ST. MORITZ,– In September 1864 Johannes Badrutt promised the English summer guests visiting the Engadin Alps that they would experience glorious sunny weather if they came back in winter. If they were disappointed, he would reimburse their travel costs from London. Should St. Moritz be to their liking, he would invite them to stay as his guests as long as they wished. Thanks to this extraordinary bet, the winter season 2014/15 marks the 150th anniversary of winter tourism in the Alps. To start the celebrations, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is offering its guests a ski pass for the whole St. Moritz region for stays of two or more consecutive nights and, for thrill-seekers, the Winter Adrenalin package.
In 1863, Thomas Cook was the first to introduce English adventurers to Switzerland. Many more English travelers followed suit, venturing further into the Swiss Alps until they finally discovered the beauty of St. Moritz. The clean air in the Engadin Alps became a summer destination for English city folk with respiratory illnesses. One evening in September 1864 the English summer guests expressed their concerns to Johannes Badrutt about returning to dreary London. The sharp businessman came up with a bet which would entice the English to venture back again over the passes into St. Moritz in the winter. Badrutt won the bet and the first winter season was born – almost 150 years ago.
Today the team at Badrutt’s Palace Hotel doesn’t need to make bets to entice guests to St. Moritz. In celebration of the 150th anniversary, Badrutt’s Palace Hotel has created an ultimate Winter Adrenalin package for winter sports aficionados looking for something different. Not only does this package include a ski pass for the whole region and transfers to and from the ski lift for the duration of stay, but also a guided heli-skiing trip in the deep virgin powder of the Engadin Alps, a thrilling toboggan ride down the Muottas Muragl 4.2 km course (including toboggan rental) as well as an adrenalin-filled bobsleigh run with a professional bobsleigh driver, for the ultimate highlight. The package is available from US $3,013 (CHF 2,760) in a Superior Single Room and from US $4,355 (CHF 3,990) in a Superior Double Room and includes three nights’ stay plus three evening meals in either the elegant Le Restaurant or cozy Chesa Veglia (excluding drinks).
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About Badrutt’s Palace Hotel
Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is a celebration of style, sports, cuisine and fashion, with discreet service and traditional elegance evoking an atmosphere of pampered luxury for all. An ideal destination in both winter and summer, the hotel is located in one of the most challenging ski areas in the world and offers a host of summer alpine activities. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel boasts 157 guestrooms and 37 suites with stunning views of the Swiss Alps. The hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, Swiss Deluxe Hotels and Swiss Historic Hotels. Badrutt’s Palace Hotel opens its doors to guests this winter from December 6th, 2014 to April 5th, 2015.
Gastronomy On-The-Move. With the explosion of experiential travel in recent years, travelers are loading up their schedules with anything from backcountry excursions to helicopter rides – and little time to eat. This season, the hotel/resort industry is meeting guests half-way by offering “on-the-go” options and slopeside treats that allow guests to re-fuel and stay in the action.
Expert Experiences. After a successful 2014 Winter Olympics and with snow sports gaining more celebrity status, professional athletes are in demand this season. Playing off this trend, hotels and resorts are creating new experiences that allow guests to rub elbows with the actual pros and learn from the masters of the craft.
Comes With Gear. Hotels are adding on to experiential adventures this season with custom gear guests get to keep. Resorts are joining forces with some of the snow industry’s top gear companies, providing guests with “swag bags” that not only keep guests protected and stylish, but also serve as keepsake reminders of the experience.
Beyond the Slopes. The mountains are full of winter activity, and hotels are offering plenty of experiences that go beyond the standard ski vacation. As the West continues to attract a wide variety of visors, the hospitality industry is offering experiences that cater to all types of winter travelers from helicopter safaris to luxury ladies packages.
Viceroy Snowmass: The award-winning luxury resort hotel and residence is located only minutes from downtown Aspen in the heart of Snowmass Base Village. For couples, families and friends, Viceroy Snowmass offers ski-in/ski-out residences complemented by imaginative dining and lounging, a Ute-inspired wellness spa, and a year-round pool terrace and café — an ideal setting for an Aspen Snowmass vacation during any season.
Burritos-To-Go: Viceroy Snowmass will offer fresh and ready breakfast burritos available on demand right from the ski concierge. This power packed breakfast is the perfect meal to take on the gondola, saving valuable time for skiing and providing fuel to keep guests going.
You Catch, We Cook: In conjunction with Aspen Outfitting Company, Viceroy Snowmass will offer guests a chance to go out and hunt their next meal – taking “farm-to-table” to the next level. Following a successful hunt in the local countryside, Viceroy Snowmass’ Executive Chef Will Nolan will teach guests everything there is to know about breaking down the animal and preparing it for a meal.
New Culinary Openings at Viceroy Snowmass:
Nest Public House – In its first full season, slope-side and poolside Nest Public House’s gastro pub inspired menu bursts with refreshing and hearty dining options. To complete the gastro pub experience is a Colorado tradition of craft style beers, ales and stouts, as hand crafted as the food and just as delicious in their own right.
RICARD – Viceroy Snowmass’ latest culinary venture is located a few minutes away from the resort in Base Village. With a nod to Parisian street-side café culture, RICARD offers inspired cuisine and beverages at a fair price and is ideal for a gathering of bons amis. Dine inside or on the sun-drenched patio. Helmed by Executive Chef Will Nolan, the restaurant’s menu will feature salads, sandwiches, entrées, desserts created by pastry chef Ashley Jenkin and a section just for mussels.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek: Located in the heart of Beaver Creek, at one of Colorado’s most celebrated mountain resorts, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa is a 190-room resort offering Beaver Creek’s only true ski-in, ski-out access. Beaver Creek Resort provides access to 146 runs on 1,805 acres of skiable terrain and lift tickets interchangeable at nearby Vail Ski Resort.
Experience the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships with Ski Legends: In celebration of the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships taking place February 2015 in Vail and Beaver Creek, the recently renovated Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa is launching an exclusive offer for guests to spend the weekend with ski legends Phil (Gold Medalist) and Steve (Silver Medalist) Mahre. Travelers can spend the day with the twins on the mountain skiing, sharing a meal and taking in the epic races.
Belgian Waffle Sticks: New this season, the resort will be offering fresh, house-made Belgian waffle sticks slopeside for skiers/boarders to fuel up throughout the day. These delectable bites will be offered daily and come with a variety of toppings including strawberries, chocolate dipping sauce, sprinkles and whipped cream.
Four Seasons Mountain Collection: In addition to world-class skiing, each award-winning Four Seasons Mountain Collection Resort offers the ultimate winter getaway in an enviable location, as well as fine dining, luxurious spa retreats, après ski offerings, and new, one-of-a-kind experiences such as the “Jet Set” Experience. With the Resorts’ signature amenities and renowned, personalized service, Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole, Four Seasons Resort Whistler and Four Seasons Resort and Residences Vail are in a class of their own among winter destinations.
