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
Collective Retreats – Luxury Camping. Luxury Camping or Glamping is the best new way to experience the outdoors. For those of you who see camping as fighting with large pieces of canvas and aluminum tent poles, this has got to be the best thing since flush toilets. Gone are the days of blowing up a mattress pad and unfurling a musty sleeping bag to “try” to get a few hours of rest on hard ground. Gone too are the days of lighting the Coleman stove to heat up your coffee in the am. Welcome to the gold standard of “Camping”, ... Read more
The Colorado Olympics that Weren’t How Colorado won, and lost, the 1976 winter Games — and why it matters today. By Cynthia Psarakis On Feb. 4 , 1976, an expectant crowd packed shoulder to shoulder into a chilly open-air stadium for the opening ceremony of the Xii Olympic Winter Games. Performers and dignitaries alike took the stage against a backdrop of majestic, snowy mountains, and runners clad in red and white sprinted up a long flight of stairs, touching torches to massive cauldrons and setting them ablaze with the Olympic flame. Country by country, athletes marched in the parade of ... Read more
Best Ski Spas: Spa Anjali Westin Riverfront Massaging the Message Spa Anjali wraps wellness in a green package B Y DAV I D K . G I B S O N SPAS — FOR ALL THEIR PHYSICAL, AESTHETIC, AND MENTAL BENEFITS — can be incredibly wasteful places. Piles upon piles of linens are used in drying off after showers that attempt to replicate waterfalls through the sheer volume of water they use. Rare herbs are gathered from questionable sources and infused into chemical concoctions. Exotic woods and stones are shipped from halfway around the world to build monuments to relaxation ... Read more
Rails to Trails JASPER’S HISTORIC LODGE LINKS TRAIN AND TERRAIN FOR THE QUINTESSENTIAL WINTER VACATION BY HILARY NANGLE The last time I rode the train to jasper, i was 11 years old, bouncing in my seat in anticipation of a summer family adventure. Decades later, with a lifetime of far-ﬂung travel under my belt, I ﬁnd that I’m once again that little girl, my nose pressed to glass, waiting for the Rockies to appear as a shadow on the horizon of the great plains. I am returning to the lakefront lodge of my childhood memories — the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge — ... Read more
Top Luxury Hotel – Vail’s Hotel Sebastian – Winter Warmth In Vail, a boutique hotel embraces a culture of hospitality BY ROGER TOLL A strange thing happened each time I returned to the Sebastian on my last visit to Vail: I would aim for my room but would ﬁnd myself instead on one of the lobby’s comfortable sofas, sipping from a warm mug of hot chocolate or a bottle of water brought by a thoughtful employee, and losing myself in yet another coffee table book full of spectacular photos of nature, art, or history. Sometimes the library just off the lobby ... Read more
Four Seasons Vail – Private Practice FOUR SEASONS OPENS ITS PRIVATE VAIL RESIDENCES TO ALL By TERRY WARD Vail hardly lacks decadent lodging. But to tap into all the amenities of a luxury slopeside hotel with a retreat that feels like your own personal mountain address, swap your hotel key for residence access at the Four Seasons Resort & Residences, Vail, Colorado. The property’s location at the base of the mountain in Vail Village is as central as things get in one of North America’s most legendary ski corridors. But you elevate your entourage from the hotel crowds when you book ... Read more
SNOW Fashion on TV8Vail Cat Coughran and Barbara Sanders speak to Tricia Swenson from TV8 Vail about SNOW Fashion Beaver Creek. Smartwool was the title sponsor. Top Retailers included Gorsuch, Christy Sports, Generation BC, and Beaver Creek Sports. Brands on the runway included Smartwool, Bogner, Mountain Force, Skea, Snow Sugar, and Kask, Guests enjoyed drinking Korbel Champagne and Gluhwein and watching models, kids, and celebrity athletes on the runway including Sarah Schleper, Brenda Buglione, Patrik Jaerbyn, Lucas Evans, Charlotte Moats, and Tim Cafe.
Support A Future Ski Star Katharine Irwin, age 20, is a 4 year member of the US Ski Team, specializing in SPEED. Last year she had great success with a solid 7th place finish at World Juniors Championship in Super G and 3rd overall in Nor Am Cup Series in Downhill. She is on the C Team this season with World Cup starts on the very near horizon! She is passionate about following her dream and racing at the 2015 World Championships in her hometown of Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado this February. Her mother Diane Boyer, owner of Skea Ski ... Read more
“We would not have been able to affect so many lives over the past 10 years without Vail behind us,” says Ludden.
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon, Colorado, opened in September 2008, and is the first luxury resort in the state to achieve LEED
I know I’m dating myself, but when I was little and someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, being an “Escapist” was not on the approved list. Was it something that “I dream of Jeannie” became when she crossed her arms and nodded her head? Deciding where to stay on your Alpine vacation is one of the most important decisions you will make once you decide where to go. Though where you want to stay may actually determine where you go and Portico Club has something to say about that. Portico is a new “member ... Read more