My skiing siblings and I share a rallying cry: “If you’re going to go west, go big!”
Of course, it helps to have siblings who actually lived near some of the great ski resorts, including Breckenridge, Keystone, Vail and Snowmass in Colorado, as well as Park City, Deer Valley, Snowbird and Alta in Utah. There’s nothing quite like a slopeside family reunion to strengthen the ties that bind.
My younger brother, Matty, started the tradition, heeding Horace Greeley’s advice and promptly relocating to Breckenridge after getting his sheepskin from the University of New Hampshire. My brother Mike, a contractor, followed suit, eventually landing a job with the Canadian development giant, Intrawest. Mike earned his chops by building the village at Keystone, which earned him another gig — developing the village at the base of Snowmass. And that was our invitation to explore Aspen and the Colorado Rockies.
Aspen, as the resort likes to tell us, is comprised of “four mountains, two towns and one unforgettable experience at the confluence of nature, culture and recreation.” But, as the old adage says, it ain’t bragging if you can back it up.