12 Ways to Blow Your Tax Return on Bucket List Travel

12 Ways to Blow Your Tax Return on Bucket List Travel

Brandon Perlman

It's prime time to book your next luxurious vacation

How will you spend your tax refund? Instagram

How will you spend your tax refund? Instagram

The average American will get back almost $3000 in the form of a tax refund this year. This year, use that “found money” on some of the most covetable travel experiences around. From heliskiing and luxurious rail travel in western Canada to villas on the shores of Lake Como and Maui, we hope you had a good accountant this year.

You’ve always wanted to: Go heliskiing

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How: CMH Heli-skiing

Location: Book a trip for next winter, right now. Select one of Canadian Mountain Holidays’ 13 lodges in interior British Columbia.

Price: Starting at $4,000 (CMH-Nomads price available upon request)

Package/Experience: Possibly the world’s most coveted ski experiences. CMH has been taking intrepid skiers to the outer reaches of powder-filled Nirvana since 1965. For the ultimate experience, book a private heli-skiing safari and lodge (which sleeps and skis four to 10 people) at CMH Nomads, for those lucky enough to know you. With access to over 3 million acres of skiable terrain, this might become a costly tradition.

Time commitment: 4 to 7 days.

Adventure level: High.

Bucket list level: High.

You’ve always wanted to: Have a National Park as your backyard

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How: Snake River Sporting Club.

Location: Jackson Hole, WY.

Price: $5,000 per week.

Package/Experience: Enjoy 800 unspoiled acres along the banks of the Snake River in western Wyoming, a stone's throw away from Yellowstone National Park. Every outdoorsy activity is accounted for: fly-fishing, equestrian pursuits, a Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course, archery and sporting clays.

Time commitment: Seven days.

Adventure level: Moderate.

Bucket list level: Low.

You’ve always wanted to: Take an epic train trip

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How: The Rocky Mountaineer.

Location: Most trips begin in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Price: Starting at $1,500.

Package/Experience: With four routes to choose from, the luxurious spirit of a bygone era remains alive and well in the Rocky Mountaineer. This once-in-a-lifetime experience has welcomed two million travelers onboard since its inception in 1990.

Time commitment: Minimum four days.

Adventure level: Moderate.

Bucket list level: High.

You’ve always wanted to: Be a legit ski bum

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How: Snow.com.

Location: Forty-five of the world’s best mountain resorts.

Price: Starting at $859.

Package/Experience: Early season pricing for Vail Resorts’ legendary Epic pass grants you the lowest possible pricing, two buddy passes, and six single-day companion tickets, plus unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin in Colorado; Park City in Utah; Heavenly, Northstar and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe; Whistler Blackcomb in Canada; Perisher in Australia; Afton Alps in Minnesota; Mt. Brighton in Michigan and Wilmot Mountain in Wisconsin; plus 30 European ski resorts, to name a few...

Time commitment: The 2017-2018 ski season (including summer gondolas, where available).

Adventure level: Moderate.

Bucket list level: Low.

You’ve always wanted to: Go storm watching

 

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How: The Wickaninnish Inn

Location: Tofino, British Columbia

Price: From $814.50 to $2,790.86 CDN (for two nights).

Package/Experience: Experience the awesome power of the elements as winter storms approach Victoria Island from the Pacific Ocean every November through February. Each room has an ocean view and includes rain slickers, wellies, and all the accoutrements needed to get close and personal with Mother Nature.

Time commitment: Minimum two nights.

Adventure level: Moderate.

Bucket list level: Moderate.

You’ve always wanted to: Go glamping in Montana

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How: Collective Yellowstone.

Location: Big Sky, Montana.

Price: Starting at $500 per night.

Package/Experience: Situated lakeside on Moonlight Basin’s 8,000 acres are luxury tents, where every amenity and activity is available at your fingertips. Farm-to-table chef-prepared meals, hiking, paddleboarding and of course all of the s’mores you can handle.

Time commitment: As long as you want to spend outdoors.

Adventure level: Moderate.

Bucket list level: Moderate.

You’ve always wanted to: See the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup

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How: Louis Vuitton America’s Cup.

Location: Bermuda.

Price: Starting at $2,555.

Package/Experience: Why spend time stuck on the L.I.E. heading to The Hamptons when, in two hours, you can whisk yourself to Bermuda? There are still limited accommodations available for attending the 35th annual Louis Vuitton America’s Cup. Packages for the finals range from five to 12 day luxurious excursions. Hotels, flights, tickets to spectator boats and exclusive parties are still available. Don’t wait on this one.

Time commitment: June 17 to 27, 2017.

Adventure level: Low.

Bucket list level: High.

You’ve always wanted to: Ski in August

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How: Upscapetravel.com.

Location: Chile.

Price: Starting at $2,600.

Package/Experience: Ski the iconic peaks of the Andes, while the rest of the Northern Hemisphere is in beach-mode. This will be an adrenaline-filled week led and photographed by Nils Schlebusch, expert skier and renowned travel photographer.

Time commitment: Seven days, from August 5 to 13, 2017.

Adventure level: High.

Bucket list level: High.

You’ve always wanted to: Learn to grill with a master chef

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How: Faena Miami Beach.

Location: Miami Beach, FL.

Price: All-inclusive for $4,495.

Package/Experience: Indulge in an ethereal food fantasy at Miami’s hottest hotel with grillmaster Francis Mallmann and 12 other gastronomes, as you become sous chef and learn his methods hands-on.

Time commitment: Three days.

Adventure level: Low.

Bucket list level: Moderate.

You’ve always wanted to: Entertain like royalty on Lake Como

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How: Villa Sola Cabiati.

Location: Lake Como, Italy.

Price: Starting at $10,000

Package/Experience: This year, the legendary Grand Hotel Tremezzo took over the management of Villa Sola Cabiati, the 16th century former summer residence of the Serbolloni Dukes. Guests of Tremezzo can host over-the-top events or a simple dinner for two.

Time commitment: As you wish.

Adventure level: Low.

Bucket list level: High.

You’ve always wanted to: Own a Hawaiian Villa

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How: Villas at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort.

Location: Maui, Hawaii.

Price: From $3,000 per night.

Package/Experience: Perfectly positioned on 15 pristine beachfront acres on Maui’s southwest Mokapu Beach, ten residential-style villas await you. Lava stone floors, white-washed oak screens, private outdoor jacuzzis surround you and a personal concierge, and private chef are prepared to accommodate every desire.

Time commitment: At your pleasure...

Adventure level: Low.

Bucket list level: Moderate.

You’ve always wanted to: Live like a tech billionaire

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How: The Mansion at Casa Madrona.

Location: Sausalito, CA.

Price: $25,000 per night.

Package/Experience: Flee the stresses of modern life, a stone’s throw from San Francisco at The Mansion at Casa Madrona. The mansion has 10 guest bedrooms including the 3,500 square foot Alexandrite Suite. Fully stocked kitchen and includes access 24/7 to a personal driver and Tesla X.

