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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

Friday, 31 May 2013

Independence Square Hotel Aspen - featured hotel of the week

Independence Square Hotel in Aspen is our featured hotel this week - Right in the heart of Aspen, the Independence Square is great value & includes breakfast & apres ski reception!
"Independence Square Hotel Aspen was in a fantastic location. We could walk to gondola and the buses were right across the street to take us to other resorts." Delisle, Australia.

More on Aspen ski resort...  The Independence Square is right in the centre / downtown Area of Aspen and is Aspen's only lodge on the downtown mall, very conveniently located just steps from the shops & restaurants. The bus station is just across the road, allowing easy access to the slopes of Aspen & Snowmass. The Independence Square includes breakfast and also offers apres ski wine & cheese, plus daily housekeeping. 
Aspen ski holidays USA - Independence Square Hotel, Aspen

Rooftop hot tub overlooking Aspen Mountain

Hotels in Aspen Colorado USA - Independence Square Deluxe hotel room

Skiing holidays in Aspen - Independence Square premier

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

New lifts, terrain, restaurants in Colorado Ski Resorts USA for 2013 / 2014 ski season

New lifts, terrain, restaurants & more
Winter is almost over here in Colorado, USA (although it snowed here in town in Winter Park today May 29, 2013) and we are looking forward to a warm Summer.
But we're also already fast forwarding to next ski season. The Colorado ski resorts have announced some exciting new developments for 2013 / 2014 that we'd like to share with you. These really should give an even better skiing holiday in the USA. New terrain, faster lifts & better restaurants all contribute to making your ski trip the best yet.
And as for the snow conditions, well some resorts like Arapahoe Basin are still open & even Aspen opened up in May, so the mountains are the place to be!

Vail ski resort USA, new 6 pack lift for 2013 / 2014 ski season
New 6 pack lift in Vail:
A new 6-pack chairlift in Vail, Colorado USA will replace Mid-Vail's Mountain Top Express high-speed quad chairlift for 13/14 ski season. "The new six-person chairlift will increase capacity by 33 percent, dramatically reducing lift lines and building on this year's success of the newly built Gondola One," company officials said in a press release. Vail added Gondola One this season - a 10-passenger gondola from Vail Village to Mid-Vail. More on Vail ski resort...

Breckenridge ski resort USA - new Peak 6 terrain expansion 2013 / 2014
New terrain in Breckenridge:
New ski slopes in Breckenridge, Colorado USA for 2013/14 ski season. Breckenridge are adding a brand new Peak 6 to their current peak 7, 8, 9 & 10 mountains. The 543-acre ski expansion will include 2 new chairlifts & tons of new terrain.
The expansion will increase Breck's skiable terrain by 23%. "Peak 6 will become another iconic feature of Breckenridge, and will better disperse skiers and improve the guest experience across the resort" said company officials. More on Breckenridge ski resort...

Beaver Creek ski resort - new restaurant for 2013 / 2014 ski season
New restaurant in Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek are opening a new 500-seat gourmet restaurant and “upscale cafeteria” at Red Tail Camp, ready for the Feb 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships. It's planned to be located at the finish of the men's and women's downhill courses. More on Beaver Creek ski resort...

Aspen ski resort May skiing 2013
Aspen re-opens in May:
Our clients often ask us "what's the snow like in April and should we ski at Easter in Colorado?". Well the answer is yes! The Colorado mountains are at higher altitude than many of the European ski resorts & you can enjoy Spring skiing conditions well into April.
In fact there was still plenty of snow left in Aspen on May 25, 2013, so much so, that they re-opened Aspen mountain for a bonus bank holiday weekend. Having had 4 feet of snow since the resort officially closed mid April, Aspen was able to open 16 runs for the 3 day weekend of sunny skiing. More on Aspen ski resort...

Check back for more updates as the Summer progresses and keep on dreaming about that skiing!
Helen Brown
Chalets USA
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