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Story by Steve Giordano

HighOnAdventure.com   August 1, 2012

  Snowboarder   Manor Vail Lodge  
Above everything
Above Manor Vail Lodge

With hotels and resorts located in unique destinations across the country, Destination Hotels & Resorts offers you access to incredible once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Whether your life’s bucket list is full of exhilarating adventures, peaceful encounters with nature, spooky discoveries, absorbing the arts or experiencing the vibrancy of new cities, Destination can help you check these experiences off your bucket list in our exquisite locations. Make it happen, create your travel bucket list and start filling it up and making memories. The mountain resorts managed by Destination® Hotels & Resorts have put together exclusive adventure packages in Vail, Tahoe and Stowe.

Highlights include: 

1) Manor Vail Lodge in Colorado offers the Backcountry Hut Trip where you can ski or snowshoe through the Rockies to a 10th Mountain Division hut.

Join Manor Vail Lodge and experience the 10th Mountain Division Huts for a true Colorado Rocky Mountain adventure. Ski or snowshoe to a 10th Mountain Division hut. The staff at Manor Vail Lodge will assist you in selecting a hut that is best for the season and your ability. The name of the hut system honors the men of the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army, who trained during World War II at Camp Hale in central Colorado. Hut visitors share the special spirit of these individuals, especially their pursuit of excellence, self-reliance, and love of the outdoors. Private guides can be arranged for an additional fee.

The package Includes:

  • Three nights' accommodation in a studio/one bedroom condo
  • Daily hot breakfast buffet for up to three people
  • One night’s hut trip for up to three people
  • Complimentary parking
  • Return from hut trip amenity (max value $50)
  • $75 Food & Beverage Credit for Manor Vail F&B outlets

Cost: Package Price starts at $999 for up to 3 guests.

Booking Details: Packages available December 12, 2012 – April 30th, 2013. Rates based upon season and availability & do not included guided hut trips. Book by calling 1-800-950-VAIL or email inquiries to manorres@destinationhotels.com.
  Snowshoeing at Squaw   Snowshoeing at Stowe Mountain Lodge  
Snowshoeing at Squaw
and at Stowe Mountain Lodge

2) Resort at Squaw Creek Heli-Ski Dream Package

Lake Tahoe's Resort at Squaw Creek gives you an opportunity to explore the most exceptional ski experience at Lake Tahoe. The 3-night package includes a stay in a Valley View Fireplace Suite, two lift tickets to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows, and a full-day of heli-skiing with Pacific Crest Heli-Guides. Pacific Crest Heli-Guides access over 100,000 acres of remote ski terrain along the Sierra Crest. This new operation was founded by the head guide of Alaska's original helicopter skiing operation and the founder of Pacific Crest Snowcats to ensure you an exciting day of untracked runs while safely traveling in the backcountry. Terrain consists of gladed trees, open bowls, steep chutes and classic couloirs.

Heli-Skiing package Includes:

  • Three nights in Valley View Fireplace Suite
  • Two lift tickets to Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows
  • Heli-skiing for two in Sierra Nevada backcountry with Pacific Crest Heli-Guides

Cost: $2,999 (for two, plus resort fee and taxes). Booking Details: Must book by phone: 800-401-9501.

  Stowe Mountain Lodge   Skier  
Stowe Mountain Lodge
Above it all

3) Stowe Mountain Lodge in Vermont Winter Zip-line Adventure and Snowshoeing

View Vermont’s highest peaks on this award-winning zip line adventure and a snowshoe trek. Start with a winter zip line trip that features spectacular views of Vermont’s highest peaks. ArborTrek Canopy Adventures has won awards for being one of the best zip lining experiences in the world, and in the winter, it can’t be beat!

Then, indulge in the spa with your choice a signature Sacred Healing revitalization treatment or a Splendor Pampering Ritual, along with a trip to the Healing Lodge that features a rain shower, steam room, sauna and a mosaic-stoned whirlpool tub. Finally, book a custom snowshoe tour with the recreation manager, who can tailor your 2-hour snowshoe trip at sunrise or sunset, from the top of the ski resort gondola to winter waterfalls and more.

