Blending rustic nostalgia with chic restaurants, trendy hotels, and happening bars. Aspen, with four ski areas and an airport that receives direct flights from most major cities, attracts a glorious mix of Hollywood elites, ski bros ripping big lines, and families taking it all in.
Start Here: The Limelight hotel, right downtown, is the perfect mix of upscale—it has a ski valet and an outdoor heated pool—and affordable. More important, it’s within walking distance to all of Aspen’s restaurants and bars.
Ski Here: Of the four mountains, Aspen Highlands ahs the most expert terrain, including Highland Bowl, a large section of 40-degree steeps and glades that hold powder well after a storm.
Stay Here: Skip the bustle of downtown and head to Snowmass Village, a few miles down valley. It has fire pits, a tubbing and terrain park, and a brand-new mountain coaster to keep the kids happy. Make life easy by booking a slopeside condo wit ha full kitchen through Stay Aspen Snowmass.
Ski Here: Snowmass has one of the best ski schools in the country. Drop the kids there, then sample some of the mountain’s gloriously wide groomers, including Sneaky’s, nearly 1,200 vertical feet of rolling terrain with stunning views.
Play Here: At night, take the gondola to the Elk Camp restaurant for live music and pizza while the kids tube and ride the 5,700 foot coaster.
Stay Here: The St. Regis has a daily 4:45 champagne toast—the bottles are opened wit ha saber—and a spa. It’s also an easy walk from the base of Aspen Mountain in case the afternoon calls for, um, extracurricular activities.
Ski Here: Take the Silver Queen Gondola all the way to the top of Aspen Mountain, where you’ll find 3,300 vertical feet of beautifull groomed trails, glades, and bumps.
Play Here: Matsuhisa has a cool vibe and world-renowned sushi, but if you want something more memorable, take the horsedrawn sleigh ride to Pine Creek Cookhouse for the local elk chop steak and lots of snuggle time on the return trip.
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