First Lady Michelle Obama has jetted off to the snow-covered slopes of Aspen, Colorado this weekend. She is reportedly embarking upon a ski vacation with her and Obama’s two daughters Sasha and Malia.
They’ve been in town for the weekend staying at the home of Jim and Paula Crown. The Crowns own the Aspen Skiing Co., and are major Chicago fundraisers for Obama’s campaign. Earlier last year in July, while in town for a speaking event, Obama personally thanked the Crowns for their support in organizing the event.
For obvious security reasons, few specific details were available in terms of trip itinerary. Michelle and the girls were seen enjoying the snow on the slopes of Buttermilk on Saturday. The Crowns home is located on the Tiehack side of the resort.
This is the second year in a row that the Obama family has come to Colorado to celebrate Presidents Day weekend. In 2011, Michelle brought along Sasha and Malia to a similar visit to Vail, Colorado. There, the First Lady and the girls skied with several family friends on a “private family trip”. They lodged at the Sebastian Hotel located on Vail Mountain. The ski-in-ski-out hotel is one of the resort’s newest slopeside accommodations. The Sebastian features the Bloom Spa, Frost Bar, Market and Block 16 restaurant. The hotel also boasts a mountain-view pool, hot tubs and fire pit.
The First Family has once again ignited criticism for enjoying lavish vacations during the nation’s continued recession. Critics have bombarded the First Lady’s Twitter account with tags linking to negative articles and comments.
We at The Ski Channel think it is great to see Michelle and the girls getting some time on the slopes! The ski industry is a part of American culture, and its members have been working hard to persevere in this recovering economy. Many resorts have been dramatically affected by the low snowfall this season as well, its staff and communities are struggling just the same as anyone else. Any influence or impact upon the ski communities of Colorado gained from this visit and its subsequent international exposure is more than welcomed in our opinion. Ski-on Obama Family! Ski-on America!