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Planning your next ski getaway? Whether you’re an avid skier or you prefer the après-ski lifestyle, a luxe hot tub is the perfect amenity for every mountain vacation. To make planning easy, FlipKey has rounded up nine chalets in top ski destinations around the world with stunning hot tubs. From a hot tub in a French cave to one set outside a 16,000 square foot castle in Park City, these relaxing spots are perfect for your next group ski trip.

Lake Vista | Jackson Hole, Wyoming


5 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, sleeps 11

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Soak in the hot tub under the stars at this stunning Jackson Hole home. With mountain and lake views, Lake Vista is the perfect place to relax after a long day on the slopes. Inside, guests will find multiple fireplaces, including fireplaces in the master suites, game room, theater room, gym and wine cellar. Glass walls and massive picture windows throughout the house allow for plenty of sunlight during the day, and spectacular views around the clock.

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Top of the Line 6 Bedroom | Vail, Colorado


6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, sleeps 10

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This Vail home is the definition of mountain luxury, located at the top of Forest Road for some of the best views of Vail Valley. Guests will love the A-lister experience, including an elevator and 20-foot windows for plenty of sunlight and stunning sunset views. Relax in the state-of-the-art media room, or arrange for a massage with the professional massage table inside. Outside, the driveway and patio are heated, so no need to worry about ice and snow removal, and the hot tub and outdoor sound system are both operated by a touch screen for easy adjustments. The home offers ski-in/ski-out access to the Born Free catwalk, and features personal ski lockers and glove and boot warmers for the ultimate ski experience.

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Mont Tremblant Chalet | Mont Tremblant, Quebec


6 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms, sleeps 15

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Enjoy all of Mont Tremblant’s charm from this luxury waterfront cottage. Guests will love the home’s rustic architecture, stunning views, beach access and relaxing atmosphere. After a long day of skiing, settle into the hot tub with breathtaking panoramic views of the mountains and valley. While Mont Tremblant is best-known for its skiing, this home is a favorite year-round. Head out for a hike in the spring, hit the beach in the summer, or watch the leaves change from the hot tub in the fall.

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Chalet Devlin | Lech, Austria



5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeps 14

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Chalet Devlin in Lech, Austria offers a premier chalet experience in a world class ski destination. The home can sleep 10 adults and 4 children over four luxurious floors. The house is ski in/ski out above the Schlosskopf lift, and offers easy access to the exclusive enclave of Oberlech. The elevated location offers unbeatable views of the surrounding mountains, which guests can enjoy from the cozy outdoor hottub. In addition to the spectacular location and beautiful outdoor space, the home includes a cinema room, wine cave, sauna, hammam, fitness area, bar, library, ski room, dining room, luxe sitting area, and fully-equipped kitchen.

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Cascade Ridge | Big Sky, Montana


4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, sleeps 10

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Plan your Big Sky escape in style at this striking private home, which includes access to the resort’s fully staffed private lodge with ski-in/ski-out access. The lodge offers equipment lockers and glove and boot dryers, so guests can leave their gear and relax at home. After a long day of skiing, relax in the indoor-outdoor pool or the luxe hot tub at this hilltop escape. The location allows guests to enjoy views of three different mountain ranges in the Big Sky valley. Love your ski trip? Return in the summer for plenty more outdoor activities, like mountain biking and hiking, and enjoy the proximity to Yellowstone National Park, which is under an hour away.

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Chalet Valentina | Zermatt, Switzerland


5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sleeps 10

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Contemporary isn’t usually the first adjective to come to mind when you think of chalets—but it will be after a stay at Chalet Valentina. Designed by acclaimed Swiss designer and architect Heinz Julen, this cutting edge home will make you rethink chalets with its use of clear glass walls, a glass-enclosed hot tub with spectacular views, and custom made furnishings. The most amazing feature? A unique architectural system in the open plan dining room allows guests to raise the table up to the ceiling to create more space for pre-dinner drinks or dancing! Guests will also have access to a professional chef, concierge, ski instructor, and hosting staff during their stay.

