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6 Ski Destinations Worth Swapping Your House For

Lodging, lift tickets, lessons and rental equipment all make ski holidays seem expensive, so we often avoid what could be the winter trip of a lifetime due to cost. Now, home exchange is here to help the family budget, and services like GuesttoGuest make it easy. In case you're not familiar with them, GuestToGuest is the...

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Snowsports In Lapland, Finland

Visit Rovaniemi, tour on snowmobiles, trek to Santa's Village, cruise on an icebreaker, and stay at a hotel made of ice, in Finland's Lapland. Friends heading to Florida for the February winter break said we were nuts to tour Scandinavia, but Lapland's ice hotel, long one of my family's travel fantasies, was our choice. Winter is actually the most economical and magical time...

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Spring Break Vacation Deals Busting Out All Over

From the cabin fever-struck New England to the blizzard-battered Midwest and the snow-blanketed slopes of Lake Tahoe, many families are looking to plan a Spring Break getaway. So, which destinations are hustling to attract families this spring, and how? We have some surprising answers. This spring, all the early signs are pointing to a big season for families trying out vacation rentals...

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Grand Lodge Ski n’Stay Specials in Southern Utah

Looking for a spring getaway with great snow, lots of style and not too pricey? The Grand Lodge at Brian Head Ski Resort in southern Utah is welcoming guests through the end of their season (April 16, 2017) with a variety of Winter and Spring Ski packages. Brian Head, a past winner of

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Southern California Skiing Means Powder And Sun

As the warmth of winter, the huge powder dumps of 2017 and the sun of spring beckon families, the California ski resorts at Big Bear, Mammoth and the small local mountains continue to up the family amenities. Just before the ski season opened this year, our daughter Christina, broke her leg. Although she clearly wouldn't be swooshing downhill with us, we plowed ahead with plans for two ski...

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Skiing Vermont On A Tight Budget, No Snow

Whether there was snow or no snow, we decided to ski in Vermont over the winter holidays. Now, as a family of four, we ski on a tight budget. This is tough with the high price of lift tickets, especially during the holidays, when no off peak discounts are available. We also want to be able to drive to our destination from our home, for convenience and savings. Heading north of our home in...

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Learning to Ski and Loving It

As a novice skier, preparing for a ski trip to Vermont with my daughter was a bit intimidating. She’s a great sport but, at only 5-years-old, I knew that the process of renting/fitting gear, layering appropriately, and making this experience fun enough so that she’d want to accompany me regularly, was going to be tough. Yet, from the moment we arrived at Okemo...

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The Skier First Makeover Plan for Taos Ski Valley

Change continues at Taos Ski Valley, a New Mexico mountain resort whose 2013 purchase by billionaire hedge fund manager Louis Bacon had sent a shudder of anxiety rippling through the ski world. Since its founding in 1955 by ski pioneer Ernie Blake, Taos had been owned and managed by the Blake family, first by Ernie and his wife Rhoda and later,...

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Airbnb Gets Into the Ski Business

With a bold move into a lodging segment that has traditionally belonged to the managed rental, condo and timeshare market, Airbnb is offering a $100 discount to winter sports enthusiasts who book their stay in an Airbnb accommodation with a new ski promotion.   What's the Big Deal? First...

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Spring Skiing: Squaw Alpine Does It Right

Think T-shirts, hiking shorts and polypropylene socks and you'll get a hint of the magic of spring ski season while the snow lasts. I know from experience that families want good snow plus sunshine on a spring break snowsports adventure. While the Christmas-New Year break is a crowded and expensive time, the spring and Easter breaks are dramatically less so, due mainly to the fact that different...

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