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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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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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Going on spring break


Some almost canceled their plans this year, but they decided to go because of the opportunity for badly needed family time 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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A VERY GREEN SKI RESORT


I feel like a crazy person! We’re 12 in our gang, ranging from a four year-old to two twenty somethings and a grandma who just turned 60. If you think getting your kids out the door to school or day care in the morning is tough, imagine getting them geared up for a day on the snow! more
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SIX LITTLE SKIERS ALL IN A ROW


Beaver Creek is a Vail Resort -- about 10 minutes from famous Vail in fact -- but it is a parallel universe. Even on a busy weekend, it is not crowded. The resort is known for its stellar learning terrain, kids’ school and green easy trails at the top of the mountain, though there is plenty of extreme terrain too. more
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How snow sports can transform a child’s life


"This is a lot more than teaching kids how to turn on the mountain. This is about using sports to do character development." more
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