Resort

USA,
Aspen

Introduction

Aspen leads a double life. On one hand, the little Colorado town with the big reputation is a hotbed for celebrities, monster homes and racy nightlife. On the other, it's a haven for people who cherish fresh air, spectacular scenery and the outdoor lifestyle. The common denominator is the mountains. Aspen Mountain, Snowmass, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands: together, they form a winter playground that doesn't care if you're decked out in ski couture, or your boots are held together with duct tape.

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Essentials

  1. Some 336 trails on four mountains equal skier/boarder nirvana.
  2. Beware the 2,420m altitude, which packs a punch (drinking lots of water can help).
  3. Befriend a member of the exclusive Caribou Club and hobnob with the elite.
  4. Tour the town in The Ultimate Taxi, a Yellow Cab cum nightclub wrapped up in blinking neon trim.
  5. Limo down to dinner at Town in Carbondale.

Two-hour tour

  • Aspen's West End — Take a walking tour of historic Victorian architecture in Aspen's West End.

    620 West Bleeker Street

    +1 970 925 3721

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Hotels

  • Independent and easy

    Limelight Hotel

    355 South Monarch Street

    +1 970 925 3025

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  • Dependable chain

    Hyatt Grand Aspen

    415 East Dean Street

    +1 970 429 9100

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  • Premium

    The Little Nell

    675 East Durant Avenue

    +1 970 920 4600

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Dining

  • Fast breakfast

    Spring Café

    632 East Hopkins Avenue

    +1 970 429 8406

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  • Leisurely breakfast

    Prospect

    330 East Main Street

    +1 970 920 1000

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  • Breakfast on the piste

    Gwyn's High Alpine

    100 High Alpine Lift Road

    +1 970 923 3311

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  • Lunch with friends

    Ajax Tavern

    685 East Durant Avenue

    +1 970 920 6334

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  • Deli to get picnic food

    The Butcher’s Block

    424 South Spring Street, corner of Durant

    +1 970 925 7554

  • Lunch on the Piste

    Bonnie's

    Above Lift 3 on Aspen Mountain

    +1 970 544 6252

  • Sunset cocktail

    Jimmy's

    205 South Mill Street

    +1 970 925 6020

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  • Early bite

    L'Hostaria

    620 East Hyman Avenue

    +1 970 925 9022

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  • Dinner for two

    Montagna at The Little Nell

    675 East Durant Avenue

    +1 970 920 4600

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  • Dinner with friends

    Brexi

    411 South Monarch Street

    +1 970 925 2838

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  • Dinner on the piste

    Lynn Britt Cabin

    On Snowmass Mountain via Snowcat

    +1 970 923 8715

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  • Big dinner with friends

    Matsuhisa

    303 East Main Street

    +1 970 544 6628

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  • Drink after dinner

    Cache Cache Bar

    205 South Mill Street

    +1 970 925 3835

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  • Late drinks

    Finbarr's Irish Pub and Kitchen

    415 East Hyman Avenue

    +1 970 925 2719

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  • On the tiles

    Justice Snow's

    328 East Hyman Avenue

    +1 970 429 8192

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Reading

  • Bookshop

    Explore Booksellers & Bistro

    221 East Main Street

    +1 970 925 5336

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Shopping

  • Something you can't get anywhere else

    Kemo Sabe — Stetsons and boots by Kemo Sabe

    434 East Cooper Avenue

    +1 970 925 7878

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  • Lost luggage - where to buy shirts

    Carl's Pharmacy

    306 East Main Street

    +1 970 925 3273

  • Something for someone you love

    Meridian Jewelers

    525 East Cooper Avenue

    +1 970 925 3833

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  • Something for the kids

    Aspen Eclectic

    635 East Cooper Avenue

    +1 970 925 6217

  • Something for yourself

    Pitkin County Dry Goods

    520 East Cooper Avenue

    +1 970 925 1681

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Equipment

  • Equipment

    Performance Ski

    408 South Hunter Street

    +1 970 925 8657

Alternative diversion

  • Krabloonik Dogsled Rides

    4250 Divide Road, Snowmass Village

    +1 970 923 3953

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Transport

  • Ski-pass information — Booked in advance a one-day adult lift ticket, which provides access to all four mountains during peak season, is $124 (€90). A five-day adult peak season pass is $495 (€360).

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  • Bus — Free town shuttle covers most of the town and recreation access points.

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Limousine/car

Fitness

  • Good gym

    The Aspen Club & Spa

    1450 Ute Avenue

    +1 970 925 8900

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  • Running route

    Rio Grande Trail — Access the trail at the Mill Street bridge near Aspen Post Office.

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