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Chalet USA owners Helen Gienke & Rob Brown stumbled upon Colorado, USA in 2001, whilst on career break from their UK Marketing jobs, skied there all winter & never looked back. We wanted to share this fantastic USA ski holiday experience with other UK skiers, so we set up Chalets USA in 2004. We live in Colorado, know the ski resorts and the accommodation and can give you advice of finding the right skiing holiday for you. www.chalets-usa.co.uk

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Epic Easter Events

Epic Easter Events

The Easter holiday events are an amazing opportunity to really enrich your ski holidays, wherever you are in the USA, from Colorado to Utah, California to Wyoming. There is a little something for everyone, not forgetting all the chocolate! So here is a little spotlight over what is going on during your Spring Easter break.

Easter is an important part of many kids’ childhoods, so the resorts make sure they really embrace these celebrations and make them family friendly. A huge part of this is the gigantic Easter egg hunts that are put on every year for skiers and non-skiers. Breckenridge litters the mountains with 10,000 Easter eggs, while Beaver Creek provides 5,000 eggs that get refreshed frequently so that no one goes home empty handed!

For all the music lovers out there, there is a wide range of events for all tastes happening this spring. The anticipated return of Aspen Snowmass’ Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series brings with it 5 concerts as part of the Audi FIS World Cup finals celebrations. Other Spring concert series come from Park City and Jackson Hole’s Music Under the Tram where you can rock out underneath the infamous “Big Red” lift.

For those with a more competitive streak, then there are still mountains of activities to be entertained by. Pond skimming is a popular sporting pursuit during springtime in the mountains as the resorts build ponds for this crazy activity. Watch the professionals at Vail’s World Skimming Championships or have a go yourself as part of Park City’s Spring Grüv. And if this madness isn’t enough then you can go ahead and try out Steamboat’s Cardboard Classsic (similar to Aspen’s Schneetag), where participants hurtle down Stampede Run to a messy finish.

Food, of course, is a huge part of Easter celebrations worldwide, so it is only appropriate for Vail to exhibit the best of their cuisine during this time. The “Taste of Vail” events range from Seminars on Paella & Spanish wine, to Mountain Top Tasting held at 10,000ft above sea level. There is something for all you gourmet lovers out there, so make sure you don’t miss out!

Other events can be found in the form of Aspen Snowmass’ Street Rail Fridays, and Breckenridge’s Spring Fever Park Jam and the Mountain Dew Spring Open.

Here is a comprehensive list of events:

Aspen Snowmass
  • -       Bud Light Hi-Fi Concert Series March 18th – End
  • -       Bud Light Street Rail Fridays March 24th – End
  • -       Schneetag April 9th

  • -       Sunrise Easter Service April 16th
  • -       Breck Pride 22nd – 26th March
  • -       Easter Egg Hunt April 16th

Beaver Creek
  • -       Easter Egg Hunt April 15th
  • -       SpringFest – a variety of different events April 1st – 16th
  • -       “Top Hogs” Trained Pig shows
  • -       Figure skating shows

Jackson Hole
  • -       Family Round Up: Apres Events Now - 23rd March
  • -       Rendezvous Fest 16th -19th March
  • -       I Can Ski Forever: An Original Musical 18th – 25th March
  • -       Music Under the Tram 18th March – 9th April

Park City
  • -       Easter Egg Hunt 31st March
  • -       Canyons Resort Easter Celebration Week begins 31st March
  • -       Spring Grüv 27th March – 9th April

Steamboat Springs
  • -       Nastar Championships 23rd – 26th March
  • -       US Freestyle Championships 30th March – 1st April
  • -       Cardboard Classic 15th April

  • -       World pond Skimming Championships 16th April
  • -       Taste of Vail 5th – 9th April

Cardboard Classic in Steamboat Springs Colorado ski holidays

Steamboat Springs Easter snow holidays

Ski holiday Sunrise service Vail Colorado

Lake Tahoe Easter Bunny, Northstar and Heavenly ski holidays

Golden Egg at Park CIty Egg Hunt Utah 

Spring Gruv Pak City, Easter ski holidays  

SpringFest, Easter ski holidays at Beaver Creek 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Colorado bluebird days

At Chalets USA we can never get enough of the beauty that Colorado has to offer, especially on the mountain. 

Here are some of our favourite photos from this season so far...