Time commitment: Available nightly.

Adventure level: Low.

Bucket list level: Moderate.

The Hottest Hamptons Restaurants for Summer 2017

The Hottest Hamptons Restaurants for Summer 2017

Brandon Perlman

Where to eat and be seen on the East End this summer

Oreya Oreya

Oreya Oreya

Tis the season for rosé colored glasses…or at least glasses filled with rosé. To sit, sip and mingle with friends and loved ones over long days, longer nights and celebrate the 90 day bacchanal that is the Hamptons in the summer. No season out East would be complete without a bevy of buzzy new restaurants, all vying for a place on our calendars among perennial standbys and catered affairs. This year’s class brings headlining newcomers, locals reimagining their craft and big city exports. Most open during Memorial Day Weekend so you better hurry and secure your reservations…

AMAGANSETT

Wölffer Kitchen

 

 

Having any sort of first in the Hamptons is quite an accomplishment and Wölffer Estate Vineyard co-owners and siblings, Marc and Joey Wölffer have already brought that distinction to Sag Harbor in 2015. Now, it’s Amagansett’s time to shine. Long standing as one of the East End’s top vineyards, the wine list is a slam dunk featuring 22 distinct Wölffer Estate bottles (as well as some other notable vintages curated by Roman Roth) and a “wine-friendly” Mediterranean-inspired menu showcases other Long Island producers.
4 Amagansett Square Drive

EAST HAMPTON:

The Maidstone

The Maidstone Brandon Perlman (The Gramlist)

The Maidstone Brandon Perlman (The Gramlist)

The East Hampton staple reopens after significant renovations, with updated takes on not only the hotel’s public spaces, but a full update to the restaurant, as well. Long time proprietors Jenny and Jonathan Baker have enlisted Café Clover’s David Standridge to consult on the seasonal menu, which reflects the area’s local fare. Look forward to seared diver scallops with turmeric, lime butter and black lentils, and crispy half chicken with fennel, sweet corn, and kale pesto.
207 Main Street

EMP (Eleven Madison Park) Summer House

Tomato salad with strawberries and almonds. EMP (Eleven Madison Park) Summer House

Tomato salad with strawberries and almonds. EMP (Eleven Madison Park) Summer House

Leave it to the EMP team to come up with a way to make the Hamptons dining scene even more exclusive. Not only must you purchase tickets to this eatery, with a $25 non-refundable deposit via Tock, but the experience is wholly exclusive to American Express cardholders. The locally sourced menu features bouillabaisse for two, grilled fish, pastas and steaks, but also buzzier “large format” meals like fried chicken dinner and lobster boils. Note: walk-ins are welcome on the lawn exclusively and in the slightly more formal dining room, on a first-come first-served basis.
341 Pantigo Road

New Springs Tavern

Chef Michael Ruggerio. New Springs Tavern

Chef Michael Ruggerio. New Springs Tavern

Taking over a space that has served the community as a watering hole, restaurant, and music venue for over 80 years (most recently Wolfie’s Tavern), this latest incarnation stands to be a fully revitalized counterpoint to high-end East Hampton fare. Chef Michael Ruggerio (formerly of Nick & Toni’s and Fresno) brings an affordable pub-style menu of innovative salads, sandwiches, and desserts to accompany what will surely be the go-to spot for watching big games on new 4K TVs and gathering with friends.
15 Fort Pond

MONTAUK

Flagship

Flagship Montauk. Courtesy Flagship

Flagship Montauk. Courtesy Flagship

The father/son duo of Chef Eric and Adam Miller have just opened Montauk’s new spot for local seafood and craft cocktails in Flagship; they are specializing in a menu small plates, crudo and dock-to-dish and farm-to-table delicacies. This is following stints at Sag Harbor’s Madison and Main and having spent four summers turning Bay Kitchen into a true culinary destination.
466 West Lake Drive

SAG HARBOR

Le Bilboquet

CHRIS MOSELEY

CHRIS MOSELEY

After years of rumors that their Cajun Chicken and frites would arrive on Eastern Long Island, Le Bilboquet is finally opening its doors this weekend on Long Wharf where B. Smith once held court. The fourth in the restaurant’s portfolio, after E. 60th Street, Dallas, and Atlanta, this eatery originally opened as a 38-seat staple on the Upper East Side in 1986, known for late nights and endless revelry. Nothing less can be expected from the Sag Harbor location.
1 Long Wharf

Lulu

Mussels a la Plancha. Lulu

Mussels a la Plancha. Lulu

Filling in the former Doppio Artisan Bistro space on Main Street is Montauk Asset Holdings latest creation, Lulu, helmed by French-trained chef Philippe Corbet, formerly of Arbor in Montauk. Chef Corbet’s passion has been to bring to life a full menu centered around a wood-burning grill. The locally focused menu includes Montauk Pearl Oysters, Mecox Blue Cheese, Duck Confit, house-made meatballs, and wood fired pizzas to name a few. Lulu will be open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, a nightly late-night menu (10 to 11:30 p.m.) and Sunday brunch with plans of serving year-round.
126 Main Street

SOUTHAMPTON

Oreya

COURTESY OF SQUAW VALLEY ALPINE MEADOWS

COURTESY OF SQUAW VALLEY ALPINE MEADOWS

Taking over the restaurant, pool and outdoor spaces at The Capri Hotel Southampton, wunderkind Chef and Restaurateur, Greg Grossman found the Hamptons dining scene lacking the proper blend of experiential dining that was both high-end and immersed in nightlife. With Oreya, he achieves both, serving inspired Mediterranean cuisine focused on Greek influences that appeals to all.
281 Country Road 39A

WATER MILL: Bistro Eté

Last year’s farmhouse pop-up has found permanent residence in former site of Muse in Water Mill. Building on the French Coastal cuisine that was such a hit last summer, the husband and wife duo Arie and Liz Pavlov place Chef Arie’s triple threat of Cypriot heritage, training from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and years living in Provence on full display.
The Mill Center at 760 Montauk Highway

 

 

How to Choose a Ski Resort That's Just Right for You

How to Choose a Ski Resort That's Just Right for You

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What do you look for in a ski destination? From the challenging terrain of Jackson Hole to the family-friendly Squaw Valley, we found 12 ski mountains with something for everyone.

Whether it's perfect powder turns or raucous revelry, there are certain attributes unique to each ski destination that keep regulars coming back season after season. Here, 12 mountains to choose from based on the type of trip you're looking for.

Best for Experts: Jackson Hole

There's one factor that consistently draws skiers back to Jackson Hole: the black diamond and expert terrain. The legendary steep slopes and accessible backcountry set the Tetons apart from all other destinations, and with more than 375 inches of snow to date, there is no limit to how many records may be set this year.

