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Safe Travels,

The Mountain Reservations Team

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A Biker’s Dream-cation in Park City, Utah

Thankfully the freeway drive from Salt Lake up to Park City is a quick and easy endeavor, as our weekend trip started out a bit later than expected and we still had to load the bags, load the bikes, and drop off the ‘kids’, Lilly, Reggie, and Axl (two Yorkshire Terriers and a French Bulldog) at Nana’s house before hitting the open road.

We arrived at the Canyons Grand Summit resort just before midnight and were taken back at the friendliness of the front desk staff even at this late hour. Our check-in went smooth and painless and before we could say ‘valet’, our bags were neatly sorted, our mountain bikes unloaded, and the entire lot graciously escorted to our two-night home-away-from-home.

It was late. We were tired. We hit the bed quick – and quickly noticed how soft and comfy the bed, bedding, and pillows were. I doubt there has ever been a nicer way to welcome a well-deserved dream.

We couldn’t help it… we slept in. But we knew we had to leave the covers sometime so as not to waste away the beauty that awaited us outside and on the mountain.

A quick quaint drive up Park City’s historic Main Street brought us to The Eating Establishment and a delicious helping to our morning breakfast. From there we set out to the trailhead to begin our day of pedaling in paradise. Lucky for us, the Grand Summit is perfectly situated and makes for a great ending to a long, lovely mountain bike ride on Park City’s premiere Mid-Mountain trails. No matter where you choose to start, if you’re bold enough to ride til the end, you’re greeted with a welcome view of the Grand Summit’s grand façade as your tires and the trail deliver you back to first-class civilization.

With a quick dust-off we were more than ready for a fulfilling dinner. Where to eat? No, really, where to eat…? The Canyons resort boasts an amazing selection of quality dining places. We decided on one of our favorites – the Red Tail Grill, where we knew the service would be excellent, the salsa spicy, and the food unforgettable! Well, maybe unforgettable to most, unless you decide to partake in one (or three) of their mixed-to-perfection margaritas! One of my most favorite guilty pleasures!

Oh no, he did it again, he ate so much that his swimming suit barely fits. Well, no way he’s getting out of this one because there’s no better way to enjoy a mountainside evening than with a refreshing dip in the Grand Summit’s luxurious pool and jacuzzi. So, as I loaded my boyfriend up with six (or was it seven) of the spa’s plush pool towels, we found our spot poolside, kicked off our shoes, and dove in! Truly a perfect way to end a perfect day!

After another dreamy night under the covers we awoke to yet another beautiful sun-lit mountainside view beckoning us to come and play. And our playground for the day – the Canyons Bike Park, where you can save all of your pedaling for the Park Silly Sunday market afterwards! The bike park is a true mountain bike enthusiasts paradise, with well-maintained runs and trails ranging from the smooth and simple, to the bumpy and jumpy! We decided to sample a bit of both during our two-wheeled chairlift access to adventure! Fun, fun, fun! No other way to describe it!

There really is so much to do, see and experience during even the shortest of stay at the Grand Summit resort that merely reading or writing about it can’t possibly do it justice. So, get out there and experience it for yourself! – and be sure to tell them the Mtb’n Margarita Girl sent you! : )

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Safe Travels,

Destination Expert Jamie Bangerter

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Our Top Travel Tips and Hacks

Recently at Mountain Reservations we have become obsessed with a new article from distractify.com entitled 32 Genius Travel Tips That Will Change Your Life Forever. Not only did this article give us some incredible packing tips, but some of the advice was even mind-blowing to employees who have been in the travel industry for over a decade. These “travel hacks” are guaranteed to save you time, energy, and possibly even some money. Below we have highlighted our favorite 10 tips in hopes they will help out our customers one day.

1. Use a private or incognito window when booking flights and hotels online. 

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Most popular travel sites with usually track your visits and the raise the price simply because you have visited before.

2. Use a binder clip to protect the head of shaving razors.

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This will save you money on purchasing new razor heads, and save anything else the razor attaches itself to.

3. A shower cap is an easy way to cover the bottoms of shoes.

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Simply put the shoes inside the cap and viola!, no shoe debris on those white pants.

4. To use Google Maps offline, type “OK Maps,” and the visible area will save for future access.

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No WiFi or 4G? No problem.

5. When reserving airline seats for two, reserve the aisle and the window seats.

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If no one takes the middle seat you will have the full row to yourself, if someone does you can simply ask them to switch so you can sit next to your partner.

6. If you forgot your wall plug, charge your devices through the USB slot in a TV.

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Most hotels have TVs with USB chargers, making it helpful for lost wall chargers or too many chargers and not enough wall sockets.

7. Wait to purchase airline tickets until 3 p.m. on Tuesdays.

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This is typically when the big Airlines reduce their fares to compete with discount airlines like Southwest and JetBlue. This is an excellent money saver for anyone on a budget.

