Category: Ski Town Secrets

Aspen luxury rental: Ajax Mountain Penthouse

[tabs][tab title =”About”] Aspen luxury rental: Ajax Mountain Penthouse This Aspen luxury rental is located in Aspen’s core offering the “urban” mountain experience. This Ajax Mountain penthouse offers the finest of everything, starting with the amazing views of Ajax Mountain from the living room and the master bedroom. For more sight-seeing, we invite you to go up to the roof deck patio, where you will find unobstructed views from Aspen to Independence Pass. There are two separate roof patios: the first off of the gourmet kitchen, and the second above the entire apartment featuring a hot tub, four teak wood lounge chairs ... Read more

An Insider’s Luxury Guide to Telluride

An Insider’s Luxury Guide to Telluride In the 1800s, they named this mining town Telluride, for the gold-bearing ore. But the poetic mishearing “to hellyou ride” better reflected this boisterous burg tucked into the barely accessible San Juan Mountains. Today, the gold is snow, but the boisterousness remains. The Layout Telluride sits in the Southwest corner of Colorado, where the geology gods did some of their best work. Fourteen-thousand-foot peaks melt into red-rock mesas as countless stands of pine and aspen watch in awestruck silence. Though Telluride has gone from booming mining village to virtual ghost town to bustling ski resort, ... Read more

Switzerland: Fond of Fondue

Switzerland: Fond of Fondue In increasingly international Verbier, a local treasure closes its doors. By Jay Cowen The skiing is big and busy in Verbier, Switzerland, where 7,000 vertical feet are fed by 100 lifts, so it’s no wonder that the town is naturally raucous. Its streets teem with a young, très international crowd that rocks hard all day on legendary back country and off -piste routes such as Gentianes and Stairway to Heaven, then rolls all night in clubs that are open until dawn. Like the mountain, the dining is also big and busy, with only occasional quiet oases ... Read more

Vodka: Making it Clear

Vodka: Making it Clear Artisanal vodka isn’t an oxymoron, it’s the new calling card of Colorado’s boutique distillers By Erica Duecy Vodka may be america’s favorite spirit, but it’s one that cocktail enthusiasts and liquor connoisseurs love to hate. Its offense: Vodka is bland — odorless and flavorless by definition (its name roughly translates from Russian as “little water”), there seems to be nothing artisanal about it. But while the virtues of vodka’s bouquet and taste may be up for debate, its lack of artisan ship is no longer an Absolut. Though most vodka is still produced in massive factories ... Read more

Perfect Places: Big Sky Montana

Perfect Places: Big Sky Montana Big sky is out of the way — and out of this world By Jay Cowan Montana always impresses me with its most dominant element — space. High, wide, handsome space, dotted sporadically with towns peopled by a few hardy individuals, just another random, small herd of wildlife. Where that space is embraced by giant mountains, there is a sense of possibility that expands like the sky and becomes something approaching endless. When I pull up to Big Sky Resort, I feel like I can do anything.  And that’s fine with the folks there — ... Read more

An Obergurgl Overture

By Barb Sanders   We woke to a picture postcard day. The sky was blue and the snow was fresh, leaving a beautiful white coat of paint on the slopes. The snow crystals were reflecting the sun, sparkling like our neighbor’s new veneers. Soelden and Obergurgl are both high mountain resorts, so though it was late March, the conditions were mid-winter. We had breakfast and jumped in the car to drive the short distance to Obergurgl, where a guide was waiting to meet us. We drove into the charming village of Obergurgl, where, after driving around lost, we found the tourist office. ... Read more

The Timeless Mystique of Stowe

Luxury comes in many shapes and sizes. For the ski and snowboard aficionado, this can mean such lodging comforts as luxurious ski-in, ski-out accommodations, environmentally friendly microfiber bed linens, plush cotton towels, goose down feather beds, pillows and duvets, and paintings from the Vermont Fine Art Gallery.  Welcome to the Stowe Mountain Lodge. The Stowe Mountain Lodge at the Stowe Mountain Resort, Vermont, sets a new standard of luxury and aesthetics for one of the east coast’s most magnificent resorts. Located slopeside adjacent to the new Over Easy Transfer Gondola, the six-story, 300-room Stowe Mountain Lodge draws on the architectural tradition of turn-of-the-century summer camps created by the great ... Read more

Brass Ranch

Brass Ranch in Sun Valley is one of our favorite stores with the largest collection of European and American ski and sportswear in Idaho.  Featuring brands like Arc‘teryx, Bogner, Canada Goose, Eider, JetSet, Kjus, Moncler, Ralph Lauren, Rossignol, Toni Sailer and more.  Brass Ranch is located at 1 Sun Valley Rd, Sun Valley, ID 83353 Phone:(208) 622-2021

Ski Town Events: Crankworx MTB 2013

It’s a chance to sleep in luxury, then eat dirt

Ski Town Secrets: Lake Placid, NY

There are ski trophies and stickers on the walls by the bar. Andrew Weibrecht, the US Olympic bronze medalist in Super-G in 2010, is feted… he should be, Andrew’s parents own the place.

Beyond Skiing: Argentina

Beyond Skiing Argentina. Argentina may be famous for the Tango, but it is also the home of world-class skiing which can be found along Argentina’s 2,300 mile mountainous western border with Chile. Their glamorous culture celebrates dance, fashion, art, cuisine, and fine wine. A ski trip to the Argentine Andes isn’t complete without a little shopping, a little Tango, and a lot of imbibing. Don’t forget to connect with your inner carnivore – and sweet tooth! DINE: RED MEAT: Argentina is all about “Carne”. Cattle ranching and the gaucho way of life on the vast grassy pampas is a source ... Read more

Ski Town Secret: Canyons

guided snowshoe tours

SKI TOWN SECRET: ASPEN

Buttermilk Mountain

Deer Valley’s Swanky Ski Hotel

St. Regis Deer Creek Resort

Utah’s Deerly Beloved Ski Hotel

The Montage, a luxury ski hotel