What is the deal with Big Sky, Montana!? {Destination Spotlight}

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When it comes to mountain getaways, Montana is not usually at the top of traveler’s lists when there are places like Breckenridge, Park City, and Vail to visit. That is where you a dead wrong, however, because Big Sky in the great state of Montana is one of North America’s hidden treasures. Not only is Big Sky abundant in wide, open spaces (even more so than the Dixie Chicks song), they are also very famous for hiking and skiing, two of America’s favorite past times. We love Big Sky, but more importantly we want you to love Big Sky too so we’ve compiled a great spotlight of all the things that make this town truly amazing and travel-worthy.

Big Sky Fun Facts:

  • The word “ditch” can be used to order a drink and means “with water”. EX: I’d like a Jack Daniels ditch.
  • The famous ski film maker Warren Miller lives in Big Sky during the winter season.
  • Big Sky borders the Northwestern area of Yellowstone National Park.
  • Home to Blue Ribbon trout streams that attract fly-fishers from all over the world.

Best Hiking Trails:

  • Ousel Falls: 1.6 miles, easy
  • Beehive Basin: 6.3 miles, moderate
  • Ulery’s Lake Loop: 3.9 miles, easy-moderate
  • Highline Trail: 11.4 miles, moderate
  • Grinnell Glacier: 12 miles, moderate
  • Granite Peak (Montana’s highpoint): 18.7 miles, difficult

Big Sky Skiing and Snowboarding:

  • Big Sky Resort: 5,800 skiable acres, 300 runs, 22 chair lifts, 15% Green-24% Blue-43% Black, 11,166 feet summit
  • Moonlight Basin: 1,900 skiable acres, 7 chair lifts, 20% Green-21%Blue-59% Black, 11,166 feet summit

Best Activities in Big Sky:

  • Ziplining on Lone Mountain for expansive mountain views.
  • Mountain biking during the summer is the best time to see wildflowers, wildlife, and scenery.
  • Fly fish in one of the main Blue Ribbon trout rivers.
  • White water rafting is always a popular activity through Gallatin Canyon.
  • Nordic skiing across Big Sky’s 80 kilometers of groomed trails.
  • For great apres ski, head to the Moonlight Lodge.
  • Nothing is more romantic than a winter sleigh ride under the starry skies.

Great Restaurants in Big Sky:

  • The Cafe at the Inn on the Gallatin
  • Gallatin Riverhouse Grill
  • Montana Dinner Yurt
  • Lone Peak Brewery
  • Bugaboo Cafe
  • Black Kettle Burritos
  • Cinnamon Lodge
  • Choppers Grub & Pub

Click here to book your Big Sky getaway today!

Safe Travels,

The Mountain Reservations Team

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Destination Spotlight: Whistler, BC

The ski town of Whistler-Blackcomb is located two hours from Vancouver, the capital and busy city of British Columbia in Canada. You might have heard of Whistler, however, as it offers more ski and snowboarding terrain than any resort in North America and was home to the 2010 Winter Olympics. Unlike most ski towns, Whistler is also busy during the summer with numerous events and activities, excellent hiking and biking trails, and plenty of shopping opportunities with 200 shops and over 90 restaurants and bars. Another little known fact is that Whistler also boasts four championship golf courses, perfect for those summer golfers who are looking for a change of scenery.

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Fun Facts

  • Whistler was originally called “London Mountain” because of all the fog at is base, but was renamed Whistler after the whistling noises the hoary marmots make on the mountain to warn of predators.
  • Whistler was basically undeveloped until the 1960s when they opened in 1966, hoping to win the bid for the ’68 Olympics.
  • Known for their Black Bear population, many of these bears have learned to open car doors and hold spring gates open in search of food–but don’t worry, they are relatively harmless unless provoked.
  • Whistler was known as a top summer fishing location before it was a winter resort.

Best Hikes

  • High Note Trail
  • Garibaldi Lake
  • Wedgemount Lake
  • Singing Pass Trail
  • Rainbow Trail

Best Scenic Views

  • The Top of Harmony chair provides great views of the backcountry and Garibaldi Provincial Park.
  • Whistler Peak is the highest point on the mountain and gives you uninterrupted panoramic views.
  • Porteau Cove is a beautiful stop on the way to Whistler from the Sea to Sky Highway.
  • The top of 7th Heaven on the Blackcomb side give great views of the Symphony bowls.

