Come Hither: Alta, Aspen, Jackson and Squaw/Alpine team up.
The new motto for resorts this season just might be All for One, One for All, as four of the biggest names in the sport have banded together to offer a unique, unified ski pass. The new Mountain Collective pass, working with Liftopia, offers eight days of skiing at Alta, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, and Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows for $349.
A margarita on a sunny deck is a ski-town rite of spring. Here’s a list of greats from our highly opinionated testers.
Cut fresh lime into slices. Rub the rim of a chilled glass with lime. Dip rim in coarse salt. In a shaker, add two ounces of tequila (preferably 100 percent agave), one ounce Cointreau, and one ounce fresh lime juice. Shake. Strain. Pour. Sip slopeside (with a satisfied smile) sometime in the spring.
Time to revisit these ski-town lodges, where recent renovations mean things don’t look quite like they used to.
Lodge at Breckenridge, Breckenridge, Colo. » Aiming to rise from typical mountain lodge to bou- tique hotel, the 35-year-old Lodge at Breckenridge reopened in December following $3.7 million in renovations. Enhancements include beetle-kill pine decor in each of the 45 rooms and the addition of Traverse Restaurant & Bar.
Former ski resort mogul Les Otten offers a peek at his latest project and his big plans for the Dixville Notch resort.
Les Otten is back in the ski business with grand plans for turning one of the last remaining gems of New Hampshire’s grand hotel era into a full-amenity base area village and what would be the Northeast’s largest ski area. In a recent interview, the former CEO of American Skiing Co. sketched out his plans for revitalization of the Balsams Resort in far-northern Dixville Notch, well-known as home of first-in-the-nation voting.
Now it has some of the East’s most lavish slopeside amenities. But to those who know it best, it’s still the hill that has no peer.
There’s one Eastern ski resort that’s better than all the rest. It’s got the best terrain, most efficient lifts, highest peak, rippingest skiers, richest history, raddest lift-served sidecountry, rowdiest nightlife, prettiest views, and best-looking women.
Get off the groomers and discover this luxury resort’s untapped expert terrain. The best part: You’ll have earned that cookie at the end of the day.
Credit must be given to whoever arranged for access to the Stone Creek Chutes off of a trail called Cinch. Very funny, we like your sense of humor. The chutes, of course, by their very nature as chutes, are no cinch. But glide past the rustic wooden plaques identifying the extreme terrain beyond, and it’s a little like the rabbit hole in Alice in Wonderland.