Ski holidays in Colorado USA

Blue bird Colorado ski days

Sunny ski days USA

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UK Tel 01223 655642 US 1-303-482-1961

Monday, March 6, 2017

A Spotlight on Lion Square Lodge

A Spotlight on Lion Square Lodge

Earlier this year, the Chalets USA team took a visit to Vail in Colorado for a gorgeous few Bluebird days. Amongst other things, we skied the incredible Back Bowls, stayed in the beautiful Lions Square Lodge and had an amazing time in the villages at Vail itself. However, after a long day skiing and browsing the eateries, arguably the most important part of the ski holiday is where you go to relax and lay your head.

With an amazing concierge service and daily housekeeping, the check-in process was made seemingly effortless. Simply hand over your car keys for your luggage to be taken to your room, and your car parked. This meant that we could go skiing straight away without even stepping into our apartment. Having these things taken care of is what you need when you should be worrying about your ski route! Secondly, the quality of the rooms were outstanding, beautiful king and queen beds, spacious living areas with modern appliances and subtle decorative touches. Free Wi-Fi, an extensive selection of TV and movies, comfortable sofas and family entertainment are all included to make evenings even more tranquil.

The onsite restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and is a chameleon for each mealtime: breakfast, lunch, dinner and après ski. ‘El Sabor’ is an gourmet Mexican experience not to be bypassed. Generous portions and tasty traditional plates make for a quiet evening meal that are best accompanied by one of their fusion Margaritas. We particularly enjoyed the Rellenos, stuffed peppers in a delicious sauce, which comes with a side of your choice. Aside from this as an obvious place to eat, Lions Square Lodge is in the centre of Lionshead Village where you can access family favourites such as Blue Moose Pizza and Garfinkel’s. A company favourite is the amazing chocolates and hot drinks that come from Rimini, the gelato parlour and café that is beneath the next door hotel, The Arrabelle.

Much of the experience of Lions Square Lodge is in the amenities, outdoor heated pools and hot tubs, saunas and a state of the art fitness centre. All of these are provided to make sure that you can stay your best on your ski holiday, if that’s what you want. However, you can kick back and relax into the soothing heat of the pool and hot tubs to cure the aches of a tough powder day. These aqua experiences also sit at the base of the mountain, so the view at dust is outstanding.

Being directly opposite the Eagle Bahn gondola means that the South and East units are truly ski in ski out (while the North tower is a really short walk). We made full use of the ski valet at Lion Square Lodge. After making our last turns as we skied over the skier bridge, we stepped out of our skis and handed them right to the ski valet who stored them for us, before offering us drinks & cookies! It really does take the worry out of your skiing experience, making stressful situations of wondering where you can put on your skis or where to store them completely void. The ease of the mountain and ambience of the environment is tremendous.

Conclusively, Lions Square Lodge is an outstanding property that was a privilege to stay in, made even better by exceptional staff that go above and beyond to make life easy on a ski holiday.

Or email: info@chalets-usa.co.uk
Call: UK 01223 655642 US 1-303-482-1961

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Events in the Upcoming Weeks

Events and competitions make a real difference to your ski holiday, so we're here to help you find them! 

Here is a comprehensive list of what you can take part in this week, click the links to find out more! 

Aspen Snowmass

  • -       Lynn Britt Cabin Apres Party 17th Feburary – 16th March
  • -       Bud Light Street Rail Fridays 3rd March
  • -       Coldwell Banker Mason Morse Town race series 4th March
  • -       Mountain Chief collaborative dinner 4th March
  • -       Ullrhof Games 4th March
  • -       Aspen U Speaker Series: Environmentalism in the Trump Era
2017 Audi FIS World Cup Finals, 15th – 16th March
  • -       King of Wasatch 2nd – 5th March
  • -       Meet the Avalanche Dogs 3rd – 4th March

Beaver Creek

  • -       Dark Star Orchestra at the Vilar Performing Arts Centre 1st March
  • -       Apollo’s Fire at VPAC 2nd March
  • -       Thursday Night Lights 2nd March
  • -       Beaver Creek Snowshoe Series 5th Sunday


  • -       USASA Halfpipe and Slopeside Competition
There are more events to come from Breck in March, stay tuned!


  • -       Burton US Open 1st – 4th March
  • -       Vail Jazz Winter Series 2nd March
  • -       Free Snowshoe Tour
  • -       Vail Veterans Programme begins on Sunday 5th March and continues into next week

Jackson Hole

  • -       Music Under The Tram 4th March
  • -       Backcountry Basecamp 4th – 5th March
  • -       Elevate II: Women’s Basecamp 6th – 10th March
To find out more about any of these resorts or to book your own ski holiday then simply go to www.chalets-usa.co.uk