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Best for Snow Lovers: Beaver Creek

JON RESNIK

JON RESNIK

Beaver Creek has a knack for crafting the perfect ski experience (take, for example, the fresh, complimentary cookies at après) and this season, the resort is truly raising the bar with an über-advanced "snowmaking refresh program." After two years of development by the Beaver Creek Snow Surfaces team, the mountain's three most popular trails—Red Tail, Centennial, and Gold Dust—are first groomed by snow cats to deliver legendary corduroy. Following that step, snow machines layer on an additional layer of fresh powder, just because. 

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Best for Celebrity Seekers: Aspen

HAL WILLIAMS

HAL WILLIAMS

Few destinations in the world are as synonymous with celebrity as Aspen. Could it be because residents like Jack Nicholson, Goldie Hawn, and Kurt Russell set the tone decades ago, inspiring others to follow? Between Aspen Film—the annual festival that screens Oscar hopefuls each fall—and the East Hyman Avenue shops that mirror those on Rodeo Drive, you can't shake a stick (or ski pole) on Ajax without spotting an A-lister. 

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Best for Those Who Want an Easy Commute: Park City

With 93 daily nonstop flights to Salt Lake City International Airport and only a 45-minute drive up I-80 to Main Street, Park City's accessibility has few rivals. Vail Resorts' purchase of Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, unifying the two separate resorts under the Park City banner in 2015, makes it the single largest ski resort in United States. Head there and the 7,300 skiable acres are all yours.

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Best for Untracked Snow Lovers: Powder Mountain

BRANDON PERLMAN

BRANDON PERLMAN

Like a throwback to the Ski School 80s, little has changed about Powder Mountain's infrastructure in the last few decades, but with $25 cat skiing and 8,600 acres of skiable terrain (2,800 of which are served by lifts), "Pow Mow," as it is affectionately called, has one of the lowest skier per acre ratio of any resort. Combine that with "the greatest snow on Earth"—its home state of Utah's motto—and you have a recipe for days of untracked terrain skiable to your heart's content.

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Best for Adventure-Seeking Bargain Hunters: Lake Louise

CHRIS MOSELEY

CHRIS MOSELEY

With the Canadian Dollar at .75 cents to the greenback, skiing in Canada is ostensibly 25 percent off these days. Spectacular 360-degrees views and a ski area that's just 90 minutes from Calgary International Airport make Lake Louise one of the best bargains in skiing. Devour 4,200 skiable acres in Banff National Park with no limits except the stamina of your own legs.

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Best for Skiers in Search of Something New: Solitude

BRANDON PERLMAN

BRANDON PERLMAN

Hate lift lines? No problem. Get yourself to one of Canadian Mountain Holidays' 12 heli-skiing lodges across British Columbia and Alberta and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. Each lodge is known for a specific ski predilection—from trees, to face-deep powder, glaciers, and steeps. With eight million acres of skiable terrain you'll be 90 years old before you even scratch the surface.

Best for the Family: Squaw Valley

COURTESY OF SQUAW VALLEY ALPINE MEADOWS

COURTESY OF SQUAW VALLEY ALPINE MEADOWS

There are three key requirements for a successful family ski vacation: first, the ease of getting there; second, a top-notch ski school; and third, non-skiing activities. Squaw Valley has all of that, and then some. Easy nonstop national access from airports in San Francisco and Reno, and slope-side lodging means little ones get on the hill quickly and efficiently. The ski school (one of the country's best) even offers a program called "Teaching Tykes" where parents, children, and instructors can navigate the mountain together. Plus, activities like ice skating, snow tubing, crafts, and snowmobiling keep non-skiers more than satisfied.

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Best for a Friendcation: Vail

DAVE NEFF

DAVE NEFF

Vail represents the perfect ski town balance of high/low, difficult/easy, high-end and down-to-earth. Whether it's a group of guys touring the terrain parks and hitting the famous aprés scene like Pepi's and The Red Lion, or a girls' trip focused on carving up the back bowls, spas, or one of Vail's female-focused ski clinics like Girlz on the Edge, Vail is great for groups of every size and skill level.

vail.com

Best for Gastronomes: Whistler

BLAKE JORGENSON

BLAKE JORGENSON

Few ski resorts have access to the variety of fresh farm and sea-to-table ingredients like Whistler. With the international waters of Vancouver to the west, you'll find Pacific oysters in abundance and sushi-grade fish imported fresh from Japan. And to the east? Fine wines from Okanagan Valley and beef from the prairies of Alberta. Don't miss restaurants worth making the trip for: AraxiRimrock Bistro, and Sushi Village.

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A Drinking Guide to the Best Ski Town Breweries and Distilleries

A Drinking Guide to the Best Ski Town Breweries and Distilleries

Mr. Luxury Ski

Where to whet your whistle in between runs...

Right at home skiing pow in the Utah backcountry!! #beerporn#skibeer #utahsnow #utah #parkcity

Right at home skiing pow in the Utah backcountry!! #beerporn#skibeer #utahsnow #utah #parkcity

Drinking and ski culture undoubtedly go hand-in-hand. As any seasoned skier or snowboarder knows, the après ski scene is almost as important as the snow conditions.

But it’s no longer enough to swing by the pub closest to the ski lift and order a Bud Light. A major trend in skin towns over the past few years has been the establishment of local and artisanal craft breweries and distilleries. From rare beers, to whiskey, vodka, schnaps, and more, visiting these spots makes for the perfect “off-mountain” activity.

Here, we pulled together a quick guide to where to go and what to order at these après ski destinations. Next time you visit make sure you swing by. Tell them Mr. Luxury Ski sent you…

Colorado

Aspen

Aspen Brewing Company

Après ski. •• @matthewaitkensphotography •• #aspen #colorado #presidentsweekend#aprèsski #drinkintheview

Après ski.
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#aspen #colorado #presidentsweekend#aprèsski #drinkintheview

Head Here After Skiing At: Aspen/Snowmass
Open Since: 2008
What To Order: Independence Pass Ale
Accolades: World Beer Cup Gold Medal(s) – Independence Pass Ale IPA & Cloud 9 Saison
Experience Info: Taproom open 12-12 every day; Tours $20/pp Tuesday & Thursdays
Brewmaster/Distiller: Jeff Moreland
304 East Hopkins Avenue, Aspen CO 81611

Woody Creek Distillers

Head to @hbgarbo's blog to find out how to make the ultimate Bloody Mary

Head to @hbgarbo's blog to find out how to make the ultimate Bloody Mary

Head Here After Skiing At: Aspen/Snowmass
Open Since:  2012
What To Order: Woody Creek Mule; Smoke on the Water
Accolades:  Woody Creek Colorado 100% Potato Vodka: 2015 Double Gold San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2015 Best in Show (vodka) San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Woody Creek Colorado Straight 100% Rye Mash Whiskey: 2016 Double Gold San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Woody Creek Colorado Stobrawa Reserve Vodka: 2014 Gold Medal San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Experience Info: Tour only: $10; Tour package (tour/tasting trio/specialty cocktail): $30
Brewmaster/Distiller: David Matthews
60 Sunset Drive, Basalt, CO 81621

