Look out onto the lake from the main lodge.
|Blow through fresh powder on a snowmobile.|
Enjoy five-star cuisine, like this buffet of goat cheese.
Elk Mountain Resort
97 Elk Walk, Montrose 970-252-4900 or 877-355-9255. www.elkmountainresort.com
Rates (through April 2, 2006): lodge, $250-$650 per night; cottage, $750-$2,500 per night.
How To Get There
American Airlines (www.aa.com) flies nonstop seasonally to Montrose Regional Airport, which is just 19 miles away from Elk Mountain. United Airlines (www.ual.com) flies to Montrose with a connection in Denver. The resort provides transportation to and from the airport.
Photos: Snowmobile, Lodge and Cheese: Courtesy of Elk Mountain Resort
Shoot to Thrill
When I visited Elk Mountain, I had never handled a gun and was, quite frankly, freaked out by the prospect. But thanks to Rob Pincus, director of shooting operations and lead instructor at Valhalla Shooting Club and Training Center, by the end of my second morning, I was shooting perps in a hostage situation. Okay. They weren’t real perps. It was a simulated exercise in a state-of-the-art maze, in which we used frangible bullets that disintegrate on impact to take out the “bad guys.” And Pincus, former military man, law enforcement officer, security consultant, and all-around badass, taught me to how to handle a gun safely—and most important, I wasn’t uncomfortable doing it.
In addition to Handgun 101, Valhalla offers training in rape prevention and traveler’s self-defense, as well as the sorts of activities you’d expect from a high-falutin’ shooting club where Norman Schwarzkopf and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are members, like skeet shooting and an indoor pistol range. Essentially it’s a place where boys who like guns can play, and women and children can learn how to protect themselves. Despite my initial trepidation, when I shot the last perp in the crowded “bar,” I turned to Pincus and said, “Is that it?”