EXPANDED SKIING & WINTER ADVENTURES FOR 2016/2017 in Aspen

The Little Nell introduced Skiing & Winter Adventures to enhance the guest experience with customised outings on the slopes. This popular program continues to be expanded upon and accented with new perks and privileges. All of which are exclusively available to guests of The Little Nell, Residences at The Little Nell and The Limelight Hotel.

CLICK-IN WITH CHRIS DAVENPORT – FEBRUARY 6- 10, 2017

Click-In With Chris ski camp returns for a second year; the winter version of our popular Clip-In With Christian cycling camp staged in the fall. Both are presented in Five-Star style with all of the luxuries you’ve come to expect from The Little Nell. Host Chris Davenport is an Aspen Snowmass athlete and professional big mountain skier with many films to his name, an alpinist, guide, author, and part-owner of Kastle Skis. An Aspen local, he knows the ins and outs of the area and the entire state, having skied the Centennial Peaks, the 100 highest peaks in Colorado, among other notable achievements.

SNOWCAT POWDER TOURS – EXPANDED TO TWO DAYS!

The Little Nell’s Aspen Mountain Powder Tours are expanding to two days this season, to include an extra day of backcountry skiing. Each tour averages 10-12 untracked runs on a blank canvas on the backside of Aspen Mountain, followed by a late lunch at a wood stove-heated cabin paired with wines selected by our Master Sommelier. To top it off, a chair massage therapist will soothe sore muscles.

SNOWCAT ACADEMY – EARN YOUR CERTIFICATE

Coming off of its debut last winter, and making headlines in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Aspen Magazine, Snowcat Academy is an experience like none other. Guests get to command a state-of-the-art Prinoth Bison, a Stage IV/Tier 4 snowcat – the most efficient and environmentally-friendly snowcat in the world – a rare opportunity at best. Set at Buttermilk Mountain, class lasts approximately three hours, starting with initial training from an expert driver, then it’s time to hand over the controls to push snow and groom a trail of your own.

GROOM THE MOUNTAIN – MINI SNOWCAT SURPRISE

Ride shotgun in a snowcat for a chance to see firsthand what it takes to transform the mountain each night. Enjoy sunset views over downtown Aspen from the snowcat’s wrap-around windows while the driver lays down carpets of corduroy. With just two spots available per day, be sure to reserve your seat early. This adventure is $100/for up to two people and offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. New this year – a mini-snowcat souvenir will be awaiting you in your room post-ride.

FIRST TRACKS ON AJAX – DEPART FROM OUR NEW SKI CONCIERGE

Imagine the thrill of starting your day with top-to-bottom turns on groomed corduroy that just couldn’t be any fresher. With luck, instead of corduroy, you’ll be navigating your way down through a fresh coat of untouched powder. Participating guests will depart The Little Nell Ski Concierge at 8:00 a.m. to upload Aspen Mountain’s Silver Queen Gondola at 8:15 a.m., before Aspen Mountain officially opens to the public at 9 am. This is a complimentary adventure, but with limited space available.

LAST TRACKS – LEAVE WITH AN OFFICIAL ASPEN MOUNTAIN SKI PATROL T-SHIRT

In conjunction with Aspen Mountain Ski Patrol, Last Tracks is an opportunity to experience Aspen Mountain all to yourself. As part of Patrol’s safety measures, they “sweep” the mountain every evening to make sure everyone is safely down and everything is in order for the next morning ropes dropped for snowcat grooming, closed signs turned back around, ski racks . You’ll join these pros for a behind-the-scenes look at how they put the mountain to bed at the end of each day.

FIVE-STAR SKI SERVICES – EXPANDED PROGRAM

Boot warming, tune-ups, overnight equipment storage, bookings and more – The Little Nell’s team of Ski Concierges are trained experts at polishing the ski experience to a shine. The Little Nell’s in-house ski tuner, Jerry Scheinbaum, provides Five-Star tuning exclusively for hotel guests. A professional Aspen Ski Instructor since 1975 and The Little Nell’s original Ski Concierge, Jerry has perfected the art of the ski tune with custom, one-of a-kind machinery combined with hands-on detail work.

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Curtis Stone and Princess Cruises unveil his Share restaurant on their ships

AUSTRALIANS can officially munch on the cuisine of culinary king Curtis Stone now that his partnership with Princess Cruises has set sail.

The Curtis Stone restaurants at sea are called ‘Share’ and guests at a special tasting today were treated to menus of his signature dishes that are ‘designed to share and maybe take you out of your comfort zone.’

And the most extraordinary part? Cruise guests can order a prix fixe (fixed price) 5 course meal by Curtis Stone for an affordable $39.

“We’re also doing a special Chef’s table too which is a bit fancy, caviar and a real behind-the-scenes experience,’’ says Stone.

“I always use the example of Las Vegas when it comes to cruising,’’ Curtis told news.com.au. “Vegas used to be cheapish, few dollar buffets but now there are Michelin chefs and of course there are still less expensive alternatives, but cruising, like Vegas has come the full circle.”

Princess are the best of the best when it comes to food as they have a great attitude to sourcing the best of fresh food,’’ Curtis told news.com.au

“We always source the best from which ever port we are in and hey, we’re in Sydney, so of course, we have access to the freshest and the best of the best.”

Australians have been among the first cruisers to experience ‘Share’ on the Princess ship, Sun Princess while the Emerald Princess, which arrives next month, will also feature the Curtis’s culinary skills.

