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Aspen and Snowmass

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Aspen is the haunt of the rich and famous

playing host each year to an estimated 30 per cent of the world's billionaires. So don't be surprised to see Michael Douglas sitting at the next table or Chrissie Evert taking the chairlift.

It's certainly a smart town but despite the

glitz, prices in Aspen are generally lower than those in Vail. A former silver boom-mining town in the late 1880's Aspen has retained much of its Victorian charm and character.

A former silver boom-mining town in the late

1880's Aspen has retained much of its Victorian charm and character.

The skiing is spread over four mountains

Aspen, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands, one lift pass covers them all.

Aspen Mountain, or Ajax as it is known,

is the area directly above the town. It has a good range of intermediate and advanced runs but is not suitable for beginners. The off-piste powder is superb and there are plenty of challenging moguls

Snowmass is about 12 miles away by free

shuttle bus and is the largest area with 16 lifts and a wide range of skiing for all abilities.

Buttermilk, a mile outside the town, has

earned the reputation as one of the best beginner's and practice areas in North America.

Aspen Highlands has a more relaxed and

casual atmosphere with wide runs and long easy intermediate trails. Its Jelly Bean bus service runs every 15 minutes from the centre of town.

Aspen/Snowmass boasts the most

extensive system of groomed cross-country skiing in North America, often called the fifth mountain. T here are more than 40 miles of Nordic groomed trails that link Aspen and Snowmass.

If you love powdertake a powder tour. Luxury

snowcats take you to prime untracked stashes on the backside of Aspen Mountain. Fresh tracks guaranteed and a gourmet lunch is included.

The resort has committed to host the

X-Games competition until 2007 and now lays claim to the longest terrain park in the world, located on Buttermilk Mountain.

Join the staff of Aspen and Snowmass

Mountains for an early morning first run of the day on freshly groomed snow or powder. Offered on Wednesdays and Fridays in Snowmass and daily in Aspen. Space is limited so advance reservations are recommended.

Stop in at the legendary J-Bar at the Hotel

Jerome on the National Register of Historic Places and order the infamous "Aspen Crud." Ask the bartender to show you the autographed drawer, signed by every bartender who's served there since the 1800s.

Aspen is as famous for its shopping as it

is for its skiing and is an expensive resort to visit. This is demonstrated by the rows of designer stores nestled in amongst its picturesque frontier town buildings.

You would be hard pushed to name a

European ski resort that can boast a Prada and Chanel store in its list of shops.

The Popcorn Wagon with a fire pit out front

and yummy (cheap) food is a perfect people-watching location and is also a locals' favourite. Open late, it's a great post-party pit stop.

Consistently rated the #1 resort in

North America for dining, Aspen/Snowmass has over 100 bars and restaurants to choose from.

Recommended restaurants are the

Renaissance and Mezzaluna, and you'll often see famous faces at the Hostaria

For a taste of old Aspen visit the Red Onion,

Aspen's oldest and most famous bar since 1892 - celebrating 114 years as the locals' favourite

Storytelling by the campfire is an old Aspen

tradition. Enjoy roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate and tales of the old West. Free for all ages.

Aspen and Snowmass

Aspen and Snowmass Resort Facts

  • Resort Height : 2420m Aspen, 2473m Snowmass
  • Ski Range : 2420 - 3753m
  • Lifts : 43
  • Ski Area : 4374 acres
  • Advanced terrain : 30%%
  • Intermediate terrain : 55%
  • Beginner terrain : 15%
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5 Star ski hotels in Aspen & Snowmass

St. Regis Aspen
5 Stars

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Nestled among icy mountain streams, shimmering alpine lakes and majestic snow-capped peaks, the St. Regis Aspen Resort is a perfect environment for superb winter skiing, summer sports and the arts. Ideally located at the base of Aspen Mountain, the resort is within walking distance to all of Aspen’s shops, restaurants and entertainment.

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The Little Nell
5 Stars

Prices fr £4124

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Style is one of the main ingredients at the impeccably good-looking 5-star Little Nell hotel in Aspen, Colorado. It’s the place to stay if you want to splash out on your ski holiday accommodation, like to unwind amid designer surroundings, appreciate exquisite accommodation, superior service and an extensive range of amenities. It also boasts an enviable location at the base of Aspen Mountain offering guests ski-in-ski-out access. Don’t let the four-hour drive from Denver International Airport put you off, as it’s one of the most scenic road journeys in the world.

