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Ski enthusiasts have always had two go-to’s for thrills: Warren Miller films and Vail, Colorado. Practice your 360-degree turn and get some air with this week's escape to the largest ski mountain in the US.
Go Off the Grid with a three-night stay for up to six in a one-bedroom condo at the Aspen at Streamside. Takeoff between 1 December, 2011 and 25 April, 2012 and also receive a 20% discount on ski or snowboard rentals from Charter Sports ($900). Or descend on the town when the snow has melted, between 26 April, 2012 and 31 October, 2012 ($500).
The accommodations feature earth tone colours, a fully equipped kitchen, two queen beds, a queen-size pull-out couch and a welcome basket for escapees. In the evening, curl up by the fireplace and take mental notes on technique while you watch old Warren Miller flicks.
Before hitting the slopes, grab breakfast at the Westside Cafe with your $50 credit. Tuck into the Captain Crunch French toast or the eggs Benedict while you map out your agenda for the day (the mountain has more than 5,289 acres of terrain, after all). Create your own Vertical Reality at Vail's three terrain parks or get a Black Diamond Rush on the back bowls, before breaking for lunch and hot chocolate at Two Elk.
Then go Beyond the Edge in Blue Sky Basin, the meadows and glades where patches of trees on the runs create more of a backcountry vibe. At the end of the day, ski down to Los Amigos and join other powder hounds to watch fearless skiers make their way down Pepi's Face.
If you feel inclined to do some shopping, browse the boutiques in Vail Village before heading back to the resort for a soak in the hot tub or a swim in the heated pool. Then, experience dishes that defy gravity at the Zagat-rated restaurant Kelly Liken, which serves seasonal American cuisine in a mod atmosphere.
Soak up the freestyle vibe of Vail on this week's escape to the Aspen at Streamside, a getaway that you don't have to do back flips to afford.
- A three-night stay for up to six in a one-bedroom condo from 1 December, 2011 to 25 April, 2012 and 20% discount on ski or snowboard rentals from Charter Sports ($900)
- Or, a three-night stay for up to sSix in a one-bedroom condo from 26 April, 2012 to 31 October, 2012 ($500)
- $50 dining credit for Westside Cafe
- Welcome basket In room
- Book by 30 November
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