Breckenridge

Breckenridge Brewery

The next variety in our Barrel Aged 471 series is ready - Barrel Aged 471 Citra! We take our 471 Double IPA and rest it in whiskey barrels to add a deep, sweet, oak character then we dry-hop each batch with a different hop varietal. Citra hops will add a smooth floral and citrus brightness to this heavy hitter. Barrel Aged 471 Citra will be hitting store shelves soon. Check out breckbrew.com/beer-locator to find the closest locations to you! #471 #471DoubleIPA #IPA #barrelaged#471series #citra #hops bit.ly/ba471citra

The next variety in our Barrel Aged 471 series is ready - Barrel Aged 471 Citra! We take our 471 Double IPA and rest it in whiskey barrels to add a deep, sweet, oak character then we dry-hop each batch with a different hop varietal. Citra hops will add a smooth floral and citrus brightness to this heavy hitter. Barrel Aged 471 Citra will be hitting store shelves soon. Check out breckbrew.com/beer-locator to find the closest locations to you!
#471 #471DoubleIPA #IPA #barrelaged#471series #citra #hops bit.ly/ba471citra

Head Here After Skiing At: Breckenridge Ski Resort
Open Since: 1990 (But the newest location, in Littleton, opened in 2015)
What To Order: Vanilla Porter, Avalanche Amber Ale, Agave Wheat, 471 Double IPA, and Breck IPA, along with a variety of specialty beers that include seasonals, barrel-aged beers, the Brewery Lane Series, and a newly announced nitrogen-charged canned series.
Experience Info: 90-minute guided brewery and sampling tours are offered five days a week.
2920 Brewery Lane, Littleton, CO 80120

Breckenridge Distillery

Our partner, @c.r.a.v.i.n.g.s Is a master of cocktails. Check out this light and refreshing drink, perfect for entertaining this holiday season! . . Pomegranate Gin(ger) Fizz

Our partner, @c.r.a.v.i.n.g.s Is a master of cocktails. Check out this light and refreshing drink, perfect for entertaining this holiday season! .
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Pomegranate Gin(ger) Fizz

Head Here After Skiing At: Breckenridge Ski Resort
Open Since: 2007
What To Order: Wee Bitter and Mule in Paradise
Accolades: New York International Spirits Competition: Distillery of the Year 2013, 2015, World Whiskies Awards: Best American Blended-Breckenridge Blend of Straight Bourbon Whiskeys
Experience Info: Tours during business hours 11am-5:30pm every half hour. After-Hours Private Tours for 10-25 people start at $100.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Jordan Via
Distillery: 1925 Airport Rd., Breckenridge, CO 80424
Tasting Room: 137 S Main St., Breckenridge, CO 80424

Crested Butte

Montanya Distillery

#montanyarum#montanyadistillers #hemingwaydaiquiri#rayofsun

#montanyarum#montanyadistillers #hemingwaydaiquiri#rayofsun

Head Here After Skiing At: Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Open Since: 2008
What To Order: Montanya Platino, Montanya Oro and Montanya Exclusiva (limited release)
Accolades: The Platino has been awarded 9 gold medals and two “Best in Class” designations in International competitions, as well as “Best White Rum” at the World Rum Awards, UK 2015, The Oro has received 8 Silver medals and one “Best In Class” designation in competition.
Experience Info: The tasting room is open from Monday to Sunday, from 11 am to 9 pm. Open daily, all year round, for free rum tastings, distillery tours, artisan cocktails, appetizers and small plates.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Brice Hoskin
212 Elk Ave., Crested Butte, CO 81224

Durango

Ska Brewing

Pouring today only is our featured #caskconditioned #craftbeer : #TrueBlondeAle with flavors and aromas of lime and ginger with a hint of mint! *BYOCM (bring your own copper mug) #coloradocraft

Pouring today only is our featured #caskconditioned #craftbeer : #TrueBlondeAle with flavors and aromas of lime and ginger with a hint of mint! *BYOCM (bring your own copper mug)

#coloradocraft

Head Here After Skiing At: Purgatory Resort
Open Since: 1995
What To Order: Euphoria Pale Ale and Steel Toe Stout
Notable Awards: Back-to-back Gold Medals for Steel Toe Stout at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival and 2012 World Beer Cup.
Experience Info: Free tours of the brewery are held daily at 4 p.m.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Kurt Randall
225 Girard Street, Durango, Colorado 81303

Telluride

Telluride Brewing Company

RYE'D Out is on tap! Our collaboration with our brothas @marblebrewery ! A hybrid of our #bridalveilryepaleale and Marble's White Out!

RYE'D Out is on tap! Our collaboration with our brothas @marblebrewery ! A hybrid of our #bridalveilryepaleale and Marble's White Out!

Head Here After Skiing At: Telluride
Open Since: 2011
What To Order: Face Down Brown
Accolades: Face Down Brown: Great American Beer Festival: Gold 2012 & 2014; Bronze 2016; World Beer Cup: Gold 2012, Whacked Out Wheat: Great American Beer Festival Silver 2015; World Beer Cup Silver 2016
Experience Info: Take the Fat Biking tour from downtown Telluride approximately four miles along the valley floor to the brewery. Don’t worry, they drive you back!
Brewmaster/Distiller: Chris Fish
156 Society Dr., Telluride, CO 81435

Telluride Distilling

Batch 1 whiskey is being bottled today. Available tomorrow at the distillery Friday July 1st!!! #telluridedistillingcompany#telluridedistillery #craftdistillery #whiskey#drinkingefficientlyat8750 #craftspirits

Batch 1 whiskey is being bottled today. Available tomorrow at the distillery Friday July 1st!!! #telluridedistillingcompany#telluridedistillery #craftdistillery #whiskey#drinkingefficientlyat8750 #craftspirits

Head Here After Skiing At: Telluride
Open Since: 2013
What To Order: Chairlift Warner Peppermint Schnapps
Experience Info: Tasting room open seven days a week, tours available by appointment. Don’t forget to order a $5 cocktail, available all day every day.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Abbott Smith
152B Society Drive, Telluride, CO 81435

Vail

Vail Brewing Co.

After you GET SOME ❄️, stop by for our new Hut Trip Winter Warmer, a winter ale brewed with vanilla black tea and herbal chai... with some crushed up cinnamon sticks for a finishing touch. This will be sure to warm you right up 😜 #vailbrewingco #winterale #powday#colorado #mountainliving #brewery

After you GET SOME ❄️, stop by for our new Hut Trip Winter Warmer, a winter ale brewed with vanilla black tea and herbal chai... with some crushed up cinnamon sticks for a finishing touch. This will be sure to warm you right up 😜 #vailbrewingco #winterale #powday#colorado #mountainliving #brewery

Head Here After Skiing At: Vail and Beaver Creek
Open Since: 2014
What To Order: Gore Creek IPA and Pete’s Stash Pale Ale
Accolades: Best Wheat/Belgian beer at Crested Butte Chili/Beer Fest
Experience Info: Brewery is open from Sunday to Wednesday: 11:30 am -10pm. / Thursday-Saturday: 11:30 am-UTC.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Garrett Scahill
Vail Village, Suite 209, Vail, CO 81657

10th Mountain Whiskey

Great day with one of our favorite local bartenders @msblairme and a few of her friends.

