Catherine Ross

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  • Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce
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Contact me for: Information on winter and summer vacation planning in the Colorado mountains. Winter sports include alpine skiing and snowboarding, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, tubing, ice skating, ice fishing and snowcycling. Summer sports include more than 600 miles of mapped and marked trails for biking and hiking.

Catherine Ross is the executive director of the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce in Winter Park, Colo. She has also served as special events director for the chamber, and before joining the organization, served as general recreation director for the Grand Lake Metro Recreation District in Grand Lake, Colo. Catherine also has worked as a special education paraprofessional for the East Grand School District in Granby, Colo.

Catherine is a member of the board of directors for the Colorado State Fair and the Grand Foundation, and a member of the Colorado Tourism Office’s advertising committee. She is a past chairman of the Grand County, Colo., Housing Authority.

Catherine holds an Associate of Science degree from the State University of New York in Famingdale. She enjoys hiking, backcountry skiing, biking and gardening.

Expert Articles by Catherine Ross

Skiing

Plan an amazing family ski vacation with this expert advice
Planning a family ski vacation can seem challenging, particularly if your family has kids of different ages and abilities. Yet with some forethought, and by making sure to do a few things before you e...

Weekend Getaways

Enjoy a weekend summer getaway in Winter Park, Colorado
The choices for what to do in Winter Park over a summer weekend are almost endless. Deciding on which ones to do may be the greatest challenge. Spending just a little time in planning now will assure ...

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Skiing

Plan an amazing family ski vacation with this expert advice
Planning a family ski vacation can seem challenging, particularly if your family has kids of different ages and abilities. Yet with some forethought, and by making sure to do a few things before you e...
Planning your first ski trip will ensure an exciting, unique adventure
Whether it be adventure, fun, challenge, exploration, relaxation or freedom, planning your first ski trip adventure can be just as exciting as going on the trip. The more research you put in and the m...
Dressing warmly while skiing will ensure an enjoyable experience
You may encounter some days of great skiing where the temperature warms up to 50, but it always gets cold again when the sun goes down.Being prepared means layering with lightweight, technically-advan...
First time snowboarding and skiing advice to ensure an enjoyable time
Skiing and snowboarding can be exhilarating once you get the hang of each sport! No matter which one you choose, safety is the most important factor to take into consideration while on the slope. Foll...

