Whether you visit Vail in winter or summer, read our latest issue cover to learn the ins and outs of this world-renown resort valley.
Truth be told, I rarely plan mountain vacations, especially in winter. I’m a warm weather, beach kinda gal. Whenever the temperature dips below 80 degrees Fahrenheit, I’m chilled.
I do, however, occasionally enjoy getting out into the cool, crisp air just after a snowfall and hearing the crunch of the virgin snow beneath my boots or, preferably, snowshoes. After reading Vail: What’s Hot in Winter, by our issue cover writer Lynn O’Rourke Hayes, it was one of those times—I was ready to head for Vail Mountain, no matter the temperature.
For those considering a Vail vacation this year, there are so many cool things to do, especially if you have kids (or if you’re still a kid at heart), that I’m sure you’ll find inspiration too when you read any of Hayes’ four articles in our Vail issue cover.
Hayes, a family-travel expert who also pens a travel column for the Dallas Morning News and edits the site FamilyTravel.com, has been a regular visitor to Vail Valley for nearly 30 years. Be sure to read her Vail feature for insider tips on where to stay, where to eat and what to do in the Valley any time of the year. She also shares her recommendations for how to make the most of a Vail summer vacation, and don’t miss her article on the nearby historic mining town of Minturn.
Other articles of note in this issue: Taz Grout shares her cattle ranch experience in our latest Teen Voice column; Kim Foley MacKinnon writes about renting a houseboat for a family vacation in our Off-Beat column; and Amy L. Hatch, our Back Page writer, explores whether or not parents should stick to the usual kids’ routines while one vacation.
Hayes also wrote our debut ecotourism column this issue on Voluntourism, a fast-growing segment of the travel market, even for family travel. A new report released yesterday by co-sponsors MSNBC.com and Condé Nast Traveler show that more than 55 percent of respondents expressed an interest in taking a volunteer vacation.
This trend has influenced family travelers as well. “Inquiries on family travel voluntourism trips are up 300 percent this year over last,” says David Clemmons, founder of VolunTourism.org. In future issues we’ll take a deeper look at this trend, so send us your feedback on what types of family voluntourism information you’d like to see.
Speaking of feedback, please keep your comments coming! You can review and comment on articles, hotels and points-of-interest at the bottom of each item’s respective page, or hit the Feedback button on the top of the homepage to share your thoughts on how you think we’re doing. We’re in the midst of incorporating many of the fixes you’ve noted (and that we had noted too) and you’ll be seeing those enhancements on a release in the near future.
In the meantime, enjoy the issue!
Donna M. Airoldi
p.s. For those readers thinking of planning a family vacation to Walt Disney World this year, be sure to keep an eye out for our March 7 issue, featuring Orlando.
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