Package Includes:

    • A Two-night minimum  stay, December, 2012 through March, 2013
    • The Sacred Journey Treatment  and the Splendor Pampering Ritual at the Spa and Wellness Center (For Two)
    • A Two-Hour Custom Snowshoe Tour by Stowe Mountain Lodge’s Recreation Manager (For Two)
    • A Winter Ziplining Trip to ArborTrek Canopy Adventures (For Two)
  • Cost: Rates from $699 per night
  • Booking Details:
    • Booking Dates - Now - March 31, 2013
    • Stay Dates - December 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013
    • Two night minimum
  Vail Cascade  
Vail Cascade

4) Vail Cascade Blue Sky, Cloud Nine Vail Ski Package - Vail, CO

This winter, Vail Cascade rolls out the white carpet with presidential accommodations, First Tracks Vail Mountain experience, VIP lift access, hot stone massages and après ski craft beer flights and dinner. Head to Vail for the ultimate climax and experience why it's 'like no other place on earth.'

Package includes:

  • Two nights' accommodations in Vail Cascade's presidential suite  
  • First Tracks Vail mountain experience departing from the Vail Cascade's private lift or transfer to Vail Village (1 hour exclusive access to Vail Mountain*)
  • All day VIP, no waiting lift access with private Vail Mountain guide**
  • Two adult all-day lift tickets to Vail Mountain***
  • Breakfast buffet atop Vail Mountain at on-mountain restaurant****
  • Two 50-minute hot stone massages at Aria Club & Spa
  • Craft beer flight and dinner for two in Atwater on Gore Creek
  • Valet parking for two nights beer flight and dinner for two in Atwater on Gore Creek
  • *Valid for up to 40 family and friends!
  • **Valid for up to six family and friends!
  • ***Ski rental equipment available if needed, price not included
  • ****Valid for up to 40 family and friends!
  • Cost: $9,760
  • Booking Details: Book online at www.vailcascade.com or via phone at 866.808.8834
  • Valid Dates: Dec. 17, 2012 - March 31, 2013 (not valid March 10-23 due to daylight savings change)
  • Two weeks advance booking notice, based on availability
  • Valid dates dependent on snowfall




5) The Hotel Telluride in Telluride, CO ‘Heli-of-a-trip’ Ultimate Heli-Skiing Experience

During a ski trip to Telluride, consider taking a few away days to go heli-skiing at Silverton Ski Mountain, a 2-hour drive over Red Mountain Pass. All thrills and no frills, Silverton heli-skiing is safe, affordable, and exhilarating experience. It can be pretty soulful to ski untracked powder from 13,000-foot peaks.

Silverton Mountain is about as close to the purest skiing experience one can find today – an epic mountain, bountiful snowfall (the deep and light Colorado kind!), and none of the distractions of other ski areas of crowded ski areas.

Package Includes: 6 *heli runs with more than 22,000 acres of ski permit terrain in the San Juan Wilderness accessed through Silverton Ski Mountain (includes lunch) 2-night stay in a Deluxe King at The Hotel Telluride Breakfast for two daily Two 50-minute Spa treatments.

Cost: ($2,699 for two)

Booking Details: Silverton Heli is ideal for those who may be looking for a new or different experience. Highly challenging terrain makes Silverton Heli unique and provides a great opportunity for expert and advanced skiers and boarders to test their limits. For moderate ability skiers and riders, less consequential lower angle terrain is available when a group of four clients, of equal skill level, book together (so they don’t slow down faster paced skiers).

Pricing above is based on 2 people (double occupancy). Customized pricing for larger groups or one person can be accommodated.

Package dates run from December 1, 2012-April 6, 2013 and must be booked no later than December 31, 2012. Package is subject to availability and contingent on weather. Some blackout dates might apply.

For more information or booking, email: aacosta@destinationhotels.com

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