Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass


The American College of Cardiology is committed to improving the outcomes of patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) by addressing the educational needs of cardiovascular specialists. The Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass fulfills this need by helping cardiovascular specialists keep abreast of new and emerging approaches in the treatment and management of challenging and controversial topics in CVD.

Focusing on interactivity, state-of the-art knowledge and practical decision-making, this unique conference will engage participants in discussions, debates and potential controversies using real-world cases. Faculty include renowned experts on the cutting edge of clinically relevant CVD data.

If you’re a clinician interested in improving the quality of patient care, this course is for you!

Learner Objectives

The overall goal of this course is to provide emerging trends and evidence-based practices (from the past 24 months) resulting in guideline-driven, contemporary approaches to cardiovascular patient care. 

Upon completion of this course, learners should be able to —

  • Utilize appropriate therapeutic strategies in the treatment of patients with hyperlipidemia, including those with a genetic etiology
  • Characterize the current indications for TAVR and recognize the short and long-term complications
  • Characterize the timing and expected outcomes of contemporary interventions in patients with valvular heart disease
  • Apply best practices for the treatment of patients with systemic hypertension
  • Correctly interpret the ECG’s of patients with atrial and ventricular arrhythmias and employ appropriate treatment strategies including those with devices
  • Describe the best practices in the treatment of patients with heart failure including new drugs, surgical strategies and tele-monitoring


This course is intended for cardiovascular specialists, primary care physicians, Fellows in Training, physician assistants, advanced practice nurses, nurses in cardiology and other medical professionals interested in general cardiology prevention and management.

Course Director

Carole A. Warnes, MD, FACC
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Planning Committee

Samuel J. Asirvatham, MBBS, FACC
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC
Harvard Medical School
Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

Nurse Planner

Kim V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC
Lead Nurse Planner

Invited Faculty

William T. Abraham, MD, FACC
Ohio State University Medical Center

Blase A. Carabello, MD, FACC
East Caroline University

Marcelo F. di Carli, MD, FACC
Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Douglas E. Drachman, MD, FACC
Massachusetts General Hospital

N. A. Mark Estes III, MD, FACC 
Tufts University School of Medicine

Jeffrey T. Kuvin, MD, FACC
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Sidney C. Smith Jr., MD, FACC
University of North Carolina
Center for Cardiovascular Science and Medicine 

Vinod H. Thourani, MD, FACC 
Emory University School of Medicine 

Robert A. Vogel, MD, FACC
University of Colorado

Joseph C. Woo Jr., MD, FACC
Stanford University School of Medicine

ACCF committee members, faculty, staff and other individuals who are in a position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships he/she and/or his/her spouse or domestic partner has, occurring within the past twelve months, with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.  All relevant potential conflicts of interest that are identified are thoroughly vetted by course directors, ACCF education staff, and members of the Accreditation Compliance Workgroup through a process that includes appropriate peer review for fair balance, scientific objectivity and validity, patient care and safety recommendations. Refer to the links below for committee member disclosures and course faculty disclosures. Please note ACCF staff involved with this course have nothing to disclose.

To Register online for the Course, please click the Register button at the top of the page.

If you have any special Dietary requirements, please note that this is now captured through your online profile. To enable us to accommodate your request, please ensure that your profile is up to date. If you select the (other) option, a member of our team will be in touch to discuss your needs. If you require assistance, please contact the Resource Center at 800-253-4636, ext. 5603.

To Register by Fax, Email or Phone for the Course click here.

The registration tuition includes educational sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, lunch and course materials.

Cancellation, substitution or transfer to another course is allowed if written notification is received four weeks before a scheduled course. A full refund minus a $250 processing fee will be given for written notifications received fewer than four weeks before the first day of the course. No refund will be given for no-shows.

In the unlikely event that the course is canceled, the College will refund the registration tuition in full but is not responsible for any travel or hotel costs you may incur.

ACC reserves the right to cancel the course in the unlikely event of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a course is canceled or postponed, ACC will refund registration tuition but cannot be held responsible for other costs or expenses, including cancellation/change penalties assessed by airlines, travel agencies or hotels.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACCF designates this live activity for a maximum of 23.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MOC Statement
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 23.5 points in the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider’s responsibility to submit participant completion data to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.  

Physician Assistants
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

The American College of Cardiology Foundation is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The ACCF designates this educational activity for a maximum of 23.5 continuing nursing education contact hours.  Requirements for successful completion are attendance in a session in its entirety and completing the evaluation tool.

While offering credits noted above, the course is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.


Learner Bill of Rights



The meeting will be held at the Westin Snowmass Resort, 100 Elbert Lane, Snowmass Village, Colorado. The telephone number is 970-923-8200.

Westin Snowmass, Holiday Inn Express and additional options

Rooms have been set aside at both the Westin Snowmass Resort. The ACC room block is scheduled to be held until December 13, 2016, but may sell out prior to this date. We advise you to register for the course and reserve your lodging as soon as possible. When making your reservation, please be sure to ask about deposits and cancellation policies.

