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Snowmass

+Ideal family vacation spot. Treehouse Center rocks. - Limited dining options. Have to hit Aspen for good après.

Snowmass can teach us all a lesson in resort development: You needn’t turn your base into Wally World to attract families. There’s a refreshing absence of bungee trampolines and alpine coasters; Snowmass caters to the younger set with 3,132 acres of kid-friendly greens and blues, three terrain parks (no. 7), world-class grooming (no. 3), high-speed lifts (no. 4), ski-in, ski-out lodging (no. 4) and its innovative Treehouse Adventure Center, which is surely to thank for the resort’s consistently high ranking in Family Programs for the fourth straight year. The 25,000-square-foot facility boasts a climbing gym, teen activities, kids’ retail and a host of themed rooms for ages eight weeks to four years, all right at the base of the slopes. The center also brings Snowmass’s ski-school check-in, rentals and family après under one roof. But to land in the overall Top 5, a resort needs to lure more than just families, and Snowmass’s high-quality snow and varied mountain layout please the masses. “As good as it gets,” exclaims one reader. “Wonderful variety of terrain.” The whole package in one convenient place. —Tess Weaver

On-Hill Lunch » The rustic Lynn Britt cabin offers panoramic views of the Snowmass Valley and high peaks beyond, plus a tasty menu of Colorado’s seasonal best.

Must Ski » Whichever run is the recipient of the daily Noon Groom, a fresh combing that reopens the trail at 12 o’clock.

Family Activity » Kids Adventure Maps point out myriad on-slope Fun Zones, with rollers, moguls and natural obstacles.

[ Fri, 2010-03-12 16:50 ]
I-70 at Glenwood Canyon re-opens
Almost four days after a massive rock slide closed a key Colo. I-70 ski corridor, traffic was flowing again in both directions. Extensive repairs are still needed, but a 200-mile detour is no longer required to drive to the Aspen valley and Steamboat region.

Traffic started flowing again at 3:05 pm Thursday through a key segment of Colo. 1-70 as crews had worked around the clock to open the damaged 17-mile "choke point" in the highway system. More repairs are still needed to open all four lanes of traffic, and the speed limit has been reduced to 40 mph from 55 mph, with loads wider than 14 feet prohibited from the roadway. A rockslide early Monday over the Hanging Lakes section of I-70, just before Glenwood Springs, had closed the highway, spewing boulders—some the size of semi-tractors and weighing up to 66 tons—onto the roadway. Colo. Gov.

Viceroy Snowmass

Viceroy Snowmass
Viceroy Snowmass bedroom
Snowmass Village, Colo.

The first Viceroy to grace the base of a ski resort, the 173-room lodge opened in November to high expectations. After all, the Viceroy name conjures images of such glam spots as Palm Springs and Anguilla. But this hotel, which is currently in the process of applying for Silver LEED certification, embraces such green practices as offering free and discounted parking for low emission, hybrid and electric cars; a saline pool instead of chlorine; and stainless steel water bottles at check-in, eschewing plastic bottles throughout the hotel.

Traveler Notes: Soul Food

Traveler Notes: Soul Food
Hen of the Wood, Waterbury, VT.
High-country chefs nourish body, mind and spirit with a new spin on comfort-food favorites.

Hen of the Wood, Waterbury, Vt. A 19th-century grist mill near Stowe is home to some of the region’s most authentic seasonal fare. Executive chef/co-owner Eric Warnstedt, a 2008 Food + Wine magazine Best New Chef, forages for ingredients from local farmers, purveyors and artisans. Menus change daily, but the integrity of his delicious, down-to-earth dishes never does. henofthewood.com

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