8. Prevent messy spills in your luggage with plastic wrap.

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Unscrew the lids to shampoos and other liquids and place a patch of saran wrap over the top before screwing the lid back on.

9. Be able to use your GPS while traveling abroad.

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If you are out of the country without an international plan, turn your phone to airplane mode and turn off your data to use the GPS without connecting to the internet.

10. Skip the wait at the baggage claim with “fragile” stickers.

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Place fragile stickers on your luggage, even if it is not, to ensure gentler handling by airport staff. Also, fragile items are often placed on top of the other luggage meaning it is one of the first to come out at baggage claim.

Check out the rest of the 32 travel tips here.

Safe Travels

The Mountain Reservations Team

Photo/Tip Credit: distractify.com

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Osprey at Beaver Creek

Summertime is famous for deals and unbelievable savings on vacations whether it’s on rentals, transportation, activities, or lodging. At Mountain Reservations, we have entire page dedicated to deals and saving our customers their hard-earned money on vacations. Check out some of our hottest deals going on right now!

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Park City, UT Summer Opening This Weekend

The perfect place for hiking (photo taken from www.Canyonsresort.com)

The perfect place for hiking (photo taken from www.Canyonsresort.com)

It’s time to hang up your skis and snowboards and pack away all your gear because SUMMERTIME IS HERE.

Park City, UT is kicking off summer right this Saturday, May 23. At Park City you can enjoy access to the mountain by 3 available chairlifts, cruise down one of the longest Alpine Slides, and try out a new favorite–the Alpine Coaster. With an array of thrilling–and not so thrilling–activities and festivals this summer, Park City is a destination you won’t want to skip. Click the link below to preview the Alpine Coaster. Go ahead, I dare you.

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To book your trip to Park City today, click here.

Safe Travels,

The Mountain Reservation Team

 

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Steamboat: Top 4 Things to Know Before You Go

There's Nothing like Biking in Beautiful Colorado

There’s Nothing like Biking in Beautiful Colorado

1)    Ski town USA consistently hosts the most annual snow fall in Colorado as well as some of the top tree skiing in the world.  Champagne powder and perfectly spaced aspen trees make this lesser known mountain hidden gem.  Dotted with world-class restaurants whilst having the feeling of a Wild West town, “the Boat” is a unique vacation destination all year round.  Be sure to treat yourself to soak in one of the natural mineral hot springs for a truly memorable vacation.

2)    Steamboat Springs is home to a variety of incredible restaurants.  One of the local’s favorites, La Montana, is located just across the street from the ski mountain in a cute little shopping center.  The margaritas are extra refreshing after skiing hard all day and the Shrimp wrap with bacon covered in Jalapeno Hollandaise will not only warm you up but it will keep a smile on your face the whole day. A short 5 minute drive into the downtown area will bring you to an eclectic array of shops and restaurants such as the original malt shoppe located in the historic pharmacy, an old school candy shop with homemade goodies, a candle making shop and the best breakfast restaurant on the planet called “……..”.  Between an epic mountain experience, unforgettable hot springs, fabulous restaurants and shopping, Steamboat Springs has something for everyone.

3)    Appropriately named, the “Heavenly Daze” could just about be the most fun run on the mountain. It gently weaves all the way from the top of the gondola down to the base of the ski area. This easy skiing blue run is a very popular way to cap off the day while watching the valley floor close in with every turn as friends and family await your return.  I have fond memories of lining up on top with all of my friends. We each take turns guiding each other down while playfully weaving amongst each other and celebrate in gratitude another epic day on the mountain!

4)    The Eagle Ridge Condos are a well-kept secret right down the street from the Steamboat Springs Ski Area. When my family and I had the pleasure of skiing and relaxing in Steamboat we were elated with the perfect location and comfortable accommodations. Not only did our 2 bedroom condo have a view of the mountain but it was ground level right next to the pool and hot tubs. The kitchen was fantastically appointed with a complementary bottle of wine waiting for us.  The lobby at Eagle Ridge Condos was very welcoming with a gracious staff, free coffee and baked goods to lounge around the fire with. Should you be in the mood for a short 10 minute walk to get warmed up, there is an easy bike path that leads right to the gondola. On the way there is a health minded mini-market to grab a coffee or some snacks. The condos also offer a shuttle to the slopes which is very convenient for those who would rather not walk with their equipment. Either way, once aboard the gondola the whole mountain is accessible and you are sure to have a great time.  Our family had such a memorable and pleasant experience we will be sure to stay at Eagle Ridge on our next Steamboat Springs vacation.

