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Loveland Ski Area: Family-friendly activities and win a full-day lesson for your child!

Just 53 miles from downtown Denver, Loveland Ski Area is arguably the most accessible of Colorado’s Front Range Resorts so my kids and I opted for a quick daytrip on Saturday.  However, our two-hour gridlock on I-70 made me wonder if skiing is worth all the effort and I was ready to turn back umpteen times. Then I look at my kids in hushed stillness on the chairlift, listening to birds chirping in the trees and gazing in wonderment at the Continental Divide. I’m reminded it’s always worth it. And that I just need to leave earlier to avoid the rush. Loveland is where my son Bode first learned to ski so this 1,800-acre resort holds a special place in my heart. The area is a combination of Loveland Valley (geared to beginners) and Loveland Basin  (geared to everyon...

Score Some Ski Deals In January – Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month

Honestly,as a deals blogger (and proud to use the word cheap when describing myself), I found it a bit odd that I took up what I always believed to be an expensive hobby. I could just as easily bought a $5 toboggan and gone sledding nearly every weekend. But then several years ago, my son got his free 5th Grade Passport. It had been years since I had been on skis when as a kid–I grew up in Steamboat–and skiing was part of our school’s P.E. classes.   But after getting up there, I discovered a couple things. 1) It makes a fun excursion and 2) there are deals to be had (and it doesn’t really have to be all that expensive). So I invite you friends, to try it too. Did you know that January is Learn To Ski And Snowboard Month? There are tons of great deals just...

Colorado winter vacation: Why Crested Butte is perfect (and affordable) for families!

It has been almost a decade since I fell in love with Crested Butte and three years since our last visit which, considering it is my favorite Colorado mountain town, is a rather shameful confession. And with some recent changes for the 2014-15 season, my love has only grown deeper. Surrounded on three sides by four wilderness areas—Raggeds, West Elk, Maroon Bells-Snowmass and Collegiate Peaks— if the outer-world beauty isn’t worth the drive, the deals are. Kids 12 and under ski free at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR) until December 18, 2014 and kids six and under ski free all season. Also, the Crested Butte Nordic Center is offering free rentals AND skiing for kids 17 and under all season   I’m generally not an early-season skier but since my kids’ getting-...

Your family’s guide to Colorado’s ski resorts for 2014-15

Ski/snowboard season is officially upon us but where do you begin with so many great Colorado resorts? Don’t miss our guide to lift ticket prices, where to get discounts and many other important facts when planning your family’s ski vacation. Note: some opening dates may change. Arapahoe Basin Ski Area Season: Open now through early June Information: 888-272-7246; arapahoebasin.com Terrain: 960 acres. 23 percent expert; 37 percent advanced; 30 percent intermediate; 10 percent beginner. 109 trails, 2 terrain parks. Summit: 13,050 feet. Base: 10,780 feet. Vertical: 2,270 feet. Longest run: 1.5 miles. Lifts: 1 high-speed quad; 1 quad; 1 triple; 3 doubles; 2 conveyors. Lift tickets: Single-day window price $67-$87 (last year’s pricing). Discounts and multiday tickets prices v...

Top Five Memorable Reasons to Spend Spring Break in Steamboat Springs

Once upon a time when I was a Utah-based travel writer, I fell in love with a foreign land of steaming hot springs, world-class mountains, a charming rodeo and 7 miles of multi-use paved trails that wind through downtown along the roaring Yampa River. That was summer in Steamboat Springs and though I’ve lived in Colorado for 10 years, I had yet to visit during the winter. We finally made it happen this week during Spring Break. Five Great Reasons to Spend Spring Break in Steamboat Springs 5) Hot springs. Steamboat isn’t Steamboat without soaking in one of their two natural springs. Strawberry Park Hot Springs’s stone-walled pools 9 miles north of town are in an idyllic forest range and water temperatures range from 102 to 104 degrees. But be warned: clothing is optional after dark. On our ...

Colorado Spring Break 2014: Copper Mountain

Believe it or not, Spring Break is right around the corner! And why go anywhere when the world comes to destinations like Copper Mountain? Mile High Mamas is pleased to team up with popchips, an official partner of Copper Mountain, to give your family the chance to “pop to the top” and win their Secret Passes. Think: Disneyland’s fast passes where you are able to skip the lift lines. Only this is one of Colorado’s Happiest Place on Snow! Spring Break is a fantastic time to road-trip to the mountains but the drive can sometimes be tedious (think: I-70 traffic snares). Sure, you could stuff the kids with sugar but watch out for when they crash and you’re still in the car. popchips are a family of delicious potato, tortilla, popcorn, and veggie chips popped crisp...

