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WIN TER 2017 - 2 0 1 8 FA M I LY SKI & SNOWBOA RD G UIDE

Guide to the Winter Olympics Fan Favorites on Team USA!

Snow Fashion for Mom

From First Timers to Teens Fun on the Slopes for the Entire Family


letter from the

Editor

As my kids get older, I am deepening my appreciation of TOS (Time

On Snow). My babies are turning into teenagers and the distractions are mounting. School, sports, social life – if you don’t pay attention they all erode family life. The answer is time outdoors. From epic road trips to Vermont to 4-hour flights out West, we go the distance to set our family up for closeness. Getting out of your comfort zone, both geographically and physically, is the perfect way to create memories. I only have a handful of years left with the girls at home. I plan on making as many memories as possible. Smartphones can wait...the snow is calling.

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Contents

10 Reasons Moms Should Ski

4

Where Luxury Meets Family

7

Get Your Gear to the Mountain

8

First Timers

10

I Smell Snow Sweatshirt

12

Ski Craft for Kids

13

Ski Weekend Packing List

14

Skiing with Teens

16

Guide to the Winter Olympics

19

Stay Healthy on Snow

20

Recipe: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

21

Arc’teryx Collection

22

Skiing in Europe

25

SKHOOP Collection

26

Ski Canada!

27

Charcuterie for Post-Ski Snacking

31

Winter Beauty Finds

32

Favorite Neck Warmers

32

Stay Hydrated, Stay Warm

33


10

reasons

moms

should

SKI By Kristen Lummis

1 Skiing is enjoyable. It’s a challenge, it’s a joy and, with professional lessons, getting started is easy. gets you outdoors. Winter can be trying, with cold weather and gray skies. Skiing takes you to a world 2 Skiing apart, of beauty and fresh air. is good exercise. Think cardio and weight room. Skiing works your legs, abs and arms, and makes you 3 Skiing breathe deeply, especially at altitude. can be cell-phone free. Bulky mittens deter the phone and checking social media. Stash the phone in 4 Skiing an interior pocket and enjoy being unplugged. rewards with guilt-free pleasures. Keep your muscles happy with a mid-afternoon massage or long soak 5 Skiing in the hot tub. fashion is fun. Ski clothing can be basic: water and wind resistant outerwear and cozy warm layers. It 6 Skiing can also be trendy, beautiful or classic. Enjoy finding your style. with friends is your time. Moms need a break. Take a half-day or more to ski, laugh and catch up with 7 Skiing your chicas on the chairlift. with your spouse is time well-spent. Sharing a physical activity together builds endorphins together. 8 Skiing Just don’t let your spouse try to teach you how to ski. is family time. This is our favorite reason for moms to ski. There is no better sport than skiing for multi9 Skiing generational fun. Skiing together builds strong bonds and plentiful memories. Plus, your kids will think you’re cool. leads to après-ski. Never an afterthought, and not all about drinking, après with the family can mean hot 10 Skiing chocolate and s’mores, ice skating or sharing stories as you drive home together. IT’S BONDING, TIMES TWO.


SONNENALP The Sonnenalp Kids Club is a complimentary recreation program in the Vail Valley accepting potty trained children from 3 yrs. of age, 7-days a week during peak seasons and 5-days a week during low season. For guests of the Sonnenalp Hotel, the Kids Club offers structured activities including fieldtrips to the park, scavenger hunts, tubing, hiking on Vail Mountain, art hour, movie night and more. Children participating in Kids Club also get to make a handmade souvenir from their visit to Vail.  


Luxury

Where

Deer Valley

meets

FAMILY

At this well-heeled Utah resort, it’s the norm to see three generations skiing together. Thanks to limits on the number of lift tickets sold and the most talented groomers in North America, this spot is paradise for families. Swank lodging options abound, like the Stein Lodge (tip: try the poached eggs plus Jarlsberg cheese for a skier’s breakfast). Luxe Touch: Free glove dryers at the on-mountain restaurants.

