There are many fantastic places to visit for a family-friendly skiing experience | Lifestyles

Michigan is the perfect state to learn to ski or snowboard in with family-friendly slopes and something for everyone.  Crystal Mountain offers spacious accommodations so families – even large extended families – can stay together under one roof.  Crystal Mountain is resort designed for families by families. It has 58 downhill trails, with 27 lighted for night skiing; eight lifts including a high speed detachable quad and 25 kilometers of cross country trails with 4km lighted for night skiing.  Time spent on the chairlift is time spent without a phone in your face. It’s quality time with loved ones, making memories.  During a time when some have to resist the temptation to hibernate inside, skiing and snowboarding are the perfect winter activity to take in the fresh air and the scenic outdoors.  Michigan is the perfect state to learn to ski or snowboard in with family-friendly slopes, affordable resorts and trained instructors who know how to make skiing a fun experience for all family members.  Many of the state’s ski resorts cater to families with ski lessons for all ages, equipment rental for youth as well as adults and rooms and suites with family features that allow everyone...

The Focus Wagon comes only in sporty mid-spec ST-Line grade. At $34,850 drive-away, there’s a $2000

The Focus Wagon comes only in sporty mid-spec ST-Line grade. At $34,850 drive-away, there’s a $2000 premium over the equivalent Focus Hatch. With plenty of small and medium SUVs at about $30K, it’s little wonder the Australian wagon market is floundering as buyers gravitate towards the more desirable high riders. Standard on the pricey but generously appointed Wagon are auto gearbox, ST-Line body kit, 17-inch alloys, roof rails, 10mm lower Sports suspension, LED lights and auto heated mirrors. Inside is an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, satnav, voice control, dual zone climate control, keyless entry and start, wireless phone charging, flat-bottom steering wheel and metal-finish pedals. Warranty is strong at five years/unlimited kilometres and servicing at 12 month/15,000km intervals cost a reasonable $299 for each of the first four visits. If feels like a proper roomy family car inside with ample space for two adults or three kids in the back. You score an SUV-baiting 608L of boot space and a mighty 1653L with rear seats folded. Cloth seats have red stitching for some visual flair, a rotary selector rather than gear shifter frees up centre c...