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Ski season is just three weeks away here in Aspen.  Everyone is as excited as ever for another promising ski season and a few places have even gone so far as to refresh their look.  Yep, a few of Aspen’s most well-known hotels have received a little facelift (yeah we said it) just in time for ski season.HJ SUmmer

The Hotel Jerome, one of Aspen’s oldest and dearest resorts, will reopen in December to unveil an updated interior, along with a state of the art spa for guests to enjoy when they’re off the slopes.  A reinvented restaurant will also accompany the facelift and is conceived as an updated all-American grill under the direction of Executive chef Rob Zack.

The Sky Hotel and St. Regis have also received a few new design updates in their guest rooms, as well as, overall esthetic.  The St. Regis welcomed the Chef’s Club this summer at the FOOD & WINE CLASSIC and is proud to debut it to winter guests too.  The Little Nell will be revealing its new restaurant on Thanksgiving Day.  Gone are the days of Montagna and here to stay is Element 47 – silver on the periodic table.  Hotel Jerome

Sometimes a little lift here and a little tuck there goes a long way.  We hope you look forward to seeing some of your favorites after their makeover!

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Have you heard?  Aspen/Snowmass has received seven feet of snow in the past seven weeks!  It’s time to get your ski gear out of storage and plan a spring skiing trip.  The best part is that Aspen is up for the challenge and has multiple deals to boot.

Travel between Friday, March 16, 2012 to Monday, March 26, 2012:   If you’re on it and ready to book, look no further because the Spring Jam Special is for you.  You’ll need to move quickly, because tickets must be booked by Friday, March 2nd, but the package is incredible.  Buy 4, get 5 on lift tickets, equipment rentals, and group lessons (all kids group lessons ages 5 – 17 and adult group lessons level 4 and up).  Spring Jam includes two weekends of competition, free concerts and downtown parties so get ready to join in some big Spring fun!

Travel from April 8 -15, 2012:  If one last ski fling with good slushy fun and lots of sunscreen is your thing then the Spring Escape MVP is for you.  Buy 2, get 3 on lift tickets, lodging, equipment rentals and group lessons (levels 4 and up, ages 7+) on this Mini Vacation Package.   Tickets must be booked by March 23, 2012.

For more information check out How to Get Here: Spring Deals

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[The following piece on 12 Days of Aspen can be found in the current issue of America Eagle Latitudes magazine, and was written by Wyatt Myers.]

More Than Just Skiing
Of course, the town of Aspen is known primarily for its world-class skiing and snowboarding. And visitors will find plenty of opportunities to do just that during the 12 Days of Aspen. Snowmass and Aspen Mountain are just two of many well-known ski resorts around the town.

One lesser-known local activity actually started decades ago: the Aspen Film Academy Screenings. “A favorite holiday tradition for more than two decades, Aspen Film Academy Screenings offers residents, visitors and film industry professionals a unique opportunity to see the newest buzz-worthy movies vying for Oscar nominations, many of which will screen only in Los Angeles, New York and Aspen over the holidays,” says Poschman. “With two screenings each evening, this multiday film extravaganza presents about 20 of the season’s most anticipated movies.”

Not a film buff? You can ice-skate, listen to Christmas stories, attend musicals, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, or listen to holiday carols. The entertainers at Aspen really do a fine job of covering every age group and interest level, from clowns and face painting for children to a bonfire and a live DJ for adults on New Year’s Eve. All the festivities culminate that evening with a stunning fireworks display above Aspen Mountain. “The highlights really depend on your interests, but the reindeer are understandably popular for children,” says Poschman. “Everyone loves New Year’s Eve fireworks, which are considerately timed at 8 p.m. for the younger set and then midnight.”

These are just a few of the many events that you can see during the festival, which takes place from Dec. 20-31. You can find a full calendar of events at aspenchamber.org/12days.

Staying in Aspen
If you’ve ever been to Aspen, you know it feels like a winter wonderland that is truly worthy of a 12-day festival. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t afford to stay there. “You’ll find everything from moderate lodging, like the Hotel Aspen, to luxurious resorts, like The Little Nell or St. Regis Aspen, to design-oriented retreats, like the Aspen Meadows, to condominiums like The Gant,” says Poschman. To learn more about your lodging options in Aspen, visit stayaspensnowmass.com.

Book your trip today! Visit www.aa.com, call American/American Eagle reservations at 1-800-433-7300, or call your travel agent for more information.

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United Airlines recently added three new flights servicing Aspen/Snowmass including a fourth daily fight from Los Angeles, a second from Houston, and one more from Denver. United Airlines also offers four daily flights from Chicago and two from San Francisco. The increased service begins on December 15, 2011. Combined with American Airlines entering the Aspen air market and Frontier Airlines continued service to Aspen/Snowmass, this winter will bring the most seats available to and from Aspen in over a decade according to Stay Aspen Snowmass.

“We are very well positioned for the upcoming winter,” says Bill Tomcich, president of Stay Aspen Snowmass and the local liaison to the airline industry. “No ski resort has this kind of competition.”

With direct flights from Aspen to Denver, Dallas, Houston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, getting to Aspen/Snowmass has never been easier.Visitors from the Gulf Coast states, Central and Latin America now have easier access to Aspen via Houston and Dallas. Also, the nonstop flights from Los Angeles make Aspen more appealing for visitors from Australia and New Zealand.

Tomcich notes that is it challenging to predict if the competitive airline landscape will drive fares down and states, “what you see is what you get”.

Stay Aspen Snowmass is the official central reservations for Aspen and Snowmass Village. SAS represents all of the Aspen and Snowmass lodging community including hotels, condos, and homes.We offer one-stop shopping for discounted Snowmass and Aspen vacations including air transportation to Aspen, Denver, and Eagle. Our team of local vacation experts live, work, and play in Aspen and Snowmass. We look forward to planning your Aspen/Snowmass winter vacation.

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