Most importantly, though, is that Bentley flourishes in cold weather. Just three years ago, the brand set the Ice Speed Record in the Continental Super Sports Convertible. The land of super-premium vehicles is littered with Sunday drivers and summertime sport cars, but thanks to its sophisticated all-wheel-drive system, the GT Speed really is the only car that can hang in the winter, too.With that in mind, we grabbed the keys to our Bentley GT Speed Coupe and Convertible, and we headed west from Denver, climbing higher and higher into the Rocky Mountains.MUST VISIT: The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor GulchWe decided to take our ski trip to the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch; a 185-room ski resort at Beaver Creek, voted one of the best hotels in the world by Travel and Leisure. It’s gold rated by Condé Nast and received a 4-star rating from Forbes. With its brand-new Bachelor’s Lounge bar and 21,000 sq. ft. spa, it’s truly one of the only places in North America fit for a GT Speed owner’s ski week getaway.Our group split our time between those who could ski (or were willing), and those who wanted to relax in the spa. I’ve skied before, or at least tried, so I was instructed to meet with the folks at the Gorsuch ski shop in the main lobby. The shop has a wide array of equipment available for rent and purchase, including a pair of very impressive, $9800 Bentley skis made by Zai. The resort also offers personal instructors, but I decided to hit the slopes and take my chances.While I skied, a few of our friends pampered themselves in the Bachelor Gulch Spa. The spa’s menu of treatments is extensive, ranging from facials and massages, to wraps and baths, to time available in oxygen chambers to counter the high altitudes of the Rockies. Following our appointments, we sat down to dinner at Spago, a Wolfgang Puck restaurant, and imbibed in a few select bourbons at the resort’s new Bachelor’s Lounge, which lends a decidedly modern aesthetic twist to an otherwise warm, rustic hotel. The entire experience was one of real luxury and surprisingly homey comfort, making this Ritz-Carlton a welcome escape for the bustling world around us.Walking away from this trip, I realize that I played the role of an interloper–a writer who had stolen a small slice of rich and the famous pie. We surrounded ourselves with fine accommodations, fine foods, and one fabulously refined car. These are things that we could budget for in the future, and probably even take a long weekend to experience, but there’d still be one thing we wouldn’t have; we couldn’t just pick up and go tomorrow, and that’s where we’d miss the luxury of spontaneity. Become a Tiki Garnish Master With These 6 Expert Tips On the Road with Mikah Meyer, the First Person to Visit Every National Park Site in One Trip A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep I guess you could say that the Bentley PR guy did his job well; he mentioned something about the “luxury of spontaneity”, and now that phrase has lodged itself inside my head.He didn’t say anything beyond that; there were no details about what it meant. He simply planted the seed, and what grew from it was fertilized of my own imagination.Fast-forward two months to present day, and I’m sitting here in Colorado – slouched comfortably into my seat at the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch’s great room, legs sore from a day’s worth of skiing. It’s the middle of the week, and I’ve just experienced one of those ‘pinch me moments’, where I realized that my friends were all at work in their midtown offices.“What a joy it is that I could take the week off to hit the slopes,” I ponder to myself. “And, to think that I’m spending the week in the snow with a GT Speed…”Yeah, that must be it. If you’re shopping for a Bentley, of course you can pick up and vacation on a whim. And that is because spontaneity is a luxury commodity, too.MUST DRIVE: The 2014 Bentley Continental GT SpeedMore often than not, exotic car owners don’t just own one Ferrari; they own a whole fleet of vehicles. Sports cars may be the most exciting way to enjoy the road, but they’re oftentimes garaged in winter months, while Cayennes and Range Rovers move more casually through the snow.It’s not that those SUVs aren’t lovely; they’re perfectly comfortable machines for the family. But, if you’re the type who wants to take the sports car to the mountain, there’s really only one brand that makes that possible, and we had the keys to the brand’s fastest set of wheels.The Bentley Continental GT Speed is a 616-horsepower, W12-powered sports coupe with all the performance, style and prestige deserving of a Fortune 500 CEO. Its leathers are sourced from an Alpine ranch in Austria; its sheet metal superformed and hand-assembled in the UK. 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After a cold week, a change in wind direction means it’ll turn milder for the #BankHolidayWeekend, but low pressure will bring mixed weather pic.twitter.com/tQB586fRuX— Met Office (@metoffice) April 26, 2017 Waves crash into Seaham harbour in County Durham as the Arctic weather made its way south this weekCredit:Owen Humphreys/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The April cold snap that has brought snow, sleet and hail to some will be replaced by sunshine in many areas in time for the May Day Bank Holiday.The news will please the thousands of holidaymakers taking to the roads to make the most of the long weekend.Drivers have been warned to expect delays on Friday evening, but Monday will be the busiest day for leisure trips with 3.4 million such journeys, as motorists head home after their bank holiday breaks. However, although the cold weather is due to give way to milder temperatures, the Met Office confirms there will be a geographical split – so keep your cardigan on and don’t forget an umbrella.London and the south-east are due to see a good amount of sunshine from Friday onwards, but northern and western England should expect rain. Scotland will be cloudy with a chance of sunshine.The Met Office said: “Bank Holiday weekend will start largely dry and bright. However, becoming windier through Sunday and Monday with rain spreading up from the southwest, although drier across Scotland. Becoming warmer.” For most of the country, the temperature will stay in single figures until at least midweek, but it should get warmer from then on.London and the south-east should see temperatures climb to 11°-13°C by Wednesday, and continue to rise. A sharp #frost greeted some of us again this morning. This great picture of a frosty tulip🌷came in to us from @CarlaSears in Hertfordshire pic.twitter.com/UbfJApvBij— Met Office (@metoffice) April 27, 2017 On Saturday the mercury is expected to hit 16°C in some parts of the country, but this is expected to be followed by more unsettled weather.RAC traffic spokesman Rod Dennis said: “With Easter just a fortnight ago, for many people the May Day bank holiday may have come as something of a pleasant surprise. “Certainly our figures show that many of us will be packing the car up to enjoy a trip to see friends or family, with the vast majority of leisure journeys expected on Bank Holiday Monday itself which suggests day trips and drivers returning after a short break will be responsible for much of the traffic.”He advised anyone travelling a long distance to give their car “a quick once over” before setting off to cut the chance of suffering a breakdown. Rail passengers are being urged to check for timetable changes as a number of lines will be closed for engineering work over the weekend. There are no trains between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield, Ingatestone and Billericay, and buses are replacing trains between Carlisle and Glasgow Central and Edinburgh. There are also no Southern services to or from London Bridge.A Network Rail spokeswoman said: “Rail staff will be working to deliver crucial upgrades to the rail network throughout the bank holiday weekend.”We don’t like inconveniencing people but we have to carry out this work when the railway is quietest, and we know that up to 50 per cent fewer passengers travel by rail over bank holidays.”The majority of the network is unaffected.”