Burley is launching 3 awesome new, top of the line, child bike trailers on March 1, 2019: the Cub X, D’Lite X, and Encore X.
This is what Burley has to say about the Encore X:
“Perfect for the active family, the Encore X kids bike trailer and double stroller with suspension provides smooth rides on gravel or bumpy trails. Quickly transition from biking to strolling with the included stroller kit. Compatibility with all the Burley conversion kits opens up the option for jogging, strolling, or skiing adventures. The Encore X features seat pads, tinted side and rear windows with UV protection, and a sunshade for bright days. Explore the road less traveled with your little ones comfortably in tow!”
Tested in: March 2019, running and biking
Availability: Most major retailer including REI, Backcountry, Amazon (see links below)
Best Use: Bike trailer or jogger/stroller for kids. Can be used for skiing with proper attachment.
The Burley Encore X Kid Trailer can be used as a biking trailer or jogger/stroller with the one wheel attachment.
This jogger has high handlebars for good posture and optimal form while walking/running. The Burley is lightweight and is easy to push/run with even with 70 lbs. of kid in it. The trailer is easy to assemble and takes approximately 20 minutes to put together (with kids hanging off of you) and less time if you don’t have kids around.
There is great cargo space for storage along with seat room for two infants-toddlers/young kids.
The jogging wheel in front makes it easy to turn and maneuver.
The trailer is narrow enough that allows it to fit through a regular doorway with ease, without sacrificing comfort for the passengers. It is easy to pull (even uphill) and turns corners easily. I believe the narrow size made it easy to maneuver around corners on the trail and sidewalk.
The bike trailer attachment hook is easy to use and also stays attached to the trailer (unlike our InStep Trailer) which makes it easy to not lose. The wheel for the jogger folds up when using the bike attachment and down for jogging/walking use.
A kid’s cup holders would be amazing as well as a cup holder for the adult when it is in stroller/jogger mode. Another easy improvement that would increase value is if the front wheel had the ability to swivel or lock (not swivel) for jogging stability.
I noticed when I used the bike trailer that it is a little easier to wobble due to the narrow size. It is fairly sturdy but just smaller and more impacted by certain bumps in the road/sidewalk than other wider and bulkier jogging strollers I’ve used.
The Bottom Line:
The Burley trailer/jogger/stroller is a very useful and well designed piece of equipment. Useful for families trying to stay mobile and active, this trailer offers comfortable seating without being too bulky. The lightweight design makes the trailer easy to pull with a bike or push as a stroller. I think the versatility of this trailer and it’s efficient use of space and weight makes it a high end product that will be valuable for families for many years!
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I totally agree with the adage, “humans were never meant to hibernate.” Often, we just need a little inspiration and a bunch of layers to get outdoors during the winter and have fun. This January is the 11th annual Learn To Ski and Snowboard Month. The goal? To get more kids, families and beginners out on the slopes. This is often the month when most resorts offer their best “Learn to ski” deals.
January Ski Deals
Used with Permission via LSSM/ Ski Utah
In Utah, Alta, Beaver Mountain, Brian Head, Brighton, Deer Valley, Eagle Point, Nordic Valley, Park City, Powder Mountain, Snowbasin, Snowbird, Solitude and Sundance all are part of the Ski Utah Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month promotion starting at $49. The program is for Utah residents. Additional offers are listed in Special Offersfor Deer Valley, Solitude, Eagle Point and Powder Mountain.
Used with permission via LSSM/ Arapahoe Basin, CO
Arapahoe Basin is offering deep discounts on first time lessons in January. Powederhorn has FREE first-time lessons, rentals and lift tickets on Sunday mornings throughout the season. Breckenridge Nordic Center is offering discounted snowshoe lessons in January.
Idaho’s Lookout Pass offers first-time lessons, rentals and lift tickets on Saturday mornings throughout the season. Bogus Basin is offering a beginner package for $69 in January. Silver Mountain has $2 beginner lessons and rentals in January with the purchase of a lift ticket.
Used with permission via LSSM / Showdown, Montana
Showdown Mountain is offering its Take 3, Sundays Free. For first time skiers and riders ONLY. Take 3 days of lessons & after completion of 3rd lesson get a Sunday Season Pass for the remainder of the 2018-19 ski season. This package also includes rentals and a lift ticket.
In California, Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Mountain High and Snow Valley have posted information on discounted learn-to packages in Special Offers. Mountain High is offering a 2 for 1 deal on their mid-week half-day beginner package. Buy one and get one free. Also, the Blue Angels Youth Ski and Snowboard Youth Group has a multi-day program for youngsters.
Mount Hood ski lessons, Used with Permission by LSSM
Oregon’s Mt Hood Meadows offers a 2-hour lesson for $59 if purchased online.