Best Restaurants

  • Rim Rock Cafe and Oyster Bar
  • Red Door Bistro
  • Peaked Pies
  • Araxi Restaurant + Bar
  • Tacos La Cantina
  • Pure Bread
  • Zog’s Dogs/Beaver Tails

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Safe Travels,

The MountainReservations Team

 

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Destination Spotlight: Sun Valley, Idaho

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Sun Valley is a completely underrated and beautiful destination year round. One of Sun Valley’s most famous attributes is a towering peak, known to the locals as “Baldy,” and is considered by many to be one of the most incredible mountains in North America. Baldy’s winding collection of trails and paths make for incredible hiking and mountain biking, all with spectacular views of the valley below. From hiking and biking, horseback riding, ice skating, sleigh rides and much more, Sun Valley Resort delivers more than just a great day on the mountain. Maintaining the prestige and ambiance of Old Hollywood, Sun Valley has a long history as the getaway destination of choice for a litany of actors, writers and starlets. If you are lucky you may run into a celebrity or two during your trip enjoying the same relaxing features that attracts so many to Sun Valley each year. Sun Valley is more than just a mountain town, it is also filled with history, fascinating culture, and so much more.

Fun Facts:

  • Sun Valley was the first ski resort to build a chairlift, copied from a system in Panama to haul bananas onto ships.
  • The first price of lift tickets in Sun Valley was a meager 25 cents.
  • Sun Valley has the largest automated snowmaking system in the United States.
  • Powder Magazine originated in Sun Valley.
  • There are 81 holes of golf just six miles away from Baldy.

Best Hikes:

  • Iron Bog Lake near Carey
  • Baker Lake near Ketchum
  • Proctor Mountain in Sun Valley
  • High Ridge Trail in Ketchum
  • North Fork of the Big Wood River
  • 4th of July Lake

Best Scenic Views: 

  • Take to the Sawtooth Scenic Byway and see one of the most beloved byways in Idaho.
  • Trail Creek Road goes through Sun Valley and brings some high and stunning views of the entire valley.
  • The top of Baldy is completely stunning, and will take your breath away as you gaze down below.

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Don’t forget to consult with our Destination Experts to plan the best trip to Sun Valley for you!

Safe Travels,

The Mountain Reservations Team

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Why We Love Colorado—And You Should Too!

state-banner When it comes to outdoor recreation and endless opportunities to explore our beautiful Earth, Colorado is truly one in a million. We love Colorado for its many hikes, fourteener peaks, ski resorts, fishing rivers, and just pure, untouched beauty, but for anyone that knows Colorado, that is just common knowledge. So for all you non-Coloradans out there, let us explain why we love Colorado and you should too.

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  • Home to the most fourteeners (mountains that peak at or over 14,000 feet) in the country, 58 to be exact, at all different skill levels.
  • Boasts the world’s highest zip line at Royal Gorge Bridge & Park.
  • Has the longest auto tunnel, the Dwight Eisenhower Memorial Tunnel between Clear Creek and Summit Counties.
  • Houses the nation’s highest chairlift at Breckenridge Ski Resort.
  • Has the nation’s highest wine bar at Telluride Ski Resort.
  • Keystone Resort has the nation’s largest outdoor ice-skating rink.
  • 75% of Colorado has an altitude of 10,000 feet or higher.

Top Ski Resorts: iStock_000029937020_Small Colorado is home to some of the best ski resorts in the world, and with a high altitude and fluffy powder all ski season, it’s not hard to see why. From high-class resorts catering to travelers to classic, locally owned ski resorts, Colorado has a little something for everyone. Enjoy top-of-the-line terrain parks, speedy chairlifts, and diverse terrain covering each mountain. Check out some Colorado favorites:

  • Beaver Creek
  • Aspen/Snowmass
  • Breckenridge
  • Telluride
  • Winter Park
  • Vail
  • Steamboat Springs
  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Copper Mountain
  • Keystone
  • Crested Butte

Click here to check out Colorado lodging at all these ski resorts!

