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Family-owned resorts provide guests with personal touch

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Cross-country skiers outside the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. The lodge is owned by the famous singing family from "The Sound of Music."

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Family-owned resorts, such as Sonnenalp in Vail, Colo., strive to provide a personal touch in an era when many resorts are owned by large corporations.

Courtesy of Sonnenalp

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Big, family-owned resorts are still in vogue in Europe, particularly in the mountains of Germany and Austria, where some hotels have been passed down through the generations. But in the U.S., while there are still plenty of small resorts, B&Bs and inns run by families, many larger resorts that were founded by families have been sold to or taken over by corporate entities.
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    • Cross-country skiers outside the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. The lodge is owned by the famous singing family from “The Sound of Music.”
    • Family-owned resorts, such as Sonnenalp in Vail, Colo., strive to provide a personal touch in an era when many resorts are owned by large corporations.
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