Big Sky

One of my favorite catchphrases from Big Sky is that they have more “acres per skier” than any other resort. If you fear getting mowed down on crowded, icy trails, don’t worry – you won’t find that here. Big Sky has more than 5,800 acres of skiable terrain and 300 named runs, making it heaven for families. Luxe Touch: Big Sky Resort added rental delivery services this season.

Vail

For reliable weather you can’t beat Vail. Vail gets blue skies more than 300 days each year. Sure it’s busy at the bottom, but experienced families can hide from the crowds off the seven back bowls. But you don’t come to Vail just for snow – you come to experience the village. Home to world-class shopping and dining (my favorite is La Bottega in the Village) this is the spot to splurge on family fun. Luxe Touch: Our favorite Vail resort, Sonnenalp, makes getting the kids ready a breeze with their ski concierge right at the base of Vail Village.

big sky


GET YOUR GEAR

TO THE MOUNTAIN 1

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3 4 5 1. FastStraps™: Small and simple, this device is an easy way to get kids to carry their own boards. | 2. Kulkea Powder Trekker: Lightweight premium ski boot bag backpack fits boots, helmet and gear. Compartments make organization a snap. 3. OtterBox: Stash and stow your wallet, keys and phone in this drybox. Toss it in your backpack and head out to explore with the kiddos. | 4. Kulkea Tandem: Mom’s life got easier with this ski boot duffle bag that holds two sets of children’s ski boots, helmets, gear and apparel. 5. Sportube: Hard plastic shell protects your skis and poles whether traveling by plane, train, automobile or shipping via FedEx / UPS.


Lightweight for essentials!


FIRST TIMERS OKEMO, VT Families love the vibe of Okemo resort. With 98% snowmaking coverage and consistent top rankings for snow quality, Okemo is a draw for New England families wanting to get their kids up and running. Hey, Mom, stop simply watching the kids – Okemo is the place to join in on the snowy fun! Okemo’s Women’s Alpine Adventures are designed exclusively for women and led by some of the best women ski and snowboard coaches in the business. In a supportive and social environment, participants quickly overcome fear, boost their confidence and gain skills, all while making new friends. Open to all levels, WAA is offered in 1-day (Sunday Fun Day), Intensive 2-Day programs or Premier 5-Day programs. After WAA you will walk away with a sense of accomplishment.


The first time is everything. End the day in tears and it’s tough to motivate the kids to go back. End the day with smiles and you’ve got them hooked.

SOLITUDE, UTAH Getting little ones up and running on skis takes patience (and sometimes a pocket full of M&Ms). Why not have the pros make things easier? The team at Solitude has been teaching tots to ski for decades. You won’t find crowds, lift lines or rigid instruction. It’s about playing in the snow and falling in love with the outdoors. The quiet resort (the name is no joke) lets parents chase powder while the little ones scoot around on the snow with the pros. Kids can start Mini Explorers at age three. The student-toteacher ratios are two to one - you can’t beat that - and parents can pick from full-day or half-day packages. Time on skis is mixed with snow play, tasty food and inside activities.

KEYSTONE, CO Who wouldn’t want to learn when you get to play in the world’s largest snow fort! Located 75 miles west of Denver, Keystone wows kids with their Kidtopia activities, including fireworks, family game nights, ice cream parties and meeting Keystone’s Ski Patrol rescue dogs. We suggest the Family Private Lesson as a way to learn together. Up to 6 family members (or friends) can get personalized instruction, with pros who specialize in working with the whole family. Keystone is also a fab place to learn because kids 12 and younger ski for free with no blackout dates. Simply book direct with the resort for two or more nights in one of Keystone’s numerous lodging options.


