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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

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