Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass Gold Package


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.


The overall goal of this course is to increase learners’ knowledge to critically evaluate the latest approaches to CV patient care that have occurred within the last two years and incorporate them into their practice. 

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

  • Employ practical, evidence –based strategies to address lipid and hypertension management concerns in the CVD patient
  • Discuss the newer concepts in the treatment of valvular heart disease
  • Describe current treatment strategies in the investigation and management of coronary artery disease
  • Analyze new approaches to the diagnosis and management of for heart failure including the recently updated ACC/AHA Heart Failure Guidelines.
  • Identify best practices for the management of patients with atrial and ventricular arrhythmias.


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 management will also find this course of value.

Course Director

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

Planning Committee

Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC
Judd and Mary Morris Leighton Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases and Hypertension
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN

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

Nurse Planner

Kim V. Cheramie, MSN, RN-BC
Lead Nurse Planner
American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

Invited Faculty

Samuel J. Asirvatham, MBBS, FACC
Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
Rochester, MN

Vinay Badhwar, MD, FACC
Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Morgantown, WV

Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD, FACC
Professor of Medicine, Medical Care Line
Baylor College of Medicine

John D. Carroll, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado

Gregg C. Fonarow, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles

Ajay J. Kirtane, MD, FACC
Associate Professor of Medicine
Columbia University Medical Center
New York

Michael J. Mack, MD, FACC
Medical Director, Cardiovascular Service Line
Baylor Scott and White Health

Michael H. Picard, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital

Robert A. Vogel, MD, FACC
Clinical Professor of Medicine
University of Colorado

Paul J. Wang, MD, FACC
Professor of Medicine
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

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.

Snowmass faculty disclosures

To Register online for the Snowmass Gold Package 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.

The Snowmass Gold Package provides you with registration to the 2018 Cardiovascular Conference at Snowmass plus access to the Core Cardiology Package which includes three ACC products to help you refresh your skills in adult clinical cardiology: ACCSAP 9, ECG Drill & Practice, and Heart Songs 4.  Purchasing the package offers a 25% discount off the list price for all three products.

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

Choose the Gold Package!

The Snowmass Gold Package includes registration to the conference plus three online educational products designed to help you refresh your core cardiology skills.  Order them as part of this gold package and save 25%!  The products included in the Gold package are:

  • ACCSAP 9 includes everything you need to know about adult clinical cardiology!  Refresh your knowledge with information from the experts in a variety of formats -- text, video and audio — and practice applying what you learned with 600+ questions. A brand new question engine lets you mix and match the questions to personalize your learning!

If you’re looking to perfect your knowledge of core cardiovascular medicine, prepare for the Boards or earn 155 CME/CNE/MOC credits, ACCSAP 9 is for you!

  • Heart Songs 4 provides you with everything you need to effortlessly improve your cardiac auscultation skills!  Simply watch/listen to each high definition video 2 to 4 times to master each murmur.  The videos include descriptions of each murmur, images of phonocardiograms, CT scans and color Doppler echos, intermixed with 200 repetitions of each murmur.  Interactive quizzes let you measure your baseline skill and your level of improvement. And best of all, once you’ve mastered a sound, it will be reinforced every time you hear it in a patient. Earn up to 10 CME/CNE/MOC credits.
  • ECG Drill & Practice allows you to review key findings in clinical electrocardiography with an expert and then practice applying what you learned with 30 ECG flash cards and an interactive self-assessment test. Earn up to 5 CME/CNE/MOC credits.

With the Snowmass Gold package, you get the best of both worlds; attend the course to learn to apply the latest research to your practice, and then go home and hone your core cardiology skills with 3 flagship products from the ACC.

If you do not wish to receive all of the Gold Package benefits and want to register for only the Snowmass course, please click here to be taken to the course only registration page.

The gold package registration tuition includes educational sessions, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, course materials and iScience 2017.