Jet Set Experience (Collection Wide Offering): Building on last winter’s “Chasing the Storm” package, where guests received discounts, and a custom pair of skis after staying at multiple Four Seasons Mountain Collection resorts, the Jet Set experience takes last season’s offering to an entirely different level. It offers guests the option to book a private jet to take them to all three Four Seasons Mountain Collection resorts (Vail, Jackson Hole and Whistler) in one circuit – to literally “chase the storm.” Elements of the new experience include a stay in a luxury private residence at each resort, pre-arrival experience in-flight (including cocktails, champagne, snacks, etc.), custom welcome-amenities unique to each destination, lift tickets, backcountry expeditions, demo equipment and more.
Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail: Nestled at the base of one of North America’s most acclaimed ski destinations, Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail offers 121 guestrooms outfitted in a contemporary alpine lodge style. The resort provides a complementary Ski Concierge providing Four Seasons service all the way to the slopes.
“Off-The-Slopes” Winter Backcountry Adventure Package: This winter, the resort is partnering with local outfitters to offer a number of customized backcountry adventures far away from the crowded lift lines of the mountain. Guests will be led by expert guides into the beautiful backcountry surrounding the Vail Valley to enjoy a choice of one of 4 adventures including cat skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling. The experience is followed by “après adventure” in the resort’s Fireside Lounge.
3-night stay at the resort
$600 adventure credit to be used for the activity of your choice (for two adults)
“Apres Adventure” experience in Fireside Lounge (including appetizer and drinks)
The following adventures are available to choose from:
Snowmobiling with Nova Guides (http://novaguides.com/winter-activities/snowmobile-tours/)
Snowshoeing with Paragon Guides (http://paragonguides.com/winter-adventures/day-snowshoe-tours.html)
Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole: Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole features 124 luxurious guestrooms and true ski-in/ski-out access, three slope-side restaurants with panoramic mountain views, a base camp concierge, ski valet and a full service Spa. The Resort offers endless outdoor adventure possibilities, unique wildlife viewing opportunities, and most importantly, a location steps from Grand Teton National Park and a short drive from Yellowstone National Park.
FANTASY SKI CAMP: This winter, Four Seasons Jackson Hole (FSJH) is offering the ultimate backcountry ski adventure, in partnership with Exum Mountain Guides, Teton Gravity Research & Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, to include 4 days of off-piste skiing with some of the top mountain guides & best pro athletes in the industry. For storm chasers and powder hounds, The Fantasy Camp is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the backcountry like never before. With the Tetons as your private playground, you will spend four epic days skiing vast open slopes, spacious glades and powder-laden gullies. With 7,000 vertical feet of eminently accessible terrain, the Tetons are one of the most sought after areas for off-piste skiing and ski mountaineering.
The 6 day, 6-night Camp includes skiing in the backcountry; skiing off the back of the tram as well as skiing in Grand Teton National Park with plenty of perks and services incorporated into the week. There will be a hosted welcome reception at Four Seasons upon arrival as well as a personalized boot and gear fitting, followed by dinner at Four Seasons’ restaurant, The Handle Bar. Guests will also receive a welcome “swag bag” complete with a backcountry backpack and down jacket.
The Fantasy Camp Package Includes:
Custom boot and gear fitting
Welcome Reception at Four Seasons
Welcome Dinner in The Handle Bar
4 Days of Guided Backcountry skiing
One on one time with Teton Gravity Research Athlete and Exum Mountain guides
Marmot ROM jacket
Private viewing in TGR Media Room
Catered offer property dinner
Transportation to and from Skiing locations
*Dates: January 6th – 12th, 2014. Price: Camp Cost $3,500/per person (*Does not include lodging)
Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler: As Canada’s only AAA 5-Diamond resort, Four Seasons Resort & Residences Whistler is a year-round destination that complements the pleasures of a winter wonderland with summer’s warm-weather outdoor adventures, providing easy access to Whistler Blackcomb, site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Encompassing 273 guest rooms, suites and townhouses – along with a selection of private residences – the Resort includes a superb Spa and mountain dining, and welcomes with wood interiors and the atmosphere of a contemporary lodge.
FSW’s 10th Anniversary- FSW is celebrating its 10thanniversary and is offering new experiences & adventures that combine the best of Whistler with the ultimate Four Seasons vacation.
“10 Best” at Sidecut’s New Chef’s Table: Sidecut, Four Seasons Whistler’s signature restaurant, is offering a special sampling of executive chef Tory’s ten best dishes accompanied by a pairing of British Columbia’s renowned wines, at its new, intimate Chef’s Table. The experience begins with Sidecut’s Signature Rub Class, followed by an interactive mixology demonstration of the resort’s 10th Anniversary Cocktail before sitting down to enjoy Chef’s special 10 course meal.
10th Anniversary Winter “Glamping” Package – A Custom Snow Hotel Experience: To celebrate its anniversary, FSW is offering the ultimate winter backcountry glamping experience (in partnership with Headline Mountain Holidays):
Fly via helicopter to the Pemberton Ice Cap and travel with a guide by Snowmobile to explore the ice caves before arriving at your own private glamping enclave, for a stay in a luxury “Snow Hotel.” The encampment is custom designed and built with comfort in mind, complete with pre-warmed down duvets, gourmet meals and hot tubs in a remote wilderness setting. This experience incorporates an array of bespoke Four Seasons services (e.g. a natural thermal spa experience with a Four Seasons spa professional) and culinary offerings prepared by the Four Seasons Chef-de-Cuisine.
*Experience is customizable and can include additional adventures such as glacier skiing, backcountry yoga, star gazing, etc.
FSW Heli Glacier/Backcountry Adventures: In collaboration with Headline Mountain Holidays, Four Seasons Whistler is pairing luxury with adventure, culinary and wellness to offer a series of one-of-a-kind backcountry experiences. Each adventure is customizable & begins with a helicopter flight over the Pemberton Ice Cap, British Columbia’s largest Ice field, and includes the expertise of local guides along with Four Seasons culinary experiences. For example:
Heli Yoga & Hot Springs – A Backcountry Wellness Experience: The journey includes a helicopter ride over the Ice Cap, before arriving at a remote natural hot spring. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a Master Yoga Instructor and a Four Seasons Spa therapist to enjoy a private yoga session followed by a signature hot springs spa treatment. The experience includes pool-side cuisine and cocktails prepared by Four Seasons’ Chef-De-Cuisine.
Four Seasons Heli Ice Cap Adventure: Transportation begins via helicopter over expansive ice fields, after which guests will jump into specialty vehicles to explore the vast Ice Caves. Headline will customize the experience by offering a range of mountain sports on the glacier including speed flying, sled-skiing, skeet-shooting, heli-glacier rafting and more. The adventure ends with a Four Seasons gourmet meal at the natural hot springs.
Estes Park: Sitting next to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park is a stunning Colorado mountain village. The town is an outdoor-lover’s paradise, offering year-round activities for outdoor enthusiasts including world class hiking, horseback riding, flies fishing, wildlife and bird watching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and camping. Estes Park is an affordable alternative to higher-priced ski and resort towns and is ideal for families, couples and road-trippers.
