Spring Ski Buffs… Get to Breckenridge

The Residence Inn Marriott Breckenridge Lobby

I’m usually curious where I can ski late in the season for one reason only… I’m a fly by my seat sort of traveler and I also like to wait until the big Christmas crowds are gone. Nothing is worse than a crowded slope, in my opinion. So, at least now we know… ski buffs who live for the thrill of just one more run down the powdery slopes can take on the Breckenridge, Colorado ski scene well into Spring. Warmer weather, fewer crowds, softer snow and falling prices make for the perfect opportunity to also pack up the entire family for a Spring Break ski escape.

The brand new Residence Inn Breckenridge is a natural launch pad to explore the appeals of the Rockies this spring. Boasting all-suite accommodations, this spot is  ideal for families where they can make themselves at home in expansive suites with full kitchens and sofa beds. Complimentary hot American breakfast will fuel the fam before hitting the slopes of famed Breckenridge Ski Resort, where Peak 9 offers chair lifts and terrain that appeal to both beginners and experts, just two-minutes from the hotel. The transition to the slopes is eased by the hotel’s complimentary on-site ski storage.

breckenridge-hot-tub-and-pool

A hot tub perfect for mom & dad too…

Après–ski, guests can easily explore the charming restaurants and shops with the hotel’s choice location in downtown Breckenridge. The Lobby’s Hearth Room and Base Camp Lounge are another great gathering point with a sophisticated mountain lodge vibe, creative cocktails, and menu of small bites. A year-round outdoor pool and hot tub with sweeping views of Quandary Peak is also a huge win win, complemented by the hotel’s fitness center.

So, ski buffs take note… you and your family can hit the slopes without the headache well into April!

Spring rates start at $255/nt which includes breakfast for every guest, parking, wifi in the room and… there is no resort fee!

www.breckenridgeresidenceinn.com

Operation Halfpipe: Aspen Winter X-Games

LOCATION:  39°57′52″ N  106°4′12″ W

You spent last winter in the half-pipe practicing your front double cork 1080.  Or, like me, perhaps you were building up your endurance in the hot tub. Either way, we’re pushing for a trip to Aspen’s Winter X-Games to ski (or, in our case, snowboard) all day long while we watch the world’s best freestylers and party with the sexy new Adventure tour group, Adventurati, in one of the world’s best ski towns. This is one VIP trip that you won’t be hearing about in all the usual places. Think of that cool outdoorsy stud in high school all grown up. Now imagine he had a tour company that took you to all the cool, adventurous places to hang with all the cool people. You coming or what, bro?

Trip Details

  • Four nights (January 27 – 31, 2011) in a 2, 3 or 4 bedroom condo in the town of Aspen, walking distance to the mountain; hot tub access in the community
  • Flight to Aspen; transfer to/from airport and condo
  • Three day lift ticket all Aspen resort mountains (incl. Snowmass, Buttermilk, & Highlands)
  • ESPN Winter X-Games
  • Access to exclusive Adventurati dinners and apres-ski happy hours
  • Ski/snowboard rental discounts of 35%

This year will be their biggest ski trip yet and spots are filling up because you’ll have a chance to hit the slopes with the Adventurati crew and honorary Adventurati member, Shaun White.

K or Q bed, shared room, shared bed for 2 people; $1575/person

Twin bed, shared room, own bed; $1785/person

K or Q bed, own room, own bed; $2170/person

See you there, snowballers!

www.adventurati.com

 

We Ski for Equality

This just blew in from across the pond, so we had to share.  For all of you sexy ski bunnies, Telluride Ski Resort in Colorado is holding its annual Women’s Ski Week March 6-11, 2010, partnering with Capella Telluride to create a great meeting of minds for women around the US.

Accommodations at Capella Telluride can be a little steep (think Blue Diamond) at $495/night, but Capella, founded by the ex-CEO of the Ritz, promises never to let you down.  There are three package levels through Telluride Ski Resort for the various events planned ($480, $780 or $945).  Elements include ski passes, lessons, rentals, spa credits, meals at Capella, and a lecture by author Rebecca Shambaugh (“It’s Not a Glass Ceiling, It’s a Sticky Floor”), who will be kicking off her book tour for her latest piece “Leadership Secrets of Hillary Clinton.”

We support anything that helps enlighten men and women to reality that all people, regardless of gender, class, race, or expertise on the slopes, ought to be treated equally. No glass ceilings, no sticky floors, no icy conditions.

Hear us roar – just like that toasty fireplace.

Information on Capella Telluride is available at www.CapellaTelluride.com and details on Telluride’s Women’s Ski Week and the three package options can be found at http://www.capellatelluride.com/telluride-womens-week.php.