Girls’ Getaway: Take to the Nordic Trails

Girls' Getaway: Take to the Nordic Trails 1

In her native Sweden, Berit Daniels was just 2 when she first strapped on a pair of cross-country skis. “I’d shuffle around in my yard making loops in the snow,” she says. Nearly 40 years later, Daniels makes loops regularly on the scenic Spring Gulch Nordic trails, just a stone’s throw from her Carbondale home. … Read more Girls’ Getaway: Take to the Nordic Trails

Klaus Obermeyer: Ski Clothing Legend

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If you happen to ride a lift in Aspen with a ruggedly handsome man who, in a German accent, quizzes you about your ski clothes — “Are zay warm?” “Do zay fit well?” “Are zay functional?” — it may be winter-clothing tycoon Klaus Obermeyer keeping in touch with consumers of the industry in which he … Read more Klaus Obermeyer: Ski Clothing Legend

Beyond the Slopes: Taking a Break in Snowmass

Beyond the Slopes: Taking a Break in Snowmass 3

The ski terrain at the four mountains in Aspen and Snowmass is vast. Your family could easily spend a week exploring the 300-plus trails, seeking out stashes of powder and riding the rails. But you’ll likely have some afternoons or full days when the kids (or mom and dad) need a break from skiing or … Read more Beyond the Slopes: Taking a Break in Snowmass

Regal Rocky Mountain Retreat at the St. Regis Aspen

Regal Rocky Mountain Retreat at the St. Regis Aspen 4

The grand manor style and luxury atmosphere is apparent at St. Regis Aspen. Located at the base of Aspen Mountain steps from world-renowned shopping and dining, the opulent property is a destination for the global citizen. From the fresh flowers in the plush lobby to the signature St. Regis Butler Service included with stays in … Read more Regal Rocky Mountain Retreat at the St. Regis Aspen

Bumps for Boomers: On Aspen Mountain

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Atop Aspen Mountain, we clip into short fat skis. Just over 3 feet long, these twin-tipped “skiboards” would look trendy on a teen, but that’s not us. We’re a group of gray-heads for whom the term “hip” is usually followed by the word “replacement.” For two of the next four days, we old dogs will … Read more Bumps for Boomers: On Aspen Mountain

Viceroy Snowmass: We Dig It

Recent excavation of an ancient Columbian mammoth fossil has put Snowmass, Colorado in the spotlight. Not to be outshone by its prehistoric media magnet, Viceroy Snowmass Luxury Mountain Resort is receiving its own acclaim as a luxury destination. As one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, Viceroy Snowmass is … Read more Viceroy Snowmass: We Dig It

The Little Nell: A Sparkling Diamond Ski Resort in Aspen

5-star / 5-Diamond accreditation is the pinnacle of success for any hotel or resort around the world. Aspen is fortunate to have such a property at the base of the mountain where guests literally walk out the doors to the slopes. The Little Nell embodies all that Colorado is—a touch of Western elegance, smiling staff … Read more The Little Nell: A Sparkling Diamond Ski Resort in Aspen

Earn It: Aspen Activities with Sweet Rewards

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Not just a winter ski destination, versatile Aspen takes on a whole new persona in the warmer months of spring and summer. One of Colorado’s most internationally known destinations, Aspen sings a siren’s song to adventurers and mountaineers all year round. What makes Aspen special under the summer sun? The network of world class hiking … Read more Earn It: Aspen Activities with Sweet Rewards

Back In The Limelight: The Limelight Lodge Then And Now

The first time I stayed at the Limelight Lodge was back in 1991.  It was my first ski trip to Aspen, Colorado.  Back then, the Limelight was an affordable lodging alternative to the higher-priced hotels Aspen is known for — places like Little Nell and the Jerome Hotel.  The Limelight reminded me of the typical … Read more Back In The Limelight: The Limelight Lodge Then And Now

Offbeat And Affordable Places To Stay In Aspen

Aspen has a universal reputation as a luxurious destination for well-to-do jetsetters, but surprisingly, there’s also an array of affordable lodging choices for travelers with smaller budgets — even if you’re visiting with dogs or yearning to hit the slopes during peak ski season. No matter when your travels take you there, Aspen’s stunning Rocky … Read more Offbeat And Affordable Places To Stay In Aspen

A Medley of Restaurant Choices in Aspen

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Aspen, Colorado is known as a skier’s paradise, but the breathtaking mountain scenery welcomes people all year round for Colorado vacations. The city is situated at the upper end of the Roaring Fork Valley, where trout fishing is amazing during the right season. Cultural activities are also abundant year-round, while the mountain is famous around … Read more A Medley of Restaurant Choices in Aspen

Girls’ Getaway: Spring for the Spas

My idea of a perfect weekend escape with friends? Two nights at a nearby (but not too close) hotel, pampering spa treatments, fine dining and plenty of outdoor activity. Throw in some red wine and lots of late-night girl talk, and I return home refreshed, rejuvenated and ready to tackle real life again. Such a … Read more Girls’ Getaway: Spring for the Spas

Dining Al Fresco: Front-Row Seat to Mountain Peaks

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Dining outside is one of the delicious delights of summer — a European tradition that has captured American diners big time. We find patios in gardens and malls, on rooftops and streets, and even in parking lots. But nowhere is the al fresco ambiance more appealing than in mountain resorts and towns. Whether it’s beneath … Read more Dining Al Fresco: Front-Row Seat to Mountain Peaks

Wine Bars: Toasting the Grape

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Savvy servers are pouring wines and discussing them knowledgeably in wine bars proliferating in Colorado. Order them by the glass, by the bottle or by flight — small pours of several wines, enabling you to compare several vintages from a single vineyard or the same type of wine from different regions or produced in different … Read more Wine Bars: Toasting the Grape

Colorado Ski Season: Let the Fun Begin!

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Colorado’s mountain resorts have fine-tuned their slopes and improved guest services for the 2011-2012 ski/snowboard season. This year, it’s about technology, terrain parks and a few surprise new twists and turns. Here’s a rundown of the resorts and their opening dates: Arapahoe Basin – Open. arapahoebasin.com. Black Mountain Express — a new high-speed quad — … Read more Colorado Ski Season: Let the Fun Begin!