Tag: skiing

Winter Park-Fraser Valley: On a Budget 1

Winter Park-Fraser Valley: On a Budget

Colorado ski towns are often known for high prices, especially during their winter primetime. But vacationing in a mountain getaway doesn’t have to break the budget. The Winter Park-Fraser Valley area, 90 minutes northwest of Denver and surrounded by the Arapaho National Forest, offers a lot of cold-weather fun for $20 or less. Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing Hiking and biking…

Keystone for Families: 10 Ways to Have Fun 2

Keystone for Families: 10 Ways to Have Fun

A family ski trip to explore the snow-capped mountains of Colorado is an exciting adventure. But finding a one-stop resort to entertain adults and kids alike can be a daunting endeavor. One answer comes from Keystone Resort, stretching across three mountains and offering one of the most kid-friendly locations above 9,000 feet. We’ve compiled a top-10 list of activities the…

The Ritz-Carlton: A Perfect Mountain Retreat in Bachelor Gulch 3

The Ritz-Carlton: A Perfect Mountain Retreat in Bachelor Gulch

Perched atop a sloping hillside above the town of Avon, Colorado, The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch hotel melds luxury accommodations with the majestic spirit of the Rocky Mountains. Opened in 2002 with 180 rooms, The Ritz is nestled into Bachelor Gulch on Beaver Creek Mountain. Upon arriving, guests can cast off the winter chill in front of the lobby fireplace. The…

Outdoor Traditions 4

Outdoor Traditions

During the long nights of winter, nowhere does the full moon shine brighter than in Colorado’s high country. Tucked away from city lights, the silvery moon hangs like a lantern in the black sky, providing enough illumination for doing just about anything at night that you can do during the day. Mountain residents schedule nighttime activities by the lunar calendar,…

Crested Butte: Distinctive Destination 5

Crested Butte: Distinctive Destination

At first glance, you can tell Crested Butte, in south-central Colorado, is not your typical glossy ski resort town. The attention paid to retaining its mining-town character is evident – and exactly why Crested Butte was chosen as one of the Dozen Distinctive Destinations for 2008 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Wildflower gardens and Victorian architecture present a…

Snow and Spas: Stay in Keystone 6

Snow and Spas: Stay in Keystone

Keystone is one of Colorado’s many premier ski locations.  Cradled amongst the vistas of the Continental Divide and steeped in thousands of acres of wilderness, Keystone makes for the perfect location for Colorado vacation skiers, snowboarders, and outdoor enthusiasts.  With powdery slopes, lakes, and rivers nearby, this ski town provides activities to take part in all year round.  While the…

Bumps for Boomers: On Aspen Mountain 7

Bumps for Boomers: On Aspen Mountain

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 use these squat skis to…

One Ski Hill Place: Luxury in Breckenridge

Downtown Breckenridge is the pride of Colorado mountain towns, offering a wonderful main street, fine dining, and shopping galore. Home to festivals and celebrations year round, the mountain community is known for its vibrant culture as well as its gentle skiing terrain. At the base of Peak 8 is One Ski Hill Place, an ultimate luxury getaway in the cozy…

Romance in the Rockies: Take Your Valentine to Gunnison-Crested Butte

  As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air and so are plans to romance that special someone. If you’re looking to do better than last year’s roses and chocolates, check out Gunnison-Crested Butte’s “Romance in the Rockies.” The Gunnison County area in southwestern Colorado celebrates the romantic season with a lineup of events ranging from fun for the…

Snow Much Fun: Snow Mountain Ranch Packed Wth Adventure

Remember sleep-away camp? Roasting marshmallows by the fire, bunking in log cabins, crafting leather belts, laughing in the dining hall with new-found friends… Picture your adult self at camp with your kids. Now add snow. That’s the scene at the YMCA of the Rockies’ Snow Mountain Ranch, just outside Winter Park. At this high-altitude hideout, families with children of all…