Category: Ski Resorts United States

Telluride Bliss – Luxury Accommodation by Exceptional Stays

Telluride Bliss – Luxury Accommodation by Exceptional Stays The fall colors were spectacular and the mountain tops were covered in white from early dustings of snow. The yellow gold Aspen trees glistened below the jagged peaks. The mountains look different here, there is a very European feeling to the high peaks that surround the town. A majestic heard of Elk caught our attention as we turned off the main road to head up to Mountain Village. Their presence was both regal and awe inspiring. We arrived at Alpen Ridge’s luxury accommodation by Exceptional Stays and were immediately blown away by this impressive property. ... Read more

Best Après Spots in Aspen

Best Après Spots in Aspen: “Après” is not just an after skiing activity, though it is the perfect way to end a day shredding it up on the slopes.”Après”  is de rigueur after a tiring hike or a float down the river. It’s great to find a welcoming spot to relax and laugh with friends while indulging in drinks and snacks.  The Little Nell – The “Nell” as locals call it is located at 675 E Durant Ave in the center of Aspen, Colorado. Its one of the best locations in Aspen, directly  below the gondola on Aspen Mountain. The Little ... Read more

Best Hotels – Aspen

1.- The Little Nell Sitting at the base of Aspen Mountain on the southern edge of town, The Little Nell offers luxury accommodation and prime service with on-site services such as a Ski Concierge team (who can secure everything from lift tickets to ski rentals) and an equipment storage center. Guests say that the hotel’s proximity to fresh tracks isn’t the only reason to stay there. The Little Nell’s two in-house restaurants — element 47 and Ajax Tavern — earn high praise for their food, and the hotel spa offers the best services for post-skiing relaxation. 2.- Hotel Jerome Located on Main Street, in ... Read more

Mikaela Shiffrin Cover Shoot – SNOW Magazine

The 2016-17 ski season in Colorado was a good one with plenty of snow and lots of sunny days. Aspen hosted World Cup finals and every day was glorious and warm. Mikaela Shiffrin won the Slalom globe as well as the overall World Cup title.  We spoke to her about doing a feature story with a high fashion photo shoot. We were entranced with the idea of shooting her as the snow princess. We assembled a team for the shoot which included top photographer Christian Alexander, Ernesto Sempoll on lighting, and the amazing John Martinez as the stylist. We put ... Read more

Skiing in Aspen for Memorial Day Weekend

Skiing in Aspen is not over yet. Just when you thought it was time to put away your gear, there is one more opportunity to slide and play with friends over Memorial Day Weekend. Saturday (May 27th)marks the beginning of the summer season and Aspen Ski Co have riding and skiing in Aspen Mountain. With town green and the mountains white, it will be a classic Colorado multi-sport weekend.  They will offer 130 acres of terrain, spring conditions and even a few black runs (Summit, Blondie’s and maybe adventure skiing on Sunrise and Sunset).  Ajax Express will run from 10:00am to ... Read more

SNOW Ski Test Preview – Best New Skis 2017 – 2018

Ski Test Preview – Best New Skis 2017 – 2018 This March a group of top ski pros and ex ski racers gathered on Aspen Mountain to test the best new women’s skis and all mountain skis that are some of the best new skis 2017 – 2018 Season. The test was led by ex World Cup ski racer David Stapleton. Testers included Dairinn Bowers, Nick Hill, Joanie Valentine, Jill Doerkin, Megan Harvey, Georgie Bremner, Jared Ettllinger, Mike Shea, Trent Jones, PJ McGovern, Lindsi Bradbury, and Susan Kinstler. The group tested the skis on perfect groomed packed powder on Aspen ... Read more

Utah’s Sweet Spot: Alta Lodge

What is it about Utah’s low-key Alta Lodge that hits skiers’ sweet spot? How does a small and unassuming hotel at the end of Utah State Route 210, better known as Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, attract the rich, the famous, and the interesting, year after year after decade? It’s not the accommodations. The rooms are Euro-regular, not American-grand — the Lodge’s scale has never been confused with Stein Eriksen Lodge or St. Regis Deer Valley. Nor is it the amenities. What do health clubs, swimming pools, and elegant spas have in common? You can’t find any of them at Alta Lodge. (Though ... Read more