Dancing Pines Distillery Opens Tasting Room: The renowned distillery is set to open a tasting room in Estes Park in the beginning of September, 2014. The distillery is setting up shop in the freshly refurbished Old Prospect Inn, just in time for the destination’s annual Whiskey Warm Up on January 3rd.
Utah: Home to five national parks, The Mighty 5®, 43 state parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and “The Greatest Snow on Earth®,” Utah represents the best of both the Rocky Mountains and the Desert Southwest. Whether it’s heart-thumping downhill skiing, picturesque fly fishing, gravity-defying rock climbing, serene bird watching, thrill-seeking white water rafting or just communing with nature, Utah has it all – holding true to the state’s “Life Elevated®” brand. We’re happy to customize story angles for all of Utah’s winter resorts.
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Well known for its caribbean summer vibe and face-distorting roller coasters, the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region of Ohio morphs into something completely different throughout the autumn months. While certainly the freshwater shores still provide all of the glamour that we normally associate with Fall along Lake Erie, such as breathtaking fall foliage nature hikes and a quiver of fun festivals, October transforms the area into something truly deserving of the name “Erie.”
Below are some of the best ways to experience the most fear-inducing, legendary haunts that will frighten even the most brazen adventurers.
Missed visiting the best amusement park in the world this summer? Not to worry, Cedar Point’s Halloweekends has themed midways, scare zones and the new Hexed haunted house that will pump up the adrenaline, scaring the saltwater taffy right out of you.
Of course there’s always the pure, unadulterated thrill of riding some of the best roller coasters around and for the very little ones, family-friendly day attractions that turn screams into laughs.
Take a deep breath, reassure yourself everything will be fine, and walk into the Ghostly Manor for FearFest 2014.
By far the most elaborate, longest, scariest, and absolutely most flat out satisfying haunted house experience anywhere.
Scary not your thing? Try one of the Bounce Houses or the wizard-themed 3D black light mini-golf adventure.
Everyone, including those who aren’t exactly Halloween aficionados, know that corn fields are inherently scary. So it should come as no surprise that Terror in the Fields is no different.
Being alone in the stalks weaving and slithering between corn rows is the least of your worries at this haunted attraction, because at every turn there’s something new waiting in the wings to alter your course towards the next scare.
While most haunts focus on reincarnating and reimagining what could be, Ghost Walks with Victoria at the Marshall Inn concentrate more on what already is. Victoria’s storytelling prowess engulfs visitors in real tales of real spirits, encouraging the imagination to run frighteningly wild. A romantic walk through Port Clinton and a tour of the Inn’s Halloween decorations only add to real-time spiritual tour.
Travel Tips: The Lake Erie Shores & Islands are conveniently located off SR 2 and the Ohio Turnpike, 45 minutes from both the Cleveland and Toledo airports. Sandusky, a historic waterfront town within the region, has a bevy of phenomenal restuarant venues. For more information on lodging, restaurants and other activities, visit www.shoresandislands.com
Any guest booking a Classic or Elite Package can purchase an unlimited heli-skiing or heli-boarding add-on, and increase the minimum vertical guaranteed.
For a classic seven-day package, the vertical guarantee increases from 30,500 meters (100,000 ft) to 44,000m (145,000 ft).
Here’s the bonus: Northern Escape Heli-Skiing promises no extra vertical charges, and guests don’t have to be concerned with having unused vertical feet at the end of their trip; leftover feet are simply credited to the next visit.
“With the latest ski technology, and faster, more nimble helicopters, skiers and riders can now average over 150,000 vertical feet per week,” says John Forrest, General Manager of Northern Escape Heli-Skiing.
“We want our guests to ski and ride with ease, without worrying about hidden charges, unpredictable weather, or pushing themselves beyond their personal endurance limits trying to use up remaining vertical.”
Working with one of the deepest, most reliable snowpacks in the world, Northern Escape Heli-Skiing has all of the resources available to ensure skiers and riders are on the mountain every day. When weather gets in the helicopters’ way, a fleet of snowcats steps in to whisk guests up the mountain. Adding to Northern Escape Heli-Skiing’s enticing package is the varied terrain, accessible location, and first-class lodging and amenities.
Rates for the Unlimited Vertical Option start at $900 for a three-day package, and range up to $2,100 for a seven-day package; vertical increases start at 18,880m (62,000 ft) and max out at 44,000m (145,000 ft). For more information on Northern Escape Heli-Skiing’s rates and Heli-Rewards program, visit www.neheliski.com/specials.
About Northern Escape Heli-Skiing
Northern Escape Heli-Skiing is located in Northern British Columbia, two hours north of Vancouver. With a 7,000-sq km tenure, Northern Escape Heli-Skiing offers skiers and riders wide open bowls, glaciers, and steep, sheltered tree skiing every day of the season. With access to the latest equipment and a team of experienced staff who are passionate about heli-skiing and heli-boarding, guests can expect an incredible, high-quality experience that will have them returning year after year.
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Swoosh – Winter Goes On Sale! Book Your Winter Train Services From 16th October 2014 With Voyages-sncf.comOctober 17, 2014 on 8:04 am | In France, Paris, Skiing Snowboarding | Comments Off
As these are such popular times to travel, early booking is strongly recommended, so make sure to put the date in your diary to avoid disappointment.
On the 16th October 2014 at 5am, seats on French trains for travel from 14th December 2014, for the popular Christmas and New Year periods will be released for purchase. Voyages-sncf.com’s UK based call centre will be open to callers from 5am and the London Travel Centre will be open from 8am, where a mini-breakfast will be provided for early morning customers.
The advantages of rail travel such as and shorter check-in times and generous luggage allowances are of benefit to all travellers. And for skiers in particular, no additional charges for ski carriage and being able to travel right into the very heart of the mountains, meaning maximum time on the slopes, is a bonus. Rail travel is also the more environmentally friendly choice to make.
The winter months are also a great time to travel around France even if winter sports are not top of your list. City breaks are more fun as queues for the most popular sites, monuments and places of interest are much shorter.
It is easier to move around and prices are not necessarily at a premium in hotels and restaurants. Even seaside holidays are still possible late in the year if you are popping down to the French Riviera or the Languedoc coast where winter sun continues to shine.
The winter timetable features increased services on routes popular with skiers, such as the Paris to Bourg St Maurice overnight service, which usually runs every night throughout the winter ski season.
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October 15, 2014. Darby, Montana – There’s no place like home, especially when home for the holidays is Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch, which was just named the World’s Best Hotel 2014 by the readers of Travel + Leisure. Triple Creek Ranch, an adults-only Relais & Châteaux property in the Bitterroot Mountain Range, is extending a warm welcome for its second annual Thanksgiving Celebration.
