Located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Aspen is an upmarket resort with a vibrant town and extensive skiing across four separate mountains, all linked by a free shuttle bus. Aspen became a hub for winter sports after the Second World War and has grown in popularity ever since. Many rich and famous guests jet in to sample the upscale shopping and dining, as well as the wonderfully uncrowded slopes. An old silver mining town, Aspen has a long history and a substantial permanent population which adds to its charm.
The fashionable town centre offers a huge variety of stylish shops, galleries, bars and restaurants. There are many grand hotels and luxury chalets in Aspen; mostly within walking distance or a free shuttle ride away from the lifts and town centre. Right above town is Aspen Mountain (otherwise known as Ajax) and to the west Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk. Snowmass is bigger than the other three combined, providing 241 km of trails and 3,339 acres of skiable terrain.
Aspen Mountain is known for its World Cup slopes and gladed powder stashes, whilst Aspen Highlands attracts the locals with its uncrowded trails and views across the valley to the famous Maroon Bells. Home to learning centre The Hideout, Buttermilk is superb for beginners and inexperienced skiers, yet it also plays host to X Games Aspen. Snowmass has extensive and varied terrain as well as a popular village base with an ice rink, climbing wall and The Collective, a space for collaborative art, music and culture.
Off the slopes, Aspen has plenty to offer with dozens of designer shops and art galleries, as well as the renowned Aspen Institute, which hosts the annual Aspen Ideas Festival every summer. There are various activities to enjoy too, from snow biking and tubing to snowshoe tours and ice skating. The resort is also popular in summer, explore Snowmass Bike Park, take to the air in a hot air balloon, play a round of golf or enjoy horse riding through the Roaring Fork Valley.