A trip to Deer Valley, UT offers luxury, great skiing and fun activites for the entire family

DAY 3 — Snowball fight anyone? We are in the outdoor hot tub at the Montage Deer Valley while it dumps much needed snow on our heads and the mountains. Three little boys are having a snow ball fight on the other side of the hot tub. For those who can afford luxe on the slopes, it doesn’t get any better than the ski-in, ski-out Montage (with its own Compass Sports rental shop and ski valet where …

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It’s never too late to get out of your comfort zone and enjoy the slopes

No one in Isaiah Nieves’ inner city neighborhood snowboards.  He  had never put on snowboarding gear and wasn’t sure how to lace up the boots. But that didn’t dim the high school freshman’s enthusiasm for the new sport. “ It was so exciting and fun,” he said after his first weekend of lessons at Bolton Valley Resort in Vermont.  “Being on those slopes made me feel alive,” he said. That’s the idea, of course. But that Isaiah …

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My American Airlines filght makes an unscheduled stop that leads to more than just a delay-it raises big questions

Sometimes you just don’t know what to think. We were comfortably ensconced in our seats on a nonstop American Airlines flight to Eagle County Regional Airport, the closest airport to Vail, CO, when the pilot announced we were making an unscheduled stop in Chicago. Why? He said neither he nor the co-pilot were qualified to land at a mountain airport. The passengers were flabbergasted. Didn’t he know where he was going when we took off from New …

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Olympian Holly Flanders encourages women to make time for themselves on the slopes

DAY ONE of five in and around Park City, Utah (March 2012) If you think Olympic ski racing is hard, try raising three kids on your own. Just ask Holly Flanders, who raced down mountains at 80 mph in the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics and won three World Cup Downhill championships. She braved icy courses, crashes and bad knees and had been ski racing since she was an eight year old growing up in Sunapee, NH. …

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First tracks on Aspen Mountain

DAY 4 — Some days don’t get better than this. Plate-sized blueberry pancakes and fresh berries I didn’t cook and a foot of fresh powder on Aspen Mountain. Did I mention we’re eating our pancakes, biscuits and gravy, sausage and bacon, eggs–and for the healthy eaters, greek yogurt, fruit and oatmeal–at the Sundeck on the top of the mountain? There are options for First Tracks every morning, but on Wednesdays for $25 you are treated to this …

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Snow-shoeing to a delicious meal outside of Aspen, CO

DAY 3 — Ready for a walk in the woods? Of course it is dumping snow and we’re at 9,400 feet. No worries. We’ve got snowshoes strapped to our boots, the right waterproof clothes and we’re still smiling from the amazing lunch we devoured after our trek up about two miles to the Pine Creek Cook House in the middle of the White River National Forest about 11 miles outside of Aspen, Co. “Weekends this place is …

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For the final day in Park City a visit to the Montage Deer Valley spa

DAY 4 — I’m face down on a massage table and soft music is playing. My massage therapist seems to be working all of the stress right out of my neck. I’ve given myself a few hours respite and I don’t feel the least bit guilty. And what a place to do it. I’m at the year-old Montage Deer Valley spa—35,000 square feet indoor lap pool, separate men’s and women’s facilities with steam room, sauna, whirlpools and …

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Meeting the SnowMamas in Park City, Utah-day one, getting boots from the Dude

Day One — “This is going to change your life,” Scott Dudevoir, who everyone calls Dude, promised. I wasn’t becoming a vegetarian or a Vegan. I wasn’t changing jobs or moving to a new city. I was investing in a new pair of ski boots—my first in nearly a decade. Dude manages Cole Sport at Park City Mountain Resort and, I was told, was the go-to guy to fit ski boots. I’m in Park City for a …

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Siverton Mountain provides a unique ski resort experience

Even in this economy, some people do make their dreams come true. And in so doing, they make others travel dreams come true too. Welcome to Silverton, CO. This isn’t any ski resort. For one thing, there is only one lift and no bathrooms–just an outhouse. Apres ski means a beer or a coke in the chilly tent that serves as a base lodge. It’s heated by a wood stove. Only expert skiers need come and be …

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