Set against a vast backdrop of four million acres of National Forest, Triple Creek Ranch offers an authentic Western experience that is especially fitting for America’s greatest national holiday. Each of Triple Creek Ranch’s 23 log cabins is a luxury retreat, appointed with wood burning fireplaces and private or nearby hot tubs. Original Western art from the owner’s private collection can be found gracing the walls of guest cabins and the main Lodge. Guests can spend a day hiking, horseback riding or perfecting their fly fishing skills with an Orvis-endorsed guide on the Bitterroot River.
Thanksgiving guests can test their aim with bow and arrow in Triple Creek Ranch’s inaugural Archery Tournament and enjoy a riverside picnic. Later in the day, they can adjourn for a relaxed gathering under soaring timbers at the lodge, enjoy a glass of wine from a cellar that has just won its 10th Wine Spectator Award, and compete in a Stave Puzzle© Challenge. The day’s highlight might well be a Thanksgiving feast prepared by Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman, who cooked for a sellout crowd at New York’s James Beard Foundation last November.
White will feature wines from producers such as Chappellet, Et Fille, Merry Edwards and Chateau Montelena. The following day, Chef Jacob will welcome guests into his kitchen for pie making classes and offer some creative recipes for those holiday leftovers. This multi-day Thanksgiving Celebration runs from November 24 to December 1, 2014. Click here for details.
Steal Away for Steelhead Fishing
Every fall, led by Triple Creek Ranch’s co-owner, Craig Barrett (retired chairman and CEO of Intel and a passionate fly fisherman), the hunt is on for steelhead. This anadromous fish is an ocean-going form of rainbow trout and prized catch for any fly fisherman. Barrett and his guests cross the border into neighboring Idaho for guided fishing on “The River of No Return,” the legendary Salmon River, with Rawhide Outfitters. At night, they gather back at Triple Creek Ranch, an Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodge, for cocktails, fine dining and tales of the day. This four-day outdoor sporting event includes two days of guided fly-fishing and a day trip to Hamilton Trap Club for trap shooting and five-stand. This year’s Steelhead Celebration runs from October 30 to November 3, 2014. Click here for details.
Triple Creek Ranch is located in Darby, Montana, in the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains. An all-inclusive retreat for adults and children sixteen years and older, the Ranch is a member of Relais & Châteaux and Virtuoso. Rates start at $950 per couple, per night, based on double occupancy and include a private log cabin, all meals, house wines, spirits and beers, and a range of outdoor activities including horseback riding, cattle drives, fly fishing, dog sledding, cooking classes, skijoring and more. For reservations contact email@example.com or 800-654-2943. For more information visit www.triplecreekranch.com
DENVER – Experience Colorado during one of the state’s best kept secrets, autumn. Mother Nature has blessed Colorado with unrivaled beauty, especially during the fall months when the mountains shimmer with golden leaves. It’s the perfect time of year to get out and explore the state’s many natural attractions and participate in an array of outdoor activities. With a variety of fun festivals, harvest celebrations and spooktacular events, Colorado offers something for every visitor. Below are a few ideas to inspire a fall vacation in Colorado. For more information, visit Colorado.com.
For the Adventurer:
Hike to Crater Lake (Aspen). The Maroon Bells in Aspen are known as the most photographed peaks in Colorado and are some of the most famous mountain peaks in the United States. All of the hikes near the Maroon Bells provide breathtaking views, but a local favorite is the hike to Crater Lake, especially during the fall as the trail wanders through a thick aspen forest where the changing leaves will not disappoint. The hike is 3.6 miles roundtrip and ends at the beautiful Crater Lake surrounded by mountain views.
Bike the Mineral Belt Trail (Leadville). It’s not time to put away the bicycles just yet. Take a ride on the 11.6-mile Mineral Belt Trail that loops around the city of Leadville. Wildflower meadows, conifer forests and aspen groves lit up in dazzling fall colors make for a bike ride with plenty of photo ops. Not only are there fall colors, but also stop to see the many historical sites in Leadville along the way which includes several remnants of the city’s once bustling mining history.
For the Family:
Explore a Corn Maze at the Frederika Fall Festival (Avondale). From September 12 through October 31, the Frederika Fall Festival welcomes visitors to their 10-acre “Colorado” corn maze with 3.5 miles of trails. The maze is located on a 75-acre, multi-generation farm. Join them on Halloween for some enjoyable pumpkin decorating, a costume contest and trick-or-treating with the kids. Throughout the fall, take the opportunity to launch pumpkins with a sling-shot for the pumpkin fling.
Pick a Pumpkin at Tigges Farm (Greeley). This fall, head to Tigges Farm, a family run farm since 1935, and choose the perfect pumpkin to carve. From August through October the family-friendly farm will also showcase some of the original equipment used to till the land at the Tigges Farm Equipment Museum. Check out the produce stand that offers Colorado fresh produce including roasted chilies, tomatoes, sweet corn, melons and onions.
For the Foodie:
Savor the Season at Lyons Farmette (Lyons). At the eastern edge of the town of Lyons, the Lyons Farmette offers many fresh farm-to-table dinners throughout the season. The farm also offers classes and workshops on topics ranging from how to keep bees to how to brew beer or make cheese from chefs and agriculture experts from the Front Range community.
Dine at Smith Fork Ranch’s Harvest Dinner (Crawford). Smith Fork Ranch is celebrating the fall season with a delicious three-course, farm-to-table dinner on September 20th. A local wine tasting and pairing, live music by the Scones of Paonia and dancing will also accompany this tasty meal filled with organic and local meats, cheeses and produce from the North Fork Valley and SFR farmstead.
For the Ghost Hunter:
Get Scared on Banjo Billy’s Ghost Tour (Boulder, Denver). The cities of Boulder and Denver are often known for the stunning mountain views and active beer scene, but most don’t know about the ghosts that haunt the streets of both places…Banjo Billy’s Bus Tours offer ghost tours beginning in October, with historians and legend-keepers who will share the haunting stories of the ghosts in the shadows. The bus passes by haunted mansions and streets where mysterious sights and sounds can often be heard.
Find frights in the Haunted Mines (Colorado Springs). Ever had to endure a death defying descent into the depths of a mine? At the Haunted Mines, this is just one of the ways to get spooked. From September 19 through November 1, come to the one-of-a kind outdoor/indoor haunted house attraction on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Visitors will crawl for their lives to escape out of a vent shaft and explore their way through the maze of tunnels, wondering if they’ll ever get out! There is no shortage of spookiness at these mines.
For the Leaf Peeper:
Ride the Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad (Antonito). Nothing beats seeing fall colors like viewing them from the windows of a historic train. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad is the highest and longest authentic steam-powered, narrow-gauge railroad in the United States. With the amount of rain received over the summer, the railroad is expecting this fall to be one of the best yet. The train starts out in terrain resembling the old west, and continues into the San Juan Mountains with lush aspen groves turned completely red, orange and gold.
Drive Kebler Pass (Crested Butte). One of the most famous drives for leaf peeping is the drive on Kebler Pass to Marble and the Crystal River Valley as the drive is home the largest aspen grove in the United States. Head north on Whiterock Avenue out of Crested Butte and continue on this road as it turns into County Road 12. One of the best places to stop and take in the views is across from Horse Ranch Park. This stop offers breathtaking views of the scenic landscapes of the Anthracite Mountain Range. The pocket of reds, yellows and golds in this area is one view not to miss.
