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Shoulder season, the cooler autumnal days from October through Thanksgiving, are traditionally quiet ones as ski resorts ramp up for the peak winter season. Not this year.  With work from home mandates extended and remote school nixing the need for families to stay at home,...

By Amy Tara Koch November 1, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. CDT At 40, I thought my daredevil days were behind me — what could top the insanity of growing up in Miami in the ’80s? Then I discovered skiing, a sport I had sworn off when a boyfriend...

You can try stand-up paddleboard yoga inside a 10,000-year-old geothermal cave in Park City, Utah. (Visit Park City) By Amy Tara KochJuly 19 at 6:00 AM Splashing in the waves. Picnicking on the sand. Afternoon strolls along the shoreline.For many, nothing says summer like a beach vacation. Others prefer...

Family time may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of terrifying downhill runs like Corbet’s Couloir in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Highland Bowl in Aspen, Colo., or the Big Couloir at Big Sky, Mont. This is precisely why so many...

How to Have a High-End Ski Vacation Without All the High Prices Stay outside of town, consider a hostel, buy a pass and eat where the locals do. The Element Basalt Aspen in Colorado.CreditElement Basalt Aspen A luxury hotel in a tony mountain town will cost a fortune. But...

I spoke to US News + World Report about budget-friendly family getaways after the school year begins.   By September, crowds have dissipated in Park City, ushering in the pleasant and inexpensive shoulder season, explains family travel expert Amy Tara Koch. She points to the Grand Summit...

Fall means crisper temperatures, the changing of the leaves and a perfect time for outdoor activities. Here are some top spots to bring the fall season to life. On Labor Day, I chatted with Good Day LA about this topic. Video below.      1. Montana: Whitefish, Glacier During...

I hadn't been on the skis in 17 years. It’s not that anything scary happened on the slopes. It’s just been kind of busy in Koch Land, raising kids, traveling for work, writing and trying to create balance in my crazy working crazy life. Whenever...

The minute I walk in, I know I’ve been duped. Yet another hipster hotel disguised as a “luxury boutique” property. I sigh with disappointment as I take in the tell tale signs: unappealing 50s furniture, brown, Motel 6 style carpeting, cheap window treatments, framed posters,...

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