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Leah Fielding

5 days in Aspen Snowmass: A first-timer’s guide 

Beginner's Magic Snowmass, Elk Camp Meadows, beginner skiing

Few ski destinations deliver extraordinary experiences for every stripe of skier and snowboarder, but Aspen Snowmass, a single resort with four ski areas accessible via one lift ticket, does just that. >>>Enter to win an Aspen Snowmass ski trip>>> While more experienced skiers and snowboarders tend to flock to Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk […]

3 reasons your kids (and you) will love Buttermilk’s new Hideout 

Buttermilk ski instructors create a fun and safe environment for children to learn. pc: Aspen Snowmass/Hal Williams

On the heels of opening the industry-leading Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center in Snowmass, Aspen Snowmass has brought to life yet another state-of-the-art children’s facility. When Buttermilk opened for the season in mid-December, so did the new 7,500-square-foot Hideout Children’s Center. Located at the base of Buttermilk, the Hideout replaces the Powder Pandas Ski & Snowboard […]

Aspen Snowmass 2015 X Games Preview 

2015 X Games Aspen, Buttermilk X Games

For the 14th consecutive year, Aspen Snowmass is hosting the X Games on Buttermilk’s world-famous superpipe and slopestyle course. From Jan. 21-25, 2015 spectators can watch their freestyle ski and snowboard heroes up close and personal and take advantage of swag giveaways, sponsored parties and world-class concerts. X Games Aspen is a prestigious, invite-only freestyle-skiing, […]

5 reasons Aspen Snowmass is a great place to learn to ski 

Aspen Snowmass ski instructors provide mountain awareness.

First impressions are critical, which makes choosing the best ski resort when learning to ski that much more important. The whole experience, from finding the ski school meeting place and riding the chairlift for the first time to accomplishing your first turns, contributes to how much you will enjoy skiing or snowboarding in the long […]

7 top North America resorts to learn to ski 

Buttermilk Cliffhouse

January is Learn to Ski Month, so there’s no better time to start thinking about where you’d like to experience your first ski vacation. We’ve compiled a list of North America’s best resorts for first timers thanks to their specialized learning programs, state-of-the-art facilities, accessibility and unique beginner experiences. After a lesson or two with […]

What makes Crested Butte the last great Colorado ski town? 

pc: Trent Bona

Slowing down, getting back to yourself and nature and enjoying the simple things—like a snow-covered mountain vista—is really what a ski vacation is all about. We live in an era fraught with constant pressure to make everything bigger and better, and it can be exhausting. Taking a break and escaping the madness for at least […]

12/15/14: Where did it snow last weekend? 

Beaver Creek snow, Beaver Creek snow storm, how much snow did Beaver Creek get?

If you’re at all like us (powder obsessed) and recently burned a pair of skis in a sacrificial bonfire to appease the Norse god of snow, Ullr, we’re happy to report that the offerings worked! A favorable amount of Western U.S. ski resorts saw about one to two feet of snow fall from late last week […]

7 surprising things you didn’t know about Crested Butte 

Crested Butte

We’ve become increasingly suspicious that Crested Butte locals and return vacationers have been doing their best to keep the resort’s world-class terrain, historic downtown and lack of lift lines a secret—and we wouldn’t blame them. We apologize in advance to those who want to keep Crested Butte to themselves, but we’re blowing your cover with […]

Plans announced to link Canyons and PCMR to form largest U.S. ski resort 

Park City and Canyons linked, Park City Canyons gondola,

Vail Resorts recently announced its official plans to link Canyons with Park City Mountain Resort—which the corporation purchased earlier in fall 2014 for $182 million—to create the largest U.S. ski resort. Combined, the resorts would offer 7,300 acres of interconnected terrain, making the resorts second only to Whistler Blackcomb for  the title of largest ski resort in […]

5 days in Crested Butte: A first-timer’s guide 

Crested Butte ski vacation, Crested Butte ski resort

The title of “last great ski town in Colorado” isn’t bestowed on just any ski resort. Lots of people who visit Crested Butte for the first time return year-after-year because they feel as if they’ve discovered a precious, hidden gem. Most of the shops, restaurants and bars are in original mining-era buildings and all are […]