Colorado is a four-season destination offering unparalleled adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and 25 renowned ski areas and resorts. The state’s breathtaking scenic landscape boasts natural hot springs, the headwaters of seven major rivers, many peaceful lakes and reservoirs, 11 national parks and monuments and 58 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet.
For more information or a copy of the 2014 Colorado Official State Vacation Guide, visit www.COLORADO.com or call 1-800-COLORADO.
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New Terrain Enhancements and More
Images L-R: Winter Park Resort’s Lunch Rock Restaurant, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s Kids Center, Telluride Ski Resort
Denver, Colo. – September 2, 2014 – In the wake of a memorable 2013-14 Colorado ski season that set a record for statewide skier visits, Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) member resorts are aiming to maintain that positive momentum by investing in guest-facing amenities and operations improvements that will further enhance every facet of the skier and snowboarder experience, on and off the slopes.
From major investments in hotels, on mountain dining and learning centers for young skiers and snowboarders, to new chairlifts, groomers, and snowmaking systems; CSCUSA resorts continue to hold guest satisfaction in the highest regard and make concrete improvements that will maintain and enhance the premier skiing and snowboarding experience at Colorado resorts.
Below is a summary of the many upgrades at CSCUSA resorts guests will enjoy during the 2014-15 ski season.
Learning, Lessons & Little Ones
Arapahoe Basin will unveil a new Kids Center in the spring of 2015. The A-Basin Kids Center will be more than 7,000 square feet and will add to the convenience of the base area. In addition to the amenities the Kids Center will provide for children in the Snowsports lessons and programs, the construction and décor of the building will be in line with the resort’s award-winning emphasis on sustainability. The Kids Center will be partially powered by solar energy, and will be decorated in the spirit of A-Basin’s on-mountain ecology education displays such as “Ace’s Wild Adventure,” and trails like Moose Hollow and Lynx Lane, where signage informs guests young and old about the flora and fauna ecosystem on the Continental Divide. Guests can follow the progress of the construction on the A-Basin Facebook page by clicking here: http://bit.ly/abkcphotos. For more information visit http://bit.ly/A-Basin-WhatsNew2015.
For 2014/15, Aspen/Snowmass is excited to reveal The Hideout, a new multi-million dollar children’s center at the base of Buttermilk. The Hideout will give children and families a world-class facility with improved access for drop off, direct access to the mountain and an adventurous and interactive design. The 7,500-square-foot-facility will offer a fresh new approach to kids programming by seamlessly mixing indoor play with ski instruction. The Hideout is included in Phase 1 of the Buttermilk base area improvements along with parking lot and drop-off/pick-up improvements. Phase 2 will see a new Skier Services building for ticketing, rental retail and additional amenities. For more information, visit http://www.aspensnowmass.com
Loveland Ski Area is adding a second Magic Carpet surface lift at Loveland Valley. Loveland Valley is a unique learning area with a base lodge, equipment rentals and other amenities, and is used by beginners and those looking for a slower pace while visiting Loveland Ski Area. The Valley is adjacent to Loveland Basin and is accessible by a short shuttle ride. This new magic carpet will be open to the public and will provide access to gentle terrain perfect for first timers. For more information, visit http://www.skiloveland.com.
The new Burton Riglet Park at Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort will anchor the development of a multi-faceted ski and ride terrain-based learning facility in the base area. The Burton Riglet Park allows the youngest of riders, ages 3-6 years, to experience sliding on snow and get a jump start on learning while having fun on the slopes. For more information, visit http://durangomountainresort.com/.
Guest Service & Experience
In time for the 2014/15 ski season, the Limelight Hotel at Aspen/Snowmass is lightening up the room décor to deliver even more comfort and ease to guests. All 126 guest rooms will be outfitted with new carpets, drapery, and furniture. Warm colors and textures combined with patterns inspired by nature that will sooth the spirit after an invigorating day of adventure. Lounge-style seating with sumptuous chairs and work-height coffee tables will offer a place to unwind, dine casually, or pull out the laptop and share the day’s photos with friends online. This project will deliver an even greater sense of freshness and warmth.
In addition, Aspen/Snowmass’s Little Nell Hotel has renovated all six of its Executive Suites with the vision of the renowned interior designer Holly Hunt. The suites now offer elegant and sophisticated “Aspen modern” ambience in addition to their well-known breathtaking views of Aspen Mountain. Whites, grays, blues and natural colors are reflected in custom designed leathers, woods and fabrics. Guests will enjoy everything from Fila D’Oro linens to custom art hand selected by Aspen Skiing Company owner Paula Crown.
Copper Mountain reengineered the resort smartphone app game with the introduction of Sherpa last winter. Providing on-mountain audio intelligence, Sherpa makes the mountain experience better for all guests. New for the 2014/2015 winter season, Copper hands over the controls of Sherpa to everyone, allowing for an open-sourced mountain. Not only will guests be able to create and share their own mountain tips and favorite trails, but Copper will reward the best contributors with swag, tickets, passes and even a prized treasured spot on 2015/2016 winter trail map. Sherpa 2.0 will change how guests interact with the mountain and create a community rewarding those who help to improve the mountain experience. Learn more about Sherpa at www.CopperColorado.com/Sherpa.
Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort’s equipment rental operation is getting a facelift to give guests a seamless rental experience from start to finish, complete with a new boot fitting station, snowboard demos and an upgraded rental fleet. The redesigned shop offers guests less time to be spent in lines and more time to get out on the slopes. Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is an official Rossignol Experience Center and Burton Learn to Ride Center, combining the latest in ski and snowboard technology with state-of-the-art teaching methodologies. For more information, visit http://durangomountainresort.com/.
Silverton Mountain has purchased a new helicopter ski cargo basket. A special ski cargo basket was made for Silverton Mountain to accommodate the deep snow landings. The old basket would get buried in legendary Silverton powder snow upon landing, forcing the guides to shovel snow just to get access to their skis. For more information, visit http://www.silvertonmountain.com.
Sunlight Mountain is investing in base lodge improvements that support the ski area’s commitment to sustainable business and underscore their pledge to guest service. The charming lodge that anchors the base area and boasts expansive views of the majestic mountains will have upgraded windows. The resort is replacing the old windows with more modern and energy efficient ones while maintaining the nostalgic design integrity of the structure. Also, new this season, guests will be able to take advantage of the newly remodeled restrooms in the base lodge, a project that will greatly enhance the guest experience and convenience at this independent ski area. For more information, visit http://www.sunlightmtn.com.
Coming off its inaugural season of night skiing and snowboarding, Steamboat will add two additional nights for skiers and riders to enjoy the slopes under the lights. Night Operations will now be available Thursday through Monday evenings from 5:30-8:30pm and from 6-9pm during spring. In addition, a new Patrol/Maintenance Station at the top of Christie Peak Express will be constructed, creating a home base for nighttime patrollers and their equipment. The two-story facility will also serve lift maintenance, providing repair and work space.
