How to have a safe and sane winter family vacation

How to have a safe and sane winter family vacation

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Is a family vacation worth it this winter? For once, I’m not talking about how much it would cost or the hassle factor. I’m thinking—as I’m sure you are-whether with the Omicron Covid Variant surging across the country and...
Wishing for snow? Pray to Ullr

Wishing for snow? Pray to Ullr

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Take a beat from Breckenridge, Colorado, where it seemed the entire historic town at 9,600 feet, as well as visitors, lined Main Street in the twilight last week with all varieties of helmets and hats that had Norse horns to...
Gravity Haus: Hotels as part of community

Gravity Haus: Hotels as part of community

By Eileen Ogintz Breckenridge, CO — Don’t you sometimes wish you could transport the parts of your community you love most—especially  on vacation? That’s the idea of the Gravity Haus hotels in Breckinridge (the 60-room hotel is the ski town’s newest...
Celebrating the Norse god ULLR in Breckenridge CO

Celebrating the Norse god ULLR in Breckenridge CO

By Eileen Ogintz Breckenridge, CO — Let’s all give it up for ULLR!  It seems the entire town of Breckenridge CO is lining Main Street to celebrate the Norse god of snow, aka the patron saint of skiers. Ullr Fest, started 58 years ago, is back after taking a...
What to know about travel with Omicron

What to know about travel with Omicron

By Eileen Ogintz What now? Just when we think we can start to plan a vacation, there’s a new variant (Omicron), new travel restrictions and enough different rules in different countries to completely confuse you. I’m an expert and I’m confused! Here is what we know...
The Importance of Getting the Right Skis and Boots Fitted

The Importance of Getting the Right Skis and Boots Fitted

There comes a time in every skier’s life when they’re ready to move on from renting gear every time they ski and instead want to purchase their own gear. That’s an exciting transition. While ski rentals are great, there’s something special about owning your own gear,...
Epic, Ikon? What’s with these dueling ski passes?

Epic, Ikon? What’s with these dueling ski passes?

By Eileen Ogintz Sharon Jones couldn’t care less about Epic or Ikon season passes for snow resorts. A Floridian, she, her husband and son were visiting Winter Park, CO in March “to see the snow,” she said, and give her 15-year-old a chance to try skiing. “I really...
Fine cuisine on the slopes and at the Alta Lodge

Fine cuisine on the slopes and at the Alta Lodge

By Eileen Ogintz ALTA, Utah — As soon as 10-year-old James Biajioli learned his family would return to the Alta Lodge for a ski vacation, he had one thing on his mind—and it wasn’t the world-famous slopes. It was chocolate mousse. “All he could talk about was...
Family traditions endure over generations at the Alta Lodge

Family traditions endure over generations at the Alta Lodge

By Eileen Ogintz ALTA, Utah — All it took was one Sports Illustrated cover to start a family tradition that has lasted more than 50 years and spanned three generations. Dave Kubert was 12 in 1965 when Alta Ski Area was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated...
Yin and Yang: Alta and Snowbird ski resorts in Utah

Yin and Yang: Alta and Snowbird ski resorts in Utah

By Eileen Ogintz ALTA, Utah — Yin or Yang. That kind of sums up neighboring Utah Snow resorts Snowbird and Alta. “Totally different personalities,” one local suggested. Alta—the second oldest ski resort in the country—is all about tradition. One...