10 Fitness Finds in Aspen

Aspen is a fabulous ski town, but be sure to also check out these 10 fitness finds not to be missed:

1. Leave your cars behind and take one of the favorite day trips in Aspen to cross country ski to and from Pine Creek Cookhouse for lunch in a spectacular log cabin where amazing views and food graze your table.

2. Head to yoga at O2, or on top of Aspen Mountain (yoga for skiers inside during winter, outside in summer with incredible views these classes are free but you must purchase a ticket to ride up gondola). Also, try hot yoga and Bikram classes in town at Arjuna.

3. Skin up Buttermilk Mountain (and take the lift town for free)

4. Hike up Smuggler Mountain for an amazing view of town (this can be done year-round).

5. Ski on the first run of the day with First tracks on Aspen Mountain

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6. Rent Fat Bikes for a cruise around town. The Limelight Hotel has Fat Bikes you can use for free if you’re staying at the hotel. You can also rent them from various local shops in town

7. Take a snowshoe tour with ACES at the historic Ashcroft ghost town or on top of Aspen Mountain. Hire a naturalist guide or try a group tour.

8. Learn how to skate ski on the Aspen Golf Course with Ute Mountaineer

9. Go Ice climbing. Head to the ideal spot for first timers that Aspen Expeditions can take you to just 10 minutes from Aspen.

10. Try a Backcountry hut trip with 10th Mountain Hut Division, Aspen Expeditions or Aspen Alpine Guides

Note: Aspen Winter X Games are also free to the public.

Where to Go Skiing in June: Tuesday Travel

So who wants to go skiing in June? Doesn’t that sound like a cool idea for your summer family vacation?  Turismo Chile, has announced a number of family friendly deals throughout the season. Families can take advantage of the reverse seasons and hit the slopes in Chile. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Chile’s more than 2,600 miles offer some of the most fascinating and diverse landscapes found anywhere in Latin America and the country’s steep discounts and special offers at top resorts for families are available now through the end of their winter season in October. Interested? Read on…

New Gondolas, Ski Lessons and Third Person Stays Free at Valle Nevado

Valle Nevado ski resort, located in the heart of the Andes Mountains and just one hour outside of Santiago, continues its transformation into a mountain village by the year 2022 with the debut of the first ski resort gondola in Chile. The resort is also unveiling new slopes for adult beginners complete with Magic Carpet lifts to ease the learning process and is introducing a new ski and snowboard school this season, offering group and customized private classes complete with a dormitory for children to take a break after a lesson. Two hour lessons are $57 for children and $61 for adults.

The ski resort is also offering a “third person free” deal during the weeks of July 12 – 19 and August 23 – 30. This offer is available at the resort’s Tres Puntas and Puerta del Sol properties and includes lodging in a double room, lift tickets, breakfast and dinner. Rates for the special offer begin at $3,486. Visit http://www.vallenevado.com/en/promotions-ski/ for more information.

Kids Ski Free at Hotel Portillo

Hotel Portillo has been a name associated with Chilean skiing for the past 60 years. For several weeks throughout the 2013 season, a parent who is a paying guest in the hotel may bring one of their children between 4 and 11 years old (inclusive) for a completely free Portillo ski week. Free ski weeks for children are: June 16 – 23, June 23 – 30, September 1 – 8, September 8 – 15, and September 15 – 22. Two children can ski free the week of September 28 – October 5.

Prices for the 2013 season begin at $1,950 at Hotel Portillo, $1,300 at the Octagon Lodge, or $950 at the Inca Lodge. Restrictions apply and are detailed on www.skiportillo.com.

Special Family Rates at Awasi Atacama

Awasi, situated inside an ancient site in Chile’s archeological capital of San Pedro de Atacama, is offering exclusive discounts for families. Now through the end of September, children up to age 12 stay free when accompanied by two adults. Children between 13 and 18 receive a special rate of 70 percent off the all-inclusive programs which include private airport transfers, lodging, all meals, private excursions and a personal concierge. All inclusive rates for the 2013 winter season begin at $1,545 for a two night program. Visit www.awasi.com for more information. I want to go skiing in June. Who wants to go with me?

Kid’s Cooking Class at Park City Mountain Resort

Last week, I spent spring break in the incredibly beautiful Park City, Utah. I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to teach a Kid’s Healthy Cooking Class at Park City Mountain Resort making Apres Ski Snacks.

The kids had a blast making four recipes starting with Mini Banana Bread Loaves made with Greek yogurt and ground flaxseed.

I loved working with the staff at the Park City Mountain Resort. They made it so easy for me even though sometimes it’s tough working back in a big resort kitchen. I was looking for a masher for our banana bread, and this is all I could find.

I do appreciate all of wonderful help from Krista, Mike and Deirdra. Y’all are the best, and I had such a great time working with you!

Since it was St. Patrick’s Day, we also made a healthy Herb Dip appetizer that the kids devoured.

They also especially loved preparing the Homemade Granola Bars. It was one of the more difficult recipes, but definitely worth it.

The kids also made homemade make-your-own pizzas. Everyone used their own unique touch. When the food came out of the oven, everyone was ready. They were happy (and hungry) to eat all of their healthy homemade snacks, especially after a long day of skiing.

Be sure to check out Park City Mountain Resort and Snowmama’s the next time you’re thinking about a wonderful family vacation. My kid’s had never skied before, and they were off and running after a day of lessons from the wonderful instructors here. We all had a wonderful time and can’t wait to go back!