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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

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

New Year, New Season, New Property - Aspen Snowmass

Hello, Hello! The months of January & February can be considered prime time for skiing. The snow is fresh, queues are short, and terrain is vast. January is the month between holidays making it a quieter time to spend a ski holiday. February has some smaller holidays where the long weekends can be crowded, however, during the week is the best time to be skiing. Mother Nature seems to bring snow during the week than the weekends too. With all of this being said, its time to consider accommodations.

Aspen Snowmass (1 of 4 mountains in Aspen, CO) has a luxury self-catered apartment-style hotel at the base of Assay Hill lift. Viceroy Resort Hotel has high end amenities, is environmentally conscious, and the residences have modern layouts and a state of the art kitchen. There is a restaurant and apres bar and lounge for relaxing and enjoying top notch food. This 19/20 ski season brought renovations and new amenities for Viceroy and we are so excited to bring you all here to enjoy your ski holiday!! 

Viceroy Resort Hotel, Aspen Snowmass exterior, ski in ski out accommodation

Viceroy Resort Hotel outdoor pool and hot tub, ski in ski out

Viceroy Resort Hotel, Toro Restaurant lounge fireplace, apres ski during your ski holiday

Viceroy Resort Hotel, family room in self-catered luxury apartments for your ski holiday

Viceroy open kitchen in luxury ski accommodation, Aspen Snowmass

Viceroy Resort Hotel, luxury bathroom in self-catered apartment   

Book with us and enquire here!

Monday, 6 January 2020

New! Property of the Week!

It's 2020 and, like the majority of people, we are feeling fresh, creative, and ready to fly to ski resorts in the USA. Let's start at one of the top ski resorts, Vail, which has legendary ski slopes with luxury accommodations. 

The Ritz Carlton Residences of Vail are our new luxury self-catered apartments located within walking distance (or short shuttle ride) to the Lionshead Village ski lifts and ski school and the Vail Village shops, bars, and restaurants. The Ritz Carlton has great amenities including outdoor pool and hot tub, game room and movie theater, contemporary lounge with cozy fireplace, and a fun bar for aprés ski happy hour. For the next day, there is a ski valet with boot warmers where they will have your gear ready in the morning for a quick and easy getaway to the slopes. Thus, The Ritz Carlton Residences are the perfect place to reside for your ski holiday in Vail.

The Ritz Carlton Residences in Vail, CO, luxury self-catered apartments
Outdoor hot tub for relaxing during your ski holiday

The Ritz Carlton guest lounge to rest after skiing during your ski holiday

The Ritz Carlton Residences bar for aprés ski
A family room lounge in one of the self-catered apartments for you ski holiday at The Ritz Carlton
Check out our website for more information!
Or enquire here


Tuesday, 31 December 2019


It's becoming a new year, new decade, new You, and a thriving life. We should embrace the fresh feeling of the new year and forget the past to make room for the present and future...of fun times skiing and enjoying the snowy life. Cheers to 2020!


Friday, 13 December 2019

12 Days of Skiing the USA

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The holiday season is upon us where we must savor each moment spending time frolicking through the snow, participating in family fun activities, giving thanks, and anticipating the arrival of jolly-ole Saint Nick. This time of year can get crazy and we can forget the happiness and joy holidays are supposed to bring to our lives. We (try to) reflect on the year to come to terms with our decisions and possibly make amends and/or new directions.

Thus, I am writing this to bring some of that joy and happiness back; to forget the stress and remember the little things that truly make us happy.

A rendition of the 12 days of Christmas all about skiing. I bring you the 12 days of skiing the USA.

On the 1st day of skiing there was a declaration of "ONE MORE LAP" (*screaming at the top of your lungs*)

On the 2nd day of skiing, a pair of skis freshly waxed ready for snow at your door step...I wonder who brought those?

On the 3rd day of skiing, an Ewarmer 3-in-1 power bank - charges your phone, acts as a hand warmer, & LED flashlight to find your way home - was on your bedstand (putting it in your stocking would be too early...)