Great day with one of our favorite local bartenders @msblairme and a few of her friends.

Head Here After Skiing At: Vail
Open Since: 2014
What To Order: Colorado Clear Mountain Moonshine, 10th Mtn Rye Whiskey, 10th Mtn Bourbon, 10th Mtn Vodka and Alpenglow Cordial.
Accolades: Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival 2016: Alpenglow-Silver and Bourbon-Silver, Denver International Spirits Competition 2015: 10th Mtn Bourban-Gold, Colorado Clear Mountain Moonshine-Silver, Alpenglow Cordial-Silver, 10th Mtn Rye Whiskey-Silver.
Experience Info: Started a barrel investment program
Brewmaster/Distiller: Ryan Thompson, Christina Avignon
227 Bridge St, Vail, CO 81657

Utah

Park City

Alpine Distilling

#Reposting Thank you @topshelfutah! #pclife #preserveliqueur#parkcitygram #mountainlife #craftspirits#bourbonwhiskey #utahgram#beautahful #distillery-- Park City are you ready for what we have our hands on?! Welcoming @alpinedistilling to the community. Can't wait for you all to try this tasty new Whiskey! #whiskeywednesday #whiskey#alpinedistilling #parkcity #utah

#Reposting Thank you @topshelfutah! #pclife #preserveliqueur#parkcitygram #mountainlife #craftspirits#bourbonwhiskey #utahgram#beautahful #distillery-- Park City are you ready for what we have our hands on?! Welcoming @alpinedistilling to the community. Can't wait for you all to try this tasty new Whiskey!
#whiskeywednesday #whiskey#alpinedistilling #parkcity #utah

Head Here After Skiing At: Park City Mountain resort
Open Since: 2016
What To Order: Preserve Liquer, Stonefruit, Primrose, Cinnamon Bourbon-Whiskey, Traveler’s Rest Single Malt Whiskey and Traveler’s Rest Barrel Proof Single Malt Whiskey
Accolades: SIP Platinum for Preserve Liqueur and Gold for Stonefruit, Primrose, Cinnamon Bourbon-Whiskey.
Experience Info: Daily tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Group tastings can be arranged in advance.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Rob Sergent
7132 N. Silver Creek Rd., Park City, UT 84098

High West Distillery

Our Double Rye is a great camping accessory, @Backcountrycom said so themselves!  Take a look at their “Escape to Moab” article and you’ll spot us in “Chapter 4 - Dinner with a view.” Cheers!

Our Double Rye is a great camping accessory, @Backcountrycom said so themselves! 
Take a look at their “Escape to Moab” article and you’ll spot us in “Chapter 4 - Dinner with a view.” Cheers!

Head Here After Skiing At: Park City Mountain Resort
Open Since: 2006
What To Order: The Utah-only releases: Valley Tan, 14 Year Light Whiskey
Accolades: 2016 High West is Named Distiller of the Year by Whisky Advocate
Experience Info: Tours at the Saloon in Park City daily at 11:30am, 1:00pm and 2:30pm.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Brendan Coyle
703 Park Ave., Park City, Utah 84060

Park City Brewery

Happy #nationalamericanbeerday celebrate with your friends here @parkcitybrewery as we have specials on your favorite #parkcitybeers #utahbeer #craftbeer#supportlocal

Happy #nationalamericanbeerday celebrate with your friends here @parkcitybrewery as we have specials on your favorite #parkcitybeers #utahbeer #craftbeer#supportlocal

Head Here After Skiing At: Park City Mountain Resort
Open Since: 2015
What To Order: Imperial Pilsner, American Pale Ale and India Pale Ale
Experience info: Tours are free, open 3-8 Tuesday through Friday and 12-8 Saturday and Sunday
Brewmaster/Distiller: Jeremy Ray
2720 Rasmussen Rd Suite A1 Park City, Ut. 84098

Wyoming

Jackson Hole

Roadhouse Brewing Co.

Now on tap: Punky's Dilemma, our new boysenberry saison. Brewed over 15lbs of fruit per barrel and 7.2% ABV, it's only on tap @jhqroadhouse. 

Now on tap: Punky's Dilemma, our new boysenberry saison. Brewed over 15lbs of fruit per barrel and 7.2% ABV, it's only on tap @jhqroadhouse. 

Head Here After Skiing At: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Open Since: 2012
What To Order: Loose Boots IPA, Rhombus IPA
Accolades: 2014 Great American Beer Festival: Silver- Saison En Regalia, Belgian style Fruit Beer, 2015 North American Brewer’s Awards: Silver – Sacred Creed- Saison, Silver- Sacred Brett- Other Belgian style ale, Gold- Avarice and Greed- Belgian style strong pale ale), 2016 North American Brewer’s Awards: Gold- Avarice and Greed- Belgian style strong pale ale, Bronze- Sacred Brett- Other Belgian style ale, 2016 US Open Beer Championships: Silver- Innocent and Pure- French/Belgian style Ale, Gold- Avarice and Greed- Belgian style Triple.
Experience info: Guests can enjoy 15 Roadhouse beers on tap at The Q Roadhousealongside a regionally-focused gastropub menu.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Kyle Fleming
2550 Moose-Wilson Road, Wilson, WY 83014

Honorable Mention: Jackson Hole Winery

Smoke from the Pine Creek Fire! #nofilter #naturesbeauty#notesofsmoke#smokeonthemountainfireinthesky

Smoke from the Pine Creek Fire! #nofilter #naturesbeauty#notesofsmoke#smokeonthemountainfireinthesky

Head Here After Skiing At: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Open Since: 2009
What To Order: Rendezvous Red / Catch and Release Red / Russian River Valley Chardonnay
Accolades: Silver medals for its 2010 Rendezvous Red and 2010 Catch & Release Zinfandel from the International Womens Competition. The 2011 Russian River Valley chardonnay won bronze at the Sonoma Harvest Fair.
Experience info: Tastings by appointment.
Wine Maker: Anthony Schroth
2800 Boyles Hill Road, Jackson, Wyoming 83002

Wyoming Whiskey

We hope Santa left something nice under your tree. #jacksonhole #wyoming#tetons #bourbon #whiskey #itwas24belowzero

We hope Santa left something nice under your tree. #jacksonhole #wyoming#tetons #bourbon #whiskey #itwas24belowzero

Head Here After Skiing At: Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Open Since: 2006
What To Order: Wyoming Whiskey Small Batch Bourbon, Single Barrel Bourbon, Outryder Straight American Whiskey and Barrel Strength Bourbon.
Accolades: The Denver International Spirits Competition: Silver medal in the Straight Bourbon Category and the North American Bourbon and Whiskey Competition: Silver medal in the Single Barrel Bourbon under 10 years of age category
Experience info: Complimentary tours are offered at the distillery Monday-Friday 10 am-3pm at the top of each hour.
Brewmaster/Distiller: Sam Mead
100 S Nelson St, Kirby, WY 82430

