the Month: Encantado Resort, NM

March 2009's featured hotel in New Mexico indulges your senses in earth-toned luxury.

If you judge a ski hotel by its proximity to the slopes, Encantado falls short. But if you judge it by its ability to turn your ski trip into an indulgent getaway, you’re in luck.

Utah Deals for President's Day Weekend

Prices plummet as snow totals climb at Utah ski resorts.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - February 13, 2009 - A streak of winter storms has pummeled Utah ski and snowboard resorts creating epic conditions for President's Day snowriders. In addition to healthy helpings of The Greatest Snow on Earth, Utah resorts are offering exceptional discounts on spring skiing starting now throughout the remaining season. Recent "airfare wars" have lowered many fares in/out of Salt Lake City International Airport, less than an hour drive from 11 Utah ski resorts. There has never been a better time to take a ski trip to Utah than now.

International Distinctions for Tremblant

Three distinctions for resort, including one from prestigious Condé Nast Traveller

Mont-Tremblant, – Tremblant has been honoured with three distinctions for excellence as a vacation destination, both for the skiing experience and the quality of lodgings in the pedestrian village.

Among the 20 best resorts in Canada according to Condé Nast Traveller

Vermont Ski Areas 100% Open for MLK Weekend

Vermont welcomes MLK Weekenders with convenient travel, ample snow and more seasonable temperatures

Despite mentions of one Vermont ski area closing - - count on 100% open operations across the 20 alpine and 29 Nordic ski areas this weekend.

Blue-bird skies and temperatures returning to more comfortable seasonable levels will greet skiers and riders this weekend as resorts are warming up their slopes for that extra day to enjoy the snow.

SKI Magazine: December 2008

Find everything from the December issue here: the ultimate guide to Vail, Robert Redford’s Sundance Resort, a holiday gift guide, and more.

Fueling Change (p. 34)
Rising fuel prices are altering the economics of the great American ski vacation, as skiers and resorts cope with the increased costs of flying and driving. >>>Read Now

Good for You: Baselayers (p. 38)

Fitness for Families

The family that sweats together stays—and skis—together. Here’s a fitness routine the whole gang can manage.

You don’t need us to tell you that each member of your family is wired differently. What you might not know is that, despite your differences, each of you—including your can’t-sit-still 9-year-old and your teenage X-Box addict—can tune up for the slopes with the same workout, and enjoy your ski vacation more because of it.

Fueling Change: Skiing In a Weak Economy

Rising fuel prices are altering the economics of the great American ski vacation, as skiers and resorts cope with the increased costs of flying and driving.

Harriet and Jerry Warner are waving goodbye to an old traveling companion this winter—their skis. “We’re renting this season,” Harriet Warner says, “for the first time in about 30 years.”

The reason: new airline fees of up to $150 for checked baggage. The Somerset, N.J., couple determined it would cost $500 or more to fly two pairs of skis on their five trips this winter. The fees prompted the Warners to forgo purchasing new skis. “We realized it didn’t make sense to spend almost $2,000 on new equipment and then have to pay these ridiculous fees to bring it.”

SKI Magazine's Dec. 2008 "Where Is It?" Contest: Win FREE Luggage!

Look Familiar?

Identify the resort in this photo, and you could pack like a pro on your next ski trip with his-and-her luggage sets from Dakine.

This contest has ended, and we are no longer taking submissions. Click here to see the answer.

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