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Chalet Anchorage | Courchevel, France


5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, sleeps 10

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For an authentic Alpine experience, head to Chalet Anchorage in Courchevel. Guests are greeted with champagne and fresh flowers, and will immediately feel welcome and cozy in the great room, made from old wood and local materials, and centered around a corner fireplace. The most picturesuqe area of the home, however, is the wellness area in the lower level, with a stone plunge pool, shower, hammam, and sauna. Added bonus: if your group is larger than ten, consider booking its companion chalet, Chalet Alaska, for additional space.

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The Villa | Whistler, British Columbia


6 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, sleeps 15

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Whistler is consistently ranked as one of the top ski resorts in North America, making it the perfect place for your next ski getaway. The Villa is perched on the side of Whistler Mountain with ski-in/ski-out access, and offers unparalleled southwest views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The Villa offers guests a top notch experience, with a billiards room, steam room, exercise space, indoor resistance pool with waterfall, in-floor heating, and of course an outdoor hot tub with mountain views.

This contemporary, single floor home was remodeled in 2014, and offers the perfect homebase for an Aspen getaway. The home’s original wood-burning fireplaces are perfect for après-ski plans, and floor-to-ceiling windows make it easy to enjoy 180-degree mountain views of Aspen and Snowmass. The living, dining and kitchen areas are open plan, and extend out onto a private patio that runs the length of the home. Outside, guests will find a built-in barbeque, fire pit and a private hot tub, perfect for soaking in the beautiful surroundings.

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Park City Castle | Park City, Utah


6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, sleeps 22

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This rental is truly fit for royalty. Styled as a grand chateau and set in a gated community, guests will be greeted by a luxe porte cochere and an arched entry hall with carved limestone fireplace and marble floors. The home sits on 5.8 acres and offers ski-in, ski-out access to the Quicksilver Gondola, six bedrooms, and 16,000 square feet of space that sleeps up to 22 guests. The home features about every amenity guests could imagine (pool table, steam shower, wine room, fireplace, boot warmers, three laundry rooms, fully-equipped kitchen plus prep kitchen, library, media room) but after long days of skiing, the luxe private hot tub on the home’s lower deck will be the most appealing.

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As the weather cools down we know that you ski bunnies have nothing on the mind but snow. Chances are, depending on where you live, you’re aching for the mountains out west that are already starting to collect snow for another amazing season. So it was no surprise to us at FlipKey that when we analyzed our traveler data for Colorado we found that 4 out of 5 top travel spots in Colorado are the ski towns Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Steamboat Springs.

If you’re planning a trip to the Rockies for the top ski weeks of the year, Spring Break and Christmas Break, then make sure you give yourself 10-12 weeks to book your vacation rental due to high demand. But don’t forget about Colorado’s summer slopes! You will find below average rental prices during the off-season, from May through November. There are plenty of activities to partake in even after the slopes are closed. 15.1% of our travelers head to Estes Park to check out the hot springs and Rocky Mountain National Park nearby. Plus, you only have to plan your trip 5-7 weeks in advance and will find a more peaceful getaway.

A heart of gold lies beneath Aspen’s glittery exterior, but most people are too busy celebrity watching to notice. The story of Aspen is a story of the dreams of two men fulfilled: Walter Paepcke and Friedl Pfeifer. Working together, these innovators took a small Colorado town and turned it into a destination not only for winter sports, but for year-round culture as well.

Walter Paepcke
In 1945, industrialist Walter Paepcke and his wife Elizabeth envisioned a cultural center in a mountain environment. His wife, Elizabeth, was an avid skier, and suggested the  heart of the Aspen Valley. The mountain setting was perfect, and so was the existing architecture. During the 1880s, Jerome Wheeler, a former Macy’s executive, had built the Jerome Wheeler Opera House and the Wheeler Hotel. The Paepckes saw the obvious potential of a theater, an existing culture-oriented group of locals and vistors, and  a hotel within a spectacular mountain environment. They began purchasing real estate in the area, with hopes of fulfilling their dreams.