I SMELL

SNOW! GRAPHIC SWEATSHIRT $39.95 USD

Show off your love of winter with our exclusive I Smell Snow sweatshirt! We created this sweatshirt in partnership with Cents of Style to celebrate all things winter. Relaxed and cozy, this black graphic top is just the thing for slopeside fun. S-M-L-XL-XXL

Click to Buy!


SKI CRAFT for kids

When the weather isn’t cooperating for a perfect bluebird day, you can still have ski fun. Create this mini snow scape. You can do this craft one-on-one with your child or with a group of kids.

SNOWSCAPE MATERIALS: • • • • • • • • •

craft sticks (2 per child) toothpicks (2 per child) a picture (1 of each child) construction paper foam brush acrylic paint glue stick tape scissors

INSTRUCTIONS: Step One. Take a photo of your child wearing snow clothes with his arms stretched out like an airplane. Print the photo at home or at a photo center. Cut the picture of your child out making certain there is no background showing. Step Two. Set up your child’s workstation to paint the craft sticks. I set out a paper plate with the craft sticks, a squirt of paint and a foam brush. I have also used paper bags and butcher paper to cover a work area. Have your child paint the sticks. Step Three. After the sticks have dried, have your child fold the feet of his picture and glue the feet onto the middle of the sticks. Step Four. Have your child fold each hand over a toothpick, glue the hands and press firmly over the toothpick. You can even secure it with tape. Step Five. If your child is like mine and didn’t wear shoes in the picture, cut little semi circles out of construction paper to glue over his feet. I even made little mittens to match to glue on the hands. Your child is now a little skier. Add a looped piece of ribbon to the back of the head of the photo to hang. If it’s to remember a fun ski trip, add the date to the back of the craft as a keepsake.

CREATED BY LUDAVIA HARVEY www.THEMAMAWORKSHOP.COM


SKI WEEKEND PACKING LIST* 2 base layers for each child, bottom and top 3 pairs of socks 1 fleece or ski sweater 1 pair of pants or bibstyle overalls 1 waterproof jacket 2 pairs of ski gloves or mittens 2 hats 1 balaclava 2 turtles/neck warmers 2 pairs underwear per day of skiing 1 pair goggles 1 helmet 1 pair ski boots 1 pair winter boots

MOM TIP:

1 pair fleece bottoms or sweats for lounging after skiing 2 long sleeve t-shirts 1 pair pajamas hand warmers and toe warmers lip balm & sunscreen swimsuit & flip flops (for après ski hot tub) sunglasses *Items listed are per child for a three-day weekend. For a weeklong trip, bring quarters and laundry detergent!

Label EVERYTHING with personalized, waterproof labels from Mabel’s Labels. These labels are the perfect way to avoid mixing up or losing the expensive ski gear.

OUR TWO FAVORITES ARE:

Mini Custom Name Stickers: Perfect for labeling skis, boots and poles, as well as water bottles, goggles and helmets. Personalized Bag Tags: Perfect for identifying ski bags, boot bags and lunch bags, just to name a few!


KEEP

CALM AND SKI ON!

Mabel’s Labels waterproof, personalized labels are perfect for all of your winter gear. Avoid having to replace expensive lost items in the middle of the season!

Visit mabelslabels.com and save 10% with this code at checkout: SKIMOMS10 Offer valid until June 30, 2018. Coupon may be used only once, has no cash value, cannot be combined with other offers or promotions and is not applicable towards taxes, express shipping or discounted products.


Park City

TEENS

SKIING WITH

Forced togetherness on chairlifts? It’s a great ice-breaker! These resorts are your best bet for creating memories that will have your teens asking to book again next year. COPPER MOUNTAIN, CO Located just 75 miles west of Denver, Colo. in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Copper has a laid-back vibe that is extremely teen-friendly. With some of the nation’s most reliable snow, this is a world-class skiing and riding spot for all ages. Teens will flock to the new Mountain Coaster at Copper in Center Village. With an overall length of 5,800 feet and a vertical drop of 430 feet, the raised alpine coaster track runs along the natural curvature of the mountain. In addition to the on-mountain thrills, there’s also Woodward. Just a ten minute walk from the Center Village, Woodward at Copper is a 19,400 square foot indoor facility with skate ramps, trampolines and indoor ski jumps. If your teen is interested in jumping or tricks on the slopes, this is a MUST.