Alberta, Canada

Banff

Park Distillery

Want to know how Master Distiller Matthew Hendriks makes his gin and how it compares to other gins in Alberta? Join us for GINS OF ALBERTA - Spirit Seminar & Tasting - part of Banff's Big Taste on January 22nd, 2:30pm. >>> Buy tickets here: https://www.banffsbigtaste.com

Want to know how Master Distiller Matthew Hendriks makes his gin and how it compares to other gins in Alberta? Join us for GINS OF ALBERTA - Spirit Seminar & Tasting - part of Banff's Big Taste on January 22nd, 2:30pm. >>>
Buy tickets here: https://www.banffsbigtaste.com

Head Here After Skiing At: NorquaySunshine Village, and Lake Louise
Open Since: 2015
What To Order: Vodka, Gin and Rye – Signature cocktail: The Glacier Manhattan
Accolades: Alberta Beverage Awards: Gin-silver, Park Vanilla Vodka-silver
Experience info: Free distillery tours everyday at 3:30pm
Brewmaster/Distiller: Matthew Hendriks
219 Banff Avenue, Banff, Canada

Don’t Forget The Schnapps!

What better way to experience the birthplace of Alpine skiing than to drink your way through the Alps via the Tirol Schnapps route in Austria? Since the 1700s, small batch, craft distillers have been handing down recipes and making use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients and crisp snow-melt water to produce some of the finest distilled spirits in the world.

Some distilleries to catch along the route:

Region: Ausserfern and Tirol Oberland

  • Lechtaler Haussegen Distillery
  • Brennerei Kofler Distillery
  • Brennerei Gspan Distillery
  • Brennerei Schiechtlhof Distillery

Region: Innsbruck and Tiroler Unterland

  • Hoferbauer Nagiller Distillery
  • Brennerei Hortnagel Distillery
  • Bognerhof Destillery
  • Steinerhof Destillery
  • Schaubrennerei Schmider Distillery

Region: Osttirol (East Tirol)

  • Edelbrennerei Obkircher Distillery
  • Kuenz Naturbrennerei Distillery

Additional research by Angelina Bruno.

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Book V-Day Dinner at These Romantic Ski Town Restaurants

Book V-Day Dinner at These Romantic Ski Town Restaurants

Mr. Luxury Ski

From horse-drawn sleighs to glitzy “see-and-be-seen” club rooms, Colorado Lamb and 10,000+ bottle wine cellars

Jimmy’s. Jordan Curet/Aspen Daily News

Jimmy’s. Jordan Curet/Aspen Daily News

Few destinations provide the perfect recipe for romance like that of a ski town in high-season. Pristine powder runs by day make way for après-ski revelry, followed by soothing sore muscles in the nearest hot tub, and retiring to a woodsy and oversized suite. 

What more could you want?

And don’t forget that the combination of sub-freezing temperatures, thin air, and wood-burning fireplaces are the ultimate aphrodisiac.

Dining in the alpine was perfected in the valleys of Austria and Switzerland as a way to simply provide sustenance. Ingredients were foraged from the outdoors and consisted of little more than the meat raised on your farm, eggs, bread, cream and cheese. Delicious, right? Staples such as fondue, spatzle, wienerschnitzel and gröstl all have remarkably few ingredients. Flash forward a few hundred years to Austria’s Oetzel Valley, where the Ice Q restaurant is located 1.89 miles above sea level in the town of Solden (you might recognize it from the most recent James Bond film Spectre). The four story glass cube is accessible only by one of the most advanced cablecar systems ever imagined. Head chef Patrick Schnedl’s ‘Summit Dinner’ series takes fine dining to new heights (literally) with Alpine delicacies every Wednesday, accompanied by live music under the stars.

Halfway across the world, it took decades to perfect the art of high-end cuisine at North American resorts. A sea-level staple like LA’s Matsuhisa has been part of the Aspen scene for years, but it’s the spots that are truly homegrown and unique that send the heart aflutter. 

COLORADO

Maine Mussels, Coconut Green Curry, Fresno Chilis, Basil, Fennel

Maine Mussels, Coconut Green Curry, Fresno Chilis, Basil, Fennel

Colorado’s bounty expresses itself in many unique ways, each reflective of the resort. In high-end Beaver Creek there is only one choice for a romantic getaway, Beano’s Cabin. After a snowcat-drawn sleigh pulls you up Beaver Creek’s pristine slopes you are transported to an early 20th century trapper’s lodge, complete with wood-burning fireplace and live musicians. The menu is hearty, so come hungry; the Berkshire Pork Porterhouse with Heirloom grits can’t be missed. A few miles away in Vail, Sweet Basil is the anti-Beano’s: modern, trendy, and convenient. Right in the heart of Vail Village, you could miss it if you aren’t looking closely. They’ve been serving up quintessential nouveau American cuisine for nearly five decades, with dishes like Colorado Lamb Loin and Palmetto Farm Young Chicken. It all equals what was voted in Zagat as “Colorado’s Most Popular Restaurant.”

Best Spritz Ever! #happybirthdayJimmy #jimmys #spritzgame #aperol #aspen@thecocktailbrothers

Best Spritz Ever! #happybirthdayJimmy #jimmys #spritzgame #aperol #aspen@thecocktailbrothers

Over in Aspen and Snowmass, traditionally known for ritzy fine dining, two romantic enclaves take the cake. Since 1997 Jimmy Yeager’s aptly named Jimmy’s has hit its stride on key staples. So much so that any time Yeager has even thought about taking signature classics like crab cakes and meatloaf off the menu, the customers revolt. The atmosphere is frenetic and clubby. Start the evening off with cocktails and wait for the dining room to open. For some fun, Jimmy’s also offers a wine challenge: ace the blind taste test and your glass is on the house. 

From Private dining, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, birthday dinners and more, our Vista Private Dining Room is the perfect location for any small event! #EightK #viceroyvows#Viceroyevents

From Private dining, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions, birthday dinners and more, our Vista Private Dining Room is the perfect location for any small event! #EightK #viceroyvows#Viceroyevents

In SnowmassThe Viceroy’s Eight K serves up southern-rooted cuisine with high-altitude flair. Watch Executive Chef Will Nolan orchestrate the evening in the central display kitchen while seated at an 87 foot long glass bar. For Valentine’s Day, a special menu featuring Veal Milanese & Lump Crab saffron pasta with broccoli rabe and thyme jus is the order to get.

Continuing west across the state to Telluride, 10,551 feet atop the Southern San Juan Mountains, lies Allred’s. This hot spot is accessible only via the village gondola, which explains the breathtaking and romantic views overlooking the lights from Telluride below. Born and trained in Italy, Executive Chef Mike Regrut put the restaurant on the culinary map with innovative, contemporary American Cuisine that is locally sourced and a wine list that is the most robust in the region.

