ski Where’s the best skiing east of Colorado? Vermont, natch! With a multitude of mountain peaks that reach over 2,000 feet into the sky, there are all kinds of adventures to be had in Vermont.

There’s a new buzz developing about something called Ski Vermont Nordic Quest . This is basically a ski-lover’s answer to scavenger hunts, where you strap on a pair of cross-country skis then follow poem-like clues to find your way to a hidden treasure. It’s a huge craze among older kids and it’s the kind of thing that they’ll love to do with you (as opposed to shooing you away and wanting “alone time.”) Alternatively, it’s a potential bonding opportunity for sibs. There are about a dozen quests to conquer and as long as you’re up for the cold, the challenge will give everyone a huge rush.

Cruisers, glades, bumps and steeps. They’re the latest snow challenges… 

Want to top your fellow soccer moms’ vacation stories when you get back home? Try dogsledding, a horse-drawn sleigh ride, animal tracking or snowshoe lessons. Once again, these are the kinds of activities that beg to be done as a family. And what’s better for rekindling the old parent-child relationship than falling down on your faces—in a few feet of snow—together?

Let’s be honest, though. You’ll need your downtime. The good news is that many Vermont ski resorts offer private and semi-private lessons for non-skiiers, which means after a few hours, your teens can hit the slopes on their own. In the interest of not seeming too out of touch, be sure to note to your offspring that a Vermont ski vacation means plenty of peaks and pipes. (Remember that cute-but-sort-of-unfortunate-looking redheaded kid who won the snowboarding medals at the last winter Olympics? That’s the terminology he would use and the kind of word that’ll give you extra cool points.) Here are some more words to toss out at them: cruisers, glades, bumps and steeps. They’re the latest snow challenges they’ll love to tackle. (If they want to go off on their own but you’re not quite ready for them to go solo, sign them up for a resort program that takes them out in groups where they can enjoy the snow without helicopter parents hovering nearby). Locate the right resort for your family at

Kara Mayer Robinson is a journalist and mother of 2.