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American Alpine Club

As an official hospitality partner of The American Alpine Club (AAC), Destination Hotels & Resorts is excited to share with its guests and members the benefits of this partnership. In their environmental stewardship, both companies share the same core-values of giving back to the earth: The AAC inspires outdoor enthusiasts and supports the climbing community and protects its playgrounds around the world. While Destination Hotels & Resorts has been implementing "Destination Earth®" preserving our environment, one destination at a time.

Partnering with the AAC also makes perfect sense as many of Destination’s properties are near some of the country’s best climbs. Below the AAC has provided information on recommended climbing and mountaineering near Destination Hotels & Resorts.

Recommended Climbs:

Destination Hotels and Resorts Local Climbing Area Distance to Crags
Miramonte Resort & Spa Joshua Tree National Park 50 Miles,51 Minutes
Resort at Squaw Creek Donner Pass 20 Miles, 33 Minutes
The Gant
Destination Resorts Snowmass
The Stonebridge Inn
Top of the Village
Independence Pass
Maroon Bells/Pryamid Peak
15 Miles, 30 Minutes
short drive/shuttle
73 miles, 75 minutes
Vail Cascade
Destination Resorts Vail
Lime Park (a.k.a. Lime Creek)
Fang, Rigid Designator
15 Miles, 25 Minutes
5 Miles, 5 minutes
87 miles, 87 minutes
Inn and Spa at Loretto Diablo Canyon 18 Miles, 40 Minutes
Sunriver Resort Smith Rock 42 Miles, 1 Hour 4 Minutes
The Driskill Hotel Reimer's Ranch
Barton Creek Greenbelt
32 Miles, 53 Minutes
Scattered Throughout Austin
Skamania Lodge Beacon Rock
Broughton Bluff
9 Miles, 14 Minutes
29 Miles, 33 Minutes
Stowe Mountain Lodge Smuggler's Notch
Less than 1 Mile
27 Miles, 50 Minutes


Why The AAC
Generations of climbers have benefited from the work of the AAC. Here’s the short list of reasons that Destination Hotels & Resorts is a proud supporter and recommends that any dedicated climber becomes a member at

  1. Knowledge and Inspiration: For 80 years climbers have shared stories of bold new lines and epic adventure through the American Alpine Journal, the world’s most sought-after annual climbing publication. Free for AAC members, each volume inspires new climbs and reignites old dreams. Experience the Journal’s influence for yourself by joining the AAC. But be forewarned, it may rouse you to drop everything in search of new adventure.
    The AAC’s library is an indispensible resource for trip planning. Housing over 60,000 volumes, including classics that inspire the climbs of our dreams, guidebooks, maps, and DVDs, it’s the world’s largest climbing library. AAC members can search the catalog online and receive free outbound shipping. The savings, compared to buying maps and guidebooks, can easily offset the price of membership.
  2. Conservation and Advocacy: For over a century, the AAC has helped protect our playgrounds around the world. John Muir, who dedicated his life to preserving Yosemite, was an AAC founder. David Brower was the club’s vice president in the 1950s. He and other AAC members helped win passage of the landmark Wilderness Act of 1964. Today AAC initiatives can be found across the country’s most iconic vertical landscapes, including Yosemite, Indian Creek, Castleton, Rocky Mountain National Park, the Tetons, the ’Gunks, and Denali. The AAC is also active internationally, from rebuilding popular approaches in Patagonia to supporting community-based conservation programs in the Himalayas. Cast your vote to protect the places we climb by becoming a member today.
  3. Logistical Support: No one provides more grants for young climbers—helping many go beyond their home crag for the first time. The AAC provides its members with hut discounts all over the world. They operate the legendary Grand Teton Climbers’ Ranch and are now building a much-needed campground for climbers in the ’Gunks. And the AAC supports climbers through global rescue service. As a member, the first $5,000 of a rescue can be covered. To us that makes joining the AAC a no-brainer.

Accolades and Testimonials

"Travel + Leisure Magazine has ranked the Vail Cascade Resort number 16 on a list of the "Best Mountain Resorts" announced recently on the publication's website." - More from Vail Cascade

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