Aspen Ski Company to acquire Mammoth Resorts

Aspen Ski Company’s second in command said Wednesday the deal to acquire Mammoth Resorts and Intrawest is a logical extension of a business strategy it has pursued for the past five winters. Aspen COO: “When this opportunity came up, it looked like a good one.” Aspen Ski Company Chief Executive Officer David Perry said it’s a growing trend in the travel and leisure industry to bundle experiences for people who want to gain new experiences and try new things. Skiing is no different, he said. “Our guests here at Aspen-Snowmass, we’ve learned they increasingly like to move around a little ... Read more

Aspen Synchro Skiing Championships

Photo courtesy of Harvey Mogenson By Carolina Vivo In March of 2017 Aspen hosted the International Ski Federation’s first World Cup Finals held outside of Europe since 1997. During the event, the top 25 male and female racers competed in the final event of the season. Spectators e from the five continents to watch and take part. The excitement of the World Cup finals is over, and yet Aspen Mountain will host another entertaining event that will take place before the season is over. Every beginning of April since 2003, the Aspen slope called North American becomes the venue for ... Read more

Food & Wine Aspen – Coppola Minis and Manis

Francis Ford Coppola Winery just launched a second sparkling wine to its Sofia label. Sofia Brut Rosé is perfect for summer and comes available in bottles and the mini 187 ml cans with straws. To celebrate the launch of its new Brut Rosé, named in honor of the award-winning director herself, during Food and Wine Aspen, the winery paired up with top Aspen Salon Tullio to pamper guests with blowouts, manicures, and makeup, preparing us girls for the selfie-filled weekend ahead.   The event, named Minis and Manis was the perfect mid-day treat and the best way to kick off Food and wine ... Read more

Best Hiking in Aspen – Smuggler

By Caitlin DeGraff Best Hiking in Aspen I’m not going to lie. At times I prefer the gym more than taking a run and indulging in nature.  The gym is efficient and easy to access. We all have those days when it’s more convenient just to hop on the treadmill, without distractions and just run. Although when a beautiful day arrives in Aspen, Colorado, I ditch the treadmill  and walk up to experience some of the best hiking in Aspen – Smuggler Mountain Trail. I have lived in Aspen for around ten years and now that summer is here with perfect ... Read more

Top 8 Family-Friendly Ski Destinations 2017

Top 8 Family-Friendly Ski Destinations 2017 Kid Tested, Parent Approved: Natural Retreats’ Top 8 Family-Friendly Ski Destinations 2017 With so many impressive places to try out for the ultimate snow sporting experience it isn’t easy to pick just one. The travel experts on Natural Retreats’ Xplore Team have done research for you and hand picked their Top 8 Family Friendly Ski Destinations of 2017 for you. From Mammoth to Montana, if you’re looking for the thrill and chill of the perfect day on the slopes, check out our list and get planning for your next adventure with the whole family. ... Read more

Deep Skiing, Deeper Thinking At Summit – Powder Mountain, Utah

“Mount Millennial” – Powder Mountain, Utah Ever been hugged by a clerk while checking into a ski lodge? Me neither. ‘Til last March that is, in the Summit Powder Mountain welcome center at Powder Mountain, Utah. With yoga music sounding from discreet speakers and pitchers of cucumber water sweating in natural light, I approach the reception counter, which is in fact an antique table. That’s when Justin — a handsome young man with bright blue eyes and long blond dreadlocks, wearing a Himalayan scarf and paisley pants — stands and opens his arms wide. He gifts me a warm embrace. ... Read more

Food As Escape: Sundance Mountain Resort Dining

There are so many ways to lose yourself at Sundance: the spa, the scenery, the stories told by the fire of art and film and skiing in the shadow of Mount Timpanogos. But the best way to lose yourself may be by way of food. Like so many things, food is both art and escape at Sundance Mountain Resort. Several years ago, Chef David Mullen made his way to Utah, leaving behind the bustle of San Francisco and New York City kitchens to take a breath of fresh Wasatch mountain air. He came from Central California, where he’d been immersed ... Read more

Sundance Mountain Resort – Rip or Relax?

Four executives at Sundance Mountain Resort offer surprising insight as to how they rip — and relax — at this luxury resort in Utah’s Wasatch Range.   Skiing. Snowboarding. Winter zip lining. Sundance Mountain Resort has enough exhilarating experiences to fill a vacation with unforgettable fun. But there’s a softer side to this Utah resort: idyllic nordic trails, après-ski by the fire in the Owl Bar, an eco-spa dedicated to the healing powers of nature, views of the great Mount Timpanogos all around. For a feel for both the exhilarating and the rejuvenating, SNOW Magazine asked four of the resort’s ... Read more