Friedl Pfeifer
During World War II, Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division helped fight the Germans. Their skis were their only form of transport.  Ski instructor Friedl Pfeifer went against his Austrian heritage and fought along with the 10th Mountain Division. When the war ended, he decided that he wanted to stay in the US and open his own ski resort.  He hoped to finance the resort with the help of mining engineer Harold Klock, but when they were unable to raise funds, Pfeifer arranged a meeting with Paepcke.

The Meeting
These two ambitious men met in 1945 and struck a deal. In exchange for his help in raising $300,000 in start-up funds, Pfeifer agreed to let Paepck run the resort. The Aspen Skiing Corporation was founded in January of 1946. Today, Aspen is a playground for both the mind and the body. Make the most of your Aspen vacation and participate in both aspects of the Aspen experience. Here are some of the ideas that developed.

Winter Words

Many bartenders are also part time writers (though they probably think of themselves as part-time bartenders…), but few have the advantages of Aspen bartender Kurt Brown. Brown used his elite connections to create the the first Aspen Writer’s Workshop. He convinced Aspen locals to put literati mentors up in their elegant homes, and he persuaded local restaurants to donate free meals to these stars of the literary world. People arrived from all parts of the globe to spend two weeks studying with their favorite authors. If you are not ready to make a full, two-week commitment, consider Winter Words, known as “Apres Ski for the Mind.”

The event takes place every winter  season, and  features a series of lectures by well-known authors. This year’s line-up includes Ann Patchett, Kathryn Stockett, Geraldine Brooks, Michael Chabon and others. The Wheeler Opera  House, in its splendid Victorian glory, hosts the readings.

Wheeler Opera House

Who says you have to choose between a skiing and theater on vacation? You can have both at Aspen. The Wheeler Opera House, established in 1892 by Macy’s Department Store magnate Jerome Wheeler, hosts theatrical, dance and musical performances. Events for 2012 include performances by Judy Collins, Kim Carnes and the David Bromberg Quartet.

Socrates Goes Skiing

Walter and Elizabeth Paepcke founded the Aspen Institute in the 1950s, as a means of promoting intelligent discourse about political and social issues. Panel members use the Socratic Method of dialectics to analyze issues of importance to humankind. Participants receive a discount lift ticket.The program administrators describe their program as being geared toward “emerging leaders ages 28 to 45.” The program is open to anyone interested in the subject matter, and the Institute arranges special activities for children. The Aspen Institute is located at 1000 North Third Street in Aspen.

Anderson Ranch

The Anderson Ranch features an artist in residence program, along with an eclectic variety of painting, drawing, sculpting and crafts workshops. The Ranch holds special exhibitions throughout the season.

Boogie’s Diner

Not every Aspen restaurant requires expensive evening attire. Boogie’s Diner is a classic 50s diner, with photos of Elvis and other 50s icons on the wall. They serve the best hot open turkey sandwiches, milk shakes and burgers. Fun fact: Leonard “Boogie” Weinglass,” the character portrayed by Mickey Rourke in the movie Diner, owns Boogie’s Diner!

Plato spoke of a sound body and a sound mind. These words describe the Aspen experience in a nutshell.

by Kari Bradley

While visiting Colorado with my two young kids (ages 4 ½ and 6), I set out to find fun activities for them so we could enjoy the gorgeous scenery together.  We made two day trips to Estes Park (an easy hour drive from my mom’s house in Fort Collins) to try out a couple of the different hikes the National Park Service recommends for families: Sprague Lake and Bear Lake.

Sprague Lake

Our first adventure was stopping at the picnic area near Sprague Lake.  The air was distinctly fresh and smelled of pine – which was a new experience for our “city noses!”  The kids gobbled their lunches in a hurry so they could explore the area and look for the different flowers and wildlife.

After our picnic, we headed to a ranger station to pick up the official Junior Ranger Activities Booklet for ages 5 and under.  The booklet includes eight fun activities for the kids to do while visiting Rocky Mountain National Park.  In order to become a Junior Ranger, they must complete the activities in the booklet, then take it to any visitor center and speak with a Park Ranger about what they saw and did.  The Ranger will sign their booklet and give them an official Junior Ranger badge (and what kid doesn’t love collecting “official” badges?).

