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First lady's Aspen trip marks 16th vacation in 3 years for Obama family

Feb. 18, 2012: First lady Michelle Obama skis at Buttermilk ski area in Aspen.AP

First Lady Michelle Obama took her daughters on a ski trip to Aspen over President's Day weekend, the 16th trip the first family has taken since President Obama took office.

Over the past three years, the president, first lady and their daughters Sasha and Malia have vacationed in Europe and Africa, and in various vacation hotspots around the U.S.

They have also traveled multiple times to Chicago, where they lived before the president was elected.

The family has spent every Christmas since taking office in Obama's native Hawaii.

Here is a full list of the 16 vacations, first compiled by The Washington Examiner:

-- President's Day 2012, Michelle and the girls go to Aspen to ski.
-- Christmas 2011, the first family goes to Hawaii for an extended vacation.
-- Summer 2011, the family visits Martha's Vineyard, Mass., for the annual beach break.
-- June 2011, the first lady, her mother and daughters travel to South Africa and Botswana.
-- President's Day 2011, the first lady and first daughters travel to Vail to ski.
-- Christmas 2010, the first family goes to Hawaii.
-- August 2010, post-BP oil spill beach trip to Panama City Beach, Fla.
-- August 2010, Obama travels to Chicago alone for a weekend 49th birthday bash (and fundraiser).
-- August 2010, the first lady and daughter Sasha travel to Spain for a mother-daughter vacation.
-- August 2010, the family spends summer vacation in Martha's Vineyard.
-- July 2010, the first family goes to Mount Desert Island, Maine.
-- May 2010, the first family takes a four-day trip to Chicago.
-- March 2010, first lady and daughters spend spring break in New York City.
-- Christmas 2009, the family goes to Hawaii for the winter break.
-- August 2009, everyone heads to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon for a short vacation.
-- August 2009, the first family takes its first vacation from the White House at Martha's Vineyard.

Click here for more on this story from The Washington Examiner. 

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