Best Hiking Trails: Maroon Bells And Pyramid Peak Reflection When Coloradans (and visitors for that matter) are not shredding the slopes in the off season, they are taking part in the next-best alternative: hiking and peak climbing. Even if you aren’t into the hardcore stuff like climbing fourteeners, there are still plenty of beginner hikes and nature walks to experience. Some of the best trails are listed below:

  • Boulder County: Longs Peak, Northwest of Denver
  • Canyon Loop Trail, near Boulder
  • Arapahoe Pass to Lake Dorothy, near Nederland
  • Lake County:Mount Elbert, near  Leaderville
  • Hikes around the Maroon Bells, near Snowmass
  • Mount of the Holy Cross, in Eagle County
  • Green Mountain Loops, near Boulder
  • Booth Falls, in Vail
  • Arapahoe Glacier, near Nederville
  • Garden of the Gods, near Colorado Springs

Views to Leave You Breathless: iStock_000002655377_Small Sure, each hiking trail in the Centennial State comes with spectacular views, but there are also some incredible views to be seen without the long hikes and hard work. Some of the more popular include:

  • Watching the sun rise or set at Garden of the Gods near Colorado Springs
  • Trail Ridge Road offers almost dizzying views Rocky Mountain National Park
  • The Black Canyon of the Gunnison offers views down into the steepest and most narrow canyons near Montrose
  • Colorado National Monument offers the best views of red rock canyons and sandstone monoliths.
  • The San Juan Skyway goes through five mountain passes and is one of the most beautiful scenic passes in America.

There are dozens of more reasons to love Colorado, and those are just the beginning! The rest is up to you. So pack your bags, book lodging or pack the tent, and let your adventure begin. For help on planning the best Colorado vacation for you, don’t forget to consult with our Destination Experts!

Safe Travels,

The Mountain Reservations Team

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Sizzling Summer Sale– Save up to 35% TODAY

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It’s finally June, and that means it’s once again time for our annual Sizzling Summer Sale. Save up to 35% off some of our best properties in your favorite locations. From Colorado all the way to Lake Tahoe, there are dozens of vacation rentals just waiting to host some amazing vacations. Hiking, mountain biking, boating, fly-fishing, festivals, amazing restaurants, new cultures, and friendly people are just some of the best parts from these getaways.

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Get your 2015 EPIC Pass Today!

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What do Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, and Park City all have in common? They are all part of Vail Resorts and are offering the famed EPIC PASS for the 2015-2016 ski season. Save big with the Epic Pass and have the ability to ski or snowboard at 13 of the country’s BEST ski resorts.

Only want to ski at a couple of them? No problem! With several varieties of passes available tailored to your needs, there is surely something to satisfy everyone. You can also enjoy discounted children’s and senior’s passes as well. So what are you waiting for? Buy you pass now before it is too late!

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Hello Summer Savings–Save up to 35%

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Winter is now over and summer is heading in full force, which means it is time to start dreaming of that perfect summer vacation! Now with our Hello Summer Savings event you can save up to 35% on your vacation rental, giving you extra money to spend on the vacation activities you love most. Enjoy the endless opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, boating, sun bathing, shopping, dining, and so much more when you escape into the mountains at some of our favorite resorts!

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Book Early, Save Big– Up to 35%

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It is that time of year again, when one of our best promotions takes full swing to save you big time! Booking your summer vacation early never felt so good, and now you can save up to 35% on your vacation rental. All that extra money in your wallet will allow you more summertime adventures like hiking to some of the most scenic mountain views, fly-fishing in one of several year-round rivers, or boating on a crystal blue lake. No matter the destination or summertime desire, Mountain Reservations has you covered.

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Embark on a Mountain Getaway to Jackson Hole, WY

Resting beneath the towering peaks of the Teton mountain range, Jackson Hole is the perfect mountain town, giving off the small-town feel many visitors crave. Summers in Jackson Hole are filled with hikes through the Tetons, fly fishing throughout the many lakes and rivers, white-water rafting through the Snake River, canoeing on Jenny Lake, and taking a day trip into Yellowstone National Park. The outdoor recreation opportunities are endless in Jackson Hole, as the destination is often referred to as an outdoor lover’s dream.

Mount Moran and Snake River from Oxbow Bend

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End of Season Sale

It is time to plan the vacation you have been dreaming of all winter long…

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All winter long you have been imaging that perfect vacation, and all winter long you put the planning on the back burner. Now is the time to book that vacation, however, with one of our favorite events of the year–End of Season Sale! For a limited time save up to 40% on your next vacation rental and get out of the office and onto the slopes just in time for spring skiing! From California to Colorado to Canada, we have the perfect vacation destination for you!

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