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Colorado Ski Season: Let the Fun Begin! 1

Colorado Ski Season: Let the Fun Begin!

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 — replaces the old Exhibition triple…

Vail Oktoberfest: Head to The Hills For Some Family Fun 3

Vail Oktoberfest: Head to The Hills For Some Family Fun

“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 this scenic Colorado mountain town…

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 courtyard and is right on…

Snow Day: More Ways to Play on Vail Mountain 6

Snow Day: More Ways to Play on Vail Mountain

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 ways to play in the…

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 it from end to end…

Taste of Vail: Wine and Dine 9

Taste of Vail: Wine and Dine

Snow? What snow? Foodies focusing on Enzo Fargione preparing a signature dish indoors at the Vail Marriott seemed oblivious to the huge white flakes piling up on the slopes at one of the best ski resorts in the world. Skiing would happen later; now we were all ears and eyes as the celebrated Italian chef from Teatro Goldini in Washington,…

Vail Lacrosse Shootout: A Sport for All Ages 11

Vail Lacrosse Shootout: A Sport for All Ages

From professional teams to Little League, the sport of lacrosse is exploding in Colorado. Two pro teams — Colorado Mammoth and Denver Outlaws — fill the calendar back to back from January through August. Kids are learning to play as young as 5; and in the spring, both boys’ and girls’ teams dominate fields at high schools and recreation parks…

10th Mountain Division Huts: Backcountry Sanctuaries

Last Dec. 31, the crisp air at the trailhead between Leadville and Vail felt invigorating. I had been looking forward to this day since March when I’d first thrown my name into the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association’s lottery system. Because I simply filled out an application and sent in the $25 membership fee, 16 happy people were pulling out…

For Families: Vail Cascade Resort & Spa

A father with three grown children in tow waits in the ticket office next to Chair No. 20 at the Vail Cascade Resort and Spa. He is seeking ski pass information, and makes his requests with an urgent, almost frantic tone. Only two hours are left to ski that afternoon. The clerk obliges calmly and courteously. With tickets in hand,…

Vail Valley: It’s Affordable

Vail Valley is synonymous with multi-million-dollar mansions, exclusive alpine clubs and elegant hotels. But don’t cross it off your list as an affordable vacation spot. This area, with beautiful mountain vistas, comfortable summer and fall temperatures, world-class skiing and a wide variety of shopping, art galleries and restaurants, is a destination that really shouldn’t be missed. So, to offset some…