Mr. Luxury Ski
Lindsey Vonn—Olympic gold medalist, World Cup champ and the most decorated female skier in American history—knows how to make the most of the Colorado's Rocky Mountains. So if you're going to ski her home resort of Vail or its sister resort Beaver Creek, you want her advice on how to do it.
Ski Report: “Both Vail and Beaver Creek have great mountains, and the resorts got me where I am today. I won my first World Cup on American soil on Beaver Creek’s Birds of Prey downhill course, which was so special. And I’ve skied Vail’s back bowls—especially China Bowl—since I was a kid. On the rare day I’m not training and can ski powder, Beaver Creek’s Royal Elk Glades on Grouse Mountain is heaven. For backcountry-style skiing, Vail’s Blue Sky Basin is just beautiful—it’s 645 acres surrounded by wilderness, and the snow back there is always deep. You can also race against me with Vail Resorts’ EpicMix Racing—download the app and then head over to either of the race courses at Vail and Beaver Creek.”
Lunch: “My favorite on-mountain lunch spot since it opened a couple years back is The 10th at Vail [located at the base of Look Ma run at Mid-Vail]. The views of the Gore Range are incredible. I like to keep it healthy when I’m skiing, so I go for one of the gourmet salads."
Après: “For a nice glass of wine, I love the scene at The Arrabelle at Vail Square’s Tavern on the Square."
Dinner: “Just thinking about Larkspur makes me hungry. Everything on Chef Thomas Salamunovich’s menu is amazing.”
This article originally appeared on CNTraveler.com.