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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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Returning to our favorite ski resort when the kids were young – Crested Butte CO


Reggie Yemma at the top of Crested Butte Mountain
When my kids were small, we often skied at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Southwest Colorado. This trip we’re back with family and I remember quickly why I love this place and so do the other families I meet. more
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A weekend ski getaway to family-friendly Southern Vermont


Emily and friend atop Stratton Mountain
Situated between Southern Vermont ski resorts Bromley and Stratton, Manchester is home to shops, restaurants and more small cozy inns than you can count. The Inn at Willow Pond was a quant rustic place that can fit the needs from couples to families, even allowing pets. more
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Making sure Mom gets out to play in the snow


Lindsey Vonn’s Ski Girls Rock program at Vail Resorts
Come on, moms! Got your snow pants and mittens? Let’s go have some fun in the snow — on the ski slopes. No watching the kids, no trying to keep up with your husband! more
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Off the slopes snowshoe fun at Northstar California


Northstar California - Lake Tahoe View
Rather than ski, I’m going to have some fun in the snow a different way—hiking on snowshoes in the woods, though the lack of snowfall does impede us a bit. more
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Families love concierge level for informality


Smores at the fire pit of the Ritz Carlton Northstar California
“I love it here,” said Martha Kramer, enjoying an early dinner with her two kids, including one with special needs. She could have gone to the first rate restaurant downstairs Manzanita with her husband and his business colleagues, she said, “But this is more relaxing.” more
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At Northstar CA, moms get pampered with special ski progam


Champagne toast at the end of the day
This program at $295 is less than an all day private lesson. The women are grouped according to their ability, no more to four to a group. They might end up with a private coach all day. The day includes a lift ticket, the latest demo equipment and at the end of the day, champagne and canapés during a “tech talk” about equipment. Considering that a lift ticket is over $100 and demo equipment $70, this is a bargain. more
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Fun in the snow at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch in Colorado


DogSledding at YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch
You’ll certainly be warmly greeted at the YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch, and many of the welcomes will come in the way of furry kisses by the adorable and powerful Snow Mountain Ranch dog sled team. more
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Fun off the slopes: learning to build a snow sculpture in the mountains


Ziplining at Big Sky Resort Montana
Mountain resorts across the country offer an ever-growing array of off-the-slopes activities where the kids — and you — can get inspired to build your own sculpture either at home or near where you are vacationing in mountain country more
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Kid tips for hitting the slopes for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month


Elk Camp Meadows, Snowmass
If you are a newbie, there is no better time than January, the nationally designated Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month to hit the Colorado slopes. more
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Taking the Kids to Deer Valley, where guests say ‘no snowboarders!’


Kids skiing at Deer Valley
Instead of frustrating hours at the airport, we spent a blue sky day on Deer Valley’s famously groomed slopes, stopping for an excellent lunch. (Deer Valley is as famous for its eats as it is for its grooming and customer service.) more
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