Woodward at Copper: This Mom’s Ascent (or Descent?) Into Extreme Sports

I live a pretty adventurous life. Last week I went to Costco and tried the spicy jalapeno dip. On another day, I blazed pass those annoying lingering parents in the carpool lane despite the threat of death. Let’s just say the introductory class at the newly renovated 19,400-square foot indoor playground Woodward at Copper Barn at Copper Mountain, Colo. took me to the next level. If you’ve never been to “The Barn,” it is a sight to behold. Offering year-round Snowboard, Ski, Skateboard, Bike and Digital Media programs, it recently underwent a half-million renovation project that opened up their adventure alley beyond snowboards and skis to include skateboards, BMX and style-style mountain bike. There’s a new beginner foam pit with 2-foot and 4-foot jumps and a pump track designed for the de...

Colorado Travel: Breckenridge’s Best Winter Activities for Families and My Adventure of a Lifetime!

My husband and I dream of owning a cabin someday and Breckenridge has long been at the top of our list.  Only a 1.5-hour drive from Denver (I-70 traffic snares notwithstanding) this authentic mining town has everything I love: a world-class ski resort, the Blue River (a tributary of the raging Colorado River), an idyllic Main Street, gourmet dining, glittering boutiques, endless hiking possibilities and it is part of an 80-mile network of paved, motorized bike paths that connect other Summit County resorts like Dillon, Keystone, Copper Mountain and Vail. We have spent long, languid summer and fall days in Breck but here’s my confession: we have never been there once the snow flies. And if you love winter like I do, you know that Breckenridge is one of Colorado’s best famil...

Family Travel: The Magical Ice Castles in Breckenridge

“Mom, so where are we going for our surprise?” “I’m not telling. Be here’s a hint: the movie, Frozen.” “Ice castles? Are we going to see ICE CASTLES?” My kids nailed it on the first guess. And much to our delight, the giant Ice Castles in Breckenridge, Colo. are a cut right out of Disney’s musical fantasy where you’ll swear you’ve been swept away in an eternal winter with magic at every turn. Disclaimer: mangy reindeer named Sven not included. This is Brent Christensen’s fifth year building Ice Castles and his third go-around in Colorado (previous years were in Silverthorne and Steamboat). Conveniently located at 150 W Adams Ave. in downtown Breck adjacent to Blue River Plaza, the 1-acre frozen kingdom gives you yet another ...

Ho, Ho and Snow: Your Guide to the Holidays at Colorado’s Mountain Resorts

You know good ol’ Santa Claus’ HO HO HO? I’m switching it up for SNOW SNOW SNOW, which is all I want for Christmas. For the first time in a few years, we are staying in Colorado for the holidays and hitting the slopes with our family is at the top of our list. Three years ago, we skied Loveland Ski Area on Christmas Eve day. I thought my husband was crazy for even suggesting a quick trip to the mountains the day before the biggest holiday of the year but it was a great way to decompress and my kids had a blast skiing with Santa. We’re making it an annual tradition whenever we’re in town. Here are some Christmas happenings at Colorado’s ski areas and these are only the beginning. Many are also offering firework and torchlight parades to celebrate New Year’s ...

2011 Ski Guide: Colorado ski resorts take kids to the next level

So your little one can now get off the chairlift without panicking, make a big, curvy path down a gentle slope and stretch out the time between cocoa breaks. Or maybe your fifth-grader is ready to try out racing and is looking for a team experience. Or perhaps your teenage snowboarder has been begging to get into the half-pipe for so long you just can’t take it anymore. If your kids are ready to take their skiing to the proverbial “next level,” whatever that level may be, Colorado resorts offer a variety of intensive, developmental programs designed to do just that. Here’s what some of them are offering, with highlights of some of the details so that you can compare as you make your choices this season.

Surprising Buttermilk: Powder Perfection, X Games Extremes AND a Learner’s Mountain?

“This had to be the most perfect day ever to ski Buttermilk,” laughed my husband as we walked back to our car at the end of our ski day. “Deep powder and no crowds,” he crowed. “This may have been my best ski day ever!” I will admit it and just throw it out there: Our expectations for Buttermilk were low. Having driven by Buttermilk countless times, our experience was limited to skinning up Tiehack on our teleskis and then skiing one run down. We thought of Buttermilk as the “beginner” mountain and had really never seen a reason to ski there. Yes, the Buttermilk map shows the entire panoply of runs –green, blue and black — but we just weren’t tempted. Powder, Powder Everywhere When we awoke on Sunday, light, dry snow was pil...

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