Register me as: Designation EARLY Until 10/27/17
EARLY Until 10/27/17
Gold Package*
ADVANCE 10/28/17 Until 12/22/17
Board Course Only
ADVANCE  10/28/17 Until 12/22/17
Gold Package*
AFTER 12/22/17 and ONSITE
 AFTER 12/22/17 and ONSITE
Gold Package*
ACC Member Physician (Includes International Associate) MD, DO, PhD $1004 $2129 $1107 $2232 $1210 $2335
Non member Physician (Includes Industry Professional) MD, DO, PhD $1246 $2731 $1349 $2834 $1452 $2937
ACC Member Reduced (Includes CCA Members)
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD, FIT, Emeritus, Resident, Student $515 $1152.50 $618 $1255.50 $721


Non member Reduced
PA, RN, NP, CNS, PharmD
$721 $1358.50 $824 $1461.50 $927 $1564.50
Proof of licensure required for PA, Tech, RN, CNS and NP (non-CCA members); letter from training director needed for Fellow in Training. International registrants are urged to FAX application to the ACC.
*Gold package includes: Snowmass course and the Core Cardiology Package (ACCSAP9, ECG Drill and Practice and Heart Songs 4)

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.

This course has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

MOC Statement
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn 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.


Learner Bill of Rights


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


Rooms have been set aside at the Westin Snowmass Resort. The ACCF room block is scheduled to be held until December 13, 2017, 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 for the Westin can be made by phone, fax or online:
    Central Reservations: 866-837-4246
    Hotel Direct: 970-923-8200
    Online: CLICK HERE

For more information about the hotel, visit their website:


Destination Resorts in Snowmass is offering a variety of accommodations to ACC participants.  Minimum stays are required at most properties for group rates.

  • Be sure to ask about the property’s deposit and cancellation policies.
  • Descriptions were taken from the website of each property.

NOTE: Course participants staying at these properties must arrange for their own transportation to the Westin, where the Course is being held. 

  • Many of the properties offer shuttle service - though it may not begin early enough for guest to arrive prior to the start of the Course. Please check with the property directly for details.        
  • For information about public transportation bus service operated by Roaring Forks Transportation Authority (RFTA), go to  Schedules are seasonal – make certain you access the appropriate one.

The rates below are on a space available basis for guests that book condominiums Saturday to Saturday, January 13 – January 20, 2018. Alternate dates are available but guest will pay the best available rate at the time of booking and the group rates outlined below will not apply.

Top of the Village

  • Telephone for reservations: 1-800-922-7242
  • Rates do not include a 5% Resort Fee

Surrounded on three sides by forests and mountains, the Top of the Village condominiums are some of the most prestigious ski-in/ski-out lodging options in Aspen Snowmass. The two, three, and four bedroom residences offers large, comfortable accommodations with many of the amenities of a resort hotel, including mountain views, private balconies, fireplaces, high speed wireless, a full-service front desk with concierge services, and over-night ski tuning.

2 Bedroom 2 Bath Standard       $329 per night
2 Bedroom 2 Bath Deluxe          $399 per night
2 Bedroom 2 Bath Premier         $479 per night
4 Bedroom 3 Bath Deluxe          $799 per night
4 Bedroom 3 Bath Premier         $899 per night

Properties outlined below require a 5-night minimum stay to qualify for the group rates. Rental is based on space available.

Interlude Condominiums

  • Telephone for reservations: 1-800-356-7893

Ski-in/ski-out to the Base Village lifts from above the Snowmass Village Mall when you choose the Interlude Condominiums. From their setting right on the slopes of Snowmass, the cozy residences feature exposed beams, full kitchens, private balconies, brick fireplaces and the most breathtaking views in Snowmass Village.

2 Bedroom 2 Bath Deluxe          $399 per night
2 Bedroom 2 Bath Premier        $479 per night
3 Bedroom 3 Bath Deluxe          $539 per night
3 Bedroom 3 Bath Premier        $639 per night

Laurelwood Condominiums

  • Telephone for reservations: 1-800-356-7893

Ski-in/ski-out access to Snowmass and close proximity to the Snowmass Village Mall are the highlights of Laurelwood Studios. The dazzling two-tier hot tub welcomes you back at the end of the day. Perfect for couples or small families looking for residence amenities in a great location.

