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February 21, 2014
Finding your inner Olympian close to home
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And check out our annual guide to Fun in the Snow
And check out our annual guide to Fun in the Snow
Dear family travelers:


The 2014 Winter Olympics are wrapping up this weekend.  Are you inspired to get out and do more than just watch the competition?  


Right now, channel the Olympian that lives in all of us (ready to race down an Olympic bobsled track?)   by Taking the Kids where Olympic athletes proved their mettle at Winter Games past, right here on our continent.  Here's where to have some Olympic-style Fun in the Snow:


Ski with an Olympian in Park City Utah  home to the 2002 Winter Games.  At the Canyons Resort former Olympians Holly Flanders or Kaylin Richardson may be among the group if you sign on for First Tracks on Tuesday or Saturday mornings; Flanders also hosts special women's clinics during the season.   At Deer Valley Mountain Resort  you can book former Olympian Heidi Voelker to show you her favorite secret stashes on the mountain (starting at $600 for a half day.)  


Take a run down the slopes where the Olympians competed (If you like moguls, try Champion at Deer Valley).  Riders should head to the Eagle Superpipe at Park City Mountain Resort  where the men's and women's snowboard competitions were decided in 2002. The resort's Kings Crown Terrain Park is where the Olympics' first US Freeski Olympic slope-style team was decided.


Check out the exhibit devoted to the first women ski jumpers competing for gold at the at the Alf Engen Ski Museum within Utah Olympic Park  in Park City where your teens (as long as they're 14) can try something they've likely never done -- driving a Rocket Skeleton head first down the Olympic track.  Or take  "ride of your life" on the comet bobsled ride down the entire length of the Olympic track, reaching speeds up to 80 mph.  The driver is a pro.  (For details and prices: www.utaholympiclegacy.com).  


Travel to Lake Placid NY, host to the games in 1932 and 1980  and  compete in some of the same winter sports being contested in Sochi with special chances to win prizes at Olympic sites including Bobsled, Skeleton, Biathlon, Hockey, Curling, Speed and Figure Skating.


In Lake Placid, see how you or your teen ranks as a Biathlete (for the uninitiated-that's cross country skiing and rifle marksmanship; kids must be 13) or skate on the Olympic Oval  (just $5 for kids) where in the 1980 Olympics Speed-skater Eric Heiden set Olympic history by winning five gold medals.  


Vancouver (www.tourismvancouver.com) would love to lure you over the Canadian border where you can pose for next year's holiday card at the downtown Olympic Cauldron first lit for the opening ceremonies Feb. 12, 2010.


Watch the  Vancouver Canucks hockey game at the Rogers Arena where the men's and women's gold medal matches were played or the Vancouver Giants at the Pacific Coliseum where figure skaters competed.  

Ski or Ride on Cypress Mountain the official Olympic freestyle skiing and snowboarding venue where Shaun White  dazzled and won his gold medal.  


Of course, you can have snow fun in a lot of other places.  One small New England ski area that we love is Bolton Valley, near Burlington, VT.  Every year we take a group of teens from ABC of Westport there to try snowboarding.  


Or maybe you're tired of winter.  In that case, head off to Orlando and save on theme park tickets with Undercover Tourist.


And from our partners at Family Travel Forum

 Escape to Argentina's Estancia la Bamba de Areco  

Escape to Argentina's Estancia La Bamba de Areco
Escape to Argentina's Estancia La Bamba de Areco

Our Kids' Guides Series from Globe Pequot Press continues to grow with new books on Los Angeles and Chicago, just published.  Boston and more in 2014!

   Kids Buide to New York City  



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