The Rest of the West: CALIFORNIA, UTAH, WYOMING

It's #ValentinesDay Weekend! We're ready for the loveliest ❤️ weekend this year.

It's #ValentinesDay Weekend! We're ready for the loveliest ❤️ weekend this year.

Outside of Colorado’s high concentration of fine dining, the ski areas of Tahoe, Park City and Jackson Hole all have their unique spin on romantic options. In one of the nation’s oldest ski areas, Squaw Valley’s PlumpJack Inn was originally built as housing for the 1960 Winter Olympic delegation. With slope-side access at the foot of the Sierra Nevadas and North Lake Tahoe as the backdrop, Executive Chef Jack Connell creates seasonal menus unique to the area.

Fire Friday!!! This is open flame cooking. Join us to enjoy the taste.  #openflamecooking #firewoodparkcity#firewoodonmain #grillworks

Fire Friday!!! This is open flame cooking. Join us to enjoy the taste. 
#openflamecooking #firewoodparkcity#firewoodonmain #grillworks

As the Sundance Film Festival came to prominence over the past decade in Park City, Main Street’s culinary scene had to mature accordingly. Longtime favorites, like Asian-infused Wahso and southwestern Chimayo, are as good as ever, but this season’s newcomer Firewood was the festival’s table to get. Chef John Murcko evokes all five senses cooking local ingredients over a wood-burning hearth in a turn of the 20th century ambiance. 

A rainbow of colors in one dish - our take on a shrimp scampi. New Caledonia shrimp with white bean and black eyed pea ragu, kale and salsa verde. #jacksonhole #jhdreaming #shrimp#seafood #foodnetwork #foodporn

A rainbow of colors in one dish - our take on a shrimp scampi. New Caledonia shrimp with white bean and black eyed pea ragu, kale and salsa verde. #jacksonhole #jhdreaming #shrimp#seafood #foodnetwork #foodporn

Jackson Hole, which has seen a record snowfall this year, has had a steady tear of buzzy restaurant openings in the last few years, many under the watchful eye of restaurateur Gavin Fine. Fine came on the scene as an East Coast transplant in the ’90s, and transformed the Jackson dining scene when he and Executive Chef Eric Greenwood opened Rendezvous Bistro, his flagship, in 2001. Specializing in French and American dishes, “The Bistro” as it is eponymously known, is the standard bearer in the Tetons. Cozy, quaint, and hospitable, it caters to locals and tourists alike. 

Steamed Mussels with white wine, shallots, garlic, leeks, basil, and grilled baguette, as featured on our Solstice and Hourglass menu.  #StoweMtnLodge #stowemt #nomnom

Steamed Mussels with white wine, shallots, garlic, leeks, basil, and grilled baguette, as featured on our Solstice and Hourglass menu. 
#StoweMtnLodge #stowemt #nomnom

Representing the East Coast, Stowe Mountain Lodge is nestled in northern Vermont’s Green Mountains at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort. Within resides Solstice, offering a casual yet refined experience under the helm of Executive Chef Ronnie Sanchez (and his three Michelin stars) who trained at famed El Bulli before stints in Aspen/Snowmass and Kauai. The atmosphere and ever-changing menu are true to the rustic charm of the area and ingredients are fresh, locally sourced, and mostly organic. 

Where to stay:

Took a sleigh to Dinner at one of my favorite places on earth, and now I get to howl at the moon- what more could I ask for? Maybe some fresh powder for the weekend, please and thank you Ullr. #beavercreek #peaveinthebeave#powchickapowpow #nofilter #allskiskiski#wanderlust

Took a sleigh to Dinner at one of my favorite places on earth, and now I get to howl at the moon- what more could I ask for? Maybe some fresh powder for the weekend, please and thank you Ullr. #beavercreek #peaveinthebeave#powchickapowpow #nofilter #allskiskiski#wanderlust

Finding Solitude

Finding Solitude

Mr. Luxury Ski discovers Hidden Tracks at Utah's Solitude Mountain Resort.

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Vail, Colorado

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Vail, Colorado

 

Mr. Luxury Ski

While everyone has their favorite resorts, true ski aficionados claim allegiance to one favorite destination. Here's what your choice says about you.

Vail, Colorado

Back in the 80s you carved Vail's seven Back Bowls like you were auditioning for a role in Ski School and drank at the Red Lion like a bonafide ski bum. You've since graduated to finance, and while you still keep it real in Blue Sky Basin backcountry, you've grown to appreciate the finer things. With money flying in from the coasts (and more recently from Latin America) Vail remains flush with the finer things, from five-star digs, to gourmet eats, and world-class culture—and just enough of a party scene for a whiff of your glory days.

You met your spouse: Over après-ski rosé at Root & Flower wine bar

You met your ex: Apres at the Red Lion, because old habits die hard.

Wouldn't Miss: Trading your ski boots for slippers during lunch at the 10th (above, at mid-mountain)

Your favorite non-skiing activity: The rooftop pool at the Arrabelle

Your headache is from: One too many Medicine Cabinets (on draft) at the Four Seasons Remedy Bar

You're skiing off the calories from: Harvest by Kelly Liken, the latest creation by Vail's preeminent chef

The local cause you love is: Vail Valley Foundation

Your most-liked Instagram of the trip is of: You surveying Vail's Back Bowls in all of their glory

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This article originally appeared on Town and Country.

 

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Telluride, Colorado

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Telluride, Colorado

 

Mr. Luxury Ski

While everyone has their favorite resorts, true ski aficionados claim allegiance to one favorite destination. Here's what your choice says about you.

Telluride, Colorado

In the boardroom you're fond of pointing out that the journey is as important as the destination, but all that Taoist mumbo jumbo flies out the window when you finally land in Telluride. This tiny town wrapped by 14,000-foot peaks is the place to be for those who value space and seclusion over see and be seen (just ask longtime residents Ralph Lauren and Tom Cruise). But just because the relaxed vibe has you forgo your furs for Arc'teryx down, there is nothing laid back about the ski conditions: big, bold, and reserved for those willing to venture to this isolated corner of Colorado.

You met your spouse: Over après-ski saketinis and kobe kushiyaki at There Bar

You met your ex: During last call at the Sheridan Opera House

You wouldn't miss: The Telluride Bluegrass Festival

Your go-to non-skiing activity: The Tasting Room at Telluride Brewing Company

Your headache is from: Pitchers of Face Down Brown Ale at the Buck

You're skiing off the calories from: Lobster ravioli with asparagus and a lobster-brandied-cream sauce, course three of five at Alpino Vino, North America's highest gourmet restaurant

The local cause you love is: The Telluride Foundation

Your most-liked Instagram of the trip is of: The middle of Colorado Avenue

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This article originally appeared on Town and Country.

 

What Your Ski Season Says About You: Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

What Your Ski Season Says About You: Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

 

Mr. Luxury Ski

While everyone has their favorite resorts, true ski aficionados claim allegiance to one favorite destination. Here's what your choice says about you.

Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

You crave an authentic, old-school ski escape that won't be spoiled by hordes of millennial techies or truckloads of Texans, the type of resort where the only bottle serve for 100 miles is of the beer variety and expert terrain means steep and deep. News of a $300 million reimagining of the Taos Ski Valley resort village has you worried that your beloved "private" northern New Mexico resort has been discovered. And maybe it's true. Rest assured, you will always have bragging rights that you've been skiing Taos since the days when snowboards were forbidden and you had to hike Kachina peak. It makes for a good tale to tell as you ride up the new Kachina Chairlift to 12,481 feet.

You met your spouse: At the spa at the Blake

You met your ex: At the Martini Tree Lounge

You wouldn't miss: The Paint for Peaks event in February

Your favorite non-skiing activity: The natural hot springs at adults-only Ojo Caliente

Your headache is from: Late nights at the Martini Tree

You're skiing off the calories from: Frito Pie at the Stray Dog Cantina

The local cause you love is: The Anita Salas Memorial Fund

Your most-liked Instagram of the trip is of: The famous "Don't Panic" sign

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This article originally appeared on Town and Country.

 

What Your Ski Town Says About You:   Sun Valley, Idaho

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Sun Valley, Idaho

 

Mr. Luxury Ski

While everyone has their favorite resorts, true ski aficionados claim allegiance to one favorite destination. Here's what your choice says about you.

Sun Valley, Idaho

You came over the summer for the Allen & Company billionaire mogulfest and just couldn't wait to come back. Check the family into the Sun Valley Lodge, unpack your Loro Piana sweaters, and head straight to Bald Mountain to show off your best Picabo Street impression (the Olympian is a local). You let Bruce Willis (one of the area's most notable residents) cut you in line at Christina's cause, you know, you guys are tight like that.

You met your spouse: When you both ordered the Vodka Gimlet at Conerstone Bar

You met your ex: At Apples Bar & Grill's annual Hahnenkamm race day blowout

You wouldn't miss: Checking out the new Limelight Hotel

Non-skiing activity: A day-pass to Zenergy Spa

Your headache is from: Dollar night at "Whiskey's"

You're skiing off the calories from: Bison short ribs at Trail Creek Cabin

The local cause you love is: Rover Works

Your most-liked Instagram of the trip is of: Your "Bowl of Soul," the signature drink from Java Cafe

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This article originally appeared on Town and Country.

 

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Olympic Valley, California

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Olympic Valley, California

 

Mr. Luxury Ski

While everyone has their favorite resorts, true ski aficionados claim allegiance to one favorite destination. Here's what your choice says about you.

Olympic Valley, California

After an intense week working at your Silicon Valley startup it's finally "Tahoe Friday!" Start the weekend early and hop in an UberX with your co-founders (only about $250 from your Menlo Park HQ according to Uber's fare estimator). Throw on your best Patagonia fleece and turn this "off-site" at Squaw Valley / Alpine Meadows into your next billion-dollar idea.

You met your spouse: In the singles line at KT-22 chairlift

You met your ex: At the High Camp Hot Tub "Grotto"

You wouldn't miss: The Audi FIS Ski World Cup from March 9 to12

Your favorite non-skiing activity: Yoga at Wanderlust

Your headache is from: The shot ski at the Slot

You're skiing off the calories from: Raclette from the Chalet in Alpine Meadows

The local cause you love is: High Fives Foundation

Your most-liked Instagram of the trip is of: Standing in front of the iconic Olympic rings

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This article originally appeared on Town and Country.

 

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Jackson Hole, Wyoming

 

Mr. Luxury Ski

While everyone has their favorite resorts, true ski aficionados claim allegiance to one favorite destination. Here's what your choice says about you.

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

First off, you can ski, like really ski. "Expert terrain" signs are an inducement rather than a warning; nothing on the mountain is off limits to you. When you aren't riding the aerial tram, you can be found in the "living room" at the Four Seasons, holding court and dreaming of retiring here.

You met your spouse: At the Silver Dollar Bar at the Wort Hotel

You met your ex: At the Mangy Moose

You wouldn't miss: The opening of the new Sweetwater gondola on December 17.

Your favorite non-skiing activity: A winter wildlife photography safari from JH Wildlife Safaris

Your headache is from: One too many drams of Wyoming Whiskey

You're skiing off the calories from: The fried chicken sandwich at Gavin Fine's Bodega in Teton Village

The local cause you love is: Teton County Search and Rescue

Your most-liked Instagram of the trip is of: The exterior of the Million Dollar Cowboy bar

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This article originally appeared on Town and Country.

 

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Deer Valley, Utah

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Deer Valley, Utah

 

Mr. Luxury Ski

While everyone has their favorite resorts, true ski aficionados claim allegiance to one favorite destination. Here's what your choice says about you.

Deer Valley, Utah

You like your ski resort exactly how you like your country club: exclusive, manicured, and where everyone on the staff knows your name. Don't give a second thought to the kids—they're off at ski school for the better part of the day, leaving you to enjoy the pristine pistes. Nightlife to you means an après, après-ski massage, dinner, and bed by 10 so you can catch the first chair in true overachieving fashion.

You met your spouse: At the St. Regis's slopeside Ski Beach, where you both ordered the 7452 Bloody Mary made with High West Vodka

You met your ex: Just before last call at Main Street's No Name Saloon

You wouldn't miss: The Sundance Film Festival

Non-skiing activity: Whiling away the day at Spa Montage, 35,000 square feet of bliss, beauty, and mountain views

Your headache is from: Whiskey flights at High West Saloon

You're skiing off the calories from: The Raclette at Fireside Dining

The local cause you love is: The National Ability Center

Your most-liked Instagram of the trip is of: Katherine Heigl in the lift line at Deer Valley

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This article originally appeared on Town and Country.

 

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Aspen, Colorado

What Your Ski Town Says About You: Aspen, Colorado

 

Mr. Luxury Ski

While everyone has their favorite resorts, true ski aficionados claim allegiance to one favorite destination. Here's what your choice says about you.

Aspen, Colorado

 

You work in entertainment or finance and hitched a ride on the G5 of someone whose name you can't quite recall, but you're pretty sure your parents are old chums. You had another invitation to someplace warm, but your newest head-to-toe Moncler ensemble really deserves some Insta-exposure while traipsing through Aspen Meadows. Not to mention, you already have two separate reservations at Cloud Nine, just in case.

You met your spouse while: Browsing the latest apparel at Performance Ski

You met your ex at: The Caribou Club

You wouldn't miss: The Now Event at the Aspen Art Museum on December 28

Your non-skiing activity is: SoulCycle's limited-run pop-up from December 22 to January 2 (bookings start at noon on December 19)

Your headache is from: Late-night dancing on tables at Bootsy Bellows

You're skiing off the calories from: All of those parmesan truffle fries from Ajax Tavern

The local cause you love is: The Aspen Valley Ski Club

The trip's "most-liked" Instagram is of: Your "insane" hike up Highland Bowl

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This article originally appeared on Town and Country.