Shoshone lift at Grand Targhee
Grand Targhee Resort is teaming up with Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month with the 1-2-3 Learn to Ski & Ride Program. $399 package includes three 2-hour group lessons, daily rental equipment, and all-day lift tickets, good on Shoshone and Papoose. Upon completion of your third lesson, you’ll receive a 2018/19 winter season pass.
Looking for your specific resort or location?
You can use the Find Resortssection’s easy-to-use zip code search to find additional locations near your home. There also is a geographic grouping of resorts on the web site. Not all listings in Find Resorts offer special January deals.
The Special Programs/Special Offerssection at Learn To Ski and Snowboard.org provides a sampling of beginner lesson programs broken down in alphabetical order by state.
The fire is roaring in the large stone fireplace in the lodge at Snowbasin Resort. Slowly I shuffle through my planner, journal, photos and notes from 2018. It is time for some self-reflection…
Nine years ago, I started changing my mind about New Year’s resolutions. Instead of a “to do” or “to don’t” list, I decided to set an intention for the year by choosing a word. These words are good friends, having traveled through pregnancies, races, newborn nights, toddler fits, doubts on parenting, victories at homeschooling, and major lifestyle changes.
These words have put the brakes on bad decisions, grabbed my hand and dragged me up mountains, refocused my mind, and provided a clear goal while allowing flexibility for whatever my year might bring. These words are writing my story.
I find it deeply ironic that I chose the word streamlined as my word for 2018 and then ended up spending 180 of those days traveling the country in our 25′ Safari Airstream! Airstreams have long been known for their superior towing experience (I agree) and are said to be more streamlined (maybe a urban legend).
We eventually reached the furthest reaches of Nova Scotia, visiting Acadia National Park and ALL the big cities. And ended by coming home in time for the snow to fly and ski season to start.
Life was streamlined and simple. We drove. We explored. The normal busyness of home life was a thing of the past. We truly embraced a “traveling with a black page” mentality, not really planning, ditching reservations, and going with how we felt and what worked with the weather and conditions. Those 180 days on the road were one of the best decisions we’ve ever made as a family.
Turning towards 2019
I recently listened to a podcast by my friend, Kathy Dalton on Go Adventure Mom. Her guest, Talese Fernbach, kept returning to a three step principle that has stuck with me through the last couple weeks. She said, when approaching your life, your schedule and your plans, ask these questions:
Why am I doing this?
Why am I doing this now?
Does this add value to my life?
I’ve been using this wisdom as I turn towards the future. I still have no idea what this year has for me. But one word has been echoing in my mind.
adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire:
I have enough. I am enough. I am sufficient for my life, my family, my purpose. All I’ve been given is enough. I don’t need more. But I’ve also had enough. Enough of status quo, enough dancing to someone else’s tune, enough of small dreams. Enough worrying about what people think, or doing things just because I am expected to.
Last year I wrote this in my journal:
I do feel like I’ve left so many of my walls behind. I started living outside the walls that I had built around myself, the box that society put me in. But I still have a long way to go. Every day threatens to shove me back to the known and comfortable.
So here is to “enough” and to 2019. What is your word for the year?
Hi friends! I am so excited to be embarking on the third year of my favorite challenge of all time. Yup, it is that time of the year again: time to register for the 365 Mile Challenge!
What I love about this challenge? The community. The hundreds of different people, all ages, all locations, all walks-of-life, coming together to pursue a common goal.
Some people are just starting their fitness journey, others are looking for the next step up and are pursuing double or triple miles in a year. But the one thing we have in common is a commitment to get moving and live an active lifestyle. I could go on for hours but instead I’ll let our members share for themselves:
"I am..." We want to know you, join us! - YouTube
How it works:
Sign up for the challenge through our shop. There are different levels based on your desired swag and involvement.
With all the levels, your goal is to complete 365 self-propelled miles in 2019.
Once we receive confirmation, you’ll be sent a link to our private 365 Mile Participant Facebook Group.
Our Facebook group is where all the magic happens. Our participants are upbeat, encouraging, and will help you stay motivated to reach your goals!
Not on Facebook? No problem.
Stay connected and informed through our monthly e-mail newsletters.
We’ll also have gear giveaways from our amazing sponsors and bi-monthly live chats with our in-house personal coach.
Time to start moving! You can keep track of your miles using any app you’d like, and you’ll receive a mileage log with your welcome kit. We also do mileage Mondays in the Facebook group to hear how everyone is doing!
Any self-propelled miles count: run, walk, swim, snowshoe, bike, or paddle. Get your heart rate up and your feet moving.
We are here to provide inspiration, motivation, and the rewards!
I hope you join me this next year, by making intentional time for you to be active and outdoors! See you on the trail… or the slopes!
It has been a super long time. If you have been following along via Facebook or Instagram, then you know we finished our 6 month trip across the US with time in the big cities of Boston, New York and Washington DC.
We are home now, and after about 6 weeks, I can say we are just starting to adjust to life not on the road. I’ll be honest, it hasn’t been an easy transition back.
