SLEEPING SNUGLY ON THE SLOPES
THERE’S nothing quite like a bed on the snow. Well, at least beside it. At Snowmass’s Silvertree Hotel we catch the lift to the third floor, collect our skis from the on-site shop, walk through a door and we’re on the slopes. We snap on our skis, point them downhill, and in minutes we’re at the gondola or Village Express and ready to head up the mountain.
In the evening, we take an early exit from the slope, hand in our skis and make for the outdoor spa or heated pool. Simple.
We feel privileged to enjoy such easy access to the snow, even when we learn that 95 per cent of the accommodation here is ski-in, ski-out.
Silvertree, with 260 rooms, is the standout when it comes to places to stay at Snowmass. So it’s a surprise to learn it is to be replaced with something grander as part of the area’s expansion. The adjacent mall, where we pick up a quick breakfast most mornings, is facing a similar fate. (A free bus runs to the larger Snowmass shopping centre.)
Silvertree’s rooms come with television, fridge, humidifier, windows that open and internet access. There’s also a coffeemaker but don’t try asking for a kettle: you’d think I’d demanded a jumbo jet to take me to Cuba. Barry Oliver