Destinations

How to survive Thailand's Full Moon Party
Thailand’s Full Moon Party is one of the biggest beach parties in the world. It can be an amazing experience and your ticket to let loose and celebrate travel with some 15,000 other people. If you j...
Spend a semester at sea and circumnavigate the world on a ship
Whether you’re a college student, a lifelong learner, or just want to take a trip that is as fun as it is life-changing, Semester At Sea is an adventure you don’t want to miss. Where else can you ...
Advice on hiking the Inca Trail in Peru
Regardless of the list of dos and don'ts that you need to keep in mind when planning this historic Inca Trail hike, my best advice is to simply make it happen. Countless well-traveled people have retu...
Careful planning will make your first trip to Italy exhilarating
Traveling to Italy for the first time can, and should, be an exhilarating experience. With proper planning—logistically and mentally—you’ll see why Italy ranks as the fifth-most visited country ...
Your first trip to France will be a joy with proper planning
Traveling to France for the first time can be intimidating, but only if you listen to the negatives (and they’re mostly unfounded). Your proper planning and being mentally set for a great time will ...
Pick the perfect vacation destination for the holiday season
Travel is a personal decision, and choosing the best holiday destination should be determined by what you want to do. Envision in your head the perfect vacation, keep in mind these expert tips, and bo...
Plan a safe and exciting vacation to Mexico
Mexico is a wonderful destination. Learn about the culture, treat the people with respect and they will do the same. Be smart, be prepared and get ready for a great vacation! Buen Viajes!...
Planning and experiencing an unforgettable honeymoon in Paris, France
Paris is a great destination for a honeymoon but may not be for every couple. Now you know what to expect and can decide if this is the right destination to celebrate your new life together. Bon voya...
Advice for making your Las Vegas luxury hotel vacation a reality
Vegas is a great destination with unlimited possibilities for luxury hotels. Do a little research in advance, and decide what you want most out of your vacation. In Vegas, there are so many great choi...
How to plan a memorable and inexpensive destination wedding
A destination wedding can be a very romantic option and usually results in less of a “runaway guest list”. And in many cases, a destination wedding will cost the same or less than a wedding back h...
Travel like a local in Luxor, Egypt to enjoy this ancient city
Spend some quality time in Luxor. Some guide books say you need at least four days to see everything. I’d say that and a heap more than that. It’s also a safe, convenient base from which to strike...
Tour Bordeaux, France and indulge in the finest wines in the world
A visit to the Bordeaux wine region allows you to indulge in some of the finest wines in the world, in a wide range of character. Prices vary dramatically and fit every wine lover’s budget. Not only...
Visit Napa Valley and taste some of the finest wines in the world
Every one who comes to Napa Valley goes home thinking, “I could live here." The countryside is gorgeous. The art and architecture is unique. And of course the wine is some of the best in the world. ...
Expert advice on taking a summer vacation in Telluride, CO
Although it may still be spring in your neck of the woods, and the snows are still melting in Telluride, it’s not too early to start thinking of a summer vacation in southwest Colorado’s San Juan ...
Expert advice on planning a beach getaway to Myrtle Beach, SC
Myrtle Beach Seaside Resorts is a collection of six oceanfront and oceanview condo-hotels in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Each property features modern décor that reflects a c...
Plan the perfect family getaway to Myrtle Beach
Family vacations are the best way to take time and reconnect with your children. What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life than to spend some time with your family exploring the...
Plan an amazing and unforgettable vacation to Costa Rica
Costa Rica has so much to offer and has an incredible amount of natural diversity in such a small county. But don’t let its size fool you. The terrain and infrastructure limits how much you can see,...
Traveling to Luxor, Egypt? Visit the Deir el-Shelwit temple
A little gem at the edge of the desert, the Deir el-Shelwit temple is a mini version of the precinct of Isis at Philae, and a once-lost piece of Ancient Egyptian history that you can now easily visit ...

