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Dead presidents and family fun

Posted by Heather Burke  February 12, 2010 01:33 PM

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black_nh_horses.jpgIt’s the President’s Day holiday, and New England ski resorts are rolling out the white carpet for families on vacation.

 

In all my years, I have never seen so many deals and special events – a sign of the times perhaps. Clearly, it’s a sign that you should take your kids to the slopes.

 

Here are some fun family festivities to check out:

 

Black Mountain in New Hampshire is hosting Dead Presidents’ Day Feb. 15. Pictures of former presidents are scattered on the slopes, find one and bring it to the 3 p.m. Presidential Trivia contest at 3 p.m. for prizes.

 

On Feb. 16, Okemo is celebrating PHAT Tuesday. Mardi Gras beads are strewn around the mountain. Redeem the beads in the lodge for prizes as part of their PHAT campaign (Protect your Head at All Times) promoting helmet safety.

 

Eddy the Yeti, Sunday River’s elusive abominable snowman, will be making appearances from his home in the Enchanted Forest. If you can’t go to Whistler for pictures with Olympic mascots Quatchi the Sasquatch and Mukmuk the marmot – here’s your chance at Eddy the Yeti. Just be gentle – he’s far more shy than his buddies Amos the Moose at Sugarloaf and Wally from the Red Sox.

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Shawnee Peak hosts its 22nd annual Family Fest on Feb. 22 with an ugliest sweater competition (maybe Mom and Dad can win that one), a blueberry pie eating contest, a skiing Poker Run and a snow sculpture contest. Rubber chickens and pink flamingos are hidden on Shawnee Peak’s trails for prizes. Keep an eye out for Scooby Doo and Elmo too.

 

There are countless kid-friendly events on snow this week. Get out and enjoy with yours’.

 

For more ski tips and travels by Heather Burke, go to www.familyskitrips.com
Photos by Greg Burke

 

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.

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