Steamboat Ski & Sport Sheraton is one of the resort’s most popular retail/rental locations. To accommodate growing guest needs, the shop will expand its square footage by more than 35 percent to nearly 6,300 sq. ft. The newly remodeled and designed space will provide expanded rental service, providing greater space for skiers and riders to gather their equipment and prepare for the day. Additionally, increased merchandise, equipment and a variety of other products makes Ski & Sport Sheraton the premier location at the base of the ski area for all snow sport requirements. The resort’s rental fleet will continue its annual upgrade of equipment, adding the latest ski and snowboard technology available for guests, spread across the resort’s convenient Ski & Sport locations.
Also new for 2014/15 at Steamboat, all ticket office services will move into the One Steamboat Place location to better serve guests, including all options for lift tickets, frequency passes and season passes as well as all SnowSports School tickets. A new SnowSports Privates Lounge, in the former main ticket office space in the Gondola Building, will provide convenient sales and a comfortable meeting area for guests and instructors participating in private lessons.
The improvements continue across Mt. Werner Circle at the Steamboat Grand with major projects including installation of new window coverings and sofa sleepers in units, extensive renovation and upgrades to the whirlpool hot tubs and pool, new ‘quiet’ refrigerators in studios, refinished woodwork in penthouse units and new elevator lobby carpet on all floors. For more information about the enhanced guest experience at Steamboat in 2014-15, visit http://www.steamboat.com.
Further advances in efficiency and guest services in Ski Cooper’s rental shop will be completed for the 2014/15 ski season, improving on its complete remodel last season. Ski Cooper will enhance the flow of guests renting skis and snowboards by re-positioning electronic sign in stations, while adding more printer stations and re-configuring the area for guests to fit boots. For more information, visit http://www.skicooper.com.
At Crested Butte, the tubing hill is always a hit with the kids – even after a long day of skiing. This winter, the resort plans to install a Magic Carpet® lift just for the tubing hill, bringing back the excitement of tubing to the base area’s Adventure Park. The installation of the new lift will provide kids and the “kid at heart” easy, safe access to the hill.
Free ski storage has been a great perk for Crested Butte Mountain Resort lodging guests, but this year it will be even better. New slopeside rack systems are being installed to streamline the service. Guests who aren’t lodging at one of the resort’s properties or renting equipment from the Crested Butte Rental and Demo Center can take advantage of the service for a nominal fee.
Snow bikes have made a huge splash at Crested Butte’s annual Slush Huck Pond Skim event, where participants try to skim across a pond on skis and snowboards. This year, guests can try out snow bikes themselves (minus the pond) by renting one of ten new bikes in the resort’s rental fleet. For those new to the sport at CBMR, a two hour instruction and guided tour around the mountain is required to ensure safe use of the equipment and knowledge of where snow biking approved routes are located. This is an easy to learn, smile-producing sport and more information on snow biking at Crested Butte can be found at www.skicb.com/snowbike.
At Loveland Ski Area, the new Ginny Lee Cabin, a day use on mountain structure, will provide skiers and riders on the north side of Loveland Ski Area a convenient place to meet friends and warm up without a trip to the base area. The new warming hut is located off Chair 8 and offers amazing views, restrooms and vending machines. For more information, visit http://www.skiloveland.com.
Food & Beverage
At Loveland Ski Area’s Loveland Basin, a newly remodeled cafeteria will be unveiled this season. The remodel will improve the guest dining experience including making it easier and more convenient. The cafeteria will be able to provide more food and beverage options, comfortable seating and a cozy place for guests to take a break and take in the views. For more information, visit http://www.skiloveland.com.
For 2014/15 Ski Cooper will offer an on mountain mobile food service with the new “Cat Trax” snow-cat. In similar vein to a food truck, the Ski Cooper Cat Trax will serve hot food at different locations on the mountain this season offering the ski areas first on mountain dining service.
In the base lodge at Ski Cooper, guests will experience the newly enhanced Pub. With an even more laid back vibe and atmosphere in tune with the guest experience at the mountain, the Pub will feature an Irish theme, together with Irish music and quality Irish beer. For more information, visit http://www.skicooper.com.
Steamboat’s Thunderhead Lodge at the top of the gondola received a dramatic makeover this summer. A new color scheme with rock treatments highlights the exterior enhancements. Inside the building, guests will notice new carpeting, custom wood accents and a redesigned Thunderhead Red’s Bar. Similar to the layout of the popular Four Points bar, Thunderhead Red’s will double in size and expand to include the eastern side of the building taking advantage of the dramatic east facing window views of Mt. Werner and Storm Peak. In addition, equipment upgrades throughout a number of kitchens will improve the facility’s culinary offerings.
The Bear River Terrace has long been the prime gathering spot in Steamboat’s Gondola Square. For the 2014/15 winter season, the Terrace will make enjoying a drink and bite to eat even easier. For daytime operations, the Bear River BBQ will become a permanent fixture on the Terrace, offering burgers, hot dogs and other grilled specialties to guests wishing to dine outside. The Umbrella Bar, located on the first tier of the Terrace, will add lights and a heating system to accommodate guests during special evening hours, making it the main location for friends and family to watch the night skiing and riding action on the slopes.
Date night, birthday dinner, business lunch, brunch with friends or that special family gathering is as simple as a touch of the screen when Steamboat launches OpenTable, a real-time online reservation service throughout its family of restaurants this winter. With OpenTable, resort restaurants will be able to manage reservations more efficiently, streamline operations and enhance service levels. For guests, it means finding the restaurants that best fit their dining occasions, available tables, real-time reservations, restaurant reviews, menus and other helpful information to enjoy the best overall mountain culinary experience. For more information about Steamboat’s upgraded food and beverage options, visit http://www.steamboat.com.
Winter Park Resort’s largest on-mountain building construction in over 25 years, Lunch Rock Restaurant will be a state-of-the-art facility utilized year-round, with 150-seat heated deck, 250-seat indoor restaurant, bar, and hydration station all focusing on Colorado themes. At 16,000 square-feet, the new restaurant will be over five times larger than the previous structure at Lunch Rock, which was built in 1985. While adding another exciting experience for visitors to the Mary Jane Territory, Lunch Rock Restaurant will also service guests skiing and riding Winter Park Territory, Parsenn Bowl Territory, Eagle Wind Territory, and the Cirque Territory, making the restaurant a convenient hub for the many people who pass through the area each day.
In addition to convenience and comfort, at 11,200 feet in elevation Lunch Rock Restaurant will boast amazing views of Parry Peak, James Peak, Parsenn Bowl, the Fraser Valley, and the Continental Divide, which Winter Park Resort lovers have enjoyed from Lunch Rock for generations. Most importantly, the new facility will stay true to the tradition of Mary Jane, one of Colorado’s most iconic destinations. For more information, visit http://lunchrock.co/.
