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About Owner

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

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

New self-catered ski holidays Aspen, Colorado, USA

Chalets USA are pleased to announce we have now added self-catered accommodation in Aspen, Colorado, USA, with more on the way...

Now whizz down the slopes of Aspen's 4 mountains - Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands for your next skiing holiday and have the convenience of self-catered lodging options, whether it be apartments / condos or hotel rooms.

Durant condos, Aspen are close to both the Silver Queen gondola in Aspen and within walking distance of Aspen's town centre. We have 1-4 bedroom condos with full kitchen, living / dining room and mountain views. These condos also have a pool and common hot tubs.

Chateau Dumont, Aspen are 2 and 3 bedroom condos, in a very central location in Aspen and just a short walk from the gondola. The bars, restaurants and shops of Aspen are close by, making this an ideal location for those wanting to enjoy Aspen's legendary nightlife.

The Independence Square Hotel is Aspen's only lodge on the downtown mall and just steps from the shops and restaurants. The Independence Square offers hotel rooms and condo style lodging and is one of the few places to include complimentary breakfast and apres ski wine and cheese for their guests. Relax after a hard day on the slopes in their roof top hot tubs.

All these properties have access to the Aspen Club & Spa.

For more info:

Tel UK 01223 655642
Tel US 1 303 482 1961

Monday, 4 October 2010

British girl turns Colorado ski resort expert

Skiing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado Jan 2010
British girl Helen Gienke, originally from Cambridge, England, now lives full time in the mountains of Colorado, USA and advises fellow Brits on where to take their next US skiing holiday.
Helen resides in the down to earth ski resort of Winter Park and is within 2 hours drive of the famous ski resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge & Steamboat Springs and not far from world class Aspen ski resort. Helen spends much of her time visiting Colorado ski resorts and touring the accommodation, so she knows the properties & resorts inside out and passes on this knowledge to her clients.

In 2001 Helen left her Boots Marketing job in 2001 for a “short” career break to pursue her love of skiing. She learnt to ski in her teens on a family holiday, followed it up with a gap year ski season in Davos, Switzerland before settling into the corporate grind and just one skiing holiday a year. She wanted more.

Purely by chance Helen ended up in Colorado, USA, helped by her dual nationality, courtesy of her American father. “I’d never been to Colorado before and had no job, nowhere to live and no transport when I arrived with my husband Rob.” Within a week they had both found casual jobs, rented an apartment and bought an old banger to get around in. Helen never looked back. Skiing and the mountains turned out to be her passion and she went back to Boots only briefly to be made happily redundant.

“We love the mountains of Colorado, the uncrowded slopes, the powder, the 300 days of sunshine a year and we wanted to share this with other UK skiers, so we set up Chalets USA in 2004”.

Back in Colorado year round, Helen is on the phone and email asking clients exactly what it is they need from their holiday. “It’s not always easy, people don’t always know what they want, especially when someone’s trying to organize a big group and each person has different requests.” Helen works with the groups to find the perfect accommodation in a resort they’ll love. There is a selection of hand-picked properties on her website (www.chalets-usa.co.uk), which she has personally visited, so she knows they are good quality and in great locations. But she also has access to hundreds of others if there’s something specific a client needs.

You can ring Helen on her English telephone number, which through the joys of technology, comes through to her in Colorado at no extra cost to you. She’ll give you objective advice, explain the pros and cons of the different lodging options, from catered chalets to hotels & self-catered apartments and tell you honestly if it’s not quite ski in / ski out.

“We just want UK skiers to enjoy this place as much as we do. And you never know some of them might just move here too!”

To find out more call
UK 01223 655642
US 1 303 482 1961