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Archive for ‘February 2011’

Travel Postcard: 48 hours in Stowe, Vermont

STOWE, Vt (Reuters Life!) – Nestled in a valley in north-central Vermont, near Mount Mansfield the state’s highest peak, Stowe is the quintessential New England village with picture-postcard vistas. It is also one of the top ski and snowboard destinations in the northeastern United States with the longest average trail length in the region, a

Trapps adds adventure skiing

Photo by Oliver Sweatman Sam von Trapp leads the way on a backcountry ski outing at Trapp Family Lodge. Although backcountry Nordic skiers have been enjoying Trapps for years, the lodge now offers equipment and guided skiing. Sam von Trapp’s a busy guy. To see him in action is to understand the meaning of perpetual

Terrain and Snow Conditions Will Challenge Skiers in Backcountry Event

Some of the premier Nordic ski racers and backcountry ski enthusiasts from throughout the East will converge on the Catamount Trail in Stowe, VT on March 13th for the 4th Annual Catamount Trail Backcountry Challenge Race and Tour. This unique Nordic event will test the most skilled backcountry skiers as they make their way over

Ski Every Mountain

Although theirs is a resort known largely for cross country skiing and fall foilage, the Trapp Family settled in Vermont and established their lodge because after their travels around the country, it was the closest they could find to the breath-takingly beautiful mountains of their native Austria. Indeed, the Green Mountains, so close to Burlington,

Romantic Escapes

Plan the perfect Valentine’s getaway at nearby resorts You’ve planned and saved and are ready to spring an amazing surprise on your significant other for Valentine’s Day. Stop it. You’re making the rest of us look bad. Valentine’s Day sits ominously on the other side of this weekend, and there are those of us who

Lost? Just ski downhill

Is this the big one everybody has been waiting for? When the storm warnings are running from Texas to Canada, it seems fair to figure that finally Stowe will be receiving the storm that could really put the cap on this winter. It isn’t like it hasn’t snowed. Think about this for a moment. For

Trapp family really did ‘follow every highway’

Everyone knows the von Trapp family saga up to a point — from "The Sound of Music" and their flight from Austria in 1938 to their ultimate resettlement in Stowe, four years later. Agathe von Trapp, center, is seen in this undated historic photo with members of her family provided by the Trapp Family Lodge

von Trapp grandson renews link to ‘Sound of Music’ family

Sam von Trapp, 38, vice president of the Trapp Family Lodge located in Stowe, Vermont, poses for a photo last month at The Breakers in Palm Beach. He is Maria and Baron von Trapp’s grandson. (Gary Coronado/The Palm Beach Post) The name probably doesn’t ring a bell. But the name usually triggers a sound –

Catamount Trail Association’s “Catamount Ski Cubs” Program

This winter, youth from countries such as Nepal, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Yugoslavia are learning how to cross-country ski with Catamount Trail Association’s “Catamount Ski Cubs” program. CTA is piloting the free, after-school ski program in Burlington, with the goal of reaching children who would otherwise have little access or exposure to the sport of