Steamboat Springs’ Moving Mountains Celebrates 15 Years, Grows to 40+ Properties

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Catered Chalet concept continues to thrive in Colorado.

What started out as a mom-and-pop operation – literally running the business from our kitchen table – has avalanched into a successful luxury property management company.

This month Moving Mountains (http://www.movingmountains.com), the luxury lodging expert that brought the European-style Catered Chalet experience to Colorado, celebrates 15 successful seasons of business. Beginning the 1997/1998 ski season with one property and two employees, the company has blossomed over the past 15 years and now manages more than 40 luxury residences with the help of 30 employees. Its Catered Chalet experience is its point of differentiation from nearly all other lodging opportunities in North America.

When it opened for business 15 years ago, Moving Mountains pioneered the Catered Chalet concept in Colorado, modeling its business after catered chalet style ski vacationing in Europe that more than 40 percent of skiers choose over other lodging options. The catered chalet experience provides a complete package with lodging, meals and transportation. Guests enjoy more vacation time and a superior vacation experience by removing day-to-day chores such as shopping, cooking, cleaning up after meals and driving their group around. Moving Mountains is one of only a few companies in Colorado and just a handful in North America that offers this experience, combining lodging and full-service catered meals.

The idea for the Catered Chalet originated with Moving Mountains founders Robin and Heather Craigen. Growing up in Europe, Robin worked in several catered chalets and took that concept to sea with Heather, aboard a Caribbean charter sailing yacht named Endless Summer II. They offered guests a complete vacation experience – freshly prepared meals, first-class air-conditioned accommodations, and a memorable island cruise. Their journey continued from Endless Summer to Ski Town USA®, as Steamboat Springs is known, and Moving Mountains now provides skiers with the same style of top quality, hassle-free package.

Moving Mountains’ luxury catered chalet package typically includes breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meals. A personal chef prepares gourmet meals in the comfort of the home. Meals are tailored to the group’s preferences including vegetarian, organic and special diets. Moving Mountains also offers separate options for children. Beyond the cooking, Moving Mountains provides a bounty of services with personal touch. Moving Mountains’ private vehicles meet guests at the airport and chauffeur the groups to their homes. Staff members provide on-demand access to skiing, downtown and activities. Daily housekeeping is included. Chalet hosts provide assistance with any needs that arise including local shopping trips and activity reservations. They are also an excellent source of local information – like having a personal guide for the week.

“We’ve come a long way in 15 years – it is amazing to think of the journey,” said Moving Mountains president Robin Craigen. “What started out as a mom-and-pop operation – literally running the business from our kitchen table – has avalanched into a successful luxury property management company. Today we are a viable employer in our mountain community and a top choice for discriminating ski vacationers. We look forward to many more decades of ‘moving mountains’ for our guests, helping them fully enjoy their vacation experience!”

For more information or to view Moving Mountains lodging photos, activities, menus and more, visit http://www.movingmountains.com or call 1-877-624-2538 or 1-970-870-9359.

About Moving Mountains
Moving Mountains is a locally owned and operated company that manages and operates luxury vacation rental homes and catered ski chalets in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Founded by Robin and Heather Craigen in 1997, Moving Mountains introduced Colorado to the catered chalet concept that is widely popular in Europe. Moving Mountains currently manages 20 private luxury rental homes and 24 slope side private residences at One Steamboat Place, Edgemont and Chateau Chamonix.

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