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4 Star ski hotels in Aspen & Snowmass

Aspen Square
4 Stars

Prices fr £1769

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The cosy Aspen Square is a condominium hotel offering apartment-style accommodation, as well as hotel-style services including wood-burning fireplaces and full kitchens. It’s well situated in downtown Aspen for easy access to the ski resort’s amenities and ski lifts, and just a 10-minute drive from Aspen’s own Pitkin County Airport. Or if you prefer a scenic drive, it’s four hours from Denver International Airport.

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Limelight Hotel
4 Stars

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Aspen’s classic ski lodge, made new. Perfectly situated across from Wagner Park, you are steps away from Aspen Mountain and the renowned downtown landmarks and hot spots. The Limelight is vintage in spirit and contemporary in design. Whether gathering with family and friends or on business, you will find yourself completely at home.

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Hotel Jerome
4 Stars

Prices fr £2393

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Situated in the centre of Aspen with convenient access to town, the Hotel Jerome is a historic landmark establishment renowned for its relaxed elegance, gracious service and authentic mountain spirit. A recent redesign has improved on the iconic original while maintaining its historic legacy through architectural preservation, to offer a luxury boutique hotel that boasts a unique blend of contemporary luxury, historic heritage, deluxe accommodation and amenities for the perfect ski holiday. To get here, it’s either a 10-minute drive from the local Pitkin Country Airport, or a longer, but more scenic four-hour drive from Denver.

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Hotel Lenado
4 Stars

Prices fr £934

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The stunning Hotel Lenardo is a cosy 19-room boutique establishment nestled in the ski resort of Aspen in the Rocky Mountains. It’s the perfect choice if you’re looking for intimate accommodation that blends rustic mountain-lodge elegance, a homely atmosphere and welcomes pets. Well located in the heart of downtown Aspen close to the ski lifts, it’s just a 10-minute drive from the local Pitkin County Airport, or a four-hour drive from Denver through stunning countryside.

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3 Star ski hotels in Aspen & Snowmass

Snowmass Mountain Chalet
4 Stars

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The Snowmass Mountain Chalet is a true Colorado ski-in ski-out lodge offering world class Colorado skiing and snowboarding and great access to all four of the Aspen Snowmass ski resort mountains. The Snowmass Mountain Chalet exemplifies the classic Colorado ski lodge, offering gracious hospitality, affordable bedrooms and high quality service. This Bed and Breakfast style hotel is located directly on the ski slopes, adjacent to the Snowmass Ski School and all the great shops and restaurants of the Snowmass Village Mall.

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The Silvertree Hotel
4 Stars

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The Silvertree Hotel offers a conveniently located full-service lodging in Snowmass Village. Situated in the centre of the Village, it offers beautiful views and excellent service, as you’d expect from one of Colorado’s premier hotel. A ski-in, ski-out hotel, with easy access to everything Snowmass has to offer. This very welcoming hotel provides guests with genuine hospitality.

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Other Star ski hotels in Aspen & Snowmass

Timberline Condominiums
4 Stars

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The Timberline Condominiums offer a collection of deluxe ski-in, ski-out vacation rental properties in the Aspen Snowmass area. Located on the slopes of Snowmass Ski Area and close to the Snowmass Village mall, guests enjoy the spacious comfort of a private residence and the amenities and services of a fine hotel

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Viceroy Snowmass
4 Stars

Prices fr £1193

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Viceroy Snowmass luxury resort offers ski-in/ski-out lodging, complemented by imaginative dining and lounging, a Ute-inspired wellness spa, and a year-round pool terrace and sushi café—an ideal setting for a Snowmass mountain vacation during any season. Only minutes from downtown Aspen in the heart of Snowmass Village, the sophistication and sense of place that distinguish Viceroy Snowmass as an ideal setting for a Snowmass mountain vacation.

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Prices per person based on 7 nights accommodation excluding travel for departure on 14 Dec 2013