Safe Travels,
Ryan Zeller

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Snowmass: Know before you go

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1)    Après ski, quick snack, cold beer and a great menu….all of that is available at the New Belgium Ranger Station, right next to the Westin Hotel in Snowmass, Colorado. This slope side location with incredible craft beer just might take the cake for the most refreshing pit stop in Snowmass Village. Be sure to sample one of the unique craft beers they have on tap that are not available in bottles. An incredible blend of flavors that I will never forget is the Coconut Curry Ale: a light but spicy ale with a sweet coconut after taste. Tasty brew with a soft pretzel pizza after skiing fresh powder all day really hit the spot.

2)    Ular nights- The whole family will enjoy a night on the mountain where the medieval theme welcomes Ular, the great god of snow.  Employees are dressed in festive costumes acting as gracious and playful hosts.  The event starts at 5 pm and the Elk Camp restaurant and bar are open for dinner with a great kids menu. The outdoor activities are plentiful but not too overwhelming. There are options for the little ones to ride snow bikes just their size on the bunny slopes while the big kids slide through a dark snow cave.  The highlight of the evening for most is the well-groomed tube sledding hills that vary in length and pitch making it a hoot for all ages. Top off the night with an incredible fire dancing show and s’mores at the fire.

As a father of 3, I can say first hand that the atmosphere invites one to get out there and be a kid. The banked turns of the groomed tubing hill glide so freely under the dark night sky that the thrill will delight parents and little ones alike. I recommend dressing the children in pajamas under their snowsuits because chances are they will quickly fall asleep to the soothing sounds and dark night of the gondola ride home.  Reap the silent reward of this night to be remembered while you gaze out at the distant lights of the village.

Safe Travels,
Ryan Zeller

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8 GREAT REASONS TO VISIT CRESTED BUTTE

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1.  Beautiful scenery: Crested Butte is located in an incredible valley that, in the wintertime, can only be accessed from one direction. The resort, at the base of the mountain – shaped like a butte with a crest on top, is surrounded in all directions by amazing snowcapped peaks. These peaks are not adorned with any 10,000 square foot mega mansions but are in their original, unspoiled state. Our condo at Crested Mountain North, managed by Crested Butte Lodging, had a “front and center” view of The Butte.

2. No crowds: The nearest interstate is about three hours’ drive from Crested Butte. If you fly into Denver instead of Gunnison, there are 16 major ski areas that are closer than Crested Butte. As a result of this fortunate geography, Crested Butte never gets crowded. If you are like me, you prefer to enjoy your ski day by skiing on the runs where the snow is the best. You don’t want to have to begin planning your day by figuring out which lift to avoid or which side of the mountain to stay away from in the afternoon because “it’ll be at least a 40 minute lift line at the base of so-and-so”.

3. Very accessible: I know, I just told you how remote it is, right? Very surprisingly, it really doesn’t take all that long to get there. If you fly into Denver, you are going to be faced with at least a three hour drive or shuttle ride to get to 7 of those 16 resorts that I mentioned earlier. Four hours after you leave Denver, you would be within only about 15 minutes of Crested Butte. It is not much longer than traveling to Aspen and there is way less traffic.

4. It skis much bigger than 1,547 acres:Although the trail map says that the skiable terrain is 1,547 acres, the mountain feels much, much bigger. Go check out the North Face and see how many hidden runs and bowls are over there. Each run you do there feels like a whole new adventure.

5. Two destinations in one: Crested Butteis one of the few ski areas that has a resort base area (Mt. Crested Butte) as well as a separate town (Crested Butte). Both offer a wide variety of shops, restaurants etc and are linked via a free shuttle bus service that runs day and night. The town has a strong mining heritage and still looks like a western movie set. The ski area, only 2 miles from town, is 500 feet higher and has a more modern look.

6. The Secret Stash: It sounds like a powder run that the locals won’t tell you about but it is actually an incredible pizza restaurant in town. This is not your traditional pepperoni and cheese type place. The Stash has 20 different pizzas that you have probably never heard of but they are all awesome. Try the Steazy Rider or the You’re Driving Me Caprese. They even offer gluten-free crust options that my kids declared the best they had ever had. There’s a reason why they have been voted Crested Butte’s Best Pizza every year since they opened in 2002.

7. The terrace at Butte 66: Right at the base of the Red Lady lift, this is a great place to relax with a beverage at the end of the ski day. The upstairs terrace has lots of wooden Adirondack chairs so you can relax and watch the colors change as the sun sets on the Crested Butte, right in front of you. Happy hour specials include $1 beers and offer live music.

8. Terrain Parks: If your kids are like my kids, they love the terrain parks. Crested Butte Mountain Resort has several different park options and they are rated beginner, intermediate and advanced. Try the Jib Park off the Keystone trail for a fun selection of jumps, rails and boxes. The Family Cross course under the Paradise lift is also a blast. If your kids are like my kids, they will say “I wanna do that run again”.

