In just about every ski town in the United States, Mexican immigrants cook your food, build your vacation house, and clean your hotel. But what you know about them usually ends there.
Spread out a map of Mexico, close your eyes and point to a spot in the middle. That’s where I am, in a concrete cocina on the side of a dusty highway, drinking Nescafé from a Styrofoam cup and waiting for what I hope will be eggs and bacon. Or eggs and ham. Or eggs and any other pig part that’s not directly involved in digestion. I’ve just arrived in San Simeon, Tlaxcala, a town of 4,000 located about 100 miles east—a treacherous, smog-choked four-hour drive—of Mexico City. It’s about as far from snow and Subarus as you can get.
Special airfare is now available for guests coming to ski in Crested Butte this winter.
Crested Butte, CO – November 12, 2008: In a partnership with American Airlines, special airfare is now available for guests coming to ski in Crested Butte this winter. Bucking the travel trend, American Airlines is offering tickets from $250 directly into Gunnison / Crested Butte Airport (code: GUC) from Chicago and Dallas. Beginning December 18, 2008, American Airlines offers daily direct flights from Dallas and Saturday flights from Chicago direct to Gunnison / Crested Butte.
Is it time to buy that dream ski home? With the real estate market in the deep freeze, there are some deals, albeit few steals. And the Russians are coming.
Ken Libby, a realtor in Stowe, Vt., recalls the boom years early this decade, when home prices rose 25 percent annually and a house sold on the day it was listed. “Everyone from Boston to Baltimore was buying property in Vermont,” he says. “I’ve been in this business 30 years, and I’d never seen that before—and probably won’t again.” Then came 2007’s mortgage crisis. Sales plummeted.