Aspen Ski Holiday Resort

Overview

Don’t be put off by the resorts image as a haven for the rich and famous, this resort is full of people like you and me enjoying what is one of the USA’s top resorts.

Aspen was originally a mining town and in the early 1890's was booming with a population of 12,000 people then the price of Silver plummeted and the town died and the 1930's the population was 700 people. After the second world war someone had the bright idea to install a ski lift and the town hasn't looked back since. Aspen is a proper American town set out on grids and a lot of the buildings are very traditional and unlike a lot of other USA ski resorts has a lift in the resort centre, the Silver Queen Gondola taking skiers to the top of Aspen Mountain. There are three further ski areas on the lift pass - Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass.

Buttermilk and Highlands are only 3 kms from the centre and are easily accessed by the resort bus. Buttermilk is the best area for beginners and early intermediates and is probably the least challenging of the four mountains. Highlands is a great area for those looking for more of a challenge and the Highland bowl offers some seriously steep double black diamond runs.

Snowmass is really a separate area 14 kms away (still free on the resort bus) and well worth a couple of days visit. This area is suitable for all levels of skier/boarder with expert,intermediate and beginners being well catered for. 

A great way to discover the best areas of the resort and meet some locals is to turn up at 10.30 at any of the mountain bases and ski with a local guide all for free.

Apres ski in Aspen need not break the bank with plenty of choices for those looking for fun at the end of the day. The terrace bar at the Little Nell is an interesting venue with the possibility of a bit of "celeb spotting"

 

     

Offslope/apres ski

Loads to do for the non skier, just sitting with a coffee doing a bit of star spotting is great fun. Evening entertainment goes from the sophisticated to some great value small bars.

Overview

Fantastic ski area and a brilliant busy town with loads to do. Excellent choice of accommodation from the budget to the eye wateringly expensive!!

 

 

At a glance

Pistes:
5535 acres
Resort height:
2400m
Top station:
3815m

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Positives

  • Very little queuing
  • Good nightlife
  • Good restaurants
  • Not as expensive as some may imagine
  • Great vibe

Negatives

  • Split over 4 different mountains
  • Can be expensive
  • Difficult to get to from the UK
Hotels, Chalets and Apartments in Aspen, USA
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Molly Gibson Lodge REF: NAI00109

The Molly Gibson Lodge is one of Aspen’s nicest boutique hotels offering luxury lodging, superb facilities and a special ambience at an affordable price. It has all the nice little...

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Hotel Jerome REF: NAI00101

The luxurious Hotel Jerome, situated on Main Street in Aspen, has long been a feature of the Aspen scene having been built in 1889 in the height of the silver...

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Limelight Hotel Aspen REF: NAI00105

The Limelight Hotel is located in the heart of Aspen, a short distance from the Silver Queen Gondola and some outstanding bars, restaurants and shopping. This recently refurbished property offers...

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St Regis Aspen REF: NAI00100

The largest hotel in Aspen, the St Regis is also the benchmark for elegance and luxury. The St Regis Aspen is located a short walk from the Silver Queen Gondola...

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The Little Nell REF: NAI00102

Nestled at the base of Aspen Mountain beside the Silver Queen gondola, the award-winning Little Nell blends the virtues of a country inn with the indulgences of a luxury full-service...

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The Gant REF: NAI00103

The Gant has for many years been one of the best places to stay in Aspen and is consistently our best-selling Aspen property. The Gant is situated in a superb...

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The Sky Hotel REF: NAI00104

The fun and contemporary Sky Hotel is in a brilliant ski-in/ski-out position and the lobby showcases a hip retro look to the hotel giving it a feel which is more...

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The Crestwood REF: NAI00112

The Crestwood Condominiums are located in a fantastic slopeside location at the base of the Snowmass ski area. The Crestwood offers excellent ski-in/ski-out convenience and unmatched hospitality. All 140 condos...

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Viceroy Snowmass REF: NAI00106

The superb Viceroy Snowmass is a ski-in/ski-out full-service luxury hotel. There are outstanding public spaces and wonderful rooms with the very best amenities. The hotel features a 7,000 sq ft...

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The luxury Westin Snowmass Resort has a convenient ski-in/ski-out location in the centre of Snowmass Village, right beside the Fanny Hill trail and ski school meeting point. The hotel offers...

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