Skiing and riding free at Aspen. 
Photo by Jeremy Swanson

Free Skiing and Snowboarding!

Colorado resorts offer free skiing for 5th and 6th graders. No strings attached. And if the deal isn’t free, it offers skiing for less than a price of a child’s lift ticket at Aspen in the 1960s.   Everyone complains about the cost of skiing, and it is, undeniably, an […]

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Incentivizing Newbies

Copper is offering the deal of the century for new skiers and snowboarders. Tell your non-skiing friends they no longer have an excuse to get up to the mountains. I recently blogged about a free skiing deal in Colorado for elementary aged kids. But Copper Mountain is going one better […]

My daughter: a tad out of place with the fur-trimmed hood at Ski Cooper.

Cooper, Not Copper

Every time I tell people I’m heading to Ski Cooper, they say, “Cooper? You mean Copper, right?” While we ski a fair amount at Copper, my kids often have ski races at Ski Cooper, which is about 10 miles down the road from Leadville and far enough off the I-70 […]

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Little Slednecks

A day at Vail’s Adventure Ridge with pint-sized adrenaline junkies means snowmobiling, ziplining, and tubing. Half a dozen kids, some as young as seven and all less than 100 pounds, sat straddling snowmobiles at Vail. Each had on a pint-sized but burly looking full-face helmet. The fellow in charge was […]

Fudgey the bear goes skiing, because a deal's a deal, no matter how absurd.

The Fudge Factor

Making good on a promise meant a very ridiculous day for this mom. There’s a very good reason I was skiing a week ago at Copper with an enormous stuffed bear on my back. Over the summer, when it was time to sign our kids up for ski racing programs […]

Highland Bowl is a long soul cleansing hike.

Breaking the Mold at Aspen Highlands

The irony of the ski race is that kids don’t ski. Much. But at Aspen Highlands, the terrain demands a new plan of action for race day.     The last time I boot-packed up Aspen’s Highland Bowl, I was pregnant.  I was skiing with my then boss, who insisted […]

Kids get so much speed on the slip-n-slide, they pond skim on their butts.

Adventure Racing for Kids

From mud pits and ziplines to mountain biking and rappelling down a cliff face, this year’s kids’ adventure race at Vail boosted self esteem and suppressed the usual bellyaching. Here’s something I love about kids adventure racing: Kids bike, run, and climb—and I mean hard—for nearly two hours and they […]