Deluxe Studio                           $219 per night
Premier Studio                         $259 per night

Tamarack Townhomes

  • Telephone for reservations: 1-800-922-7242
  • Rates do not include a 5% Resort Fee                                                                                                                                          

With two story open floor plans and all the amenities of a private residence, including complimentary parking, full kitchens, and high speed wireless, these moderately priced two, three and four bedroom townhomes offer the ultimate family vacation. Located adjacent to Base Village, the Village Express high-speed lift, the Kids’ Treehouse Adventure Center and Snowmass Ski School, the Tamarack Townhomes offer incredible value and an unbeatable location in Aspen Snowmass.  

2 Bedroom 2 Bath Deluxe          $379 per night
2 Bedroom 2 Bath Premier        $449 per night
3 Bedroom 3 Bath Deluxe          $539 per night
3 Bedroom 3 Bath Premier        $639 per night

Terracehouse Condominiums

  • Telephone for reservations: 1-800-922-7242
  • Rates do not include a 5% Resort Fee

Located just 100 yards from the slopes of Snowmass mountain, walking distance to the Snowmass Mall and Base Village, and right on a direct bus route to Aspen, the Terracehouse Condominiums are in the heart of the action. These airy two bedroom residences offer all the amenities of a resort including full kitchens, gas fireplaces, a private two-tier hot tub, and access to the hot tubs, pool, sauna & steam rooms and fitness facility at the Stonebridge Inn.

2 Bedroom 2 Bath Deluxe          $379 per night
2 Bedroom 2 Bath Premier         $449 per night

Aspenwood Condominiums

  • Telephone for reservations: 1-800-922-7242
  • Rates do not include a 5% Resort Fee

Featuring studio, two, and three bedroom residences, the Aspenwood condominiums are within 100 yards of the slopes. The Snowmass Village Mall is just next door, allowing guests to walk to shopping and dining year-round. Relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs, heated pool or sauna at the end of the day.

Deluxe Studio                           $209 per night
Premier Studio                          $249 per night
2 Bedroom 2 Bath Deluxe           $399 per night

Lichenhearth Condominiums

  • Telephone for reservations: 1-800-922-7242
  • Rates do not include a 5% Resort Fee

Every single residence offers panoramic mountain views from a private deck, as well as cozy wood burning fireplaces, spacious living rooms, and incomparable access to the skiing, dining, and shopping of Aspen Snowmass. The studio and one bedroom condominiums also feature full kitchens, laundry facilities, complimentary covered parking, shuttle transportation to Aspen airport, and a pool and hot tubs.

Deluxe Studio                           $209 per night
Premier Studio                          $249 per night
Deluxe 1 Bedroom                     $249 per night
Premier 1 Bedroom                   $289 per night

Villas at Snowmass Club

  • Telephone for reservations: 1-800-922-7242
  • Rates do not include a 5% Resort Fee

With panoramic views of Snowmass mountain overlooking the world-class Snowmass Golf Course, the Villas at Snowmass Club offers the quintessential resort experience. Guests staying in the spacious one, two, and three bedroom villas enjoy complimentary access to the exclusive Snowmass Club, complete with a 19,000 square foot athletic center and spa, four pools, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, weight room, golf, indoor and outdoor tennis, and complimentary fitness classes. The Two Creeks chair lift is just minutes away and accessible by shuttle.

2 Bedroom 2 Bath Deluxe          $299 per night
2 Bedroom 2 Bath Premier         $349 per night
3 Bedroom 3 Bath Deluxe          $449 per night
3 Bedroom 3 Bath Premier         $529 per night

The property below does NOT require a minimum stay.  Prices increase as the availability of rooms decrease.  We encourage you to make your reservation early.

Stonebridge Inn

  • Telephone for reservations: 1-800-922-7242
  • Rates do not include a 5% Resort Fee

This full service hotel in the heart of Colorado ski country features 93 spaciously designed guest rooms and suites offering comfortable accommodations with picturesque mountain views, high speed wireless, and a year-round outdoor heated pool and hot tubs along with a complete fitness center. The Artisan Restaurant is one of the area’s premier dining experiences, and the on-site ski rental shop and proximity to the slopes make this boutique property one of the best in Snowmass.

The inn is offering 10% off its best rate at the time of booking.  Guest can view priding at and then call the reservation team to get 10% off the rate that they see online.



  •  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

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.

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.

Discounted Ski Lift Tickets and Equipment Rental

  • 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 the 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.

  • Discounted Equipment Rental: CLICK HERE for more information!

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.