Fitness and Exercise

Women: Work out with the confidence and feel awesome afterwards
Hopefully this advice has changed your mentality about exercise and you feel motivated and ready to try new and tough workouts.Working out is not easy for some women. It takes so much effort to make t...
Use hypnosis to enjoy exercise and create a fit and healthy body
Acquiring a fit and healthy body can actually be fun and easy when you revisit the part of the mind that controls our habits, beliefs and perceptions. That part of the mind is called the subconscious ...
Perform a great massage on your loved one at home the right way
There you go, the first steps to giving a great massage. Remember, be confident, communicate your needs, get a table and some massage cream, and have fun....
Achieve your fitness goals while staying injury-free at the gym
The most important thing to remember when exercising is listening to your body. You’ll be able to tell the difference between the pain you feel when you are working hard and pain that could signify ...
Even with a busy schedule, you can still workout and get in shape
Make fitness a priority in your life to ensure good health and a better quality of life. Many of us lead busy lives that make it a challenge to fit exercise in on a daily basis. However, there are man...
Live healthier by doing yoga with this expert advice for beginners
Yoga is a wonderful way to develop strength, flexibility, and increased balance. It can be a meditative beginner practice or a challenging, sweaty, advanced class. Start with a basic beginner program ...
Cross training is important for overall fitness and to prevent injury
Our bodies adapt to the activities we do on a frequent basis. This can lead to plateaus, muscle imbalances and overuse injuries. Cross training can help increase your fitness level and help prevent in...
Stretching and warming up is essential to a quality workout
Keeping muscles loose and free of injury is part of any important workout regime, so stretching is crucial. You must remember to stretch muscles when they are warm and pliable, like after a workout, t...
Achieve your fitness goals to help you look and feel great
By following these simple tips you will be able to achieve a fitness goal that you can stick with and the results that will make you feel and look your best. But if you need a little motivation to get...
Increase muscle strength and flexibility to help you avoid injury
Preventing sports injuries is a challenge, but it’s not impossible. Safeguards like warming up, eating right, and stretching after physical activity are great ways to protect your body from harm, on...
Integrating technology into your fitness plan to optimize workouts
The best fitness technology does not get in the way of your workouts - it gets behind you and your goals. When you know what you want to accomplish, pick the right technology. Track your accomplishmen...
Stay in shape with a workout designed for your blood type
The biggest thing is to keep exercise fun, social and interesting. Do activities that will respond best to your body and decrease stress as much as possible. This lifestyle approach will be the differ...
Cardio exercise is one of the most important parts of your workout
Before starting any cardiovascular training, it is important to consult a doctor to make sure you are clear to start working out. Remember that exercising to see real results comes down to exertion. Y...
Don't let business travel ruin your exercise routine or your health
Sticking to a workout program is tough as it is without the interruption of work travel. Finding ways to view working out as a reward as opposed to a punishment is often all you need to stay on track....
Find motivation to workout when other obligations weigh you down
One very important thing to remember is that there’s a difference between motivation and commitment. It’s easy to workout when feeling energetic but when it’s cold or you’ve had a long day at ...
No more excuses. Get back on a healthy track with physical activity
Rewards resonate differently depending on the person. Some like the spirit of competition or winning “stuff.” Others like public support and recognition while private, individual feedback works fo...
Workplace workouts can increase health, wellness and productivity
With a bit of creativity and very little time, you can improve your fitness and overall health during the workday. Embrace the mantra that it only takes a minute to get fit. Infusing more exercise int...
Dieting and working out at the same time? This advice is for you
Now it’s time to take these top 10 do’s/dont’s and develop your strategy for success! When you find yourself falling off your plan or frustrated with your results, remind yourself of these 10 ke...
How to stay motivated to exercise and become a healthier you
If this list has made anything clear, it should be to take things at your own pace. Make fitness habits that work for you. Don’t rush into anything; the path to physical fitness is all about gradual...
Find time to exercise and stay healthy even with a busy work schedule
With busy schedules and demanding careers, everyone has to do the best they can with what they have. Hopefully these pointers will help squeeze just a little bit more healthful productivity out of eac...
Increase your strength and balance through exercise
Always seek advice from someone who can guide you on your way to adding strength and balance to your exercise goals. The rewards are worth getting into a routine that fits your lifestyle and personal ...

Weekend Getaways

Enjoy a weekend summer getaway in Winter Park, Colorado
The choices for what to do in Winter Park over a summer weekend are almost endless. Deciding on which ones to do may be the greatest challenge. Spending just a little time in planning now will assure ...
Visit Grand Lake, Colorado for a weekend getaway in summer or winter
For more than 100 years, visitors have been returning year after year to Grand Lake for a summer break. Some come for a day, some for a weekend or a week, some for the season – and a few for a lifet...
Plan ahead to get the best deal on a weekend getaway
Weekend getaways are the perfect trip that allows you to get out of town without taking off time from work. By planning ahead and really thinking about what you want the trip to accomplish; you can ha...
A weekend getaway to Lake Geneva, WI can offer year-round family fun
For nearly 150 years, Lake Geneva has been a vacation destination for Chicagoans. Today, Lake Geneva is recognized as One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations offering a vast array of lodging opportuni...
Surprise your partner with a romantic weekend getaway
No matter what type of trip you plan, the very act of doing a surprise journey means you care about your partner. Surprise trips can be a great way to rekindle some romance and have some fun out in th...
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