WEsayAlso known as Hollywood-on-Ice, Aspen is one of the top resorts in North America, this resort has something for everyone. A great place for celeb-spotting.
Aspen is one of North America's most exciting resorts, surrounded by dramatic and beautiful peaks and dominated by the Maroon Bells. Aspen is one of the all time greats of world-skiing where anyone will feel at ease with the choice of four mountains on one lift pass and connected by an efficient bus shuttle. Aspen offers the perfect ingredients for a great ski holiday.
The skiing is divided into four areas. Buttermilk is best for beginners with lots of greens and blues. The eastern side of the mountain is given over to black runs, although they are manageable by most intermediates too. This area also features a massive terrain park. Snowmass is the largest area and suits all abilties. It has a 1343m drop and the upper mountain is best for the advanced among you. Aspen Highlands is just a 9 minute ride from the resort and features some rugged skiing. Beginners and intermediates can amuse themselves at the lower part of the mountain, but generally the area is suited to the more daring with a series of vertiginous runs served by the Deep Temerity. Finally Aspen Mountain is the home of the expert with pretty much all rus classed as black. This being said confident intermediate can handle some full length descents on smooth slopes.
In Aspen there is shopping and partying aplenty. The town is lively with a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants and overlooked by incredible pistes. Here you will find the best apres ski from convivial 'spit-n-sawdust' cowboy bars, cheap and cheerful restaurants to gourmet cuisine and stylish nightclubs. There is an amazing variety of shops and boutiques to browse around.
New for 2016/17
Aspen will host the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals in mid-March, marking the first time the event has been held in the USA in 20 years. At Snowmass, Gwyn s High Alpine table-service restaurant at mid-mountain is undergoing an extensive update that will see a slight expansion of the building as well as the addition of a bar that will have a large wood-burning fire and big-screen televisions. The previous cafeteria-style cafe_ will change into a market setup that should mean less waiting.
New for 2015/16
The main news is from Snowmass: the tall Alpine double chair at the top of the area and the Assay Hill slow quad more or less at the bottom were both replaced by fast quads. The new High Alpine chair has a quite different line than the old one, and a much lower starting point. The Cloud Nine mountain restaurant at Highlands was revamped
New for 2014/15
The Hideout, a new $10 million children s centre, is being built at the base of Buttermilk. The Aspen Art Museum is being extended with a new building.
New for 2013/14
Two new gladed areas opened at Highland bowl, adding 20 acres of new terrain. Little Nell s pop-up champagne bar is back on Aspen Mountain.
New for 2012/13
Free yoga for skiers, classes started at the Sundeck at the top of Aspen Mountain; three days a week from 9.30am to 10.30am. Little Nell's pop-up champagne bar has returned to Aspen Mountain. The 5-star Jerome hotel was refurbished with a spa added.
- Notably uncrowded slopes
- Attractive, characterful old town, with plenty of restaurants and shops
- Superb Aspen Highlands and Snowmass just up the road
- Convenient airport on edge of town
- Wide spread, varied slopes to suit all standards