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Paradise in Crested Butte, CO

Crested Butte in the Summer

Crested Butte in the Summer

It’s not everyday you find yourself in the middle of nowhere.  Many people will go their whole lives and never be “in the middle of nowhere.” Sure, maybe you got off the subway three blocks further than you intended. Or perhaps on that long road trip through Kansas – but not many people can say they’ve skied in the middle of nowhere. But that’s the best part about Crested Butte– that sense of old time Colorado mixed with the feeling that even today there is nothing else around. Take I-70 for example, a solid 3 hours from here. Many ski resorts lay claim to close proximity to the interstate, making it easier to access from metropolitan areas like Denver and Colorado Springs. But the drive into Crested Butte, despite it being in the middle of the night, was beautiful and isolated. A large half moon displaying its bright lunar light across swaths of steep, snow covered Rocky Mountains. The wildlife spotting became wildlife evasive driving as we neared the Crested Butte area, reminding us of the beauty and wildness of Colorado.  But once in Crested Butte, the soft lights of the nearby historic buildings and modern lodging accommodations, welcomed us to the little town and ski area where we made a quick night of resting and gearing up for a day on the slopes.

The next day was up early. Despite a poor showing of the winter storm that was supposed to have come through the area, we had a bluebird day, and received a mountain tour with a representative from Crested Butte named Seth. And it was a good thing too. The mountain, though not huge, has a variety of terrain and is most famous for its steeps and back bowls. Be sure to get your T-bar practice in before you head to Crested Butte as two of their upper lifts are T-bars. But if you’re not into the T-bar and steep scenes, you’ll enjoy the lower half of the mountain with great groomers, wonderful 365 degree views, and excellent on mountain dining. Take in the surrounding peaks with an afternoon cocktail at Paradise or a high-end dinner and sleigh ride to Uley’s Cabin at mid mountain. Named for a local moonshiner, Uley’s Cabin is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner that harkens back to the Wild West days. Après at the base area with a soak in the hot tub before heading into the town of Crested Butte about two miles down the road. Free shuttle buses run frequently between the two areas so there’s no excuse to drive. Enjoy a walk down Elk Avenue and see the historic buildings of Crested Butte. Drop into to the local Ginger Café, and try their salmon spring rolls and a ginger martini. Enjoy a twist on pizza at the Secret Stash and return back down Elk Avenue with a stopover at the Dogwood Cocktail Cabin for an after dinner drink and desert. Catch the last bus back up to Mount Crested Butte just before midnight.

Unfortunately, we only had two days to explore the area, but I can see what locals mean when they say you have to stay a whole season to really get to know CB. Only a stone’s throw from the famous ski area of Aspen or the whitewater haven of Buena Vista, Crested Butte in the winter becomes extremely isolated which is exactly what makes it great. Dubbed the “last great Colorado ski town,” Crested Butte is cut off from its larger neighbors to the north and east by winter closures over Cottonwood and Kebler Passes. The only way in and out is through Gunnison – Montrose to the West and Monarch Pass to the east. But don’t let that deter you from visiting Crested Butte because once you’re there, you might just have to stay a while.

Safe Travels,
Jessica Burley
Crested Butte Destination Expert

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Night Lights: Skiing Under the Stars in Keystone, Colorado

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At most ski resorts along the I-70 corridor in Colorado, 4pm means time is up. More remote lifts start closing at 3pm, and major lifts at the base of the mountains close at 4pm. At Breckenridge, for example, the Four O’Clock run leads skiers straight to the parking lot, making it a popular last run of the day.

The spell doesn’t have to be broken when the clock strikes four. For a memorable last few runs, head over to Keystone for night skiing. Not only a great way to wait out the horrendous I-70 eastbound traffic, it’s an amazing twilight experience.

Keystone is home to Colorado’s largest night skiing operation, including 243 acres of lighted terrain. Lifts close at 8pm. Check the Keystone resort website for a night ski calendar and more information.

Tips for night skiing at Keystone:

1) Bundle up. When the sun goes down, the temperature drops. Add layers to what you were wearing during the day, and consider using hand and foot warmers.

2) Perk up. After a full day of skiing and a big meal, putting the gear back on might seem like a task. Just find a second wind (in a large cup of coffee if necessary) and get back out there. Trust me – it will be worth it.

3) Light up. Eyes just don’t work as well in the dark, especially with goggles on. It’s easier to be seen if you can find a flashing LED light to wear, such as a light-up bike commuter cuff.

4) Look up. The best part about skiing after dark is the night sky above. Whether it’s a full moon or a smattering of stars, the view from the heights of the Rocky Mountains is amazing on a clear winter night. If you’re lucky, you may even catch a festive display of fireworks.

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