Kara Williams learned to ski at age 5 at tiny McIntyre Ski Area in her childhood city of Manchester, N.H., eventually graduating to New England powerhouses like Killington and Attitash. Now that she lives in the Colorado Rockies, her home mountain is Aspen/Snowmass. A fan of groomers and cruisers, she's delighted to report that her tween-age kids ski way faster than she does. A longtime freelance writer, Kara covers ski resorts and other family-friendly destinations in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean for magazines, newspapers and websites, as well as her award-winning blog www.TheVacationGals.com. Learn more about Kara at www.KaraSWilliams.com and follow her on Twitter: @karasw.
Lots of fresh pow at Aspen/Snowmass

Colorado Ski Season Wrap-up

With Colorado ski resorts now closed for the season – except for Loveland and Arapahoe Basin, which like to stretch out their ski days well into spring – I figured it might be a good time to look back at… Read More →

Sun Valley Beast

Snowcat Adventures – No Skis or Boards Required!

Let’s face it. We’re not all adventurous skiers or boarders who crave the untracked powder, backcountry bowls and pristine glades that snowcat tours offer. Some of us (ahem) actually like to stick to groomed corduroy on in-bound trails! Personally, I… Read More →

Amatsu Spa in Park City

Top Ski Resort Spas

To me, a ski vacation isn’t complete without a soak in a hot tub and a sports massage to soothe sore muscles after a day on the slopes. I’d sooner spend money on a good rubdown than a fleece souvenir… Read More →

Summer Activities at Colorado Mountain Resorts

Many Coloradoans who live near mountain ski resorts say they moved to the area “in the winter, but stayed for the summers.” I’m the opposite. I moved to Aspen in the summer of 1994… and stayed in Colorado because of… Read More →

Sublime Colorado Ski Resort Spas

After the ski lifts close for the season, and mountain resort towns enjoy a break from most visitors before the summer crowds descend, you’ll typically find great discounts on treatments at local hotel and day spas.  This spring, consider checking… Read More →

Spring Skiing Celebrations in Colorado

I love spring skiing in Colorado, not only because the conditions are great – soft snow, bluebird days, warm afternoons – but because there are so many festive celebrations on the mountains when the season starts to wind down. Here… Read More →

Family Guide to Aspen/Snowmass Ski Areas

The beauty of buying a lift ticket – or multi-day lift tickets – at Aspen/Snowmass is that you can choose to ski or ride at four distinctly different mountains, all linked by free transportation. Each mountain has its own personality… Read More →