We Wish Every Ski Town Hotel Had This Technology
Ok, so we know we went on a little rant about the fact that technology might be slowly killing off the traveler in all of us, but this weekend in Vail we stumbled upon a mighty helping hand at the uber-luxurious Solaris (yes, it is still ski season!)
Ski and mountain towns are serene and relaxing, but if you're anything like us, the morning can sometimes be a little manic. You're up early, dressing in layers, trying to get a coffee down and, caffeine aside, a bit anxious. What's the weather like at the top of the mountain? Did the lifts open at 8 or 8:30? Are the slopes already crowded? Did the backside get as much snow as the front? For us, all those questions were answered by the Solaris' in-room Crestron control system.
We liked how we could call for our car and contact the front desk without picking up the phone, but what really impressed us was how it aided in helping us plan our attack for the day. From this little box on the wall, you can access nine mountain cams that shed light on lift lines, snow quality, weather, and crowds. We found it useful to check just before heading out. Lots of skier traffic around Eagle's Nest or long lines at Wildwood? No problem--Blue Sky Basin it is.
Speaking of traffic, the system will also help you out in planning your departure. Anyone who has skied a weekend in Colorado and driven back to Denver knows that the area is known for its mountain traffic (such as yesterday's 30-car pileup), so the fact that we could check traffic from our room while deciding whether or not to pour another après beverage, was, in a word, welcome.
Here's hoping other hotels follow the Solaris' lead.
[Photos: Will McGough for HotelChatter]