Vail Resorts today officially launched a partnership with expert family travel writers and the Company’s new website, www.EpicMoms.com, designed to provide moms (and dads) with thoughtful tips and expert advice on planning the best family vacation experiences at Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, Heavenly, Northstar Resorts and additional content for this year will include Kirkwood Resort.
Written by award-winning family travel writers and moms, EpicMoms.com provides fresh, relevant content on winter and summer travel in the mountains for families with children of all ages. Topics cover the basics of family vacation travel planning, including blog posts dedicated to each of Vail Resort’ seven world-class resorts about where to stay, where to eat, winter and summer activities, mom getaway weekends and date nights at the resort. The website also offers expert advice on winter and summer gear and traveling to and from the resorts, along with a video and photo gallery. There’s even a place for guests to "Ask an Epic Mom" their questions and then find the answers posted directly on the website.
"Planning a family vacation can be a challenging task for busy moms and dads. At Vail Resorts, we are continually looking for ways to make it easy for families to take a vacation at one of our seven world-class mountain resorts, which is why we’ve created EpicMoms.com. It’s an online resource with expert advice by moms for moms to help them plan the experience of a lifetime for their families at our resorts", said Kirsten Lynch, executive vice president and chief marketing officer.
The Epic Moms regularly spend time at each resort researching and reviewing everything from lodging to restaurants to ski school to the best ways to ski or ride the mountain with kids. They’re award-winning travel writers in their own right who also happen to love spending time with their families in the mountains.
Jen Leo is a travel and tech writer who lived in Tahoe 20 years ago. Mom to a preschooler, she’s introducing her daughter to the mountains for the first time. She writes the nationally syndicated Web Buzz column for the Los Angeles Times, blogs for CNTraveler.com , and writes kid-friendly hotel reviews for PoshBrood.com. You can hear her weekly co-hosting the podcast “This Week in Travel,” available on iTunes. Outside of Jen’s travel life she co-founded BestKidsApps.com, a website that reviews children’s iPhone, iPad, and Android apps.
Jamie Pearson is a writer, a mother of two, and the publisher of the award-winning family travel website Travel Savvy Mom. Her writing has appeared in Parenting, the Utne Reader, on the Fodor's Travel Guides web site, and in various parenting anthologies. She has traveled extensively with and without her children. Her threefold traveling philosophy is: 1) Never leave home without peanut butter, 2) No child is too big for a stroller, and 3) Always bring plenty of new toys—$50 for three pounds of plastic junk will seem like the deal of the century at 3 a.m. in a London hotel.
Rachel Walker is a freelance writer based in Boulder, Colo. After reporting on environmental issues for western newspapers, she worked as an associate editor at Skiing for three years before launching her freelance career in 2007. She writes about adventure travel, parenting, skiing and more, and her work has been featured in the New York Times, babble.com, Backpacker and Skiing. With two kids in diapers and a penchant for snow, speed and the mountains, she has managed to integrate parenthood and adventure with only a few lifestyle changes.
Kara Williamsis one of those East Coast transplants who moved to Colorado "just for the summer." Nearly two decades later, she makes her permanent home in the Colorado Rockies with her husband and two school-age children. Kara is a longtime freelance writer who has covered travel topics for such publications as Every Day with Rachael Ray, Sunset, Ski Canada, The Denver Post andthe Dallas Morning News. Annual family vacations include sun, surf and palm trees, typically in Mexico or Hawaii, but now that her kids are older (and skiing faster than she does) the entire Williams family loves to hit Colorado's slopes in the winter months, too. Learn more about Kara on her website and read about her family’s travels on her blog The Vacation Gals.