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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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We ski through a tunnel from Jiefenbach to Rettenbach


Did I mention our Austrian ski guide Bernhardt Kneissl who has been teaching and guiding here for 43 years -- since he was 17? He doesn’t speak much English and my daughter Mel and I no German, so it makes for an interesting day. more
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A WATER PARK FOR GROWN UPS


The kids seemed to love that you swim in a lazy river from indoor pools to the outside, jump out, run outside for two seconds and then jump into one of these huge heated pools on stilts -- with salt water, one with whirlpool and massage and blessedly warm. Inside kids and their parents are playing in the expansive pools under the waterfall and in the kids’ pool that is shaped like a Noah’s Ark more
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A SKI TRIP IN THE AUSTRIAN ALPS


When my 18 year old daughter Melanie and I were touring Austria last summer, she begged me to bring her skiing this winter -- her last before she leaves for college.So in the true spirit of let kids lead the way, here we are, about an hour from Innsbuck and just a couple of hours drive from Munich or Zurich. more
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To the Colorado slopes — and getting the most bang for your buck


Cheap eats and other bargains are especially appreciated in ski country this season -- even here in tony Aspen and a few hours away at Vail's Beaver Creek Resort more
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A Weekend Getaway to Squaw Valley, U.S.A.


For a weekend retreat away from the bustling city of San Francisco, Squaw Valley was the perfect destination. The ski mountain is close enough to the city, about a three-hour drive, to wake up early and make it from the city to the mountain still in time for a full day of skiing, and some après skiing fun. more
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At Snowmass: SO MANY CHOICES FOR THE SWEET TOOTH


I can’t think of a better place than The Sweet Life for the bottom of a family mountain like Snowmass, by far the largest of Aspen’s four mountains and family-central with the year-old Treehouse Adventure Center that is ski school central for young kids. Jen Hayes opened her second The Sweet life (the first is in Telluride) in Snowmass’s new Base Village and it’s not only perfect for this mountain but for this economy. more
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Snowshoeing at Snowmass


“The whole idea is to educate the public about the environment so they get out and love it and want to protect it,” he says. Kids as young as seven can join one of these gentle tours. “If you can walk you can do this tour,” Carter says, but he adds if you have younger kids you can call and arrange a special tour. more
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Snowmass — family ski heaven


We have moved over to the new base area at Snowmass, the largest of Aspen’s four mountains and the one known as the family mountain (though my 17 year-old discovered plenty of extreme terrain too). There is a vertical drop of over 4,400 feet and 3,132 acres of terrain -- attracting more skiers than Aspen’s three other mountains combined. more
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Aspen in the recession — there are pluses


Yes, like every other resort in the country, business is down in America’s most famous ski town. The mountains aren’t crowded and you don’t seem to see as many flashy ski outfits either. It’s easier to get dinner reservations or a table when you want one. more
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HOW PARENTS MANAGE TO TAKE KIDS SKIING IN A DIFFICULT ECONOMY


It’s lunch time at Beaver Creek Resort’s main mountain restaurant Spruce Saddle Lodge and the place is packed with families. You wouldn’t know there is a recession going on -- until you start talking to people, like I did, table hopping more
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