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Powder day skiing at Snowmass Mountain
Four Mountain Sports

Honestly, the crew at Four Mountain Sports is obsessed with the gear they rent, and know just the right skis to match your style and ability.

The four mountains of terrain at Aspen Snowmass offer a million possibilities for skiers. From day-to-day, you might be ripping it in the terrain parks, lining up for a crack at fresh tracks in Highland Bowl, or maybe you’re just laying low on groomers.

Either way, having the right pair of skis to match the conditions and terrain can make a world of difference.

Every year, Four Mountain Sports rents the most modern skis from such brands as K2, Rossignol, Blizzard, Nordica and Salomon. Here are three skis we’re buzzing about in 2015 — and the ideal terrain and conditions to use them on.

BLIZZARD BONAFIDE 180cm

Best Used For: Anywhere, Anytime.

What We Like About It: This ski goes all over the mountain, and given its knack for handling any type of turn, it’s a great choice for those of you who want to tackle every imaginable type of terrain in a single day. The smooth but stiff feel of the Bonafide will allow you to beat your buddies top-to-bottom and look good doing it. Get ready for a ride.

Where to Ski With It: Open it up on The Burn with some GS turns, or tighten it up in the Dumps on Aspen Mountain.

Availability: All Four-Mountain Sports locations

Rental tier: Premium

LINE SICKDAY 95

Best Used For: Days with variable conditions

What We Like About It: For many at Four-Mountain Sports, this is their favorite ski, largely because it epitomizes the modern, all-mountain ski with lightness, quickness and versatility. Its stability makes it great in any size of turn, and allows you to hold the edge for as long as you want. Skis powder better than many wider skis. No wonder Skiing Magazine named it the Ski of the Year in 2014.

Where to Ski With It: At home on Aspen Mountain’s Face of Bell as well as Buttermilk’s groomers. You may want to pick a different ski for terrain parks.

Availability: All Four-Mountain Sports locations

Rental tier: Premium

KASTLE FX 94

Best Used For: Days with variable conditions

What We Like About It: Designed by Aspen Snowmass skier extraordinaire Chris Davenport, the Kastle FX 94 is one of the most versatile all-mountain, all-conditions skis made today. Made with a Silver Fir and Ash core to sheets of Titanal and rubber foils (really, the best materials available) Kastle has produced a ski with an incredibly smooth feel. Don’t be surprised if you ski with more confidence on this beauty.

Where to Ski With It: Thrash the steeps on Highland Bowl, or connect several groomers for an epic top-to-bottom run at Snowmass.

Availability: All Four-Mountain Sports locations

Rental tier: Premium

The Return of Valhalla Nights

Valhalla Nights at Snowmass

This past Friday, Aspen Snowmass kept the Elk Camp Gondola running until sunset as a mix of locals and vacationers, families and couples, foodies and revelers headed up to Elk Camp for the first of 10 Valhalla Nights this summer.

Rock climbing wall at Valhalla Nights, SnowmassHeld every Friday through the end of August (as well as select Tuesdays), this evening party serves up delicious food, drinks on the Elk Camp patio, live music, and classic summer pastimes from s’mores to hula hooping to mountain biking to badminton. It’s the summer rendition of the popular Ullr Nights, which is held at the same locale in winter.

I came up with my wife and two daughters — ages 4 and 5 months — and I’m convinced it was the mellow vibe that kept the kiddos tantrum-free well-past their bedtime. The event offers up several kid-friendly activities that appeal across a spectrum of ages. So while the older kids tackled the climbing wall (or could enjoy Bike Snowmass’ mountain biking trails), our oldest played in the giant sandbox, explored wildflowers on a nearby nature trail, and danced a jig to the live music.

But most of all, she enjoyed the gondola ride — her first since she was a baby. The views of the forest as the sun set, the promise of a playground at the top … she was downright giddy with anticipation. (And here I was, thinking that s’mores or the Strider bikes would be her favorite part).

roast chicken, golden beets, mac and cheese, Elk Camp RestaurantAs for my wife and I, we are foodies, so the roast chicken with golden beet salad and asparagus, and creamy mac-and-cheese was an immediate dose of comfort.  And it was especially cool to see a few selections of Colorado wine (yes, Colorado makes excellent wine) on the wine list.

Valhalla Nights will be held this upcoming Friday (July 18) from 4pm to 8:30pm. For more information on future dates and other details, check out the official page for Valhalla Nights.

Lynn Britt Cabin, Aspen/Snowmass
Lynn Britt Cabin, Snowmass Mtn

© Paul Morrison/Aspen-Snowmass

On a recent powder day, my wife and I, along with some friends, enjoyed a late lunch at Lynn Britt Cabin. We’d spent the first four-and-a-half hours of our day covering Snowmass from top to bottom — blasting down runs in the Elk Camp, Two Creeks, Alpine Springs, Big Burn and Sam’s Knob sections of the mountain.

By 1:30pm, we were famished, and yet — to be totally honest with you —it took some convincing for me to stop and have lunch at Lynn Britt Cabin. It had nothing to do with the restaurant … and everything to do with just “sitting down” for lunch.

You see, ever since I learned to ski, lunch has always been a grab-and-go affair. Load up, refresh, resume. If its warm and ready now, I’m there. Finger foods? Even better. Until this day, that was just how it was done for me.

But 90 minutes after we ducked into the small cabin set against a small grove of aspens, I was rethinking what “on-mountain dining” could be. Heck: I was rethinking what defined a great day on the mountain.

Here are a few quick reasons to love this gem of a restaurant.

    1. The Colorado Twist to the Cuisine – This being Colorado, it only makes sense that Chef de Cuisine Robert C. McConnell would emphasize game and locally sourced ingredients on his menu. As it snowed outside, we all opted for the three-course prix fixe menu. My main course was a toss-up between two dishes: Butternut Squash Agnolotti or the Tuesday special, Bison Meatloaf. At the last second, I changed my mind, going for the Elk Stroganoff. No regrets: it was divine.
Cuisine at Lynn Britt Cabin

©Dan Bayer / Aspen/Snowmass

  1. The Cozy, Ranch Cookhouse Feel – Intimate only begins to describe the interior of Lynn Britt Cabin. Vaulted wood ceilings and rustic log-backed chairs are nicely contrasted with white-linen tablecloths and elegant place settings. Western memorabilia and art lines the walls, and picture windows bring the beauty of Snowmass Mountain indoors. The cozy setting was enough to make me linger: “Sure, we’ll stay for a hot chocolate.”
  2. The Backstory – Lynn Britt Cabin is inspired by the homesteaders’ cabins that dotted Snowmass Mountain in the early 1900s (one of these homes — Burlingame Cabin — is now another popular restaurant on the mountain). It is named after a popular Snowmass ski instructor who lost his battle with cancer in the 1980s.
  3. The Encore: Snowcat Dinners – We breezed out of Lynn Britt Cabin and squeezed in a few more runs before the lifts closed. However, you can enjoy this charming little spot afterhours with a snowcat-chartered dinner, every Tuesday and Thursday night in winter. Live entertainment, a special four-course meal, undisturbed views of the stars, and the unique thrill of a snowcat ride up the mountain make it a stand-out highlight for many skiers’ vacations.