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These are the most visited and photographed mountains in Colorado, perhaps even in the entire US. The prisine waters of Maroon Lake reflect the mountains behind them, to create a classic view. Unfortunately, this place gets extremely crowded in summer, especially on weekends. Between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, you must take the bus from nearby Rubey...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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.more
What a great, reasonably-priced hotel, just blocks away from the best of downtown Aspen, or the base...more
This same hotel was formerly the Ritz Carleton, Aspen. They recently had sold it to St Regis a few...more
Hotel Jerome is considered one of Aspen's best boutique hotels. It is located on Main Street in an...more
Owned by a Frenchman, the simple rustic Crêperie du Village serves delicious fondues, raclette and crêpes, among other dishes. It started off as a crêperie, but overtime expanded to include other French/Alpine dishes. It was a delicious, authentic experience, in an otherwise pretentious and mostly expensive town. Just beware, the open kitchen means...more
In search of a quick lunch before leaving town, we happened by Boogie’s Diner and thought it looked cute and might have some good lunch items. It was generally a disappointment. There was a wait to be seated in the diner area upstairs which is very convenient given there is a large retail apparel area on the ground floor. There was not much in the...more
There are some hot new spots coming to Aspen, and some old favorites. The old go to spots are Eric's and Club Chelsea - both located on Hyman mall, and The Caribou Club on Hopkins (membership required). There are a few dive bars still kicking - Bentley's and Zane's. New hot spots - Fly and Junk at Red Onion (coming soon). You can wear jeans...more
A bar located next to the Wheeler Opera House. Its a more laid back crowd in here. The opera house itself is a famouns local landmark and the place is packed with locals. Its a good place to grab a drink and learn more about the less touristy side of Aspen. Somewhat casual. I wouldn't recommend shorts but no one would be thrown out in jeans.more
By car, Aspen is too far from everywhere. Denver to Aspen takes around 3.5 hours because one has to drive around the big mountains. Luckily, the town is served by its own small airport (ASE), with flights to many of the nearby large cities, including Los Angeles and Denver. There are many more private jets at the airport than commercial planes, so...more
Radio Boardshop has all the coolest clothes you can't find anywhere else. From limited edition sneakers to snowboards. Radio carries everything you need to get out on the hill or hit the Aspen nightlife. We carry a tons of women's, men's, kid's clothing as well as everything need to snowboard or skateboard.During the summer Radio offers skate camp...more
For pet lovers!This hidden little shop is a great place to find anything for your pet. From fresh gourmet treats, to cashmere sweaters for your dog.The staff is very friendly and eager to help. They also have great end of the season sales. A whole bunch of Burberry leashes, pet beds etc were on sale for 50% off. Don't miss the freshly made...more
The Aspen area was originally discovered by the Ute Indians and called "Shining Mountains". The first gold miners arrived in the Roaring Fork Valley in the summer of 1879 and by that fall a small group of entrepreneurs and speculators had staked claims and set up camp at the foot of Aspen Mountain. Prospectors settled in Aspen hoping to strike it...more
whatever you do, DO NOT LEAVE TRASH OUT, or otherwise tempt or feed bears. they will DIE. we have now in place a 'one strike policy' due to the frequency of bears coming into town to dine (used to be 3 strikes). the wealthy have built mansions in the bears habitat, and all it takes is one call to 911 or animal control & they will have no choice but...more
Please be careful in the backcountry. 30 US skiers, snowboarders and snowmobilers died in 2003. Click the link below which outlines many of the deaths and where they happened.The Avalanche OrganizationAlso, I found some stories about just a few of the avalanches, but there's not enough room on this page to put them all.2-1-2002"67 year old man...more
It is not uncommon to see Black Bears in Aspen in the summertime. Unfortunately these bears have had difficulty nourishing themselves in their natural habitat and have become dependent on foraging dumpsters and breaking into homes and cars. If you are renting a place - always keep doors locked - they can open doors. It's also not a good idea to...more
aspen doesn't generally-- even in july-- reach higher temps than 75. 80 on a very hot day. no humidity. pours down rain at about 3 or 4pm in summer. lasts a few min, then 20 min later you wouldn't know it rained had you not seen it with your own eyes. it's a very casual town. summer is shorts & flip flops & sundresses, for evening, dresses & heels, here's how to really stand out, and NOT in a good way: wear a business suit, wear real fur (that's how you spot someone from texas!), hair extensions & have your lips plumped out to THERE. aspenites are natural, light makeup, polar fleece for working out & don't have elaborate hair-do's.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: SPF- i can not stress how !!important!! suncreen is- and i am not talking spf 15. i wear 75 and still get color if i get careless & forget to re-apply. bring something for your nose- i use vasaline to line my nose with since it's so dry, it cracks & bleeds. band-aids if you're doing alot of walking. NEVER be without water. water & sunscreen will be your survival kit. spf chapstick, too.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: depends on what you want to do while you're here, but they also do sell anything 'rugged outdoorsy' in most shops. in the winter i like the yakktraks to stretch over my shoes or boots to grip the ice (they're useless in snow). they sell them at the UTE MOUNTAINEER on mill st.
Miscellaneous: whatever you do, don't believe that being an obnoxious jerk makes you more important than everyone else, or will make you fit in. coloradans, aspenites in particular, are a very friendly, helpful bunch. and you generally won't find an american among them! don't complain loudly and/or yell at service people. it makes you look like a fool. most aspenites will make a point of stopping to help you if you are looking at a map or seem puzzled.
stop in EXPLORE BOOKSELLERS for (of course, books & newspapers from all over the world, but also) incredible vegan & vegetarian food. it's amazing what can be done with seitan (coconut satay spears!) and tofu (chocolate pie!). it's upstairs above the bookstore. so beautiful, situated in an old victorian. it became my favorite place to be. the...more
The 10th mountain division hut system links Aspen, Leadville and Vail. See Vail page for more details.The Alfred A Braun Hut System, south of Aspen, has a series of older huts available along the trail. All ski resort areas have rental equipment shops so you can get anything you need- skis, poles, boots, while there.more
All 4 mountains offer a way for you to not have to lug your heavy equipment back to your hotel every night. You can check your equipment at the end of the day at the bottom of one mountain, pay $3, and find it waiting for you at another the next morning. Aspen ski areas are renowned for Customer service. At all four areas you can get free...more