Ski Vacations, Colorado Style: The Lodge at Vail

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For all of my Colorado-born life, skiing has meant several things: Getting up early, throwing the skis in the car, fighting the Interstate 70 traffic and then schlepping same skis from the car to the slopes. Skiing, in general, meant a lot of work. Of course, it was always worth it — powdery white snow, … Read more Ski Vacations, Colorado Style: The Lodge at Vail

Vail’s Natural Beauty All Year Long

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 Have you ever considered visiting Vail, Colorado, in the summer or fall? While the mountain may feel like the primary draw, with skiing being the premier activity, there is much to see and do in the Vail Valley when the snows melt. In fact, the Valley itself is a primary attraction, with outdoor activities welcoming … Read more Vail’s Natural Beauty All Year Long

Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

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Every time Nick Miller, manager at Krabloonik Kennels, starts to hitch up his team, they go crazy. “They love it,” Miller says. “As soon as they realize they’re going out, they get excited, even if they’ve already been out that day.” Dog-sledding has become increasingly popular in many Colorado mountain towns and ski areas as … Read more Mush! Frolic In the Snow With the Dogs

Super Bowls and Back Bowls: Watch the Action at Ski Resorts

Over the Super Bowl’s 47-year history, I’ve viewed the game from all the usual TV venues. I’ve watched it from bars, dorms, homes, motels, hotels, airports and cruise ships. I’ve seen it at a church with fans cheering the team bearing the Christian-most quarterback. I’ve endured parties where women cackled during plays and men wolf-whistled … Read more Super Bowls and Back Bowls: Watch the Action at Ski Resorts

One Day of Dining in Vail, Colorado

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In twenty-four hours in Vail Colorado, you have three chances to experience the best and tastiest of the local dining scene – breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Seize each of these opportunities to treat your taste buds to the local flavors in one of the Colorado high country’s trendiest towns. Breakfast How to start your day … Read more One Day of Dining in Vail, Colorado

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

Stuck in the Mud: Spring Trail Running in Vail

Stuck in the Mud: Spring Trail Running in Vail 10

As in many of Colorado’s resort towns, Vail’s summer season technically kicks off on Memorial Day weekend. The Beaver Creek Rodeo is in full-swing and the Teva Mountain Games once again drew a sexy flock of world-class paddlers, climbers and cyclists. The pictures, of course, show happy people running in shorts and sports bras. What … Read more Stuck in the Mud: Spring Trail Running in Vail

Springtime On the Slopes: It’s Party Time!

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Smile! It’s springtime in the Rockies, when snow is deep, temperatures are mild, days last longer and sun shines stronger. Best of all, you can sleep in while the snow softens to a cushy carpet and ski or ride later into the afternoon. Colorado resorts celebrate spring with an alpine version of the backyard party. … Read more Springtime On the Slopes: It’s Party Time!

First Descents: Kayaking Camp Pushes Cancer Patients

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“Cancer, it’s just a word.” That’s a favorite saying of Vail resident Allan Goldberg, First Descents executive director and 27-year cancer survivor. He likes the phrase so much so that he had it printed on t-shirts. “It is a scary word and it deserves its reputation,” said Goldberg. “But I always thought if you went … Read more First Descents: Kayaking Camp Pushes Cancer Patients

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!

Vail Oktoberfest: Head to The Hills For Some Family Fun

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“Yah, yah, yah, yah” robustly sings the lively—but not rowdy—crowd gathered around an oom pah band during Vail’s Oktoberfest. Robust smells of grilled bratwurst and spit-roasted pork blend with lively strains of Bavarian music, while visitors dance to the lively beat on the Vail streets. Vail is a famous ski destination in the winter, but … Read more Vail Oktoberfest: Head to The Hills For Some Family Fun

The Arrabelle at Vail Square: Luxury in the Mountains

Walk into The Arrabelle at Vail Square, and guests may feel they have arrived at a European resort. This RockResort property is right in the thick of things at Vail and aims to please guests’ every need, from luxury rooms, a beautiful spa and step-out-to-the-slopes skiing. The Arrabelle, which opened in 2008, surrounds a central … Read more The Arrabelle at Vail Square: Luxury in the Mountains

Snow Day: More Ways to Play on Vail Mountain

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With its 5,000 acres of terrain and legendary Back Bowls, Vail Mountain is the crème de la crème of Colorado ski resorts. It’s known for its wide ski runs, a wealth of intermediate and expert runs, and a comprehensive ski school. But Vail Mountain isn’t just for swishing down the slopes. There are plenty other … Read more Snow Day: More Ways to Play on Vail Mountain

Girlfriends’ Weekend: Pamper Your Palette

Flashing a smile as bright as the stainless steel in her kitchen at dish restaurant in Edwards, Chef Jenna Johansen is as excited to teach as her 10 students are eager to learn. “Food is about sharing,” she says from behind the counter as she places her knife blade “30 degrees” on the sharpener, sliding … Read more Girlfriends’ Weekend: Pamper Your Palette