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    A Challenging Golf Course That is Hard to Tame

    by charlenemixa Written Jul 20, 2014

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    Snowmass Golf Club:

    This is an awesome golf course which will challenge your golf talent and you patience to play it well. Forget the altitude! That's no excuse as the course winds around the foothills of the mountains of Snowmass. The challenge is almost a target golf venue, staying out of the native grasses, scary bunkers and demanding greens. The greens are tiered, mounded or undulating. Additionally they are surrounded by thick rough and huge mounds and hillsides as the majority are set down into a "bowl". Bunkers both fairway and greenside have massive rolling mounds around them adding to the challenge of the course. This is not a course for the timid or weak at heart. Climbing down to the greens and back out is a cardio work out in and of itself. A must play, but don't take yourself too seriously. This course will take several rounds to learn its nuances.

    Snowmass Golf Club - Challenging!
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    Fantastic Mountain Views -Silver Queen Gondola

    by charlenemixa Written Jul 20, 2014

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    A ride up the Silver Queen Gondola provides fantastic views of the mountains surrounding Aspen from the top. At 11, 212 feet the views are truly spectacular! Riding the gondola you also get some terrific views of Aspen itself, until it disappears behind a mountain. If you are physically fit consider hiking up the mountain and maybe taking the Gondola down. We considered hiking down but were discouraged by a local sharing that the hike down was harder on the knees/legs than the hike up. In the summer there are nature hikes and activities for kids at the mountain top.

    Note: If you have time and are in good health, taking the path down would be a fun adventure. We just were not prepared for it and didn't have the time. Of course, hiking up and back is great for the more adventuresome.

    Scenic view from the top of Aspen Mountain
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    Fun Cookout - Despite Hail & Rain

    by charlenemixa Written Jul 20, 2014

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    The Blazing Adventures Jeep picked us up outside our hotel to begin our Sunset Dinner Excursion. Our driver/guide Adam was enthusiastic and cautious as we approached Snowmass as thunder clouds are close by. Part of the Sunset Dinner is the jeep ride up a steep path to the top Snowmass to Coney Glade. Just as we arrive and take a couple of photos, the rains came, so we all rush back to the shelter of the jeep. Arriving in the rain shower at the Burlingame Log Cabin, John our host and chef has a wonderful pot belly stove warming up the cabin for us while Jim plays his guitar and entertains us with his repertoire of songs. Homemade guacamole and chips help as we relax and warm up in the cabin. The rains continue but don't dampen our evening as John, Adam and Lance serve us hot homemade vegetable soup. A hail storm slows us down a bit but soon we are enjoying our terrific buffet dinner. Finally, the rains pass us and we finish the evening over a roaring campfire toasting marshmallows and making s’mores. It was a fun evening despite the storm. If you go be sure to bring your own libations (BYOB). If a sunset is your goal, check the weather forecast beforehand. Just remember the mountains often have late afternoon/evening showers.

    We really appreciated the pick up and drop off at the hotel. Fun time!

    Our Blazing Adventure - Jeep The Hut for dinner - glad to stay dry! Hurrah- rains stop so we roast marshmellows.
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    Snowmass Mountain

    by MM212 Updated Mar 31, 2013

    The largest of the four ski mountains in Aspen, Snowmass has some excellent skiing. It also has the longest vertical drop: 1,343, metres from its highest peak of 3,813 metres (The Cirque) to its base at 2,473 metres (it is also the second biggest vertical drop in the US, after Jackson Hole). Because of its size, it also gets the most crowds, but it does take at least two or three days to ski the whole mountain. Accommodations in Snowmass Village tend to be cheaper than Aspen itself, which is another reason why many people prefer to stay here. I had a great ski experience in Snowmass, mainly because it was the end of March (the 23rd) with an unexpected cold and snowy spell, so the mountain was quite empty. Snowmass Mountain is located about 15-20 minutes by car from Aspen itself.

    Skiiing between trees, March 2013 Snowmass Mountain, March 2013 Powder! March 2013 Snowmass double diamond, March 2013 March 2013
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    Historic Centre of Aspen

    by MM212 Updated Mar 29, 2013

    The centre of Aspen feels like a real American town, rather than a ski resort, because of the efforts made by the city to preserve its original character. After it was founded around 1880, the town had a little over a decade of ephemeral prosperity as a silver mining town, during which much of the beautiful red brick architecture was built. A stroll around town is a must when visiting the area, but unfortunately, most of us are priced out of the shopping here as nearly every expensive fashion label has a boutique, among them Dior, Burberry, Zegna, Prada, Brunello Cucinelli, and the list goes on.