Terrain & Snow Conditions
New at Aspen/Snowmass beginning Dec. 19, 2014, Snowmass will feature four lanes of lift-served snow tubing perfect for an afternoon of sliding down snow with the family. Built for ages 4-14, the new tubing facilities at Elk Camp will provide non-stop laughter and fun. For more information, visit www.aspensnowmass.com.
Last summer, Crested Butte thinned 10 acres of trees, dramatically improving access to forested skiing. This summer, the improvements continue as resort crews partner with the local US Forest Service District to identify new areas for glading. Intermediate skiers looking for more gentle gladed terrain should get ready to weave through the trees in the East River area and off the Teocalli Lift. For more information, visit http://www.skicb.com.
For 2014-2015, Eldora Mountain Resort has added two new Kassbohrer grooming machines to the existing fleet of five groomers. Combined with 100 percent snowmaking coverage on all groomed territory, the new grooming machines improvement will ensure a consistently high-quality snow surface for all ability levels. For more information, visit www.eldora.com.
Loveland Ski Area has invested in snowmaking upgrades at Loveland Basin and Loveland Valley to improve efficiencies and productivity. Loveland’s location on the Continental Divide provides cooler temperatures that allow the ski area to make snow early in the season and help it keep snow in good condition all season long and well into spring. For more information, visit http://www.skiloveland.com.
Powderhorn’s mountain operations crew is widening the Equalizer trail for the 2014-15 season. The crew is also tackling the meticulous job of brush cutting Cannonball, Bear Claw, Wonderbump, Racer’s Edge, Lower Showdown, Powderkeg, Kiddy Keg, Misery and Whistle Pig trails and more to come. For more information, visit www.powderhorn.com.
Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort is adding more snowmaking equipment to the front and backside of the mountain. The resort is adding 11 new energy-efficient snowmaking tower guns, and a state-of-the-art, high-output fan gun, making the mountain operations team more efficient during the early season to establish a solid base that lasts throughout the entire ski season. For more information, visit www.durangomountainresort.com.
Ski Granby Ranch visitors will experience terrain improvements and expansions in 2014/15. The ski area is adding two new runs on West Mountain, improving access to Dean’s Glade on West Mountain, reopening the Poma Lift which gives access to Lone Pine Bowl, and adding a new gladed area off Bronc Rider on East Mountain. For more information, visit http://www.granbyranch.com.
Joining Steamboat’s grooming machine fleet this season is a new Bison Sherpa winch is the first of its kind in Colorado, and is the new generation of winches from Prinoth with 5.3 tons of pulling force and an automatic pulling force control system. The cutting-edge Bison Sherpa augments the Beast which started grooming the slope’s mid-winter last season and will be used to tackle some of Steamboat’s steepest terrain and portions of its terrain parks. The resort’s fleet, operated in two shifts, re-surfaces approximately 600 acres nightly to a premium corduroy finish and encompasses 21 machines, including nearly half of the fleet utilizing Bison or Beast groomers.
In addition, Steamboat’s state-of-the-art snowmaking system is being upgraded this winter with more than two miles of pipe, more than 11,000 feet, across See Me, Upper See Ya, Sitz, top of Vogue to Jess’ Cut-Off and Sitz to Boulevard. In addition, two new 12 ft. by 16 ft. blockhouses at Jess’ Cut-Off and the Christie Peak Mid-Station will provide new valve stations for intersecting pipe lines in those critical areas. The new lines will significantly accelerate the resort’s ability to produce snow as tower guns can be spaced 75 feet apart to more efficiently cover the trails. Over the past six seasons, the resort has installed nearly 18 miles/46.5km of water and air pipe for snowmaking. These improvements are all designed to further efforts to use less electrical energy and water in production while being more efficient when producing the early season snow base. For more information, visit www.steamboat.com.
Telluride has invested in new snowmaking equipment for 2014/15, which will allow for greater snowmaking capacity in high traffic areas off of Lifts 4 and 5, accessing the beginner and intermediate areas in the heart of Telluride’s trail system. Telluride’s new snowmaking system includes 38 new high efficiency Snowlogic snow guns. These snowmaking snow guns require 90 percent less energy to operate than other models. For more information, visit http://www.tellurideskiresort.com.
Wolf Creek Ski Area is adding a new refurbished Elma Lift, a fixed-grip triple chairlift, for the 2014-15 season. The Elma lift will provide skiers a way to get back to the base area from the bottom of the Alberta lift and eliminate the long traverse across the mountain from Park Avenue to the base area. It will also incorporate great beginner terrain along with some excellent intermediate terrain in an area that is currently underutilized. During times of avalanche hazard reduction when the Alberta Lift opens later than the other lifts, the Elma Lift will allow the public to return to the Treasure Stoke Quad and the lower Waterfall Area while waiting for the Alberta Lift to open.
Wolf Creek Ski Area hosts a number of “Fun Races” throughout the ski season. These races are free and open to skiers and boarders of all ages and abilities with a dual race format. The course is set up in a modified giant slalom, which begins at the top of the Charisma trail and ends at the Race Hutch. The existing Race Hutch, located near the bottom of the Charisma trail, will be replaced. The new building will be approximately 18 feet by 20 feet and located below the current Race Hutch location. It will store all the timing equipment, fencing, poles and all associated racing tools. For more information, visit http://www.wolfcreekski.com.
Anniversaries & Milestones
Several resorts in Colorado are recognizing significant anniversaries and milestones during the 2014/15 season. Winter Park will celebrate its 75th anniversary on January 28, 2015 with a weeklong series of events that kicks off with a celebration at Winter Park resort and finishes with Mary Jane’s 40th birthday party.
Wolf Creek is also celebrating 75 years this season. Along with a 75th anniversary logo, Wolf Creek will host a Retro Day to commemorate the occasion.
Additionally this winter, Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs will recognize the 100th anniversary of ski jumping at the nostalgic ski area.
Family holidays take a bucket load of planning, family skiing holidays take that level of organisation to another dimension. Pick the wrong resort and you could end up spending more time doing the ski school run than the skiing runs.
Bearing in mind different types of families need different types of holidays and without too much stereotyping, Ski Safari has picked out five resorts depending on how you use your time together as a family skiing. Are you a ski-to-lunch Mum and Dad who like to join the kids for afternoon activities or do you prefer to ski hard and pick the little ones up from ski school at the end of the day or perhaps you travel with family and friends all at varying abilities with different needs?
Hardcore skiers – WHISTLER
If you are serious about snow and want to maximise your slope time you need a resort that will push you to your limits, whilst offering a realistic childcare option for the children. Whistler undeniably ticks the boxes for parents looking for diverse and challenging terrain and the resort also operates a mix of camps for children. Starting on Mondays, the 5 day Blackcomb Kids Adventure Camp for 5-12 year olds, will give children expert instruction plus lunch, allowing parents a full day from 8.30am to 3.30pm to explore the wonders of Whistler for themselves. For younger children there are similar camp programmes or full daycare at Whistler Kids in Whistler Village, which also offers a complimentary TELUS pager service so you can ski easy knowing the little ones are well cared for.