JACKSON HOLE, WY Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School offers a one-of-a-kind ski and snowboard camp for kids in middle and high school. Perfect for teens with intermediate to advanced skills, it’s the ultimate free riding experience. Rising rippers spend three days learning from the best Mountain Sports School youth coaches. The curriculum focuses on incremental mastery of downhill fundamentals. In addition, campers are trained to make good decisions and ride big mountains safely. Camps offered at Christmas, Presidents Day and Spring Break. Looking to catch air? Burton sponsors the “stash parks” and kids can’t get enough of them. Off-mountain, JH is a great place to explore WITHOUT a car. They can ride the convenient public START bus to travel to town and the village.

PARK CITY, UT Park City Mountain, the largest ski resort in the U.S., is a haven for teens and tweens. They can safely explore downtown Park City without stumbling into trouble OR complaining of boredom (there’s a free bus system to get them into town). Plus Park City hosts special events and concerts year-round that are perfect for teens to enjoy. On mountain, there’s not a chance your kids will grumble as they try to hit seven summits and cover 7,300 acres of terrain. When it comes to lessons, they offer a Personalized Ski and Snowboard School that pairs them with other teens. If your kids like to catch air, there are 8 terrain parks, one super pipe and one mini pipe. Plus Vail resorts (owner of Park City) has one of the coolest apps - EpicMix, tracks vertical feet, mountain challenges, and has cool social media sharing options.


Momtrends Guide to the

WINTER OLYMPICS February 8th – 25th 2018 | PyeongChang South Korea

The Winter Olympics is a great time to gather the family around the TV (or smartphone) to cheer on Team USA. Here are a few fan favorites to watch this winter! RED GERARD | Slopestyle Snowboard

At just 15 years old, Redmond Gerard placed fifth in his Dew Tour slopestyle debut at the start of the 2016 season. He then went on to place fifth at the prestigious US Open and hit the podium in third at the Ale Invite big air event. His successful season earned him a spot on the U.S. Snowboarding pro slopestyle team; expect great things in the near future from this Colorado shredder. First Tracks: Gerard began snowboarding at the age of 2. As the sixth of seven children, he quickly learned that if he didn’t keep up he’d be left behind. Living in Cleveland didn’t allow for a whole lot of snowboarding, but in the winter of 2008, the family decided on a trial move to Breckenridge.

CHLOE KIM | Snowboard At just 16 years old, Chloe Kim of La Palma, California is currently dominating the women’s halfpipe snowboarding scene. During the 2015-16 season, she won the Park City U.S. Grand Prix stop and scored a perfect 100. She also won X Games Gold at Aspen and Oslo, and both halfpipe and slopestyle at the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

MIKAELA SHIFFRIN | Slopestyle Snowboard At age 18 in 2014, Mikaela Shiffrin of Eagle-Vail, Colorado became the youngest athlete in history (male or female) to win an Olympic slalom gold medal, and she’s poised for another slalom gold in 2018. She can also become a threat in giant slalom in PyeongChang, and now that she’s skiing speed events, will also look to be a medal hopeful in the combined and super-G.

JACKIE WILES | Alpine Skiing (pictured right) Northwesterner Jackie Wiles blasted onto the race scene early in the 2013 season in a big way. She won the Nature Valley U.S. Alpine Championship downhill title at the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center hosted at Copper Mountain. Now firmly on the U.S. Ski Team, she’s a full-fledged member of the women’s World Cup speed team and she’s constantly pushing everyone else with her natural talent and fearless ability to ski fast. Now it’s up to “Janky Lil J” to keep the momentum rolling. At only 24-years-old, most would be overwhelmed, but Wiles’ cool personality allows her to take it all in stride and juice every ounce of knowledge from each new experience.

