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To experience authentic European tradition without the flight, pay a visit to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. Owned and run by the von Trapp family, who’s story inspired “The Sound of Music,” this once small and rustic family home has since grown into a striking 96-room alpine Lodge filled with history and culture.

On the 2,500-acre mountaintop lot, they’ve carefully identified 40 km of perfect terrain for laying tracks on ungroomed snow. Nordic and downhill skiers will have no problem finding a fresh line and if you’re new to backcountry skiing, their expert staff can provide the equipment, lesson and guided tour to maximize your experience.

Plan a mid-day rendezvous with trail-bound friends at the Slayton Pasture Cabin, nestled in the woods behind the Lodge and replenish the energy reserves with home-made soups and a sandwich.

For dinner, head back to the Main Dining Room in the Lodge for European dining with distinctive Vermont charm and enjoy a glass of Trapp Lager, brewed on-site. Wind down the night with a soak in the hot tub at the Fitness Center and retire to the luxury of a spacious room or suite.

Trail Passes: $22 per day for Adults

Guided Backcountry Tour: $40 for two hours, every Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Private Guide Lessons: $35 per hour, 24 hours advanced notice required

Backcountry Basics: $30 for 1.5 hours, every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

Slayton Pasture Cabin: Five-kilometer trek from the ski center accessible by ski or snowshoe

Contact: 802-253-5755

Atmosphere: Expansive wood-paneled dining room, candlelit, private dining room seats groups of up to 40

Breakfast: Served from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. daily, Austrian Breakfast Buffet, entrees and sides available

Lunch: DeliBakery, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily serving soups, pasta dishes, salads, deli sandwiches, baked goods—soups and sandwiches available at Slayton Pasture Cabin

Dinner: Served 5:30 to 9 p.m. Austrian- and Vermont-inspired fare, local chicken, fresh seafood

Dessert: Served 5 to 9 p.m. Linzertorte, Strudels, Cakes, Desert wines, Austrian coffee

Beer and Wine: Selection of Trapp Family Brewery Lagers, award-winning wine list

Dress code: Business casual, no t-shirts, hats or sneakers; nice jeans are acceptable

Reservations: 800-826-7000, ext. 5733 between 3:30 and 9 p.m.

Lodging: 96-room Austrian style Lodge, 100 Guest House Chalets, three bedroom Villas available

Amenities: Fitness Center, pool, hot tubs, yoga, Wi-Fi, balconies, patios, kitchens (Guest House)

von Trapp Holiday Special: Stay five or seven nights, arriving Dec. 20 and receive complimentary accommodations Christmas Eve and Christmas morning breakfast. (Lodge only)

Reservations: Recommended 800-826-7000 or click here

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