Booklets in hand, we drove off to our first hike.  We noticed several cars on the side of the road, so we stopped to see what everyone was looking at.  There were two HUGE male elks, just hanging out, patiently letting people take pictures of their very impressive antlers.  It was a thrill to see them up close and personal!

We arrived at the Sprague Lake trail for our first hike.  This lake hike is short (about ¼ mile) and flat, so it was no trouble even for novice hikers.  The kids had a blast racing ahead of us to look for animals.  We played “Eye Spy” from the Junior Ranger booklet and they saw fish, squirrels, chipmunks, and a family of ducks with their 3 ducklings.  They also enjoyed seeing a man fishing in the lake, and several families either fishing with poles, or using nets to catch fish in a little stream leading up to the lake.  One young boy excitedly told about catching his first fish!  We’ll have to bring fishing poles next time.

The kids also enjoyed completing the Scavenger Hunt in the booklet.  They were prompted to look for something prickly (pine needles), something soft (baby chipmunks), something that smells good (flowers), something moving (water), something an animal eats (pinecones), something tall (trees), and something blue (bluebell flowers).  It was so much fun, and encouraged them to slow down and truly observe the nature surrounding us.

Sprague Lake has beautiful views, with many scenic points to stop and take pictures (like this one with Hallet Peak in the background).  All in all, it was a perfect introduction to hiking with young children.

Bear Lake

Our next excursion was to Bear Lake (which is a bit longer than the Sprague Lake trail, and not quite as flat).  The first thing the kids noticed as we headed down the path was a patch of snow.  Mind you, this was the end of July! Our kids loved it and they were throwing snow balls along with several other kids. It was an unexpected summer treat for everyone.

Near the path were lots of fun rocks for the kids to scurry up.  We weren’t sure how they would do on these hikes, but found there is so much to see and do that they were totally occupied and discovered a newfound love for hiking.

About halfway around the lake, my son exclaimed “I see something moving in the water!”  We followed him over to the side of the lake – and lo and behold, he really had seen some fish.  There were three of them huddling under the tree branches in the little stream that ran towards the lake. The kids were excited to watch them and notice their colorful scales.

Overall, our two day trips to Rocky Mountain National Park were wonderful.  One tip I would share with other parents is to be sure to bring along bug repellent and good shoes for the kids to climb over the rocks and run around comfortably.  Your little explorers will thank you for it!

Here’s a final shot taken from Bear Lake.  A thunderstorm just missed us, but it was fun to listen to all the birds and animals, along with the boom of thunder just down the mountains.  I highly recommend visiting the Rocky Mountain National Park with your little ones.  We are so glad we had this chance to expose our kids to the awesome sights of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Kari Bradley is an enthusiastic family explorer and part of the team at Estes-Park.com.

It’s only October, but avid skiers and snowboarders are already planning their winter excursions to the Rocky Mountain powder of Colorado.  For this year’s ski trip, take your pick of a variety of rentals, from luxury resort condos to quaint small town cottages. Start planning now, while rental owners are offering some sweet deals for early bookers!

Book in October and Get 10%!

Breckenridge Colorado

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Steamboat Springs

The “Warriors  Retreat” is located at the end of a cul-de-sac in a quiet residential community near Breckenridge. This is the perfect home to avoid the hustle and bustle of large resorts but still be close enough to exceptional skiing and downtown Breckenridge.Less than a mile from the Steamboat Springs Ski Resort with great mountain and valley views, this quaint cottage is a perfect base for all skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling adventures. After a long day on the slopes sip some hot cocoa while relaxing in the jacuzzi.

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Estes Park

30% Off and Free Heated Parking !

Winter Park

Built in the 1930’s the Brown Cabin, is a classic cabin on a secluded mountainside cliff with spectacular views. The cabin is only a few miles from Rocky Mountain National Park and downtown Estes Park.  Take advantage of the owners’ cheap lift ticket offers too!Founders Pointe is a luxury condo in Winter Park’s resort village, just two minutes from the nearest ski lift.  The balcony overlooks the beautiful resort and provides a perfect view for the concerts and other events held in the plaza. The condo is kid friendly and a great value!