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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, 20 November 2013

Powder in Aspen for opening day 2013!

#Aspen ski resort opened early this year with tons of snow.

Check out this vid of opening day in Aspen: http://vimeo.com/79727295

Book your next ski holiday in Aspen Snowmass  with Chalets USA - it's gonna be a great year!

Call us on UK 01223 655642 or USA 303 482 1961

Skiing holidays in Aspen USA

Monday, 11 November 2013

So much snow, Aspen USA is opening early!

Aspen ski resort Colorado USA has had so much early snow that they are opening early for the 2013 / 2014 ski season

Skiing holidays Aspen 2013 / 2014

Aspen Mountain will now open early on November 16th 2013. You'll be to ski top to bottom at Aspen Mountain on Spar and Copper and most of the upper mountain will debut opening up 250 acres of terrain. The Sundeck and Ajax Tavern restaurants will be open so you can enjoy some well deserved refreshment after your first runs of the season!

Click here for more on Aspen skiing holidays USA

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

More early snow in Aspen ski resort

  • 10 more inches of snow in Aspen ski resort fell on the upper slopes last night
  • Aspen has now seen more than 30 inches of snow in October, it's shaping up to be a great year!
  • More on ski holidays in Aspen ski resort USA
New snow in Aspen ski resort Oct 30 2013

Friday, 11 October 2013

When is the best time to ski in the USA?

My clients often ask me when is the best time of year to ski in the USA? Of course it depends on many factors, but one of the important variables is when are the Colorado USA slopes the quietest and lift queues the shortest...

Here's a great article on when you should go skiing in the USA and it's definitely different from Europe - take a look: http://www.chalets-usa.co.uk/when-is-the-best-quietest-time-to-ski-in-the-usa.htm

When is the quietest time to ski in Colorado?
Boarders have the slopes to themselves in Steamboat

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Limelight Hotel Aspen featured hotel of the week


Voted #1 USA hotel by expedia customers, Limelight Hotel, Aspen is a contemporary ski lodge, close to the centre of Aspen & has many great amenities including pool, hot tubs, work out facility & complimentary skier shuttle to take you to & from the airport, the town centre & to all 4 mountains. The famous "Living room" is newly renovated & serves light Italian fare, cocktails & more in the restaurant, has live music several nights per week & guests are free to use the hotel's Ipads.

Limelight Hotel Aspen 

Centre of Aspen Limelight hotel 

Limelight Hotel Aspen includes breakfast

Limelight Hotel Aspen "Living Room"
 lounge, bar & restaurant with live music

Aspen Limelight hotel rooms - bar

Friday, 23 August 2013

Christmas and New Year ski holidays in Colorado ski resorts USA

Christmas is truly a special time of year, particularly for families with children, who have anticipated this day for days, weeks or even months. New Year is naturally a great time to celebrate and welcome in the New Year with style. Experiencing these festivities in a stunning mountain setting makes memories that can last a life time for immediate family, extended family and friends alike.

Christmas skiing holidays in Colorado ski resorts USA
The ski resorts love having visitors at this magical time of year and work hard to make sure their guests have a wonderful time and want to come back year after year.

Below are some of the events you can expect if you decide to spend Christmas or New Year in the Colorado ski resorts, USA:


A tree lighting ceremony kicks off the festive season in many ski resorts including Vail and Breckenridge & tends to take place early to mid Dec, completed with hot cocoa and carolers.

Breckenridge ski holidays at Christmas
From then on the ski resorts burst with action: Vail hands out candy cane at its base areas and show movies suitable for all the family. Family Christmas themed activities occur in both Lionshead & Vail Villages including concerts and the famous Winter Solstice on Ice” ice skating show.


Beaver Creek skiing holidays Christmas Winterfest
Beaver Creek ski resort has “Winterfest” which lasts until New Year’s Day and you can help Santa out in his cottage, create your own personalized elf hat and gawp at the characters meandering around Beaver Creek base village. There are also ice skating shows, a skate night for teens, kids games for all ages & winter wonderland parades.

Christmas ski holidays Aspen - reindeer
In Aspen or Snowmass visiting Father Christmases real live reindeer can be a highlight of your trip, plus you’ll listen to Christmas carolers & can decorate cookies.


Most ski resorts have evening celebrations leading up to the big day for all the family, so you can keep the kids occupied.

Winter Park ski resort for example has Santa strolling around the Village and sometimes even on skis and you can pat his reindeer. 

Winter Park ski resort - Christmas Eve torchlit descent
The Christmas Eve party is fabulous for families. Pop home and put your warm evening gear on and comfortable boots & then go to the bottom of the mountain to check out the dancing Christmas trees and Christmas Carollers around the bonfire. Before long the torchlit descent will begin with the ski patrol and ski instructors skiing or boarding down the main slope Hughes, with their flaming torches. Santa can usually be seen coming down the mountain too, complete with his sleigh. The finale is the dancing snowcats lit up with fairy light how march down the slopes, do some twirls before slowly disappearing.


Christmas morning can be a fantastic time to ski if you happen to be up early or the kids have woken you up! Slopes are relatively un-crowded until lunchtime while others are opening their gifts. Or perhaps you prefer to relax overly breakfast or brunch and then stroll around the resort at your leisure. You may see Father Christmas on skis on Christmas Day, so watch out for the traditional red & white suit.          


New Year’s parties abound in the ski resort of Colorado.


New Year's Eve Vail celebrations
Aspen has legendary parties & nightlife all year but for New Year’s Eve they pull out all the stops & the bubbly is free flowing. Pick one of Aspen’s many restaurants – there are many to choose from, both fine dining and the more affordable. Then head to see the fireworks from the park in the center of Aspen. This family friendly event has a bonfire to keep you warm& amp; DJ to keep you entertained. A little later check out one of the many hot spots in Aspen – Belly Up nightclub for live music, Eric’s often has a DJ and the Regal Watering Hole has a New Year’s Eve gala and dancing.

Vail is another focal point for New Year’s Eve celebrations and this year the Dobson Ice arena will be transformed into Vail’s largest nightclub. Celebrations at midnight include champagne, traditional ball drop & confetti snowstorm.


Friday, 9 August 2013

Ski news, info, expert advice on ski holidays in USA


We've added a new page to our website which we hope you will find really interesting & helpful.

Our clients have been asking for tips on altitude, what to wear for skiing, when to go, what different resorts are like and more, so we've added a page to answer these questions.

Full of articles and videos you'll find the latest USA ski news, tips & tricks & expert advice for your USA skiing holiday

If there's something you'd like to see / questions you'd like answered please let us know in the comments section and we'll happily add whatever you need.

Take a look: Ski news, information & advice on skiing holidays in the USA

Happy skiing!