But now the snow is flying, resorts are opening and ski season is officially started! Game on!
It was opening week last week at Snowbasin Resort, our home for the 2018/2019 season. With 16″ of new snow and more on the way we are super stoked. After we moved past forgetting half the gear and forgetting how to turn ( there is always at least one kid every year, right?) we had an awesome time.
Opening Weekend at Snowbasin Resort, UT - YouTube
Online Family Ski School
I wanted to share with you that our brand new course, the Online Family Ski School, launched last month and we have a killer deal running right now!
Just $59 for lifetime access, a exclusive Facebook Group, and 12 awesome lessons to get your new skier on the slopes.
“As a new ski mom I was really nervous about doing things “right” on the ski hill with my kids. I’m super grateful to the Online Family Ski School for giving me the confidence I needed to help my kids on the hill!” -Jess, Idaho
I love a blank page. It’s future is unwritten, open and beautiful. It is full of anticipation and maybe a little uncertainty. You get to decide what is on this page, how it looks and feels.
And so the last 8 weeks of our journey to Maine have been similar. After a flurry of reservations made and cancelled for one reason or another, we’ve been largely operating on the “don’t reserve anything” principle. This takes a certain level of being “OK” with the stress of not knowing if you’ll have a place to sleep that night, but so far we haven’t had any problems.
Lake Placid, New York
Starting in Lake Placid, NY, we literally called ahead to a campground on the way there, and reserved two sites so that the hordes of Lacrosse and Rugby players in town for tournaments wouldn’t take the last few sites. It worked. And we spent a week in one of my favorites towns so far this trip.
Cascade Peak in Lake Placid
We climbed Cascade Mountain, Chris ran up the tallest summit in the Adirondacks, Mount Marcy. We swam at Mirror Lake and I swam the 1.2 mile Ironman course they have set up all the time. We absolutely adored our time in Lake Placid and would do it all over again.
Stowe and East Burke, VT
From there we randomly headed south for a family rafting trip, and then a few days later decided we all had the mountain biking bug and turned for the Green Mountains of Vermont. We found an awesome campground in Stowe called Gold Brook Campground (highly suggest it) and found even better mountain biking trails. We took our small horde (we are currently traveling with our friends from Currently Wandering and yes, we are a horde) to the trails and had a blast.
From there we parted ways with our friends and decided to make our way to the Kingdom Trails near Burke Mountain, VT for more riding. With lack of cell phone coverage information and an even greater lack of camping for RVs near East Burke, we totally pulled into the first thing that had any availability and a pool. Cause, my gosh, it was sweltering.
The Kingdom trails are an awesome network of trails put in near East Burke, VT. The major difficulty for us was the need for cell coverage (work) and the fact that local campgrounds were tent only. Add to this a day-use fee for the trails that totaled $52 for our whole family, and we decided we couldn’t stay long in the area… So we sugared and hyped up the three kids for an epic day of riding, paid our money, biked some awesome trails and when the heat and humidity was no longer bearable, we called it a day and jumped in the river.
White Mountains of New Hampshire
We hitched up and busted out of the area into the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We were totally stoked to be back in big mountains and had hopes of staying for 1-2 weeks. We could even find camping in the area for as long as we wanted but (always the but…) cell phone coverage is abysmal everywhere in the Whites! Add to that really unfriendly people and we decided to “epic” the Whites as well.
So similar to Burke, we picked the 1 day with good weather, hyped up the kids and took off hiking. Chris wanted to do all the peaks in the area, so why not do them on one day? I dropped him off at one end of the Presidential Range at dawn, went back to get the kids, drove UP Mount Washington, and hiked down to Lake of the Clouds.
We even timed it perfectly to cross paths with Chris half way through his 20 mile traverse. It was awesome being in the high alpine again.
From there our blank page continued.
Filling In Our Blank Page
We arrived in Maine ahead of schedule. Our only reservations are for Acadia National Park, made 6 months ago to the day because you need reservations for the national parks 98% of the time. But we were 3 weeks early. We’d spent so much time focusing on getting TO Maine, we never thought about what we’d do it we had extra time!
And this is where our blank page has begun to fill in. We danced our way down the Bay of Fundy, over to the Northumberland Coast of Nova Scotia, met up with our friends again and decided we might as well drive as far as we can without hopping a ferry.
To Cape Breton Island we went.
Many of you might be totally lost by now. For those of you who don’t know where Cape Breton Island is, well, it is the furthest east end of Nova Scotia. Basically we are as far east as we can get without hopping a ferry to Newfoundland. Trust me, I did price out the options. In looking at a map we are closer to Greenland now, than we are to home. Eek! A tad overwhelming.
But also fun, because from here on out, every mile we drive gets us closer again to home. And that is reassuring because the nights are getting cooler and the days less humid. Fall is on the way.