On the 4th day of skiing we went skiing on the 4 mountains of Aspen...in one day! What an epic day!

Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Buttermilk, & Highlands

On the 5th day of skiing my true love gave to me 5 more days of skiing wherever I want! Can you say ROAD TRIP??!!

Chalets USA has alllll the accommodations for your ski holiday & extra days!

On the 6th day of skiing, we bought 6 matching pieces of outer clothing for our ski holiday. "Look, honey, we match! Aren't we the cutest snow bunnies?!"

Snow bunnies

On the 7th day of skiing, we decided to road trip to ski the 7 back bowls of Vail.

Legendary Back Bowls of Vail - bucket list adventure for your ski holiday

On the 8th day of skiing, we had 8 hours of sunshine on the mountain slopes.

Bluebird day; not a cloud in the sky

On the 9th day of skiing, my true love gave to me a 9th hour - Happy Hour! Best way to end a day of skiing...or several days of skiing.

On the 10th day of skiing, my true love shared with me, 10 cups of hot cocoa. The second best way to end a day of skiing....or several days of skiing.

Cute snowmen marshmallows in hot cocoa

On the 11th day of skiing, my true love gave to me, 11 ski in/ski out accommodations to choose from...for our 11th day of skiing in a row. (Better pick a 5 snowflake, luxury condo/apartment)

Trails End Lodge, Deer Valley, Utah - ski holiday self-catered apartments

On the 12th day of skiing, 12 snowy chairlifts because 12 inches of snow fell last night...Is this over yet so we can go ski fresh tracks?!


We at Chalets USA wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Now go skiing!!


Tuesday, 3 December 2019

What to Wear for your Ski Holiday - Base Layers

Cold weather is here - who else gets overwhelmed with all the options of base, mid, & top layers for staying warm during your winter outdoor activities?
For a base layer, it is hard to decipher between warmth, breathability, wicking material, and versatility when it comes to materials used (merino wool v. synthetic material). You want something warm yet cooling and comfortable for all day. And finding the company that creates long-lasting and comfortable products, fits well, and has the right price can take a lot of research. We at Chalets USA have experience and tested many products to give expert advice on great companies creating great clothing.

Here are some steps that we take when deciding what to buy...

Questions to ask yourself:
  • Do I sweat a lot when being active? 
  • Am I warm naturally? 
  • Do I want a lightweight layer or mid-weight layer?  
  • Does wool feel good on my skin? 

Wool v. Synthetic:
  • Wool products: 
    • Merino wool is the product to look for because it is soft, breathable, moisture wicking, & odor resistant. 
    • It is ideal for the cold winter months of outdoor activity because of the versatility. 
  • Synthetic products: 
    • Generally, similar qualities as merino wool - except the moisture wicking while keeping you warm is downgraded because of the material. 
    • If you run hot or sweat a lot - this product is recommended for you! 
    • Synthetic materials dry quickly
A base layer is usually next to skin and fairly thin (depending on the next layer you add and personal preference). We recommend merino wool clothing verses synthetic because it is a better for wicking away sweat while keeping you warm, having soft material against your skin, and allowing multiple uses. Synthetic materials are better for sweaty activities because it drys quicker than wool, otherwise, it's personal preference.

Here are some quality companies:
  • Smartwool - Merino wool
  • Kari Traa - Merino wool 
  • Voormi - Merino wool
  • Patagonia - Synthetic
  • Arc'teryx - Synthetic 

Smartwool Quarter-Zip 250 Base Layer Tops
Smartwool Merino Wool Midweight Top - Women's & Men's
Kari Traa Tikse Base Layer Top
Kari Traa Merino Wool Top - Women's 
Patagonia Capilene Midweight Long Underwear Bottoms
Patagonia Synthetic Bottom - Women's & Men's

 These top companies create a fantastic product with quality materials and prices. These tops and bottoms will last you several seasons (as long as you take care of them properly too). With many other companies out there, these are our favorites. For your ski holiday, it is important to have quality layers to keep you going all day enjoying the snow.
Happy Skiing!