(Photo credits: USOC/NBC Olympics)

To learn more visit

teamusa.org


Stay

Healthy

on Snow

To prep youself and your family for an awesome ski vacation in Utah, or wherever you ski, we’ve gone right to the source. Linda Scholl is a DPT with University of Utah Health and a mom of two active kids. She currently assists with patientstudent related activities in musculoskeletal evaluation and teaches a ski conditioning class. We worked with Dr. Scholl to put together the following ski prep checklist to keep you and your family healthy in the snow.

Prep before you go. Skiing is a weight bearing exercise. Your best bet? Running is similar to the type of impact you are going to take on while skiing. Work in a little running up and down hills/stairs before you head off on vacation. Other great snow-prep exercises include lunges and squat jumps.

Check your gear. Make sure your equipment is mountain-ready. Take your ski gear in for a pre-season

tuning. Be sure your “DIN” setting (the industry-adopted scale of release force settings for ski bindings) is correct and that your gear meets all the current safety standards. Get a good helmet too! Dr. Scholl says, “50% of head injuries can be prevented by wearing a helmet.”

Know your altitude. Many skiers visit from sea-level locations. Do a little research before you fly.

While you can’t really prepare for altitude without a barometric chamber, you can be aware of the symptoms (headache, nausea and fatigue) and take it easy the first day, both physically and with your alcohol consumption. Be sure to hydrate with lots of water! Dr. Scholl says while skiing, “Listen to your body and know when you need to set limits.” Click here for more information on altitude sickness.

Morning Warmup. “Taking the skis from the car to the mountain’s base doesn’t constitute a warmup,”

says Dr. Scholl. Before you have your boots on it’s a good idea to think about what motions your body is going to make while skiing. Try some forward/back leg swings to loosen up hips, stretch the thighs and add a few torso twists too.

Manage the Day. Dr. Scholl says, “If you are skiing with kids, listen to them. If it’s time for hot chocolate get a hot chocolate.” And be aware they have faster metabolisms. Every two hours they might need a snack. Fun factor is a must for the little ones to develop the life-long love of skiing!

Après Ski Recovery. Good news! Dr. Scholl says that hot tubs are fine. “Use it as your stretching session, stretch out your quads, hamstrings and calves in the hot tub. Use it as a place to rejuvenate.” Click here to get more of Dr. Linda Scholl’s tips! With our checklist and some help from the snow gods, it’s going to be a healthy and happy ski season. If something does happen, know that University of Utah Health Hospitals and Clinics are there for you and your family. Click here for more information!


warm up! salted c a r a me l

hot chocolate After a long day on the slopes there’s nothing more comforting and delicious than a mug of rich hot chocolate, especially sitting by the fire with the kids. While a hot chocolate packet is super easy, with just a wee bit of effort you can create a drink that will truly reward you for all your hard work (i.e. skiing...the best kind of work!). This salted caramel hot chocolate is topped with whipped cream and a sprinkling of salgar. You may be thinking, “What is salgar, anyway?” It’s one of Leslie Knope’s greatest creations...sugar and salt mixed together! Salgar takes this drink over the top!

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

By Jane Maynard, ThisWeekforDinner.com INGREDIENTS

• Your favorite unflavored hot chocolate

• Salgar (1 tablespoon sugar in

the raw + 1/2 teaspoon ground sea salt)

• Whipped cream • Caramel sauce

DIRECTIONS

1. Fill a mug with hot chocolate, leaving room on top for whipped cream. 2. Add a pinch or two of salgar to the hot chocolate along with a generous swirl of caramel sauce. Whisk well with a fork. 3. Top with whipped cream, a drizzle of caramel sauce and a sprinkle of salgar.


