ASPEN

Ski Resort in Colorado, United States

Introduction

Aspen is a ski resort in the state of Colorado in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States of America. Aspen has risen to become one of the most well known and loved ski resorts in the world and now incorporates the four separate areas of Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk between the 2 towns of Aspen and Snowmass. The local airport is in the middle of Aspen town which means no transfer is needed into resort.

Aspen receives a lot of publicity for the rich and famous that visit Aspen, but the real drawcard is the huge amount of terrain available across the four mountains, the light dry Colorado powder, and the consistently great weather. For ski holidays in Aspen there is plenty to do in this busy and glamorous resort. Excellent restaurants are never in short supply and the apres ski scene for ski holidays in Aspen is lively and friendlier than most European resorts.

Aspen/Snowmass is chic and cozy with lodges and condominiums nestled right on the slopes. With the average home costing over four million U.S. dollars, Aspen/Snowmass is one of the most upscale ski resorts on the planet and a playground for the wealthy. Aspen/Snowmass is certainly not your run-of-the-mill destination and if you want it ritzy you can have it-rubbing shoulders with showbiz and sport celebrities, many of whom have homes here-but it is also a great ski area. Some come to Aspen/Snowmass just to see and be seen, but skiers and ski-bums in the know are coming here in increasing numbers to test themselves on Highlands, which boasts some incredibly challenging terrain, including spectacular backcountry access.

Skiing in Aspen/Snowmass can be very expensive (if you go five-star) but it can also be affordable. If you're on a tight budget it is cheaper to stay in Snowmass or Highlands or commute from one of three more modest towns up to half an hour away. And there are the occasional freebies such as complimentary mountain tours, free shuttles between the four mountains, and free coffee and cookies at the base of the mountains.

Aspen itself is a historic Victorian-era town and has restaurants, art galleries, stores and boutiques, along with an opera house, two movie theaters, an ice rink, and a skateboard park.


Aspen info card

Resort Altitude2385m
Highest Lift3790m
Total Piste184km
Longest Run7km
Directions of SlopesAll
Total Lifts42
Gondolas/Cable cars6
Chairlifts30
Drag Lifts6
Snow Parks8


Skiing in Aspen

Aspen Snowmass is made up of four separate ski resorts that are within a 15km radius of each other: Aspen Mountain ; Snowmass; Aspen Highlands; and Buttermilk Mountain. Aspen Mountain looms above the town of Aspen, Snowmass is a 20 minute drive from downtown Aspen, and Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands are only a few clicks away from town. Whilst the resorts are close to each other and are covered on the same lift ticket, they are not interconnected except via a free shuttle that runs between Aspen and the ski resorts.

The Aspen Snowmass resorts provide a ginormous ski area of 2,146 hectares (5,303 acres) and a whopping number of marked trails (329), 43 lifts, 5 terrain parks and numerous halfpipes. The trails have a good spread of variety for beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert riders. Aspen boasts plenty of wide groomed trails, powder bowls, moguls, tree runs, and gated backcountry skiing.

It is easy for hard-core skiers and snowboarders to overlook Aspen because of its glamorous reputation, but rest assured there are plenty of steeps and white knuckle runs to challenge experienced riders.


Aspen/Snowmass Beginner Skiing

The smooth, rolling terrain make Buttermilk the quintessential beginner's mountain. Kids love Max the Moose, Fort Frog, and Panda Peak.

Those new to Aspen/Snowmass might be surprised to learn that Aspen Mountain offers no beginner terrain whatsoever, while Aspen Highlands serves up only a limited selection of green runs. That's ok, though, because Snowmass and Buttermilk are a beginner's dream.

Buttermilk is the best place for beginners: it's located three miles (5 km) from the center of Aspen and is the quintessential learner's mountain known for smooth, rolling terrain. The mountain consists of three sections: Main Buttermilk, Tiehack, and West Buttermilk.

Main Buttermilk is its central part and has a selection of green and blue trails. Tiehack is located off the east ridge and is considered an advanced area where intermediates head to master steeper slopes, bumps and powder. Be forewarned, however, the Tiehack chair is VERY slow and long - we'd recommend avoiding it on cold days. West Buttermilk's rolling terrain comprises mostly easy green trails and is a favorite among first-timers. It's also a favorite among hikers, snowshoers and other uphillers for a great workout at any time of day or night. Spectacular views of Pyramid Peak, Highlands, Snowmass, Capitol Peak, Mt. Daly and Mt. Sopris await guests at its summit.

Kids love Max the Moose, Buttermilk's friendly purple mascot, and Fort Frog, an adventure center that features a Western-style fort and Native American Village where they can explore specially designated trails. Panda Peak, the learning hill at the base of Buttermilk, is another kid magnet because it's where beginners make their first turns in the children's ski school. Beginners are encouraged to enjoy a complete ski experience. Often they start in specific beginner-friendly areas and as their confidence and ability increase, they move to more challenging areas of the mountain.


Aspen/Snowmass Intermediate Skiing

Almost half the terrain over all four mountain ski areas is suitable for intermediates, with excellent cruising on Aspen Mountain, at Aspen Highlands and in Snowmass.

The best area for intermediate skiers at Aspen Highlands is near the top of the mountain, where the Cloud Nine lift accesses trails such as Scarlett's, Grand Prix and Gunbarrel. Golden Horn and Thunderbowl offer enjoyable cruising.

The longest intermediate trail is just over five miles (8.5 km) and is located in Snowmass, which is also the location for one other unique offering: the 10-minute hike to Burnt Mountain, with its backcountry style experience for intermediates on Long Shot, a trail that winds three miles (5 km) through forests. Long groomed intermediate trails such as the "mile-wide" Big Burn offer excellent cruising.


Aspen/Snowmass Expert Skiing

Expert skiing in Aspen can be boiled down to moguls and steeps on Aspen Mountain, steep off-piste at Highlands Bowl and Snowmass's Hanging Valley and Cirque. Aspen/Snowmass' expert skiing is world class.

Aspen Mountain Expert Skiing

For those in search of moguls and steep, deep couloirs, Aspen Mountain has short, sharp and quite steep double black diamond (and very difficult) chutes, including the famous "dump trails" such as Bear Paw, Short Snort and Zaugg Dump, which were created by miners throwing out spoil as they tunneled their way into the mountain. The dump trails are tight, technical and steep - sure to challenge even the best. Walsh's is considered to be the most challenging trail on Aspen Mountain. Bell Mountain, part of Aspen Mountain, provides first-rate opportunities for mogul skiers with its variety of individual faces, including Face of Bell, Shoulder of Bell, and Back of Bell. Skiers also relish the breathtaking views of downtown Aspen as they descend Ajax.

Aspen Highlands Expert Skiing

Highlands has exhilarating steeps, trees, and powder bowls that challenge and delight advanced skiers and riders. Temerity, between Steeplechase and the Y-Zones, is the ultimate in tree riding. Mushroom Chutes, Thermals, and South Castle Chute in Temerity are not for the faint of heart and are sure to produce glory stories for even the most hardcore skiers and riders. The Olympic Bowl side of the mountain (Oly to the locals) has the aptly named Deception and the No Name Chutes for challenging gladed skiing and riding. Highlands is the spot for big mountain freeskiing and freeriding.

Highlands Bowl is the steepest off-piste experience of any U.S. ski resort. Skiers and snowboarders have been flocking to Highlands to try out the new terrain. With the opening of Ozone, White Kitchen, and Be One in the early 2000's it finaly became possible to ski from the 12,392-foot (3,782 m) summit of the bowl on 40 to 45 degree slopes. The bowl offers deep-powder skiing after a snowstorm and is accessible via a 20 to 60 minute hike from the top of the Loge Peak chair. The hike can be shortened by 15 to 20 minutes by catching the free snowcat from Loge Meadow to the first access gate. The snowcat runs from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, conditions permitting. Check the board at the top accessed by both the Loge Peak and the new Deep Temerity lifts for more information.

Dropping in from the summit is just one of the choices. One thousand vertical feet (300 m) lower, some of the steepest terrain can be found in the Lower Y Zones. Between the Y Zones and the summit there are dozens of other choices. You can drop in anywhere along the ridge to the left via four access gates but you MUST observe closures at these gates. Be aware that the steep and narrow chutes of Maroon Bowl-to the right of the ridge-are uncontrolled, and that avalanches in this area have claimed many lives over the years.


Snowmass: Hanging Valley and Cirque

Snowmass's Hanging Valley has been called the closest thing to the backcountry without actually going out of bounds. Steeps, glades, cornices, cliffs, and deep snow all await those seeking thrills and spills. On a powder day, skiers and riders wait anxiously for ski patrol to drop the ropes and open the area. Because Snowmass is so big, powder stashes can be found on the mountain days after a major snowstorm. The off-piste experiences in the Hanging Valley, Burnt Mountain, and the Cirque are also ideal for advanced skiers and boarders.

The Cirque at Snowmass-a world of steeps, cornices, chutes and cliffs-is legendary among advanced skiers and boarders. Some say Snowmass is the most underestimated adventure mountain in the world. At 12,510 feet (3,815 m) above sea level, the Cirque provides a breathtaking experience. Skiers can explore the huge Cirque Headwall or come all the way around and take the steep shots down the East Wall. When the snow is deep, hop into Rock Island where you can link turns on or between the giant snow-covered boulders that look like huge marshmallows.

Cliff jumpers can get hang time on Hanging Valley Wall, Baby Ruth-and Gowdy's: with a huge cornice, narrow choke in the center and a wide open powder field at the bottom, this trail has it all. Don't forget AMF (some say it stands for "adios, my friend"), Garrett Gulch, and Bearclaw, and the locals' secret powder stash-Reidars' trees.


Aspen/Snowmass Boarding & Freestyle

Aspen/Snowmass was late to snowboarding, but is now set up well for it with terrain parks and pipes.

Aspen/Snowmass, one of the last U.S. resorts to open to snowboarders, is now extremely boarder-friendly and makes every effort to welcome snowboarders and make their experience hassle-free. Benches and repair tools can be found on all of the mountains. The gondola and all the buses are equipped to handle snowboards. In total there are five terrain parks, two superpipes and one minipipe.

In particular, Snowmass' terrain park stands out as being of notably high quality. Buttermilk hosts the X-Games and even if the thought of hurling yourself off a jump the size of a three story house is enough to give you a panic attack, watching the pros do it is quite impressive.


Aspen Activities

Aspen Snowmass has a plethora of off-slope activities on offer including ice skating, paragliding, hot air ballooning, day spas or a soak in hot springs. Other on-snow activities include snow shoeing and cross country skiing. Aspen is also heaven for any shop-a-holic with designer clothing shops, gift shops, galleries, and plenty of ski and snowboard shops. You don’t need to partake in organised activities to make the most of Aspen. People-watching on the streets or in restaurants is amazing darhling and an activity in itself.


Aspen Hotels & Lodging

Aspen is a historic ski town with a wide variety of accommodation to suit most budgets and tastes. If you want to spend a fortune on accommodation in this town you certainly can, but the reality is there are plenty of options for those on a budget. The town of Aspen has hotels, condos, motels, lodges, bed and breakfasts, and plenty of vacation rentals.

Snowmass is home to a thriving village at the base of the mountain that has been well planned such that approximately 95 percent of the lodging is conveniently ski in ski out. Snowmass lodging is mainly hotels and condominiums. The other option is to stay in the village at the base of Aspen Highlands but there's not much else to do there other than ski or snowboard.

Transportation - Get In


By plane

Aspen-Pitkin County Airport (also known as Sardy Field; ASE ). Major carriers to Aspen include United Express, Frontier Airlines, and American Eagle Airlines. Private jet charters are a popular method of travel to the Rocky Mountains of Aspen. Air charter service is available to Aspen-Pitkin County Airport through companies such as Incredijet Private Jet Charter. Aspen-Pitkin County Airport is a small airport for small planes only, and traffic tends to stop in any inclement weather.

Flying into Denver Airport and driving up to Aspen is more reliable and often cheaper.


By car

The drive to Aspen is about 4 hours from Denver. There are two major routes from Denver - through Glenwood Springs or through Independence Pass. Independence Pass is only open in the summer months, but provides spectacular views and can be a bit faster than the longer route through Glenwood. To take this route, travel south from Copper Mountain exit off I70 through Leadville.

Transportation - Get Around

There are numerous large rental car services available at the Aspen-Pitkin county Airport.[www]

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Go Rentals
  • Hertz
  • National

Scheduled and chartered services are available from Denver International Airport and Eagle County Regional Airport. Free buses operate within the cities of Aspen and Snowmass Village and many hotels have free shuttle service to and from the airport.

It's all about getting around on skis in the winter and mountain bikes or your own two feet in the summer!


ON FOOT

Both downtown Aspen and Snowmass Village are pedestrian friendly. In fact, you could cross both of them on foot in 20 minutes time. In Aspen, Cooper and Hyman Avenues (between Mill and Galena Streets) and Mill St. (between Hyman and Durant Avenues) are closed to vehicles, creating a wonderful pedestrian mall. In Snowmass Village, the Mall and Base Village areas are also perfect for strolling.


ON BIKE

Bike culture in Aspen and Snowmass Village is alive and thriving. Regardless of season, most locals get from point A to point B on a bike because of how easy it is. In summer, Four Mountain Sports rents cruiser, road and mountain bikes for getting around. Even the Limelight Hotel in Aspen offers complimentary cruiser bikes to guests.


RFTA

The RFTA or Roaring Fork Transit Authority (which locals simply call “Rafta”) connects riders with all the important points in the valley. Convenient schedules and (more importantly) ski and snowboard racks make them a popular choice for visiting the four mountains of Aspen Snowmass. Visit RFTA’s website to learn more about schedules and fares.


RESORT SHUTTLES

Numerous hotels and resorts in Aspen and Snowmass Village offer resort shuttles to the slopes, and — in some cases — luxury transfers to wherever you want to go.

Accommodation & Hotels


Aspen-nestled at the foot of the Rocky Mountains- has become a premier ski destination for jetsetters and one of the most famous resorts in the world/The Little Nell is a luxurious hotel in the heart of the town- with direct ski in/out access to Aspen Mountain- a true Colorado gem- which can be enjoyed whatever the season/ The stylishly decorated rooms with their fine furnishings- earth-inspired colours and works of art offer a gentle- comforting ambiance after a day in the fresh air- as do all its attractive public areas which have been designed with your comfort in mind/ Its restaurant- Element 47-serves sophisticated cuisine based on local ingredients.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Professional service
    • Friendly service
    • Spacious rooms
    • Nice building
  • THE LITTLE NELL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 96, this hotel is one of the top 3% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


The Residences at The Little Nell are exclusive private residences. Located next to the Silver Queen Gondola these two-three- and four-bedroom residences offer direct ski-in/ski-out access to legendary Aspen Mountain. Each residence seamlessly blends dramatic mountain-inspired architecture and thoughtful interior design with exceptional handcrafted finishes and exquisite custom furnishings. Floor plans take the best of The Little Nells inviting guest rooms and translate them into luxurious living spaces ranging between 2500 to 4450 square feet. Large exterior decks and balconies invite guests to bring the great Colorado outdoors indoors. Our residence hotel rooms have high ceilings either one king or two queen beds and are on the street or courtyard level. The room and bath finishes are similar to individual residences.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Friendly service
  • RESIDENCES AT THE LITTLE NELL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 18% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and location.


Conveniently located in the heart of Aspen this landmark hotel is renowned for its relaxed elegance gracious hospitality and authentic mountain spirit. Guests enjoy distinguished accommodations acclaimed dining rejuvenating spa services and the modern amenities of a world-class luxury boutique hotel.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a wellness hotel
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Beautiful architecture
    • Stylish hotel
    • Friendly service
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • HOTEL JEROME, AN AUBERGE RESORT SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 9% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, rooms and Vibe.


Experience the rebirth of an Aspen Icon. The Limelight Lodge is a brand new hotel in downtown Aspen that is perfect for family- group- and international travel as well as corporate retreats- and year-round leisure vacations. Our centrally located property features cozy public space and well-appointed accommodations at a reasonable price as well as the warmth and hospitality of a family-owned hotel. This state-of-the-art facility includes climate control throughout- underground parking- ski lockers and everything guests need to get the most from their stay. One thing that has not changed is our signature service. Enjoy the classic warmth of our hospitality with the conveniences of modern living- such as wireless Internet and a delicious breakfast to get your day started. With our rich family history- we pride ourselves in providing unmatched service and value. Whether you choose the comfort of a standard guest room with a comfy king-sized bed or the spacious luxury of a two-bedroom condo with a full kitchen and private terrace- you will find that our accommodations are a magical blend of rustic inn comfort and modern convenience. We designed our new guest rooms to be both comfortable and functional- with enough space for groups and gear. Families will love the ease of our pet-friendly suites and condos- which feature a pull-out couch for added sleeping space. If you have got corporate clients to impress or a group retreat to host- the Limelight Lodge has thoughtful amenities such as kitchenettes- fireplaces- and wireless high-speed Internet access to keep people comfortable and connected during their stay. All rooms also feature in-room movies and games. Small conveniences such as an iron and ironing board are great if you have to look your best for an Aspen meeting or social event. Balconies with incredible views are also available- so choose your perfect accommodations with us and start enjoying the fresh beauty of Aspen.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this as a luxury hotel.
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests say this is a wonderful resort hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Spacious rooms
    • Friendly service
    • Great reception
    • Friendly atmosphere
  • LIMELIGHT HOTEL ASPEN SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 93, this hotel is one of the top 5% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and location.


Aspen Square Condominium Hotel is a popular choice amongst travelers in Aspen (CO), whether exploring or just passing through. The hotel offers a high standard of service and amenities to suit the individual needs of all travelers. Take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service, family room, coffee shop, shops. Guestrooms are fitted with all the amenities you need for a good night's sleep. In some of the rooms, guests can find television LCD/plasma screen, air conditioning, heating, wake-up service, balcony/terrace. The hotel's peaceful atmosphere extends to its recreational facilities which include fitness center, outdoor pool. Discover all Aspen (CO) has to offer by making Aspen Square Condominium Hotel your base.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
    • Guests think this is a family-friendly hotel.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Great shopping
    • Nice balcony
    • Good kitchenette
    • Professional service
  • ASPEN SQUARE CONDOMINIUM HOTEL SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 7% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, location and service.


The guest suites at the Meadows are designed around the principles of comfort and function. All 98 spacious guest suites offer floor to ceiling windows and balconies. Amenities include coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, wet bars, desk/work areas, data port phones, couches, reading chair, and TVs with VCRs. We offer 58 suites with separate living and sleeping areas, and 40 studio suites with a large living and sleeping area in one room. Twenty-two of these suites have two queen beds in them, with the remainder of the rooms offering one king bed. The Health Center is a fully equipped fitness facility with complete weight room, half-court gymnasium, outdoor lap pool and Jacuzzi. Personal trainers and massage therapists are also on hand. Mountain Resort located on 41 acres in Aspen.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests say this is a wonderful resort hotel.
    • Guests say the hotel is perfect for a romantic getaway.
    • Guests say it is the perfect hotel for a city trip.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Good shuttle service
    • Near city centre
    • Spacious rooms
    • Good fitness area
  • ASPEN MEADOWS RESORT SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 92, this hotel is one of the top 13% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its rooms, service and comfort.

 


Ideally located in the prime touristic area of Aspen, The St. Regis Aspen Resort promises a relaxing and wonderful visit. Offering a variety of facilities and services, the hotel provides all you need for a good night's sleep. Service-minded staff will welcome and guide you at the The St. Regis Aspen Resort. Comfortable guestrooms ensure a good night's sleep with some rooms featuring facilities such as carpeting, separate living room, air conditioning, heating, mini bar. Recuperate from a full day of sightseeing in the comfort of your room or take advantage of the hotel's recreational facilities, including hot tub, fitness center, sauna, golf course (within 3 km), outdoor pool. Convenience and comfort makes The St. Regis Aspen Resort the perfect choice for your stay in Aspen (CO).

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Stylish hotel
    • Friendly service
    • Nice building
  • ST. REGIS ASPEN RESORT SUMMARY
    • With an excellent TrustScore of 91, this hotel is one of the top 15% in its city. Guests highly recommend it because of its service, location and amenities.


Property Location: With a stay at Aspen Alps, you'll be centrally located in Aspen, steps from Aspen Mountain and Hunter Valley Trail. This 4-star condominium resort is within close proximity of Aspen Skiing Company and 212 Gallery.

Rooms: Treat yourself to a stay in one of the 55 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring fireplaces. Rooms have private balconies or patios. Kitchens are outfitted with full-sized refrigerators/freezers, stovetops, and microwaves. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment.

Amenities: Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages and facials. You're sure to appreciate the convenience of ski-in/ski-out access at this condominium resort, which also features outdoor tennis courts and an outdoor pool. This condominium resort also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and ski storage.

Business, Other Amenities: Featured amenities include complimentary newspapers in the lobby, dry cleaning/laundry services, and multilingual staff. Event facilities at this condominium resort consist of conference space and a meeting room. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary during limited hours.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this for traveling with friends.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Hotel could use some updating
    • Friendly service
  • ASPEN ALPS SUMMARY
    • This hotel has an excellent TrustScore of 87. Guests highly recommend it because of its location, rooms and service.


Boasting 122 rooms, conference facilities, a pool and hot tub, free wireless service, parking, and airport/town shuttle, the newly renovated Inn at Aspen makes for the perfect vacation spot. Located near Buttermilk Ski Resort- home of the ESPN X Games and the ski school of the Aspen Skiing Company, Aspen Mountain Ski Resort- famous for its black diamond runs, Aspen Highlands- a paradise for experts, and Snowmass Ski Resort- featuring a vertical drop of 4,406 feet. Those interested in activities other than skiing include dog sledding, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides. Guests can unwind in the outdoor hot tub or heated pool, or work out in the on-site fitness center. Come summer time the Aspen Golf Club, directly across from the hotel, and the biking trails around Buttermilk Mountain are perfect for family outings. Inside, McKenneys at The Inn restaurant provides casual dining and serves everything from soups and salads to burgers, pepper steak and rainbow trout. Offering over 5000 sq. ft. of meeting space in three separate conference rooms, guests can book meetings, special events, wedding receptions, family reunions, and theme parties. Please note the 6 percent resort fee will be collected at booking. Please note that the minimum check-in age is 18. There will be USD 100.00 hold on the credit card provided at check-in.

  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Good shuttle service
    • Pleasant entrance area
    • Spacious rooms
    • Great view
  • THE INN AT ASPEN SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 84. Guests recommend it because of its service, location and value for money.


A contemporary classic, the Hotel Aspen offers you affordable comfort just a short stroll from all that Aspen has to offer. From the moment you arrive, our professional staff caters to your needs, ensuring a vacation that goes beyond expectation. Rooms are large and beautifully appointed, featuring king or queen size beds, many with plush down comforters and down pillows. All rooms come equipped with a wet bar, small refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, humidifier, flat screen TV, DVD player, and air conditioning. Most rooms open onto terraces or balconies and some have private jacuzzis. Year-round our patio courtyard, with its heated swimming pool and two jacuzzis, lets you relax under beautiful mountain skies. In the lounge, you can enjoy incredible panoramic views with your complimentary expanded continental breakfast or afternoon wine and cheese buffet during the ski season. Located on Main Street, the Hotel Aspen is within walking distance of the Mall, Music Tent, and is on the shuttle bus route to all other activities and ski areas. Pets are allowed at this hotel for a fee. NOTE: Pet fee is $25 USD per pet per night.

  • WHAT KIND OF HOTEL
    • Guests recommend this hotel for budget travelers.
  • GOOD TO KNOW
    • Bathroom could be bigger
    • Fair breakfast prices
    • Rooms could be larger
    • Near city centre
  • HOTEL ASPEN SUMMARY
    • This hotel has a very good TrustScore of 84. Guests recommend it because of its location, breakfast and service.

Ski Area

The Aspen/Snowmass ski area is made up of four distinct mountains: flagship Aspen Mountain, challenging Aspen Highlands, diverse Snowmass, and beginner-friendly Buttermilk.

At Aspen, one ticket allows you to experience four mountains-Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk-each with its own personality. That's 5,206 acres (2,107 ha) of terrain, 44 lifts, 339 trails, thousands of feet of vertical drop, hundreds of inches of fresh snow and endless blue skies-all within a 12-mile (20 km) radius and accessible by free shuttle. And the sky really is blue: if you ski powder you really need brilliant sunshine and this resort has plenty of both: temperatures average 30°F (-1°C) during the day and around 18°F (-7°C) at night, while spring temperatures can reach an enjoyable 50°F (10°C) and higher during the day.

The slopes are graded-easiest to hardest-green, blue, black diamond and double black diamond. Around 10 percent are graded beginner, 48 percent intermediate, 21 percent advanced, and 21 percent "strictly for the experts." Buttermilk is the best place to learn, indeed there is no expert terrain there. Conversely, Aspen Mountain has no beginner terrain. Know your limits and take your choice.

Aspen's attention to detail is world class. They do the little things right From trail maps on the chairlifts to suntan lotion, hot cider and water on top of Ajax, you'll be sure to notice the small touches.

Getting from mountain to mountain is simple, free and easy. Aspen offers bus service connecting the four mountains with each other and downtown Aspen. The buses run regularly and stop at a number of convenient locations. Consult the trail maps or the map in Ruby Park for more information about schedules and stops.

Suing and being sued in the U.S. is an occupational hazard so it is not surprising that safety is paramount in the area, with a ski patrol on each mountain, and a surfeit of ropes, signs, poles, avalanche safety measures and speed controls.


Aspen Mountain

The flagship Aspen Mountain rises imposingly out of the heart of downtown Aspen to 11,212 feet (3,147 m) and covers 673 acres (272 ha). Now open to snowboarding, the mountain is known for steeps and bumps and is a favorite among many upper-intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. Intermediate cruising is a delight on the wide open Ruthie's Run, accessing the world's only high-speed double chair. The Silver Queen Gondola transports skiers to the summit in only 14 minutes, providing access to a number of activities, including world-class skiing, guided snowshoe tours and paragliding. Aspen Mountain offers great steeps and long blue cruisers, but beginners beware! Aspen Mountain has no green trails, so if you're looking for a mountain for a mixed ability group, Snowmass is a better choice.


Buttermilk

Buttermilk is located just three miles (5 km) outside Aspen, and is the tamest of the four mountains. Most of the mountain is groomed each night and the terrain generally quite gentle. It is virtually impossible to define to Buttermilk. On one hand, it's the quintessential beginner's mountain known for smooth, rolling trails. But if that's Buttermilk, then why do all the locals pound down "Tiehack Parkway" when there's a foot (30 cm) of fresh snow? Well, the Tiehack trail has steep left-handed funnels and glades that make it anything but beginner's country, even if the main fall lines are easy (and what is wrong with that?) And how about the freeriders' Buttermilk? It's home to a superpipe and one of the world's longest terrain parks from the top of the mountain to the base, Crazy T'rain, nearly two miles (3 km) long and features dozens of hits and over 30 rails. The Crazy T'rain Park has also been home to ESPN Winter X Games since 2002. A sound system has been installed near the superpipe and the X Games Slopestyle Course constructed for all to ride. There is also a new beginner terrain park S3 on Larkspur.


Aspen Highlands

Located just three miles (5 km) from downtown Aspen and accessible by free shuttle, Aspen Highlands' 970 acres (393 ha) feature stunning views of the world-famous Maroon Bells, and the new Highlands Village offers affordable lodgings, dining and shopping.

Undeniably funky and old school, Aspen Highlands is where the locals go to get humbled. At Highlands, there are wide-open trails and killer views-enough to keep an intermediate happy for a month, even greens you could send your mother down. But experience its hike-accessible terrain just once, and you'll be amazed. Beyond the lift network and a short hike from the top of the Loge Peak lift, Highland Bowl features some of the steepest terrain in the United States. Even without hiking, Aspen Highlands will be sure to challenge even the most advanced expert. Check out the unrelenting steeps and bumps of Steeplechase - over 1500 vertical feet of heart-pounding and leg-burning expert bliss.


The Highland Bowl

For years Highland Bowl stood grand and empty, an enticing, snowy siren, inviting, but off limits. The bowl is divided into four zones; the south-facing R(ed) zone which receives the greatest amount of sun exposure, with Y(ellow) zone following, then B(lue) zone and finally, the coolest north-facing G(reen) zone.

The bowl has a rich history. In 1981 the Aspen Highlands Ski Patrol was allowed to open the bowl for guided hiking tours and for the next three years backcountry skiers gained access to the bowl, but this all ended when three ski patrollers were killed in 1984. For the next 13 years the bowl remained closed except for the gladed trails in the Temerity area off the lower ridge.

The R-zone remains closed but the lower Y-zone was reopened in 1997 and gradually since then the patrol has opened the B-zone (allowing descents from the 12,392 foot/3,777 m peak) and a small part of the G-zone in 2001. From the peak the fall line has pitches of up to 48 degrees and is prime avalanche terrain. To safely open the area the ski patrol and local volunteers descend into the bowl (sometimes clipped into a belay!) and compress the snow step by step as they walk down and back up the mountain. The patrol does this with each new snowfall for the first few months of the winter to ensure that the weak Colorado snowpack forms a firm base. In the absence of these safety measures the bowl would be far too dangerous.


Snowmass

Snowmass has had its problems in the past, not least of which were having a mess of a base area, and a slightly soulless feel. Now Snowmass is getting back on top and offering the whole gamut of downhill experiences from gentle cruisers to scary steeps. In fact you'll find the greatest diversity of terrain among the four mountains here on Snowmass, the biggest of the four Aspen mountains. With hundreds of acres of beginner trails, steep expert runs,, wide open cruisers, endless moguls, terrain parks, and half-pipes Snowmass has a little bit of something for everyone.

Snowmass is the second largest mountain resort in Colorado and with 3,128 acres (1,266 ha), including glades, cruisers and bumps as well as three terrain parks and a halfpipe. It would be hard not find a perfect trail no matter your ability level. And as for getting up the slopes Snowmass has the longest lift-served vertical rise in the United States.

Snowmass recently broke ground on a new village located at the bottom of the Elk Camp gondola. The new "Disney-esque" mixed-use pedestrian village features shops, restaurant and lodging. In an era when so many new planned base village developments feel cookie cutter, Snowmass village stands out. As one local put it, "it's the happiest place on snow!" The shops and restaurants are unique, different and creative. Kids (and kids at heart) shouldn't miss The Sweet Life. During the day, the downstairs offers an unparalleled selection of candy and ice cream, while at night, the upstairs transforms into a nightspot serving up sweet adult libations. Also be sure to check out Junk, a casual restaurant where the ambiance is provided by various forms of "junk" such as bent silverware chandeliers and bar stools which face cases of discarded legos and toy cars. Slated to be completed within the next few years, the village will be the centerpiece of Snowmass and offer an experience to rival even downtown Aspen itself.

Snowmass is family-friendly skiing and more improvements are being made to the Family Zone on Snowmass. New interactive kids' trails have been added to the current kids' facilities that include a picnic shelter, training gates and sculpted moguls. Additionally, Snowmass has kids tree runs complete with humorous signs, a fake gold mine, and life size cutouts of rangers, miners, and animals! The Trenchtown terrain park at Snowmass will also double in size, running from top to bottom of the Coney Glade lift. The gem of Snowmass' childrens' programs, however is is the recently completed Treehouse Kid's Adventure Center. Located in the new base village Treehouse Tube Town at Snowmass offers tubing seven days a week, and tubing on Snowmass is open until 8:00 pm.

Accessible by free shuttle from anywhere in the Aspen/Snowmass area, Snowmass is located just nine miles (15 km) from downtown Aspen and 95 percent of Snowmass's accommodations are ski-in, ski-out.

The whole ski area and the award-winning Ski & Snowboard Schools of Aspen are operated by the Aspen Skiing Company. Contact 800-525-6200 or 970-925-1220, or you can visit the websites at www.skiaspen.com and www.aspensnowmass.com.

Ski Lifts & Pass


Lift System

Lines are not a problem in Aspen/Snowmass: even if every single guest were on the slopes at the same time, the mountains would still average just three people per acre.

If you're keen you can catch the first lift at 8:30 am and hop on the last lift at 3:45 pm. Lines are not a problem: even if lodgings were at full capacity, and every single guest were to be on the slopes at the same time-an unlikely scenario-the mountains would still average only three people per acre. The results for visitors are no long lift lines to wait in, and lots of open space in which to experience the wonderful exhilaration of skiing and riding. Aspen has eight lifts (including a gondola), Buttermilk has nine; Highlands five, and Snowmass 22.

The Deep Temerity triple chairlift opened for 2007/2008 with access to the new terrain around Canopy Cruiser opening for the 2008/2009 season.  Deep Temerity rises 1,700 feet vertically in just over 7 minutes from the bottom of the Steeplechase area and represents a significant improvement to the skiing.  If your legs will allow, it's now much eassier to lap Steeplechae and Higland Bowl.

Also new is the high-speed quad Sheer Bliss.  Accessing 700 acres in the Snowmass Big Burn area, Sheer Bliss rise 2,212 vertical feet in around 9 minutes.


Lift passes

Aspen/Snowmass's lift pass covers all four mountain areas and guests may have their equipment transferred at the end of the day to any of the four mountains in Aspen/Snowmass for only US$5 (or for free if you rent from some Aspen ski shops) . The equipment will be waiting at the base of the mountain the next morning. Guests may also store their equipment overnight at any mountain.

There are no reduced price schemes, so everyone must buy a regular lift ticket (which requires an ID photo), but there is free skiing and boarding for children six years and under.  Lift tickets are available at some lodges, at the base of each mountain, or through the offical website at www.aspensnowmass.com.

To rent or buy ski equipment, D&E Snowboard Shop & Ski Rental and Pro Mountain Sports have a complete selection of adult and children's ski and snowboard packages available at convenient locations at the base of each mountain, plus free inter-mountain equipment transfers. For a complete listing of equipment and pricing go to www.aspensnowmass.com.


2017-2018 LIFT TICKET PRICING DECEMBER 16-22, 2017
DAYSADULT(18-64)CHILD/TEEN/SENIOR(7-17) (65+)
Advance PurchaseIn-ResortAdvance PurchaseIn-Resort
1 Day$155$155$102$102
2 of 10$270SAVE $20$290$164SAVE $20$184
3 of 10$405SAVE $30$435$246SAVE $30$276
4 of 10$500SAVE $40$540$288SAVE $40$328
5 of 10$625SAVE $50$675$360SAVE $50$410
6 of 10*$750SAVE $60$810$432SAVE $60$492
7 of 10*$875SAVE $70$945$504SAVE $70$574
Partial Day**$104$104$69$69
Sightseeing***$35$35$24$24

2017-2018 LIFT TICKET PRICING DECEMBER 23, 2017-JANUARY 1, 2018
DAYSADULT(18-64)CHILD/TEEN/SENIOR(7-17) (65+)
Advance PurchaseIn-ResortAdvance PurchaseIn-Resort
1 Day$169$169$112$112
2 of 10$298SAVE $20$318$184SAVE $20$204
3 of 10$447SAVE $30$477$276SAVE $30$306
4 of 10$556SAVE $40$596$328SAVE $40$368
5 of 10$695SAVE $50$745$410SAVE $50$460
6 of 10*$834SAVE $60$894$492SAVE $60$552
7 of 10*$973SAVE $70$1043$574SAVE $70$644
Partial Day**$114$114$75$75
Sightseeing (Includes $10 Lunch Credit)***$35$35$24$24

2017-2018 LIFT TICKET PRICING JANUARY 2-FEBRUARY 9, 2018
DAYSADULT(18-64)CHILD/TEEN/SENIOR(7-17) (65+)
Advance PurchaseIn-ResortAdvance PurchaseIn-Resort
1 Day$155$155$102$102
2 of 10$270SAVE $20$290$164SAVE $20$184
3 of 10$405SAVE $30$435$246SAVE $30$276
4 of 10$500SAVE $40$540$288SAVE $40$328
5 of 10$625SAVE $50$675$360SAVE $50$410
6 of 10*$750SAVE $60$810$432SAVE $60$492
7 of 10*$875SAVE $70$945$504SAVE $70$574
Partial Day**$104$104$69$69
Sightseeing***$35$35$24$24

2017-2018 LIFT TICKET PRICING FEBRUARY 10-APRIL 7, 2018
DAYSADULT(18-64)CHILD/TEEN/SENIOR(7-17) (65+)
Advance PurchaseIn-ResortAdvance PurchaseIn-Resort
1 Day$169$169$112$112
2 of 10$298SAVE $20$318$184SAVE $20$204
3 of 10$447SAVE $30$477$276SAVE $30$306
4 of 10$556SAVE $40$596$328SAVE $40$368
5 of 10$695SAVE $50$745$410SAVE $50$460
6 of 10*$834SAVE $60$894$492SAVE $60$552
7 of 10*$973SAVE $70$1043$574SAVE $70$644
Partial Day**$114$114$75$75
Sightseeing (Includes $10 Lunch Credit)***$35$35$24$24

2017-2018 LIFT TICKET PRICING APRIL 8-15, 2018
DAYSADULT(18-64)CHILD/TEEN/SENIOR(7-17) (65+)
Advance PurchaseIn-ResortAdvance PurchaseIn-Resort
1 Day$155$155$102$102
2 of 10$270SAVE $20$290$164SAVE $20$184
3 of 10$405SAVE $30$435$246SAVE $30$276
4 of 10$500SAVE $40$540$288SAVE $40$328
5 of 10$625SAVE $50$675$360SAVE $50$410
6 of 10*$750SAVE $60$810$432SAVE $60$492
7 of 10*$875SAVE $70$945$504SAVE $70$574
Partial Day**$104$104$69$69
Sightseeing***$35$35$24$24

Activities & Things to do


Winter

  • Ski - four ski mountains in the area: Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk.
  • Sleigh rides
  • Sledding
  • Snowshoeing
  • Snowmobiling

Summer

  • Mountain bike
  • Hike
  • Golf
  • Gondola rides to the top of Aspen Mountain
  • White water rafting
  • Fly fishing
  • Mine exploration
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Rodeos
  • Paint ball
  • Paragliding
  • Outdoor concerts

Music

  • Belly Up - Small venue hosting some impressive artists, downtown Aspen [www]
  • June Festival - June 22nd - 25th, 2006
  • Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival - September 1st - 4th, 2006, Snowmass Town Park

Golf

  • Aspen Golf Club Phone: (970) 925-2145, [www]. Opened in 1980, the 18-hole Aspen course at the Aspen Golf Club facility features 7,165 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71 . The course rating is 72.1 and it has a slope rating of 124 on Blue grass.
  • Maroon Creek Club Phone: (970) 920-4080 [www]. The 18-hole course at the Maroon Creek Club features 7,100 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70 . The course rating is 73.6 and it has a slope rating of 140 on Blue grass. The course opened in 1995.
  • Snowmass Club, Phone: +1 970 923-5600, [www]. Ten minutes downvalley in Snowmass Village. The Snowmass Club's new 18-hole, par-72 Snowmass Club Golf Course. The 6,986-yard semi-private course designed by award-winning golf course architect Jim Engh includes a learning center, practice area and new golf clubhouse with Black Saddle Bar & Grille, a full-service restaurant and bar. With five sets of tee boxes at each hole and a truly unique design, golfers of all abilities will enjoy play that is as fun as it is challenging
  • River Valley Ranch Golf Club, Phone: +1 970 963-3625, [www]. Eighteen holes, slope 73.2, rating 125, 7,348 yards. 30 minutes downvalley in Carbondale,River Valley Ranch Golf Club. Good bang for buck.

Sights & Landmarks

  • John Denver Park - this Aspen park is a pleasant place to take your dog or your kids for a splash in the creek in summertime. The park is named after the famous Country and Folk singer who resided in Aspen. Lyrics from his most popular songs are inscribed in the creekside boulders. John Denver Park is on the creek trail on the north side of Aspen, near the Rio Grande Ball Field and park at N. Mill St. and Rio Grande Pl.
  • Maroon Bells - a short drive outside of Aspen, the Maroon Bells are one of the most photographed mountain scenes in Colorado. The lake and views of the 14,000 foot peaks are spectacular. In the summer months between 8AM and 5PM, visitors must take a shuttle bus to the Maroon Bells to control traffic. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for children. There are some short, non-strenuous hikes around the Maroon Bells that vary from 1 mile to 10. People also like to climb the Maroon Bells; however, it is very dangerous and a guide is highly recommended.
  • Independence Pass - In the summer months, this pass is open to vehicular traffic. The drive takes you up to the Continental Divide, and along the way passes some of the most beautiful scenery in the area and a ghost town that is open to visitors.

Restaurants & Nightlife

In Aspen/Snowmass, restaurants range from upscale and elegant through to casual with lots of local flavor.

Aspen enjoys an international reputation for both its restaurants and its chefs, and many of the restaurants are also bars. In Aspen, options range from upscale and elegant (The Little Nell, Piñons, Renaissance, Olives in The St. Regis, and Syzygy) through to casual spots with lots of local flavor (the J-Bar, La Cocina, Boogie's and Su Casa). In between, Ajax Tavern, L'Hostaria, Mezzaluna, Jimmy's, and Blue Maize will satisfy culinary cravings with ease. Also if you're looking to stray a little from the beaten path, be sure to check out Zocalito's for excellent Latin/fusion cuisine in a fun and intimate atmosphere. Most of the dining in the downtown is within an easy walk of most lodging properties.

In Snowmass, top spots include Krabloonik, Sage, Village Steakhouse and La Boheme. Restaurants that add a little adventure to the dining experience include the ever-popular Pine Creek Cookhouse up Castle Creek Road.


Aspen/Snowmass Apres-Ski

Whatever kind of nightlife, Aspen/Snowmass's got it-from laid back to high glam-and heaps of it.

In Aspen/Snowmass, apres-ski has been around since the beginning. Skiers came off the mountain, skied right through town and parked on a barstool at the 100-year old Red Onion. Today the tradition continues with over 100 bars and restaurants offering après ski across town, in every price category and for every lifestyle.

Rated tops for après-ski by Ski magazine, Powder magazine and Playboy, whatever kind of nightlife, Aspen's got it; from wings and a pitcher of beer, or fondue with a mulled wine, through to a bottle of champagne and caviar, at Aspen/Snowmass there's an après for everyone. The place is chock full of restaurants, bars and nightlife from romantic dinners to social get-togethers, quiet tête-à-têtes or non-stop partying. Put on blue jeans, or designer gear-it doesn't matter as  "wear whatever, anywhere" is what goes here.

Popular apres-ski hotspots include Ajax Tavern (both inside and outside on the deck in nice weather) and poolside at the Sky Hotel where you'll feel like you stepped into a little piece of the Playboy mansion. While most of the action is in downtown Aspen, if you find yourself in Snowmass, be sure to check out the chic and new "Liquid Sky" located in the new Snowmass Village. Zane's Tavern is also a popular choice with locals.

On the legal side, you must be 21 years old to drink alcohol, and you cannot walk the street with an open container of alcohol. Children can accompany their parents in restaurants but not in bars or clubs which, by the way, shut at 2:00 am.


Aspen/Snowmass Mountain Restaurants

Aspen/Snowmass has 13 mountain restaurants, many with large outdoor decks and great views.

The mountain restaurants in Aspen/Snowmass include some of the best in North America serving international, traditional, self-service and fast food. The Sundeck, at the top of Aspen Mountain, offers a good self-service menu, but the neighboring Aspen Mountain Club-one of the world's most exclusive clubs-is open only to members. At upper mid-mountain Bonnie's restaurant, with its famous two-tiered outdoor deck, is a popular hangout, and the newly-remodeled Ajax Tavern, at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola, is a favorite après-ski venue.

Buttermilk's Cliffhouse does an excellent stir-fry and the outdoor deck has renowned views of the Maroon Creek Valley.

On Aspen Highlands, the Cloud Nine Café, at the top of the high-speed quad, is a quaint Alpine-style chalet featuring excellent European food with table service and magnificent views. Mid-mountain the Merry-Go-Round has the largest outdoor deck in the valley. The village also offers a few restaurant options.

Over at Snowmass, Gwyn's High Alpine includes an elegant European-style restaurant and cafeteria-style self-service for guests on the move while Sam's Smokehouse has a new dining area with table service for 175 and beautiful views down the Brush Creek Valley. New for 2008-2009, Sneaky's Tavern in the new Snowmass Village offers up a wide variety of cuisine - we recommend soup and a sandwich with some of Sneaky's world-class French fries.


  • The Artisan Restaurant in Snowmass in the Stone Bridge Inn has a fresh menu [www] and many off-menu options.
  • Have lunch at Woody Creek Tavern, in "downtown" Woody Creek. This is the former haunt of the late great Hunter S. Thompson. It's about 15 miles from Aspen.
  • Crystal Palace Theatre Restaurant[www]. Well worth a visit. They serve a gourmet dinner followed by cabaret revue of political satire which is quite a hoot. The Cabaret is fun, even for Dinner Theater Skeptics. Closes forever on April 12th 2008. still open just no show.. only dinner
  • The Pine Creek Cookhouse, 20 minutes south of Aspen on Castle Creek Road, [www]. It is worth the trip down a beautiful valley to the elegant log cabinesque building. Their food is very fresh, on the gourmet side, and not overly expensive. Reservations recommended. Highly recommended to stop in for lunch after a morning hike to one of the many great trails in the area such as Cathedral Lake.
  • The Hickory House, located on the bend towards the entrance to Aspen on Main Street Tourists are often crowded out by the locals, drawn by fabulous barbecue and huge, hearty breakfasts. If you're lucky enough to be in Aspen for Thanksgiving, turn out for annual Hickory House freebie: turkey, with all the trimmings, and all gratis.
  • Ajax TavernBase of Aspen Mountain 970-920-6334Located at the base of Aspen Mountain. This sundrenched, mountainside patio is an idyllic hotspot for casual fine dining in an unbeatable atmosphere. The Tavern comes to life at lunch and sizzles into the night year-round. Fantastic patio perfect for watching skiiers come down the mountain while people watching the rich and famous. Popular raw bar, and truffle fries. Home of the Ajax Double Double, the best burger in town. Open from 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. daily. 
  • J-Bar330 E Main St (970) 920-1000[www]The J-Bar is one of Aspen's favorite watering holes. Located at the luxurious Hotel Jerome 
  • Garden Terrace330 East Main Street (970) 920-1000[www]The Garden Terrace at the Hotel Jerome features a relaxed ambiance and unique cuisine and breathtaking views of Aspen Mountain.
  • Jacob's330 East Main St (970) 920-1000[www]Jacob’s offers diverse Colorado cuisine with alpine influence that is prepared from wholesome natural ingredients professionally executed from scratch.
  • SkiCountryGrocer.comAspen/Snowmass[www]Offers grocery delivery to your vacation home or condo in Aspen and Snowmass prior to your arrival. 
  • Syzygy 520 E Hyman Ave,(970) 925-3700‎. A trendy, favorite for many visitors.
  • MatsuhisiaAmazing and award winning japanese food along with some of the best sushi in the country. 
  • Cache CacheExcellent French restaurant is the trendy place to see and be seen. Their bar menu is excellent and offers a less expensive alternative (~$20 per entree) than the restaurant section. The bar starts to fill up around 6pm.  
  • PinionsExpensive, exquisite cuisine popular with celebrities and socialites. 
  • Campo De Fiori. Great Italian food that makes you feel like you're in Italy. Also has a great bar, scene. 
  • MezzalunaGreat Italian-American style food in a trendy establishment. Best place for lunch and late at night.  
  • Boogies DinerCentrally located over-priced diner located in an over-priced jeans store.  
  • Paradise BakeryBest ice cream in town, along with amazing baked goods and coffees. Located in central Aspen.
  • Cloud-9 BistroExcellent European food on Aspen Highlands. Very well priced. Perfect for a ski day lunch break. Frequently visited by celebrities.
  • Caribou ClubInsanely expensive and fancy private dining club for snobby locals. 
  • bb's kitchen525 E Cooper Ave9704298284[www]Classy but casual restaurant known for brunch, but also serves excellent dinner. Also has balcony seating. 
  • L'Hostaria620 E Hyman 9709259022[www]Well known Italian restaurant serving handmade pasta. Their bar features a bar menu with less expensive alternatives to the restaurant menu (in the bar menu, pasta entrees start around $12, and meat entrees start around $15). 
  • Grateful Deli233 E Main St 9709256647Good sandwiches, good-size portions for about $8 per sandwich 
  • Annette's Mountain Bake Shop420 E HymanBaked goods and good sandwiches  
  • Peach's Corner Cafe, 121 S Galena St9705449866[www]A busy place for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, featuring fresh and local food. 
  • Johnny McGuire's730 E Cooper 9709209255[www]Sandwich shop that also delivers  
  • Butcher's Block Deli424 S Spring St 9709257554Good deli also known for its soup  
  • Aspen Brewing Company (http://aspenbrewingcompany.com/). The tasting room also serves lunch & dinner (food from the restaurant Aspen Over Easy).
  • Creperie du Village400 E. Hopkins Ave (corner of Hopkins Ave. & Mill St.), (970) 925-156611:30 AM - 2 AMThe Creperie serves sweet & savory crepes, Raclette, and Fondue. Ecclectic and cozy, laid back atmosphere. Full bar, open late. affordable
  • element 47 (element 47 at The Little Nell), 675 e. durant (at the base of Aspen Mountain), 970-920-6330[www]7 a.m.- 12 a.m. dailyContemporary alpine cuisine in an elegant and sophisticated environment. Award-winning wine program, Colorado beer and spirit program. Five-star, five-diamond service levels. $$

Shopping

Downtown Aspen has a plethora of shops for every budget. The downtown area also has two pedestrian-only streets lined with t-shirt and souvenir shops. Of course, Aspen is a great place to buy ski equipment and clothing with an abundance of ski shops and stores. The city also has an open air market in the summer months.

Carl's Pharmacy in Aspen (306 E Main St) sells not only your typical drugstore goods, but their second floor has souvenirs and toys and more than you would imagine.

City Market in Aspen (711 E Cooper) is a good place to pick up groceries to stock up your cabin.

Snowmass Village also has its own shopping precinct, fitted with numerous candy shops, souvenir shops and ski shops.


Equipment Rental

There are many places in Aspen Snowmass where you can rent all types of equipment including skis and snowboards in the winter and bikes in the summer.

Just a few stores that specialize in equipment rentals:

At some places, you can also book your ski or snowboard rentals online which may save money and time.

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