It’s “just” Kirkwood, thanks very much!

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One of the first things Kevin “Coop” Cooper told me when we met up yesterday to ski at Kirkwood is that it’s “just” Kirkwood, thanks very much. No clever tagline.

It doesn’t need one. Kirkwood is … well, Kirkwood. It’s that Northern California resort that gets all the snow, that stands for adventure, and that attracts a certain clientele. A clientele that’s all about the mountain.
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In Lake Tahoe, skiing is believing

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Sometimes the best way to tell you about where I’ve been is to get out of the way and let the pictures do the talking. South Lake Tahoe is one of those places. Here’s a view of the California side of Heavenly Resort. It really defies description. At times, you feel as if you are going to ski right into the lake.
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One last thrill ride in Breckenridge, Colo.

Before leaving Colorado, we took one last ride down the Gold Runner Roller Coaster. A fitting way to say good-bye to one of our favorite ski resorts.

We’re off to Northern California for a few days on our family travel blog adventure. Don’t forget to “like” our Facebook page. We’re giving away stuff!

We’re halfway there, kids

The snowy view from the 5-chair.
The snowy view from the 5-chair at Breckenridge.

Watching your kids advance from being never-ever skiers, and not being able to stand on the mountain without falling over, to making clean parallel turns, is one of the great joys in life. Seriously.

During the last few days here at Breckenridge Ski Resort, I’ve have the privilege of watching all three of my kids make significant breakthroughs in their technique.

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Adventures in Colorado’s snow country

It’s easy to get lost in Vail. It’s just as easy to find yourself in Keystone.

Here’s how to get turned upside-down at Colorado’s largest mountain resort: Take your whole family skiing, and just try to stay together.

My four-year-old daughter, for example, is a timid skier compared with her brother, a kindergartner. He left her in a billow of powdered snow.

Next, ensure you have the worst wireless connection on the mountain. That would be AT&T’s, which jumps from four bars to “No Signal” (and back) every other turn. So all of those text messages that ask, “Who’s with you?” may, or may not, be delivered until you’re back in your hotel room.

Then add a sprawling mountain to the mix. Vail Ski Resort is seven-miles wide with more than 5,000 acres of terrain, not unlike some European ski areas that are so massive, you can ski all day and not hit the same run twice.

For us, it all resulted in several entertaining hours of family time.
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