Stay warm... A


It’s hard to be in the moment if you are shivering. Arc’teryx is made to get you out exploring. As an added bonus it looks fabulous, too!

B

A. Vertices Hoodie in Dahlia This sleek hoodie can be worn for all sorts of winter workouts and is a stylish layering piece as well. B. Atom Jacket in Dew Drop This hoodie jacket makes a super-warm midlayer or a light top layer for spring conditions.

C

C. Sentinel Pant in Azalea These are the best-fitting pants you’re going to see on the mountain and they let you really move! D. Scando Hat in Meteorite At the end of your ski day, swap your helmet for a chic reversible scando toque.

Click here to shop the Arc’Teryx collection for women, men and children

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The Inside Scoop Ski Utah's 5th and 6th Grade Passports let kids ski FREE. *

One way to help minimize the cost of a Utah family ski vacation is to take advantage of Ski Utah’s 5th and 6th Grade Passport program, offered to kids all over the country. Fifth graders get to ski or ride free three times at each of Utah’s 14 mountain resorts; sixth graders get to ski or ride free once at each resort. Plus, Passport holders get all sorts of additional deals from Utah’s resorts, ski and snowboard shops and other Ski Utah members. Simply register online and pay a $35 administrative fee. ($45 after January 31, 2018). You could end up spending just $35 in total for all of your child’s lift tickets on your vacation. Now that’s “shredding!”

5th and 6th Grade

PASSPORT

Apply now at

skiutah.com/passport *Small Administrative Fee


Skiing in By Katja Gaskell • Globetotting & Twist

Europe

European ski resorts have evolved from centuries-old mountain villages nestled between towering peaks. This means that many of the ski resorts are full of character and charm; traditional wooden chalets draped in piles of fresh snow, streets lined with hundreds of sparkling fairy lights, and crêpe stands doing a roaring trade in freshly made French pancakes liberally spread with Nutella. Of course, not every European ski resort is an idyllic chocolate-box village, but if aesthetics matter, there are plenty of pretty ones to choose from. Looking for a family-friendly feel? European resorts are perfect thanks to excellent ski schools and gentle beginner slopes. Some of the more popular ones include the Austrian town of Wengen, which can only be reached by cog railway, or the French Alpine village of Morzine, with old streets that are postcard-perfect. Also in France is the highaltitude resort of Avoriaz, a purpose-built ski village with a traffic-free centre. This means that you and your luggage are transported to your accommodation by horse-drawn sleigh (or snowcat if you prefer, but who doesn’t love a horse-drawn sleigh in the snow?!). Family favorite Alpbach is also one of the prettiest villages in Austria and Saas Fee in Switzerland is a car-free village that has two terrain parks making it a good option for families with both older and younger kids. France, Switzerland and Austria may be the most well-known but Europe has so much more to offer with family-friendly ski destinations in countries including Norway, Sweden and even Slovenia – the Eastern European resort of Kranjska Gora was recently named the best value family ski resort in Europe. These lesser known resorts are particularly good for families as the slopes are much less crowded – plus, a ski holiday can often save you dollars. And then there’s the food. Once you’ve finished on the slopes, indulge in the local speciality from Tartiflette in France, a dish of potatoes, bacon and onion topped with a rich, creamy sauce. In Switzerland, feast on raclette, melted cheese that is served with potatoes and cured meats. In Austria, the favorite post-ski dish is Tiroler gröstl, made up of fried potatoes (are you sensing a theme here?), onions and meat, topped with a fried egg. And it’s no surprise that in Italy you get really good pizza! Of course, it’s not all powder and sunshine in Europe; the snow is not as reliable as in America, ski lift queues can be chaotic and you won’t find any speed monitors patrolling the slopes. But, if you’re after diverse skiing, a picture-perfect setting and a family-friendly atmosphere, then Europe has a lot to offer. As they say in France, bon ski!

know your

SLOPES

Green Run – Beginner Blue run – Intermediate Red Run – High Intermediate to Advanced (Single Diamond) Black Run – Expert (Equivalent of a Double Black Diamond Run)


SKHOOP

Born in Åre, Sweden, SKHOOP came to the U.S. by way of Alaska. In other words, the women behind this brand know snow. SKHOOP is quite genius, really – an insulated skirt that can be easily put on and taken off via a two-way zipper! We’re sold on the practicality and the style. Designed by women for women, to be worn for every imaginable outdoor activity.

