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Month: June 2014

Break a leg…ski joke!

Happy Friday the 13… before actors go on stage, a traditional good luck wish is “break a leg.” The same protocol clearly does not apply in skiing, since leg and specifically knee injury is one of the most common incidents/accidents in the winter sport. About 2 in 1,000 participant skier days result in injury according to – reported leg and knee being the most frequent, much higher than skiers, thumb, lift or head injuries.

The human knee is amazingly engineered, it bends, twists, pivots, genuflects, jumps, lands, you name it- but sometimes all that gyration despite all the physical preparation and fitness, can tweak the knee. New knee friendly bindings and ski boot advances are working to reduce the knee injury, ACL tear, rate… still it is commonplace among competitive skiers – just ask Lindsey Vonn, Bode Miller, Simon Dumont, snowboarder Seth Wescott

Interestingly, if you compare the ski and snowboard injury rate to soccer, a hot topic as the World Cup is going on in Brazil at the moment, soccer has an injury rate 35x greater than skiing and snowboarding according to, and that’s calculated during a single game versus an entire skier visit which encompasses a whole day of ski activity (well, we know statistically some of you only take 5 runs, while others bang out 20-25 in a ski day).

1purgatory4Still, every skier that has sustained a ski knee injury knows once it happens to you, it becomes top of mind, something you must physically and mentally overcome in order to confidently return to the ski slopes.

Who can forget Lindsey Vonn’s harrowing scream when she crashed at the World Cup in Austria, watching her knee twist inhumanely. I fractured my tibia plateau skiing at Crested Butte a week before her… so it stung for me too. She came back, I came back… so many skiers do for the love of skiing. But I will never forget the girlfriends who said jokingly “break a leg” to me before my 7 ski resort 11 day ski safari to southwest Colorado.

We’ll talk about helmet safety statistics and the very rare fatalities, which occur 0.68 per million ski and snowboard visits, suffice it to say you are safer on the slopes than in your car on the roads. Know the code and savor your love of skiing.

Well, its Friday the 13 and I am not skiing, so no worries here. But you should still refrain from the phrase, “break a leg” to your ski and snowboard friends, k …

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Heather Burke, 2016 Copyright & Photography property of Family Ski Trips

Vermont Powder, all year round?

saddleback-ghosts-americaHey ski and snowboard friends, imagine being able to enjoy Vermont Powder all year round, not just in winter. Vermont’s Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream released their latest greatest ice cream flavor  called Vermont Powder. This big alpine flavor to savor was served slopeside in a limited batch at the Vermont Ski Areas Association annual meeting held at Killington Resort. No word as to whether Ben & Jerry’s will sell the ski and snowboard themed flavor to the public. Vermont Powder by Ben & Jerry’s featured creamy coconut in a frosty delight.

best-ski-powderAt the Killington Ski Vermont meeting, the 2013-14 season skier visits were announced, the 4,503,269, ski and snowboard visits are almost identical to the 2012-13 season. Vermont ranks #1 in The East for skiers and third in the country, Colorado is still king at 20% of the 56 million, according to preliminary figures from NSAA and SAM magazine.

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Heather Burke, 2016 Copyright & Photography property of Family Ski Trips

Social ski media – Pin your ski pics

While we pine for winter during the summer months, we are pinning! We admit we enjoy indulging in social ski media… Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest are all fun platforms to share our love of skiing.

We at Family Ski Trips have several pinterest boards from our favorite family ski resorts to the latest ski fashion we love and our favorite recipes for après ski munchies and meals.

We hope you will follow our Family Ski Trips pinterest board, and pin your favorites as well as sharing your best ski pics with us!

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Happy summer ski friends…

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