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Arapahoe Basin Ski Area – Colorado Family Ski Vacation

 Arapahoe Basin is one of the closest ski areas to Denver and offers more than 1,400 acres, nine lifts, a kids center and a new European bistro at 12,500 feet with panoramic mountain views. A-Basin is known as The Legend for having the longest ski and ride season in Colorado. Come enjoy a pure skier’s and snowboarder’s mountain that welcomes anyone and everyone whether you are learning for the first time, looking for a serious challenge or simply tailgating with friends on The Beach. A-Basin offers an authentic big-mountain, high-alpine Colorado ski experience with a laid-back culture and vibe.   Best Gear for Keeping Families Warm. There are plenty of places to cut corners and save money on Colorado’s ski slopes but having quality gear is not among them. Our must-haves inc...

Denver Deal: Living West, Sam’s Club, Free Days & More

I heard of this friend of mine doing a post-Thanksgiving potluck. When you are just absolutely sick of the leftovers that you have – she invites friends over to share what is left (on Saturday). While I love this idea – I really do love the leftovers just as they are. In fact, my kids will be with their dad on Thanksgiving this year. I will spend the day with my sister and her family – but they never give me enough leftovers. So I’m making my own Thanksgiving early – so I can get a jump start on the leftovers. Which then gives me plenty of time to peruse the Black Friday ads and make a PLAN for Thanksgiving night – without too much guilt of having to be with family. FREE Days Before the holidays make you feel like you live in a zoo, visit the real one. T...

Denver Deal: Denver Zoo, Jamba Juice & Ski Deals

Santa has arrived at several malls (last weekend) and I’m starting to get information on Black Friday deals. If you have any great insider scoop, please share it with me. Apparently, there won’t be much in the way of Black Friday this  year – as several stores are planning their openings on Thanksgiving Day and of course, there is always online shopping. Deals are not so secret anymore – as Target has already published a spoiler and I’m just waiting to see what other big Black Friday retailers are going to offer. Look for trends this year like bundling and gift card with purchase (especially at stores like Target). FREE Days The Denver Zoo will host FREE Days for Colorado residents on Friday, November 15 and Thursday, November 21. Symphony Discount Mile High M...

Denver Deal: Labor Day is Ski Sale Season!!

If you and your family are planning to ski this winter – now is the time to be thinking about deals and where you will want to ski. Jr. Trade in Program Colorado Ski & Golf (Ski & Sport) locations offer a  uniquely affordable ski rental program was created to insure that children’s equipment is as modestly priced as possible. After the first season’s rental, a complete package for used equipment that includes skis, boots and poles is only $49.99 per year. A mandatory binding check adds $15. Equipment can be exchanged as often as needed during the season to make sure the size and fit remains comfortable—free. The first year kids are registered in Junior Trade In, the cost is $99.99 for used equipment and then each year, a refit into a different set of used equipment is 50 perc...

Go West: Powderhorn Mountain Resort for Families

Although Powderhorn Mountain Resort celebrates its 45th anniversary this season, many Colorado skiers have never heard of it, let alone skied the mountain. The westernmost resort in Colorado, getting to Powderhorn from Denver requires driving I-70 through Summit County, zipping right by Vail and giving Aspen a pass. So why would Front Range families make the effort to visit Powderhorn? No crowds, no lift lines, an excellent, affordable ski and ride school, and some of the best glades and powder skiing in the state. Generations of western slope families learned to ski at Powderhorn and return year after year. With just one base, families feel comfortable letting their kids roam free,

Crested Butte Mountain Resort: The Makings of an Unprecedented Family Vacation

My family had an unprecedented vacation to Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR). It wasn’t just attributed to the eight inches of fresh powder without a lift line in sight or the glistening Elk Mountains (the frozen equivalent of Shangri-La). But rather, because I skied my first double-black diamond run (Rachels)…and later managed to fall getting off the chairlift as I avoided a wayward ski-schooler. Par for the course in a funky mountain hamlet where you should expect the unexpected. Camp CB Hands down, Crested Butte is my favorite Colorado mountain town (read my summer exploits) and I was positively giddy to ski Crested Butte Mountain Resort for the first time. My family awoke to