Have spent the last few days on a fantastic ‘media famil’ – basically a totally organised trip hosted, usually by an airline and the destination tourism company, to where you are invited. In this case, Australian airline Qantas and the crew from Aspen Snowmass got together a small gang of travel writers and commentators and have taken us on the most extraordinary culinary and snow journey at possibly the best time of the year – there is snow, I’m getting my ski legs, we are eating like demons and all up, having the most brilliant time.
Hearing about the history of the town of Aspen was interesting – it made its fortune from silver mining – and has certainly had his financial ups and downs over the last over few hundred years. Yes, it’s glamorous, full of the monied and not so monied and yes, it can be expensive, but within all of that, it hasn’t lost a very calm and village-like atmosphere.

You don’t feel like you NEED to get dressed up to the nines every time you walk out the door. Which is a GREAT thing!

After one Night in Los Angeles staying at the London hotel – seriously this is THE place to go – we arrived in Aspen & stayed at a great hotel called The Limelight, very affordable and in a great end of Aspen and right opposite a brilliant park that even has rugby union poles. Work that out!

We’ve been to the ski slope called Buttermilk, there is Highlands there is Aspen mountain and there is Snowmass. There is a veritable feast of snow Mountains and brilliant ski slopes. But the piece to resistance, so far, is staying at what I perceived as the best ski hotel in the world – The Little Nell. If there is such thing as a seven star hotel this is it. It’s attention to detail, just the way you walk in and every single staff member Is just genuinely nice to you makes experience just extraordinary.

With our room looking over the pool, hot tub and the Silver Queen gondola which takes skiiers up Aspen mountain, we are loving every minute.

I have my son with me who at 14 is lapping up his ski experiences – and nailing it!

Anyway here are a few pics. Hope you enjoy it and I’ll keep you posted!

*Melissa is a guest of Qantas and Aspen Snowmass for the first few amazing days of her trip before she takes some ‘real’ holiday time! Oh, & she has paid for her son holiday.