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Featured Journeys: Colorado Ski Vacation

January 31, 2019| By:Rachael Weir, Five Star Alliance

Ski Event at The Little Nell

In photo: Skiing event at The Little Nell in Aspen.

Featured Journeys: Colorado Ski Vacation

Are the slopes calling your name? Our Featured Journeys: Colorado Ski Vacation features a multi-destination itinerary to Colorado's top ski resorts. Nestled within the majestic Rocky Mountains, the towns of Vail, Aspen, and Telluride offer some of the world's best skiing and winter activities, plus exclusive settings, high-end spas, world-class cuisine, local specialties, and chic boutiques for getting the latest apres ski looks.  


Modeled after a Tyrolean village, Vail is one of the most popular ski resorts in the US. Covering 5,500 acres, it is the largest single-mountain ski resort in the country. The wide-open and forested terrain, as well as the difficulty of the trails draws skiiers from all over the world. The seven-mile ski area stretches from Outer Mongolia to Game Creek Bowl, and there's a system of trails through the surrounding mountains for cross-country skiers as well. Bridge Street is popular for the apres ski crowd with a variety of offeringa from international beer selections to the trendiest DJs. Vail also has an array of restaurants, as well as upscale shopping and trendy boutiques. For those seeking a more intimate setting, Beaver Creek is nearby and part of Vail Resorts.

Hotel Talisa, Vail

Hotel Talisa, Vail

Offering alpine styling, Hotel Talisa, Vail is a sports-focused resort. As Vail's only true ski-in/ski-out luxury resort, the property has an on-site chairlift, rentals, ticket office, and world-class ski concierge. Following a multi-million dollar renovation in 2017, the property has soaking tubs in all accommodations, culinary creations from around the world, and an alpine spa with invigorating treatments. Plus, four seasons of mountain-focused activities. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking the "5 Star Signature Package" rate will also receive breakfast buffet for up to two daily (max $60 credit per room/per day), a $100 resort credit per room/per stay (not applicable to room rate), and complimentary WiFi. 

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Located 170 miles west of Denver, Aspen is known for celebrity sightings and posh ski resorts. There are four ski mountains in Aspen, providing an array of options from beginners to mountain experts. Beginners will want to learn at Buttermilk Mountain with easy-to-navigate slopes. Snowmass has a range of runs from mild to heart-pounding, and Aspen Mountain is for those seeking moguls, tests of skill, and ungroomed slopes. In addition to the ski scene, the ritzy mountain town offers a thriving dining and nightlife scene, as well as hotel spas for relaxation and unwinding when you're not skiing. 

The Little Nell

Suite at The Little Nell

With the city at its front door and Aspen Mountain out the back door, The Little Nell offers an exclusive setting in the heart of Aspen. Steps from upscale shops and restaurants, the hotel has contemporary guest rooms and suites with "Aspen Modern" styling, and two restaurants designed for guests to wine, dine, and unwind. There's also a variety of winter experiences available including Ski Concierges to keep boots warm or help guests find hidden powder, as well as ski-in/ski-out access to Aspen Mountain, and a heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi overlooking the mountain. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking with Five Star Alliance will also receive a daily breakfast credit for two at Element 47 restaurant (a maximum $42.50 credit per person/per day), a $100 food and beverage credit once during stay, and a personalized welcome at check-in.

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Originally a mining town incorporated as Columbia in 1878, Telluride has made a massive transformation since opening its first ski runs in 1972. Located about 200 miles southwest of Aspen, Telluride mixes funky with chic, and is a popular year-round destination for mountain bikers, skiers, anglers, and hikers. The town was designated a National Historic District in 1964, and today the resort area is booming for skiing during the winter, and festivals during the summer months.

Lumiere with Inspirato

Hot Tub with a view at Lumiere Telluride

Featuring ski-in/ski-out access, Lumiere with Inspirato is located in the heart of the Mountain Village. Providing residence style accommodations with kitchens, fireplaces, laundry facilities, and master bedrooms with soaking tubs, the boutique hotel has a Black Tie Ski Concierge, in-room massage services, Bijou Lounge with a stylish apres ski scene, and fitness center. Steps from ski lifts, boutiques, and reestaurants, the property has a central location for exploring the village and quick access to the gondola to the historic Telluride district. 

FIVE STAR ALLIANCE PERK: Guests booking through Five Star Alliance receive a complimentary bottle of locally produced wine. 

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