The Ultimate Ski Vacation: Aspen

Aspen, CO

A view of Aspen | Source: The Little Nell

Ah, a little place called Aspen. As Dumb and Dumber’s Lloyd Christmas famously once said of the well-known ski town, Aspen is “A place where the beer flows like wine. Where beautiful women instinctively flock like the salmon of Capistrano. I’m talking about a little placed called Aspen.” For hardcore skiersAspen generally needs no introduction, so we’ll just get right to it. Located 220 miles from Denver International Airport and just 3 miles from the local Aspen/Pitkin Country Airport, here’s how to totally dominate your next ski trip to this famously bougy Colorado ski town.

The Vibe

When you hear “Aspen,” images of Hollywood celebs strutting the streets in fur coats might come to mind, and you might be right. Known as a hot spot for the rich and famous, along with being home to some of the most picturesque skiing around, Aspen delivers the good times with a side of caviar each and every time.

Where to stay

The Little Nell

The Little Nell hotel room | Source: The Little Nell

Located in the heart of downtown, Aspen’s only Five-Star, Five-Diamond hotel, The Little Nell, is just steps from the Silver Queen Gondola, putting you in the center of the action. As the only ski-in, ski-out hotel on Aspen Mountain, this is the place to be when you wake up ready to hit the slopes. With an award-winning wine program at Element 47, renowned art pieces from around the world, health center and Audi Test Drive program, The Little Nell is Aspen luxury as you’d expect it to be.

Where to eat

Located on Aspen’s famous Restaurant Row, La Creperie Du Village is ritzy sophistication with a Paris kind of vibe. As the town’s only French alpine restaurant, the small chalet-esque spot serves up cheese, beef and venison fondue, Swiss Raclette and gourmet crepes. The recipient of high praise and rave reviews, La Creperie Du Village is a must-visit for any true foodie.

Where to shred

Highland Bowl

Highland Bowl | Source: The Little Nell

Take your pick of four unique mountains – Aspen Highlands – locals’ favorite and home to badass terrain, including hike-tos to the Highland Bowl and views galore; Aspen Mountain – the legendary hill that’s hosted World Cup races and gladed pow stashes, all just steps from downtown; Snowmass – home to the expert terrain of Burnt Mountain Glades, High Alpine, and the Cirque, as well as long blue groomers; and Buttermilk – although it’s known as being the area’s beginner mountain, Buttermilk is most known for hosting the Winter X Games and the Red Bull Double Pipe event, propelling hopefuls and testing the limits of the art of freestyle skiing and riding year after year.

Best Après Watering Hole

Belly Up Aspen

Enjoy live music at the Belly Up Aspen | Source: Belly Up Aspen

Home to some of the best live music around and a true Aspen staple, Belly Up Aspen is known far beyond the reaches of Colorado ski bums. As the place to catch any and all worthy live-music performances coming through town, Belly Up has an impressive artist list and claims a reputation of being the premier live music venue in the region.

Talk of the town

Sure, Aspen plays host to world-renowned events like the X Games and the Aspen Food & Wine Festival, but perhaps the most anticipated and beloved tradition, to locals and visitors alike, is the shenanigans that ensue during Closing Day. Taking place on April 10th at the base of Aspen Highlands, Schneetag invites daring participants to haul themselves down a hill in an effort to jump across a pond in a craft they’ve made themselves. As most closing days can expect, this event is full of costumes, prizes, live music, and booze – and you definitely don’t want to miss out.

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