Westin Snowmass Resort

The Westin Snowmass Resort offers the best of both worlds - convenient access to mountain recreation with ski-in/ski-out access and all the cultural amenities of the Aspen/Snowmass area. Additionally, the all new resort features a 3-meal restaurant with ski-in/ski-out access, Lobby Westin Wine Bar, spa, Kids Club, WestinWORKOUT Fitness Center, full service Ski Concierge and much more.

  • Room Rates and Resort Fees:  The following rates and the waived resort fee are available only to those who book within the ACC block. Rates do not include tax, which is currently 12.8%.

    Alpine King: $349
    Deluxe: $379
    Premium: $399
  • Reservations can be made by telephone (be sure to identify yourself as part of the Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass), fax or online:
    • Central Reservations: 866-837-4246
    • Hotel Direct: 970-923-8200
    • Fax: 970-923-8212
    • Online: CLICK HERE for Westin Snowmass reservations

For more information about the hotel, visit their website:

Holiday Inn Express Snowmass Village

This retro ski resort is just steps from the Westin; the slopes; and the finest shops, dining and nightlife in Snowmass Village.  Rate includes a free breakfast buffet. 

  • Room Rate: $189 + tax
  • Resort Fee: Waived for those who book within the ACC block.   
  • Reservations can be made by telephone (be sure to identify yourself as part of the Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass) or online:
    • Central Reservations: 877-410-6667
    • Hotel Direct: 970-923-8400
    • Online: CLICK HERE for Holiday Inn Express

For more information about the hotel, visit their website:

Additional Options

A variety of accommodations are available at a number of condominiums and hotels. Click here for more information on these locations.


Getting to and around Snowmass: air and local transportation

By Air

  • Aspen Snowmass Airport (ASE)6 miles from Snowmass
    Snowmass is located 6 miles from the Aspen Snowmass Airport (ASE).  A number of airlines offer service to ASE:
    • United Express, operated by Sky West Airlines
    • American Airlines
    • Delta Air Lines
  • Shuttle Service: The Westin and Holiday Inn Express offer complimentary shuttle service to/from the Aspen Snowmass Airport for guests staying at their properties.
  • Eagle County Airport (EGE) 67 miles from Snowmass
    Some attendees choose to fly into Eagle County Airport (EGE) and drive to Snowmass, or take the Colorado Mountain Express (

Local Transportation

The Town of Snowmass Village provides its own free shuttle service to pretty much any location in the Village.  The Roaring Fork Transit Agency (RFTA) provides transportation services on a year-round basis. Free buses operate within the city of Aspen and between Snowmass Village and Aspen.

Skiing, discounted lift tickets, equipment rental and more

The Snowmass/Aspen area is known around the world for its great skiing. With over 4,800 acres of adventure and beauty, the family-friendly slopes of Snowmass feature a terrain that can suit any level of skier.

Ski Lift Tickets

As an attendee of this course, deep discounts on ski lift tickets and equipment for you and your guests are available through SMV Accounting. One ticket gets you power of four mountains with quadruple peaks: Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlights and Buttermilk.

CLICK HERE to save on discounted ski lift ticket information and order form

Group Discounts on Equipment Rental

Snowmass Sports

Snowmass Sports is the only full service ski shop located in the Westin Snowmass resort, an elevators ride from the Westin Lobby or a short walk from the wildwood makes us the best location for all your ski rental needs. We offer the latest equipment and apparel, outstanding customer service, competitive prices, and carefully maintained gear. Our knowledgeable staff strives to make sure customers are well fitted and confident in their equipment. We are also the closest shop to the Slopes

30% discount for advance reservations with username and password 


  • Open late so you can pick up your equipment if you arrive in the evening (8:00 AM – 8:00 PM)
  • We offer free overnight ski storage to customers renting at our shop
  • Slope-side and adjacent to Starbucks

To take advantage of the American College of Cardiology discount, go

  • Click LOG IN
  • Enter Username & Password
    • Username: AmericanCardio
    • Password:  SandyPark17

This allows you reserve at the 30% group discount rate.  The system will take a 1 day deposit for each skier at 20% off.  The 30% discount will be applied when you pick up your skis at Snowmass Sports.

Aspen Sports

Aspen Sports welcomes all members and their families of 48th Annual Cardiovascular Conference at the Westin in Snowmass. Aspen Sports guarantee only the highest standard of guest service and convenience, and our services are available even before you arrive. Aspen Sports offers 35% off any equipment rentals.

You can make a reservation by going to or just walk-in to any of our stores. Just mention you are with ACC or Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass.

You will also receive discounts at Aspen Sports, TNF & Patagonia.  Make sure you pick up your voucher at the ACC registration desk in Snowmass.

Other Activities

Snowmass/Aspen has an endless array of other activities to experience including snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice skating, and much more. Visit to find out more about what Snowmass has to offer.


Please Note
Smoking is prohibited in all ACC meeting rooms.

Videotaping, audiotaping and still photography are prohibited in all ACC meeting rooms. 

We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us serve you better.

Faculty and course are subject to change without notice.

Accredited status does not imply endorsement by the ANCC or ACC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.

The views expressed in this course are those of the individual speaker and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ACC.