OUTFIT #1

Inspired by traditional Nordic patterns, the Scandinavian Sweater pairs perfectly with your favorite

SKHOOP skirt or jeans! It’s perfect worn with the mini

down skirt in forest green. The mini is the ideal piece to protect your “assets” against icy winter winds.

OUTFIT #2

The Cozy Sweater is ready for

New Year’s Eve or a brunch with friends. Pair it with the Patsy Short Skirt.

This stylish print can go from a walk in the snow to drinks with friends.


Find out more at https://www.skhoop.us Use Code skimom20 Good for 20% off one purchase on our at skhop.us or skhoop.ca between now and 5/1/2018


Ski Canada! The Best of British Columbia By Claudia M. Laroye

Families looking to hit the slopes this winter should look Northwest, to the mountains of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. With acres of skiable terrain and epic powder conditions spread among some of the best ski resorts in the world, British Columbia does have it all, both on and off the slopes.

Fernie Alpine Resort Tucked into the southeastern part of the province along British Columbia’s Powder Highway, Fernie Alpine Resort is a bucket list ski destination for snow seekers from around the world. The resort also boasts the deepest snowpack of any ski area in the Rockies, with an average 29 feet of annual snowfall. Fernie’s ten lifts grant access to 2,500 acres of skiable terrain that includes steep chutes, punishing moguls, and gentle, groomed boulevards. On-mountain accommodations are familyfriendly chalets and condos, in easy ski in, ski out distance of lifts, restaurants and après ski activities.

Big White Located in British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Big White Ski Resort is famous for the quality and quantity (24 feet annual snowfall!) of its super dry snow, known as champagne powder. From beginner to expert, Big White’s 118 ski trails offer something for everyone. The resort has great family-friendly amenities, including restaurants, sleigh rides, an ice rink and tubing, as well as a lovely pedestrian-only village atmosphere. And for true adventure types of any age, the ice-climbing tower is a must-try. If a four-year old can climb their way up a 60foot high tower and hit the cowbell at the top, anyone can.

Sun Peaks There’s no shortage of skiing and riding fun at Canada’s second largest ski resort. Three mountains and a European-style pedestrian village are strong reasons why a winter visit to family-friendly Sun Peaks Ski Resort is a travel win. Ski with Olympian Nancy Green through gladed runs, test the double-black moguls, or try the rails at the terrain parks located at the base of Sundance Mountain. For fun off the slopes, the beautiful backcountry of Sun Peaks Resort is prime snowmobiling terrain.

Whistler Blackcomb Consistently ranked one of the top ski resorts in the world, Whistler Blackcomb has everything a skiing or riding family could ask for: lots of snow, a compact village center, a wide choice of accommodations, and loads of non-ski activities. Whistler Blackcomb’s two mountains offer a full range of runs for beginners to seasoned pros. Snowboarders and experienced skiers will enjoy the challenging runs on Blackcomb, while Whistler Mountain has a greater choice of green runs for families and learners. Read more from Claudia https://thetravellingmom.ca/ and follow her on Instagram @thetravellingmom


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Charcuterie

Perfect Post Ski Snacking

By Cora Wallin | thisweekfordinner.com

Charcuterie is just a fancy word that means a collection of cured meats. Charcuterie is not only pretty and delicious, but it makes for a perfect post-ski snack. Or pre-ski snack. Or anytime snack, really!

