Western USA Travel

Inspiration and tips for Western USA travel.

Granlibakken Resort in Lake Tahoe

Granlibakken Resort in Lake Tahoe is Tranquil, Rustic, and Full of Adventure

With the serenity and satisfaction that comes with both connecting and disconnecting, this mountain retreat allows you to get away from it all, but still have it all.
best kids ski free programs

Best Kids Ski Free Programs in the US

Most ski resorts offer free skiing for kids five and under, but your kids can still ski free when they are ages 6 – 12 and even as old as 17. Here are some of the best kids ski free programs in the US.

I Met the Woman I Want to Become at Woodward Copper

While the physical part of my visit to Woodward Copper was challenging, it was the mental part where I grew the most.
Snowshoeing Breckenridge

How to Enjoy the Mountain Town of Breckenridge, CO – Even If You Don’t...

Even if you're not a fan of cold weather, there's something magical about exploring this town, nestled under the peaks of the majestic Rocky Mountains, on a crisp day under the bright sunshine or softly falling snow.
Keystone family ski lesson

Keystone Resort’s Perfect Solution: Family Ski Lessons

Many of us have kids who just don't enjoy group lessons with other kids, or even private lessons away from mom and dad. Keystone's family ski lesson offers the perfect solution.
Breckenridge

Rocky Mountain SkiFest!

I'm so excited to embark on a three-week ski and snow adventure tour through three fantastic Colorado ski resorts: Keystone, Breckenridge, and Copper.
Family skiing at Squaw Valley

Planning an Epic Family Ski Vacation with Back to Ski

The Back to Ski pros have plenty of good advice for families who want to ski together.
Devils Tower, Wyoming

Enjoying the Great Outdoors at Devils Tower

When you approach Devils Tower, the rocks beckon you. My daughter and husband scrambled up the boulders, while my son and I set out on the Tower Trail.
yellowstone buffalo

Experience the Primordial Soup at Yellowstone National Park

Walking through Yellowstone National Park, I feel as if I'm experiencing the Earth's evolution first-hand.
Ski rentals are easy and convenient at Tahoe Dave's in Tahoe City, CA

Ski Rental Options in Lake Tahoe

Whether you are skiing near the north shore or south shore, here are two ski rental options in Lake Tahoe that I highly recommend.

Squaw Valley 20 Years Later

We're so happy we could return to Squaw Valley after 20 years and share this magical place with our children, and we can't wait to come back again (and again!).
Aerial tram, Squaw Valley

Getting Up the Mountain: Squaw Valley’s Aerial Tram

I never knew the difference between a tram, a gondola, and a funitel until I came to Squaw Valley. Heck, I never even heard the word funitel.

Postcards from Lake Tahoe’s Heavenly Mountain

My family spent a couple fun-filled days at Heavenly Mountain last week and I've got some beautiful photos to share.
snowball fight at squaw valley

International Snowball Fight at Squaw Valley

An impromptu snowball fight on the slopes at Squaw Valley led to a conversation with a young, Russian girl and a memory my daughter will not soon forget.
Lake Tahoe

Two Weeks in Tahoe: My Favorites

We've been in Lake Tahoe a little more than two weeks and we're getting into the groove of the Tahoe Ski Bum lifestyle.