Face it, you’ll never play football at Wembley or tennis at Wimbledon, but if winter sports are your thing, Colorado, and Aspen in particular, is hallowed ground anyone can tread.
That’s provided they can afford it – but a canny agent can help. Until last year, British Airways had a monopoly on flights to Denver, gateway to the Rockies, but now, United Airlines and Norwegian also fly from London. Economy fares on Norwegian next February are around £415 return, including a checked bag, roughly half what they used to be.
The Rockies are an easy drive from the airport on Interstate 70 and all resorts lie along this road. Aspen is reached after passing Vail, Breckenridge and the one you probably haven’t heard of, Copper Mountain. From the freeway, Copper does not entice, as it sits across a car park, but don’t be put off; it’s the ideal curtain raiser to an Aspen finale.