The days of the buffest and, umm, questionable Bain marie are just about over — with a push to make food a major priority, as opposed to a secondary consideration. Needless to say, cruise companies are all upping their culinary ante.

The Curtis Stone ‘Share’ menu features dishes like a charcuterie starter course; a prawn, tomato and Romaine salad; roasted crab legs; beef cheek pie; wild mushrooms, oh, and potato gratin finished with shaved white truffles. That’s before you even get started on dessert.

Internationally known, Melbourne-born Curtis began his cooking career at the age of 18 in Australia and later honed his skills at Michelin-starred restaurants in London. He has appeared on a number of top-rated cooking programs, including Oprah and starred as a mentor on the US Food Network’s All-Star Academy. He is also host of the Network’s show, Beach Eats.

Known for his ‘fresh’ approach to food, Curtis says he has teamed with a company who he thinks is the best and has the same aesthetic.

The Princess Cruises had five ships sailing from Australia last summer — its biggest ever presence Down Under — including Golden Princess, Diamond Princess, Sun Princess, Sea Princess and Dawn Princess.

With cruising becoming a bigger and bigger choice of holiday makers, we can expect to see just as many ships entering our harbours over the summer months.

While catering for 24 people, as he does at his much lauded Los Angeles restaurant Maude is a lot different to dealing with a cruise ship with 2400 mouths to feed, Curtis has just been awarded there Best ‘new’ LA restaurant with his latest butcher and eatery, Gwen.

“I am lucky to have great teams all around the world and with Facetime, I am able to check in with any of them any time of the day,’’ adds Curtis.

“While I am mainly in Los Angeles, it is incredibly important we keep the standard high and deliver exactly what we promise which is good, fresh, mouth-watering food.

This article was originally posted on news.com.au


ETIHAD AIRWAYS AWARDED HIGHEST SKYTRAX 5-STAR RATING

Etihad Airways has received the Skytrax Certified 5-Star Airline Rating – the most coveted quality standard in the airline industry, further strengthening its position as a leader in innovative guest experience, service and hospitality. The rating follows an exhaustive three-month audit of the airline’s global product and service offering by the London-based research consultancy. The announcement was made at a special event today at Etihad Airways’ Innovation Academy in Abu Dhabi.

The Skytrax Certified 5-Star Airline Rating is used to certify airline product and service, and is awarded to airlines achieving the highest overall quality performance, recognising excellence in product and front-line staff service across the customer journey. Airlines are assessed on criteria across all cabins including seating, safety procedures, inflight entertainment, cabin cleanliness, comfort amenities, catering, duty free sales, and reading materials.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, said: “This rating marks the culmination of over a decade of hard work and continuous innovation – a milestone on the Etihad Airways journey. We are a company which challenges the norms of air travel by drawing inspiration from the finest hospitality establishments around the world. Today we are recognised as the airline which is reimagining flying, and doing it with style and flair.


QANTAS RETURNS TO BEIJING

Qantas will launch daily flights between Sydney and Beijing from 25 January 2017, with services to the Chinese capital the next step in the Group’s strategy to tap into the exceptional growth of the Australia-China travel market.

The new service will operate into Beijing Capital International Airport, using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, with return flights timed to connect with Qantas’ extensive domestic and trans-Tasman network. It marks Qantas’ return to the route for the first time since 2009 and makes Beijing the national carrier’s third destination in Greater China, including its existing daily return services to Shanghai and 28 return services a week to Hong Kong.

The new Beijing-Sydney service is part of the expansion of Qantas’ joint venture partnership with China Eastern which will also see three international codeshare routes between Australia and China being added under their strengthened agreement: Sydney-Hangzhou, Sydney-Kunming and Brisbane-Shanghai. China Eastern will codeshare on Qantas’ new Beijing service.

Qantas Group Chief Executive Alan Joyce said the new route – which equated to an additional 3,300 seats a week between Australia and China – would help the airline take advantage of surging travel demand.

“The tourism industry in Australia is very excited about what the Chinese market will deliver over the next few years, especially given it’s already become our second biggest source of visitors after New Zealand,” said Mr Joyce.

“Australia is now at the top of the wish list for Chinese travellers thinking about where they want to go next.  There are 21 million people in Beijing alone and from the start of next year they will be just one Qantas flight away. The potential is tremendous.


New Statue of Liberty Museum Design Unveiled in NYC

The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. (SOLEIF), with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior today unveiled the plans for the building of a new Statue of Liberty Museum on Liberty Island in New York Harbor, which is projected to open to the public in 2019.

This is the first new building construction undertaken by the Foundation, which has been responsible for historic restoration and preservation since the 1980s. The new 26,000-square-foot museum was designed by architecture firm FXFOWLE and exhibitions are being created by experience design firm ESI Design.

It will be built by Phelps Construction Group. The new museum—which is the key part of a beautification plan that also includes landscaping and lighting— will give the more than 4.3 million annual visitors to the Statue of Liberty the opportunity to learn about and honor the Statue’s history, influence, and legacy in the world. The current Statue of Liberty Museum, located inside the Statue of Liberty monument, is only accessible to a small fraction of the Statue’s visitors due to the safety upgrades that were put in place following September 11, 2001.

Diane von Furstenberg was named chair of the fundraising campaign that seeks to raise $100 million for the Foundation, which, in partnership with the National Park Service, was responsible for the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island and will build this new $70 million museum.