    Downtown Aspen, March 2013 Pedestrianised zone, Aspen, March 2013 March 2013 Red brick architecture, March 2013
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    Aspen "Gucci" Mountain

    by MM212 Updated Mar 29, 2013

    Referred to by some as "Gucci" Mountain, the Aspen Mountain ski resort is one of four in the Aspen-Snowmass area. It is directly above the town of Aspen and is the only one accessible from the town itself, thus most of its skiers are visitors who are staying in the town and its rather expensive hotels. As we all know, the clientele of town often tend to be ultra rich and super famous, so there is no shortage of labels on the slopes, and hence the nickname "Gucci Mountain". When I visited in late March 2013 for a weekend, I only skied Snowmass and Highlands, but was told Aspen Mountain did not offer the best skiing. Instead it was the best place to see and be seen! The base of the mountain is at 2,422 metres, and the highest peak is at 3,418 metres, for a vertical drop of just under 1,000 metres.

    Aspen Mountain, seen from Aspen, Mar 2013 Aspen Mountain, March 2013
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    Aspen Highlands Mountain

    by MM212 Written Mar 29, 2013

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    I had one of the best ski experiences of my life in Aspen Highlands in late March 2013. The reason was that it was empty, with plenty of fresh deep powder! The mountain is the second largest in the Aspen area, but has some of the most challenging terrains in the area, particularly in the Highlands Bowl, where the highest peak lies at 3,559 metres. To reach this bowl, one has to hike up a long way along a narrow ridge, a must for the experienced and adventurous skiers, but it takes quite a lot of effort to do so. The base of Highlands is at 2,451 metres, making the vertical drop 1,108 metres.

    Mid-Mountain, March 2013 Base of Highlands, March 2013 Skiing between trees, March 2013 More skiing between trees, Mar 2013 the bowl, March 2013
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    Buttermilk Mountain

    by MM212 Written Mar 29, 2013

    The smallest of the four ski areas in Aspen-Snowmass, Buttermilk is intended mainly for beginners and snowboarders. Those were two reasons for me not to bother with it at all, not that I had any time for it. I managed to take the attached fuzzy photo of Buttermilk Mountain from the car, on the way to Snowmass.

    Buttermilk, seen from the road, Mar 2013
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  • Aspen's Darkside

    by ZGing Written Feb 10, 2010

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    A walking tour full of stories of Ghosts, Murder & all of Aspen's dirty little secrets. I've lived in Aspen for awhile and found it a great thing to do when friends visit. My favorites were the ghosts at the Red Light District & Ghosts at the Hotel Jerome.

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    Hike to Crestted Butte

    by goverita Written Oct 8, 2008

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    As the crow flies, Crestted Butte is located 12 miles from Aspen. It's about a 3 1/2 hour drive - 110 miles. The hike over East Maroon Pass is spectacular and takes about 6 hours. If you don't want to hike back, you can arrange for transportation back to aspen - via van or on horseback. Best time to go for wildflowers in full bloom is August.

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    LIFE STYLES OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS TOUR

    by RyanSings Written Aug 5, 2005

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    We had a fascinating look at how the movers and shakers of the world live and play in Aspen, We saw beautiful homes of Movie Stars, Television Stars, Sports Stars, Music Stars, Super Models, Fortune 500 CEO's and Royalty! so many fascinating stories about these world famous celebrities where told I never new. We saw 75 of the most beautiful and expensive homes in the world, stunning Homes & amazing 50 miiilon dollar mansions!. You'll have incredible stories to tell your friends when you get home! Well worth the price and is about 2 1/2 to 3 hours long.

    One of the many homes on the tour
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    Life Styles Of The Rich And Famous Tour

    by RyanSings Written Aug 5, 2005

    This was a fascinating look at how the movers and shakers of the world live and play in Aspen, What beautiful homes of Movie Stars, Television Stars, Sports Stars, Music Stars, Super Models, Fortune 500 CEO's and Royalty! We where told many fascinating stories about these world famous celebrities.
    We saw about 75 of the most beautiful and expensive homes in the world. You'll have incredible stories to tell your friends when you get home! The tour was about 2 1/2 hours and rates are fare.

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    The view from the top

    by goingsolo Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    Walking the final steps up a high pass is no less exciting than reaching the summit of a giant peak. Views open up in all directions; rows of snow capped mountain ranges stretch far into the distance like white waves in a choppy sea. T.A. Baron, A Walk in the Wilderness.

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    Snowmass creek

    by goingsolo Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    The lower few miles of the Snowmass Creek trail have been described as a "piece of cake". I'm not sure that I'd agree, but, then again, when you're hiking in this altitude, everything is relative. The trail does start off slowly as a gradual walk through unconnected beaver ponds, open meadows and lush forests.

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    Maroon Creek Road

    by Callavetta Written Sep 16, 2004

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    The road to the base of the Maroon Bells is beautiful, with lots of opportunities to stop and take pictures. Artists stop along the route and try to catch the colors with their paints. It's just lovely.

    Maroon Creek Road

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