The world of Bravo is so small that we often see authentic cross-overs between series’ stars — like The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ Kyle Richards’ “secret mission” with The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Cynthia Bailey. Or that time Flipping Out’s Jeff Lewis designed The Real Housewives of Orange County’s Shannon Beador’s Corona del Mar crib. Or, y’know, the entirety of the new show Bethenny and Fredrik.
In the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Vail is America’s largest and most popular ski resort. Its very name has become synonymous with wintry getaways and luxury travel and a skier’s paradise.
Kyle Richards recently spoke at length about how Vail is her ski resort of choice — although she’s frequently overruled by her Aspen-loving daughters.
“I’m more of a Vail girl. Being in Aspen is kind of just like being in Beverly Hills, and I like to get away.”
When asked why she isn’t so hot on Aspen, Kyle explained, “There’s a [big celebrity scene] which is what I don’t love. But it’s a beautiful place and my kids love it, and at this point they’re at an age where if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. I’ll do whatever I have to do to be with my kids. So okay. Fine. You win. We’re going to Aspen.”
But talk to Landon Clements — who used to call rival resort Aspen home — and you’ll get a very different review of Vail. She dismissively called the extravagant Colorado community “A truck stop city,” and even stood by her comments when confronted by Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live on June 26, 2017. “Technically it is a truck stop, because it’s right off the highway,” she insisted.
And when a Vail-based viewer called in to comment on the fact that city’s real estate goes for $2,500 per square foot, the Southern Charm-er replied, “Well it’s not about money. Vail was built as a ski mountain by real estate developers and Aspen was a town before there was a ski mountain. So it’s more of a historical fact, I suppose.” [Ed. Note: Vail was already a ski mountain; real estate developers turned it into a resort.]
So where would you prefer to bundle up: Aspen or Vail?
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