Skiing at the end of February on the uncrowded slopes of Vail and Beaver Creek – we love it!
Smiling lift operators who are genuinely pleased to see you (after all, the ski areas are huge so who else do they see all day?!).
The concept of ski valets (aka ski concierges) – fabulous! What do you mean the European resorts want us to carry our own skis to the slopes? Us? Oh no no no…
The brilliant ‘Wild West’-themed children’s ski school area in Beaver Creek – it will be difficult getting kids out of the ‘Okee Dokee Koral’ and ‘the Ranch’!
Linking into Vail and Beaver Creek’s EpicMix system to track your skiing and the most vertical skied – it links to Facebook and makes you surprisingly competitive!
Beaver Creek may be Vail’s ‘little sister’ but it boasts the ‘Birds of Prey’ World Cup downhill course – one for the experts to tick off their list!
Having lunch at the charming Lynn Britt cabin on the Velvet Falls blue run in Snowmass – old skis on the walls, saddles on the balcony and country music makes it an atmospheric place for a well-earned ski break!
Apres-ski at the 39 Degrees bar in the Sky Hotel in Aspen – it’s a must. Enough said.
Sitting down with a warm apple cider and homemade cookies looking over the Highland bowls after making fresh snowshoe tracks on Richmond Ridge
Celeb-spotting in Aspen – go on, you know you want to!
The cocktail menu at the Viceroy in Snowmass – again, enough said.
Shooping down Gunner’s View on Snowmass on a sunny day – rolling blue run, pisted to corduroy and pretty much deserted!
Hot chocolate and marshmallows waiting for you at the end of the day… (Everywhere!)
Yellow slow zones in Whistler are great for beginners and skiers with little confidence - the best thing is that it is enforced by personnel on the slopes.
In the ski school in Whistler, children will benefit from having a GPS tracking system on them - at the end of the day, parents can check their children’s progress and the kids can see how far they skied!
The largest nachos you’ve ever seen at the Longhorn in Whistler village
The best steak in town at the Four Seasons Whistler - this is truly incredible and everyone can eat the same piece of meat differently!
Not spending your first day on the mountains looking for all the black and double-black terrain – Vail, Beaver Creek and Aspen are all at high altitude and there’s simply less oxygen. Take it easy!
Making a note of the ‘Noon Groom’ in Snowmass to ensure you get first run on a freshly groomed piste at midday.
Booking a table for lunch at the Tenth, Vail’s newest mountain restaurant at the base of Look Ma run at Mid-Vail. Fine dining in slippers awaits!
Getting in the queue early for Fresh Tracks in Whistler – it’s worth it for the first crack at the fresh powder!
Making the most of both mountains at Whistler by using the Peak to Peak gondola.
Did you know?
We all know about Colorado’s enviable snow record, but did you know that Vail has over 300 days of sun a year? Lots of snow and lots of sun – a perfect combination!
The slightly Alpine flair to the architecture in Vail is due to the resort being modelled on Vail’s European sister, St Anton.
Throughout Aspen Mountain's trees, you can find four hidden "shrines" made by locals in homage to John Denver, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe and The Greatful Dead's, Jerry Garcia!
Hotel Jerome in Aspen was one of the first buildings west of the Mississippi to have full electric lighting. The owner, Jerome Wheeler, wasn’t convinced it would be a success so kept candles in reserve just in case!
Whistler’s Peak to Peak gondola breaks three world records – the longest unsupported span for a lift, the highest lift above the valley floor and it completes the longest continuous lift system in the world.
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