Ski Expert Insider Tips from Cuvée

Explore the best of Colorado skiing with our avid outdoor team

Headquartered in Colorado, our Cuvée office is serious about skiing. Approximately 2/3 of the office straps on skis and snowboards each winter and hits the slopes of the Colorado Rockies. Below, our team of avid winter adventurers highlights their favorites ski routines, downhill ski runs, and where and how to have the best après, along with their insider tips for making the most out of a Rocky Mountain winter.


CRYSTAL CISCO

Vail Valley Destination Manager

Snowboarding since: 1985

Favorite board routine: Expect to see me on the first chair, and at one of my favorite post-ski day hangouts for last call!

Favorite Runs: Ghengis Khan is a nice challenging run located in the China Bowl on the back side of Vail, and Redtail is a great cruiser down to Talons Restaurant at Beaver Creek.

Best lunch/après ski spot: The Red Lion is a locals’ spot with a great atmosphere and regular live music scene.

Insider ski tips: Although most lines in Vail are very fast because they upgraded to high speed lifts, my advice is still to take the “singles” instead of the “group” line: It’s even faster.


BRITT DAVENPORT

Operations Manager

Skiing since: 1991

Favorite ski routine: Heading up to the mountains on Friday night to beat weekend traffic, waking up in the mountains Saturday morning ready to take on the ski day, and looking forward to Après ski after some awesome powder runs. My husband always tracks the weather and gets first tracks on powder days—a fun routine as well.

Favorite Runs: In Vail, Mountain Standard is terrific, and I love going to El Sabor for margaritas, right at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola.

Best lunch/après ski spot: At Snowmass, head to the Up 4 Pizza hut. They have the BEST homemade pizza and cookies for a great lunch stop after continuous runs along Big Burn and Sheer Bliss lifts.

Insider ski tips: Always wear layers and be prepared for quick changes in weather. I also always bring hand and foot warmers, in case it gets windy.


LAURA MCGETRICK

Brand Manager

Snowboarding since: 1998

Favorite ski routine: After putting on all my ski gear, I love getting my playlist ready before I get to the ski lift. It makes the ski runs THAT much better when I can jam out to music I prepped for a ski day!

Favorite Run: The Larkspur Run at Beaver Creek is my go-to every time. The run is widespread, so no matter how many times I go down it, my path is never the same.

Best lunch/après ski spot: Broken Arrow at the base of Arrow Bahn Express has the best Bloody Mary to end a great day. Make sure to grab a spot on the terrace and watch the remaining skiers make their way down the mountain.

Insider ski tips: My little trick to avoiding icy slopes in the mornings is to make your way on the mountain side where the sun is rising for better chances of softened snow to start the day.


FRANCES SILVA

Experience Manager

Snowboarding since: 2001

Favorite ski routine: I love to get up to the mountains during the week to beat the crowds. But if I have to go on the weekends, I’ll go up Friday evening and wake up at my favorite resort.

Favorite Run: I actually prefer Beaver Creek over Vail, and when I worked at Keystone Resort ages ago, my friends and I would drive the extra 30 minutes to get there. We called it, “The land of milk & honey,” because the snow is just that good. The Rose Bowl is my favorite after a snowstorm: So much powder!

Best lunch/après ski spot: After a long day I need a warm pick me-up and love a good hot chocolate. Without a doubt the best is at The Remedy Bar: Their special Haute Chocolate with marshmallows and Chantilly is heavenly.

Insider ski tips: Work your way out to the farthest peak where there are shorter lines, and then work your way back to the base later. Your legs will be jelly, but it’ll ensure you get in a lot of good runs! And HYDRATE the night before and as well as that morning, because altitude will get you.


AARON SEGEL

Travel Partner Relations Manager

Skiing since: 2005

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Favorite ski routine: Always soak in a hot tub after a long ski day to get your body ready for the next day.

Favorite Run: If your edges are sharp enough, check out Birds of Prey at Beaver Creek, the run used for the World Cup and Alpine World Championship downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom! Some of my other top picks are Lover’s Leap at Vail ,and Sheer Bliss at Aspen Snowmass.

Best lunch/après ski spot: Use the open grill to cook up some filets at Belle’s Camp in the Blue Sky Basin at Vail ,or pop some bubbly at Cloud 9 at Aspen Highlands.

Insider ski tips: Bring layers and always wear a helmet.


ERIC PALOMAA

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Skiing since: 2010

Favorite ski routine: The night before I ski, I prep my boots and gloves by putting them by the heater all night so they’re toasty when I put them on in the morning! When skiing at Vail, the best way to start the day is grabbing a hot breakfast burrito from Big Bear Bistro before hopping on Gondola One.

Favorite Run: My favorite runs at Vail are in the Northeast Bowl, I ski laps down Northstar and Northwood, whenever I need a break or a quick recharge, Henry’s Hut at the top of the lift is a great spot to grab a seat out on the deck and put my legs up.

Best lunch/après ski spot: One of my all-time favorites is Ajax Tavern at Aspen Mountain. I don’t go often but when I do, it’s a treat. After a ski day, this place that regularly ends in a dance party and also they have famous truffle fries.

Insider ski tips: I find that the best snow is always on the sides of the ski runs closest to the trees: Everyone else carves out the center leaving the outsides open for cruising and cutting their edges into the snow!

 


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