Ski at North America’s most glamorous resorts in Aspen Colorado
Aspen shines as one of America’s best places to ski, with no fewer than four mountains cheek to cheek. Add in an offbeat ski town with a year-round scene, where you can rub elbows with the latest Hollywood celebrities before tackling world-class bumps, and you’ll realize why Aspen is such a special place.
It’s a walking town, with excellent restaurants and galleries every few steps and an unbeatable après-ski bar scene to boot. Gingerbread houses from the city’s heady mining-town years of the late 19th century may be out of the average visitor’s price range, but the peerless views of the Rockies are free.
Aspen’s four mountains offer nearly 5,000 skiable acres, and all are linked by free shuttle service and transferable lift tickets. Snowmass is the big one, with 3,128 acres of wide-open groomed runs perfect for families. Aspen Mountain, ‘Ajax’ to the locals, is a challenging peak that rises to 11,000 feet and offers steep, bumpy runs practically into downtown. Many locals consider Aspen Highlands a favourite for the hikes into steep Highland and Olympic bowls. Finally, Buttermilk is rated the best in the country for beginners, although it hosts extreme skiers and snowboarders during the ESPN Winter X Games.
Aspen also has some of the highest-rated ski lodges in the country. Start with the Little Nell, the only ski-in/ski-out lodge on Aspen Mountain and a snowball’s throw from the Silver Queen gondola, the longest single-stage gondola in the world.
The elegant rooms in the chalet-style hotel come complete with chocolates and bedtime storybooks, and the staff is gracious to a fault. Its unpretentious Montagna restaurant offers inspiring scenes of Ajax and boasts a menu good enough to compete with the view.