Rising up from a simple mining town to one of the most fashionable resorts in the USA, Aspen is known as the playground of the rich and famous, whilst also retaining a small town feel. The town lies at the base of Aspen Mountain, and unlike other ski resorts, is a year-round town with plenty of residents who live there full time, meaning the chances of ending up next to an Aspen local at the bar are just as high as a fellow visitor.
Aspen boasts easy access to a ski area stretching over four mountain peaks, with the town serviced by a direct lift to Aspen Mountain and efficient bus connections to Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass further down the valley. Famous for its snow reliability and expertly groomed pistes plus plenty of luxury boutiques, a great selection of restaurants and a trendy après scene, Aspen is a classic choice to experience exceptional Colorado skiing and a true alpine town.
Skiing in the resort
With four mountains to choose from, each having different ‘personalities’ when it comes to ski terrain. One of the main appeals of skiing in Aspen is the abundance of challenging runs and great off-piste and mogul skiing. Both Aspen Mountain and Aspen Highlands present wonderful opportunities for intermediate and expert skiers, including long cruising slopes, natural avalanche chutes and the resort’s famous steep black diamond runs.
With around 90% of the runs at Aspen being blue or black, skiing is really geared towards intermediate and advanced skiiers, however there are some excellent beginner friendly areas over at Buttermilk and Snowmass which are much more forgiving, offering wide slopes and gentle runs as well as advanced pistes and terrain parks for the more adventurous skiers and boarders.
Aspen’s energetic après-ski scene is well-known for its vibrancy and offers plenty of hot spots both on the slopes and in town for all tastes and moods. Places like the Ajax Tavern, ideally located at the base of Aspen Mountain, entice crowds with live music and afternoon sun to boot. 39 Degrees at the Sky Hotel is also known as an après hotspot, serving cocktails next to a large crackling fireplace, perfect for thawing out after a day on the mountains.
There’s nothing like dining in Aspen - you really are spoilt for choice with over 100 bars and restaurants to choose from on and off the mountain in the Aspen/Snowmass area, from Michelin-starred luxurious experiences to more casual diner style places for burgers and hearty fare.