Being Better at Sugarbush

Winter Lovely

Spruce trees stoic, silhouettes under the gaze of a full moon. Snow blanket abound. Sweating in single digit temperature. Winter extra curriculars are lovely. This weekend we ventured forth into the Adirondack wilderness with snowshoes strapped to our feet. Backpacks soaked with beer. Finding warmth at bonfires a half a mile down the trail. Under a moon, there is something calming and mind refreshing with being outdoors. Although the temperature sinks toward zero, the activity heats up the body and the heart. Joined with friends, there is more to the adventure....more

I am Woman, See Me Ski

Smugglers' Notch, Vermont

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It is Not just a Flurry

Smuggler's Notch, Vermont: Winter Family Fun

Living where the winters are long and cold, one is wise to enjoy outdoor winter sports as getting outside, enjoying the sun and doing some exercise is not only fun, but it makes the life more manageable when the temperatures drop. While I’ve enjoyed skiing nearly all of my life, I guess when I think of vacation, I think of getting away from the snow - not jumping in. Last month, we were invited to Smuggler’s Notch for a vacation with all 4 boys, hubby and my mom. It was a long journey to get there, but what a pleasant surprise when we arrived....more

One Week + Two Houseboats + 17 people = AH - MAZING!

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My husband wants to try this, but we had no idea where we could rent a houseboat in the middle ...more

Family Ski Adventures

A few weekends ago, Hubby and I decided to try a new mountain to ski with the kids. We felt adventurous! We woke up bright and early, and I packed our lunches and snacks.  As we were loading up the truck, I was excited - the weather was mild, and it felt like it was going to turn out to be nice spring skiing.  The weather forecast had called for a few scattered morning showers, but nothing was in the sky except blue with a few wispy clouds. ...more

Can a Tropical Vacation Fan Warm Up to a Ski Trip?

Some people have a hard time understanding why anyone would choose a ski vacation over a tropical one - and by "some people," I mean, "me." Preference for poolside mixed drinks aside, the cold weather, extreme physical exertion, cold weather, lack of snorkeling opportunities, and cold weather all seem like remarkable vacation turn-offs. ...more

Women-Only Ski Clinics - Leave the Boys Behind?

Women-only ski clinics are becoming popular, but ironically, some women seem to have a problem with them. Some of those who are more advanced skiers, and who would benefit most from clinics, seem to think it will be some kind of touchy-feely bonding experience and that they will be degraded by skiing with the girls instead of the boys. Most of these clinics are run by pretty hard core “girls” who will dial it up as much as you want, or be as tame as you’re comfortable with. Doesn’t sound like such a bad deal to me. ...more