Winter Vacation Planning in Steamboat Springs

This post is sponsored by US Family Guide.

We have 1 little guy who has quickly picked up some great ski skills, and even though it's still the middle of summer, I'm making plans for getting him out on the slopes this winter as much as possible. One of the destinations on our bucketlist? Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Although we often look for off-the-beaten pass lodging, I'm intrigued by the ski-in/ski-out opportunities available at the Chateau Chamonix, Mountain Resorts' vacation property.  Sitting directly on the slopes of Steamboat's Mt Werner, it looks like the ideal location for a Rocky Mountains vacation.

A huge plus? It is only steps away from the Steamboat Snow School, where I would love to enroll all the kids.  In addition, the Chateau Chamonix has an indoor/outdoor pool, hot tubs, sauna, fitness center and a complimentary shuttle for a quick trip to the grocery store or downtown Steamboat Springs. 

The condominium layout will still allow us to feel like we're staying independently with a full kitchen, gas fireplace, washer/dryer and wireless Internet. But there are also complimentary hot beverages and pastries, as well on-slope ski valet and storage to make the stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible. 

Here's why I'm expecially thinking about a Steamboat Springs vacation right now...

Book your winter vacation to Steamboat Springs early and receive up to 35% off lodging and 30% off lift tickets. 

Also, if you book and pay in full by August 31 you may be eligible for a lodging credit of $100-400. This early booking offer is available at all 350-plus Mountain Resorts managed Steamboat Springs vacation rentals. Click Here to See All Special Offers -

The Things We Learned At Soccer Camp

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Summer has been crazy busy in the A Local Wander household so this year we passed the opportunity to attend a Challenger British Soccer Camp over to a cousin. After some nerves and hesitancy, the experience turned out to be a great one. Here is the recap of her week working with actual British soccer players...

The things we learned at the british soccer camp:

1- Our daughter was the youngest in the group (she's 7) for the half day camp in our community. The first day she came home overwhelmed and frustrated because the older kids were impatient with her, but the days after that she loved it.  She thrived with the competition, it taught her so many skills and she got faster.

2- I was so impressed how quick she learned basic skills of soccer.  After just a week she was running around the field and her feet actually looked like they knew what they were doing.

3- She learned about respecting the coach and her teammates.  Her coach was very nice, he respected the kids and he set the tone for the whole group.  He treated the kids like they were competent and encouraged them to learn more.

4- She learned how to make friends quickly, and that it's a lot easier when they have something in common and are doing something active and fun.

5- They had homework assignments every night.  She learned about New Zealand and went the next day prepared with facts about the country to share. Another day she made a New Zealand flag.  Another day they dressed up wacky.  It was fun to see her work on her assignments by herself and come up with her own ideas.  

I'm so glad my daughter was able to go. She loved it so much and sparked a fire inside of her to want to play more!

Travel with Groupon Coupons

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Confession to make: I'm a little bit obsessed with watching Groupon for local deals. The Salt Lake Connect Pass, Seven Peaks Pass of All Passes, and The Crater are always at the top of my watchlist.  But recently I've been watching the new Groupon Coupons feature to find good deals on travel websites that we use regularly for bigger travel plans.

Here's how Groupon Coupons work:
  • Think of where you want to do your online shopping
  • Visit Groupon to look for any applicable coupons at that retailer
  • Click the coupon you want to use and be taken directly to the online retailer of your choice.
  • Shop as usual
  • Apply the Groupon Coupon at check out.
Sometimes Groupon will just give you 1 place to look to find all the sales currently available, and sometimes there will be Groupon exclusive codes for you to use. Here are a few companies we use on a regular basis and current deals available...
last-minute hotel reservation (51 coupons available)
Get an EXTRA 8% off your hotel night stay. (44 coupons available)
Limited Time 30% off all sandals (61 coupons available)
50% off Must-See Attractions

Have you used the Groupon Coupons section? Which retailer is going to save you money on your next getaway?