Where to stay?
The 4* Delta Whistler Village Suites is great for families, with prices starting from £1239 per person based on 4 sharing a 2 Bedroom Condo at February half-term, including flights and transfers. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 060 or visit www.skisafari.com
Ski to lunch parents – ÅRE
Some resorts lend themselves to offering a combination of downhill action with a mix of off the slope activities. Åre in Sweden triumphs as one of those destinations and is the perfect fit for parents who prefer to ski to lunch, with the ski schools generally running on mornings only (9.30-12.30). Families are then free to spend the afternoon skiing together or try some of the other activities on offer, from the usual tobogganing and husky sledding to ice-driving, zip-lining or even moose kissing! Parents will appreciate the convenience of Åre Björnen, having ski-in ski-out accommodation and all the ski school, ski rental and other facilities all in one place.
Where to stay?
The award-winning 5* Copperhill Mountain Lodge is a superb choice for families, with prices starting from £959 per person on half board based on 2 adults and 2 children at half term, departing on 15th February 2015. Price includes flights and transfers. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 068 or visit www.skisafari.com
Beginner skiers – TRYSIL
The Norwegian resort of Trysil offers one of the best welcomes to the world of skiing with its confidence inspiring terrain, excellent English speaking instructors, uncrowded slopes and ski-in ski-out accommodation. Located two hours north of Oslo, Trysil is all you could want and more from the family skiing experience. With a long season from November through to late April, Trysil benefits from assured snow conditions and even promises a unique snow promise guarantee. If the snow isn’t good enough to keep a certain amount of the resort open then they will offer a refund. And the refund is not just restricted to the lift pass alone. It actually covers accommodation, ski rentals and even the ski tuition too! This is the perfect package to get you started on snow.
Where to stay?
The 4*+ Radisson Blue Resort starts from £899 per person on half board, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing at February half term, departing 15 February. Price includes flights and transfers. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 068 or visit www.skisafari.com
Single parent –OBERGURGL-HOCHGURGL
The thought of taking children skiing with only one pair of hands is pretty daunting for any parent but choosing the resort wisely can make it a much easier ride. Top priority is convenience, with ski-in ski-out accommodation on the top of the wish-list, followed by full day ski school facilities, snow-sure slopes and a generous network of runs. As many Austrian ski resorts have grown from small farming villages rather than purpose built resorts, ski-in ski-out convenience is less common with Obergurgl-Hochgurgl one of the noticeable exceptions. The ski schools in Obergurgl-Hochgurgl are well-renowned as having some of the best instructors and are located in a prime position to make it easy for everyone.
Where to stay?
Stay 7 nights at the 4* Hotel Austria in Obergurgl, with prices starting from £1225 per person on half board at Christmas, based on 1 adult and 2 children sharing a room, including flights and transfer. Departs 20 December. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 068 or visit www.skisafari.com
Complicated Group – LAAX
With a mixed group of friends and family choosing somewhere that will keep everyone happy can be a tough task. That said, Laax in Switzerland scores high on many levels. There’s generous terrain ideal for a mixed group of skiers and boarders, with the convenience of ski-in ski-out accommodation and the added benefit of a short transfer of 1.5 hrs from Zurich. The ski schools are focussed on improving skills and children will be encouraged to work on their technique and will be awarded a feedback report at the end of the week. Laax has made its name as an international boarding resort with 3 half pipes, 2 mini boardercross courses and 2 freestyle parks that will keep the young boarders in the group happy. Any newbies or more sedate skiers will welcome the half-day ski pass prices as well as discounted beginner passes. What’s more there’s even enough to keep any non-skiers in the group entertained too!
Where to stay?
The 4* Rocks Resort in Laax, starts from £509 per person at Easter, departing 29 March 2015, in a self-catered 2-bedroom apartment, based on 4 sharing. Price includes flights and transfers. Call Ski Safari on 01273 224 062 or visit www.skisafari.com
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ENJOY A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP IN THE SWISS ALPS
The Alpina Gstaad Offers Guests A Restful Retreat
GSTAAD, Switzerland, – Sleep is essential to health and wellbeing and studies have shown sleep deprivation is associated with injuries, chronic diseases, mental illnesses, increased health care costs, and lost work productivity. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, about 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. To improve its guests wellbeing – and just in time for the holidays – the Six Senses Spa at The Alpina Gstaad has introduced the “Good Night Retreat,” a new three-day package that combines wellness activities in the restorative Swiss alpine air with a range of specialized spa treatments that aim to relax the mind, release energy blocks and promote a deep sense of relaxation. With higher ion levels that produce purer air, the alpine atmosphere has been proven to have health benefits that aid sleep.
The “Good Night Retreat” features holistic treatments including group sessions of Yoga, meditation and Shiatsu to restore the body’s natural balance. Specialized spa treatments range from a healing amethyst wrap, a divine facial to stimulate energy flow and remove tension and the signature Hammam to induce relaxation. Alpine training and Reiki promote physical, emotional, mental and spiritual stability. Guests will also enjoy Alpina Life cuisine with non-alcoholic beverages designed to purify bodies through simple, gentle and easy cleansing.
In time to prepare – or recover – from the holiday season, the three-day, two-night retreats will be offered December 5 to 11, 2014 and March 16 to 20, 2015 and start at CHF 3,800 (about US$4,755) in a single Deluxe room. The program is also available as a five-day retreat.
Located in the heart of the Bernese Oberland, Gstaad offers a wealth of outdoor activities on 155 miles of alpine slopes to help clear the mind and promote a healthy lifestyle. With cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, sledging, ice skating, hiking, snowshoeing, ballooning, dog sledding and snow golf to keep guests busy, a good night’s sleep is practically guaranteed.
For more information about The Alpina Gstaad, please visit www.thealpinagstaad.ch.
About The Alpina Gstaad
The Alpina Gstaad is set on five acres in Oberbort, the exclusive hilltop area of the village, which is in Saanenland. Part of a CHF300 million-luxury development, which includes private chalets and apartments. The Alpina Gstaad has three restaurants: the first European outpost of MEGU, the renowned Japanese restaurant; a traditional Swiss stübli, and the Michelin-star Restaurant Sommet serving contemporary cuisine. The luxury hotel has a bar and lounge, wine-tasting room, private cinema, cigar lounge, a ballroom and several boardrooms. The 56 spacious rooms and suites – all with balconies – range from 333 square feet to 4,305 square feet.
The Alpina Gstaad has been named to Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot List,” Travel + Leisure’s “It List” and The Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” for 2013. Gault Millau Swiss anointed it the “Hotel of the Year 2013.” The Alpina Gstaad is a member of Virtuoso and Preferred Hotels and Resorts. The hotel was a finalist in Virtuoso’s “Best of the Best” awards for excellence in design and won 2013 European Design Hotel of the Year from the European Hotel Design Awards. In November 2013, The Alpina Gstaad was awarded its first Michelin star. In January 2014, Andrew Harper named the hotel one of six Grand Award winners in Europe.
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