With peak ski season approaching, it’s a great time to feature some of the popular Ski Resort Areas in Colorado. Today’s featured vacation destination is Aspen, along with neighboring ski destination Snowmass Village.
While winter weather gives us many reasons to stay indoors and retreat to the warmth and comforts of home, the folks in Aspen & Snowmass have a different idea. Travel to these Western Colorado towns and it’s quickly apparent why winter weather is not only an incentive to get outdoors, but is also reason to celebrate in the glamorous fashion that makes Aspen and Snowmass famous.
The Glamor, On and Off the Slopes:
It’s no secret that Aspen has been called Colorado’s Hollywood. While designer shops, trendy hotels, and spectacular nightlife create the scene in the town of Aspen, it’s the mountain itself that is truly glamorous. With 673 acres of skiable terrain, numerous technical trails specifically groomed for advanced and expert skiers, and some of the best ski conditions in all of Colorado, Aspen stands out among the elite Colorado’s ski towns for several reasons. First, the exclusive nature of Aspen is its blessing. The mountain’s average of three people to each skiable acre isn’t a statistic you’ll find at many other ski resorts. Second, skiers reign supreme in Aspen. While nearby Snowmass, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk are open to boarding, Aspen Mountain’s more advanced runs make it more of a draw for serious skiers. And, for those who are truly serious, that’s just another reason to celebrate. Finally, Aspen’s prevalence of advanced and expert terrain keeps beginners at bay, meaning less chance that you’ll have to adapt to crowds of children or beginners. Translation: you can get down to business.
Sure, Aspen holds a reputation of being a posh, stylish community that is geared more toward the affluent skier. While many visit Aspen due to these traits, Aspen is still just a small mountain community at heart. In fact, Aspen holds dear to its small town roots, first established in 1947. So while you’re sure to find shopping and dining, you’re also guaranteed to witness a real Old West town filled with friendly people and stunning views. The mountain literally rises from downtown and is surrounded by the beauty of White River National Park. Yet it’s not the beauty and the prestige alone that bring visitors to Aspen. A season packed with winter events will keep you entertained from day into night. As the host for the ESPN Winter X Games for the eighth year in a row, Aspen has proven that its average of three hundred inches of snow each year is dependable. In addition to other competitions such as the Aspen/Snowmass Open and the Colorado Freeride Championship, Aspen also teams with Bud Light to host the free Hi-Fi Concert Series throughout the winter season.
The Limitless Opportunities:
If you’re a skier, you certainly have options in Aspen and Snowmass. Retreat from the groomed trails to be the first to ski untouched black and double-black diamond trails. Or, pick from a palette of steep, bumpy, or tree-lined runs. To mix things up, head to one of the other nearby mountains and multiply your ski terrain by three, choosing from trails at Snowmass, Buttermilk, or Aspen Highlands. Of course, Aspen boasts plenty of activities that will occupy the non-skiers in your group as well, from snowshoeing to guided tours to nightly entertainment.
Chances are your travel plans bring you to Aspen because you truly want to get away in the luxury of a world-class ski resort. The hustle and bustle of everyday life needs to be placed on the back burner, and there’s no better place to retreat than Aspen and Snowmass. Plenty of Aspen vacation rental options offer accommodations that are not only affordable, but are also as luxurious and posh as the town itself. Ski to lifts from Aspen condos, or relax by the fire in your mountain townhome. If you have a bigger crew traveling to the area, consider renting a large Aspen vacation home that will include all the standard domestic comforts and give you the additional amenities of a pool or hot tub. Renting also can make your trip to Aspen and Snowmass hassle-free and convenient. Once you get to town, you’ll be able to rent all the services & equipment you need, from mobility scooter rentals, medical equipment for rent, limousine services, ski poles, and snowmobiles to baby equipment. So, pack light and let renting allow you to live the life of convenience in Colorado’s most exclusive mountain town. But be warned: Aspen’s glamorous lifestyle has been known to be addictive.
Aspen and Snowmass, Colorado Rental Companies & Service Providers: