Aspen

Aspen

Aspen is a vibrant ski resort city nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Sitting at the height of 2400 meters above sea level in the Elk Mountains and the Sawatch Range. The town of Aspen was established for its history in silver mining and has since grown steadily into the success of a popular ski resort.

Aspen itself if part of a region called the Aspen Snowmass, which links four ski areas: Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands, Snowmass and Aspen Mountain (otherwise known as Ajax). These four areas cover an extensive 5300 acres of impressive ski terrain, with over 329 runs, some of which can be up to 5 miles long. Aspen is truly a skiers paradise and is not surprising that it is one of the world’s most famous and exciting ski resorts.

Atmosphere

Aspen is a vibrant and lively resort with plenty to entertain all vacationers. Aspen boasts plenty of luxurious chalets, villas, and apartments perfect for exploring all that the region has to offer as well as unwinding gorgeous mountain scenery. Popular among the rich and famous, Aspen offers fine dining, exquisite boutiques, and luxurious spas, perfect for unwinding after a day on the ski slopes.

Best for

Skiing and Snowboarding for all abilities
Terrain that challenges advanced and expert skiers
Family getaways with many facilities for children
Vibrant nightlife to suit couples and groups of friends.

Best known for

One of the world’s most famous ski resorts that attracts the rich and the famous.
Being a booming silver mining town surrounded by Aspen trees that it’s named after.
A tiny mountain town surrounded by four massive ski expanses.
Spectacular hiking and awe-inspiring vistas once the snow has melted.
Local natural hot springs, perfect for a therapeutic soak.

Best time to visit

Fresh powder arrives from December, which means Aspen is brought to life from December to February. The ski conditions are at their best during this time, so you can really make the most of Aspen Snowmass. It is a popular time for the region, and the atmosphere heightens, and you get to feel a real buzz around the area.

June to August sees the main summer season, which is the perfect time to visit Aspen if you like mountain hiking or cycling. The temperatures are warm during this period, which is ideal for an invigorating walk through the mountains and valleys.

Best activities

During summer a popular place to visit is Maroon Bells. This is a favorite place to hike and it is easy to see why, with incredible vistas and perfect to watch the local wildlife. Whether you enjoy a casual lakeside stroll or an invigorating hike up to the peaks, Maroon Bells is must-see in Aspen

Wheeler Opera House was built in the 1800s and is still a fantastic performance venue. With authentic Victorian architecture and decor, it is a beautiful place to catch a film screening or go to a concert.

With over 3000 acres of ski terrain, it is great to try a variety of winter sports, from cross-country skiing to heli-skiing. Buttermilk is a popular region for skiing beginners whereas Aspen Mountain (Ajax) is thrilling for the advanced and expert skiers.

To truly relax after a hard day on the slopes, you can visit Glenwood Springs, which are Aspen's legendary natural hot springs that can help you to relax and unwind during your vacation.

Best Restaurants

Pinons - With a view overlooking the Ajax Mountains, Pinons creates an unforgettable dining experience. This restaurant has been longstanding in Aspen, serving fantastic food for the last 29 years. Pinons use fresh and familiar ingredients to create delicious seasonal dishes to give you an exceptional dining experience.

Element 47 – Named as an homage to Aspen’s silver mining history, Element 47 boasts decadence and luxury with impeccable silver service dining. After a day on the slopes, it is the perfect place to unwind and indulge with carefully crafted dishes and an unbeatable ambiance.

Ajax Tavern – Situated at the base of Aspen Mountain this glamorous restaurant serves up sleek signature dishes on its sun-drenched patio. It carefully balances fine dining with a relaxed and casual feel. Ajax Tavern is the perfect place to people watch and enjoy the views.

Jimmy’s – Considered an Aspen institution, Jimmy’s is famous for serving classic American cuisine. Established in 1997, Jimmy’s offers fine dining without being pretentious.

Wild Fig - Wild Fig is an intimate and cozy restaurant that serves up delicious Mediterranean food in a candlelit setting. The food is simple and tasteful which matches its decor. This lovely restaurant oozes romance with its warmth and ambiance.

Chef's Club - While in Aspen it is well worth visiting Chef's Club, a unique concept where top chefs compete to take over the kitchen for a season. A fun and fascinating concept which means a new restaurant opens in Aspen every three months.

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