A listing of cat-skiing operators.ON-MOUNTAIN OPERATORS
Aspen Mountain Powder Tours, in Aspen, Colo. (800-525-6200; www.aspensnowmass.com), has 1,100 acres of bowls, glades and powder fields. A full day costs $225, including lunch and snacks.
Big Mountain Ski & Summer Resort, in Whitefish, Mont. (800-858-3930; www.bigmtn.com), offers 500 skiable acres of rolling, treed terrain. The cost ranges from $60 to $180 per day, depending on the size of the group.
Does Aspen need another luxury hotel? How about another fractional property? Well, it gets both with the new Hyatt Grand Aspen, which opened in mid-December. Sure, you can pony up $90,000, the entry-level tariff for a 1/20th share—or 17 days of use.
But you can also taste this luxury for a night or two for considerably less. And the location is prime. The Hyatt is at the foot of Aspen Mountain, overlooking the ice-skating rink, and a four-minute walk to the Silver Queen gondola. Outside, the white-balconied, red brick building is New-England-meets-the-Rockies.
The best few weeks of the ski season may arguably be just around the corner. To make the most of it, Aspen, CO has a slew of events and discounts planned that are sure to heat up the slope-side action.