Slope Savvy

Misty Milioto | November 6, 2014 | Articles

The Centennial State is a top destination for skiing, thanks to numerous ski resorts spread across the state—all boasting majestic mountains, bluebird skies, heavy snowfall and a variety of terrain. Some of our favorite Colorado resorts are buzzing with new offerings, from posh hotel upgrades and special packages, to happening après-ski spots and out-of-this-world events. Here are our top 10 picks to make the most out of your ski vacation.

1. The Gant, by Destination Hotels & Resorts recently completed a $5 million renovation and expansion that includes a new specialty cafe, a panoramic rooftop deck, flexible indoor and outdoor floor plans, and contemporary new furnishings and accessories. New for this winter season is the Stay, Ski & Sip package, which includes three nights in a deluxe three-bedroom condominium, two-day lift tickets for three, one half-day snowmobiling excursion for three at T-Lazy 7, a $100 resort credit to Pepperjack’s Café, a private tour of Aspen Brewing Co. (with tasting), a 40th anniversary Gant growler keepsake and a top 10 list of Aspen bars to hit up while you’re there. Guest rooms from $225 per night, package from $3,060, @thegantaspen

2. Viceroy Snowmass (@viceroysnowmass) is debuting three new dining options this year. Nest Public House is a ski-in/ ski-out gastropub that’s focused on Colorado craft beers; Ricard Brasserie & Liquor Bar is a new slopeside bistro (located at the base of Snowmass Resort), featuring a Belgian beer list, specialty cocktails and plenty of wine choices; and Viceroy Snowmass’ executive chef Will Nolan is offering two varieties of grab-and-go burritos (available at ski concierge) that you can slip into a pocket and enjoy on the lift.

3. Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail is partnering with local outfitter and guiding company Paragon Guides to offer a number of ski experiences. The Off-the-Slopes Winter Backcountry Adventure Package gets you away from crowded lift lines with a guided backcountry ski experience in Vail Valley. It also includes a threenight stay at the resort, an Aprés Adventure experience at the resort’s Fireside Lounge (including an appetizer and drinks), plus a $600 credit (when booked through concierge) to be used toward one adventure of your choice (cat skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding or snowmobiling). Guest rooms from $1,390 per night, residences from $4,800 per night, package from $510 per night, @fsvail

4. A new distillery has bowed in Vail, dubbed 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company. Hop over to the tasting room and enjoy a tasty selection of Olathe corn moonshine; rye whiskey; bourbon; potato vodka; and Colorado sage-infused, Palisade peachvanilla cordial. @10thmtnwhiskey

5. Décimo is an exclusive nightclub experience, taking place at the top of Vail Mountain on six exclusive nights throughout the ski season (Dec. 31, Jan. 24, Jan. 30, Feb. 13, March 6 and April 2) . This uberchic mountaintop dance party (complete with VIP tables, bottle service and iconic headlining entertainment from some of the world’s hottest Djs) begins at the base of Gondola One in Vail Village. From the top of the gondola, guests will enter a space that’s been transformed into a dynamic nightspot. Last year, Décimo featured three-time Grammy nominee, DJ, producer and artist Paul Oakenfold.

6. From March 2-7, Vail will once again host the Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships. Known as the world’s greatest snowboard event, it’s also the longest-running snowboarding competition in the world with the biggest names in the business—all vying for top honors in halfpipe and slopestyle events. Like other big events in Vail, there will also be free concerts, parties and more. @burtonsnowboard

7. Another great time to be in Vail is during the 2015 Alpine World Ski Championships (@vail2015), taking place Feb. 2-15. While most of the races will take place at Beaver Creek Resort (@beavercreekmtn), Vail will be the place to party with nightly festival events. While you’re there, be sure to take advantage of Vail Mountain Resort’s (@vailmtn) lessons, where you can observe the pros; refine your skills; and get an exclusive peek at the competition.

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8. Park Hyatt Beaver Creek is offering the Ski with Olympians package during the 2015 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships. It includes skiing and après with two of the greatest American skiers of all-time, Phil and Steve Mahre. Guest rooms from $800 per night, package from $2,500 (based on a three-night stay), @parkhyattbc

9. The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain recently completed an $850,000 renovation to its Spa Anjali. Posh upgrades include a new entrance and guest relaxation lounge, plus a greatly expanded salon and new spa boutique. Try the Red Clover and Mountain Honey Body Mask Divine ($235 for 100 minutes) treatment. It includes a mask of red clover, mountain honey and shea butter to moisturize and renew your skin, plus a body wrap enriched with vitamin C, calcium and antioxidants to revitalize tired muscles. Guest rooms from $299 per night, @westinbvrcreek

10. Since you’ll be skiing off plenty of calories, why not visit Vail Valley during the Beaver Creek Food & Wine Weekend (Jan. 22-25)? This four-day culinary event takes place on the slopes of Beaver Creek Mountain, featuring acclaimed local host chefs and fun festivities (such as Après- Ski Burgers and Beers, a Snowshoe and Gourmet Lunch, Eat.Drink.Ski and the finale Celebrity Chef Ski Race and Brunch). From $50-$200 per person, depending on activity, @beavercreekmtn


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