THE MEAT

The key to charcuterie glory is having an assortment of meats to choose from. Variety is better than quantity in this case. For example, try rosemary ham, 3 different salamis and a pate or teewurst. Have a mix of sweet, spicy and peppery meats as well as melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto. It’s much better to do a little bit of a lot of things than a lot of just a few.

THE CHEESE

Meat alone won’t do the trick! The lactose-y wonder of cheese is what makes all those delectable meats sing. Again, it’s all about the the different textures and flavors. Pick up a creamy brie, crumbly blue, smoky gouda and zippy manchego. Each bite should feel like a choose-your-own-adventure book for your mouth.

EDIBLE PLATES

Serve that wonderful meat and cheese on delicious edible plates. Fun Mom Tip: Tell your kids the cracker is a plate they can eat. It makes charcuterie extra fun! As with the cheese and meats, variety is key. Baguette, crackers, breadsticks...the more the merrier!

THE EXTRAS

The extras are what will really make your charcuterie and cheese board awesome. There are SO many amazing options but here are just a few: marinated olives (pitted always feels less awkward), nuts, caper berries, pepperoncinis, roasted peppers, juicy grapes, thinsliced Granny Smith apples, french dijon mustard, fig preserves, quince or guava paste, fresh honey…the list is endless.


WINTER

BEAUTY FINDS Olay Daily Facials Daily Clean Wipes

4-in-1 facial cleansing cloths with the power of a scrub, toner, mask and cleanser.

SUPERGOOP! AcaiFusion Lip Balm SPF 30 Protects against UV rays and soothes dry, chapped lips.

Anew Ultimate Day Cream SPF 25

SPF + anti-aging moisturizer

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Hydrate, depuff and reduce dark circles

STAY CHIC:

FAVORITE NECK WARMERS Choucas BANDIT Neck Gaiter

Skida

This bandana style neck warmer can be worn tucked in or out. In front, back or off to the side. The Peacock fabric has bonded sequins for sparkle and shine.

Kid’s Alpine Neckwarmer is as cozy as a cup of hot chocolate by the fire.

Turtle Fur

On the coldest day keep your kiddos cuddly with a “Curly Fur Shellaclava.” Provides is an full head and neck coverage.

Skea

This trendy faux rabbit neck warmer looks good on or off the mountain.


STAY

HYDRATED

STAY

WARM

Vapur

The most packable and flexible bottle around. This reusable water bottle folds into practically nothing when empty.

CamelBak Kids Mini M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack

Perfect for kids who want to stay on the mountain all day long. The Crux delivers 20% more water per sip, with an ergonomic handle for easy refilling and an on/off lever to prevent leaks. Plus it has a safety whistle built into its sternum strap

HydroFlask

Enjoy hot or cold liquids in this double-wall vacuum insulated bottle that is practically leak proof. Liquids remain hot up to 6 hours, and cold up to 24 hours.

Stay Warm Torch 2.0 Coat Heater

A battery operate heater that fits in your coat. Customize your heat with a ton of settings. Powered by a super slim battery capable of charging cell phones.

Limited Edition Gold Therma-Phone Survival Kit Large

A dead phone is a total bummer. Keep in touch with your family AND capture those on-mountain movies then pop your phone back in the Therma-Phone™ protective cover. This case will keep your phone working for up to a full day in a blizzard or out on a mountain (up to 8 hours @ -1⁰F*).

Hestra Power Heater Mitt

Stop complaining about cold hands with this amazing battery-powered waterproof mitten. Pick from three heat settings, controllable by a built-in control panel, along with replaceable and rechargeable batteries.

Lenz Heat Sock

Slip this sock in your boots for allday warmth. It’s a functional sock with integrated heating element you don’t notice -- the lithium packs attach on the leg band. The heating units are in the toe region and balls of the foot.


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If you're planning to hit the slopes with your family, whether for the first time or the millionth time, this guide is for you! This year's...

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