Though it may seem a world away, Robin and Heather Craigen developed their idea for an upscale, European chalet-like experience in the mountains of Colorado after running a luxury yacht company. Boarding the boat, guests left the stresses of mainland living behind: There was no need to buy and prepare food; someone else steered the boat; every little detail was taken care of.
When the Craigens left the high seas in the late 1990s for a more land-based life in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, they saw similarities between cruising and a ski vacation.
“It might sound simple to say, ‘let’s go on a ski trip,’ but when you think about bringing your family and coming to the mountains…that can come with challenges,” Robin says. “We (at Moving Mountains) approach this from, ‘How do we solve the problem for you to have an easy, relaxing vacation?”
For 20 years, Moving Mountains (movingmountains.com) has been providing a seamless experience for guests who want to enjoy a vacation in high-end accommodations with all of the amenities and none of the hassle. Door-to-door transportation, private chef dinners, rental ski deliveries — even ski clothing delivery — can all be arranged. For one group, a kosher kitchen was created with all new dishware and a rabbi’s blessing and a kosher menu was developed and prepared for the week.
“That was an exceptional level of customization,” adds Robin. “The question is rarely about ‘can you get it for this price.’ It’s about ‘can you do that.’”
In November 2019, Moving Mountains expanded into the Vail Valley, representing 26 high-end properties with options ranging from two-bedroom units at Timbers Bachelor Gulch to a seven-bedroom mansion in Cordillera. The same high level of service is available; guests can choose the extent of service they desire.
When Vicky Corrodi and her family moved to New Jersey from England in 2007, they started thinking about taking their young children skiing. She wanted a European-style holiday in a chalet complete with a chef and every detail taken care of. After discovering Moving Mountains, the Corrodis have returned to Steamboat Springs yearly. This year, they’re vacationing in Vail.
“I'm really excited about a new resort and just you know, the confidence of knowing that it's all going to be taken care of and we're going to have a great vacation,” Corrodi says. “I'm just really excited about that.”