Vacation Ideas for Aspen, CO
Upon visiting Aspen for the first time, most vacationers are not surprised that it boasts so much natural beauty. Not only is it home to thousands of white and gold aspens, it’s also the seat of internationally recognized festivals, institutions, highly decorated ski terrain and mansions of the rich and famous. Its picture-perfect town center brims with some of the best food in the world, acclaimed art galleries, couture shops and friendly locals with their dogs at their side. Why not be a "local" for a while and experience Aspen from the convenience of a ski-in/ski-out hotel?
With only one ski ticket, the wildly varied terrain of the four mountains—Aspen Mountain, Buttermilk, Aspen Highlands and Snowmass—is ready to wow fortunate visitors. Aspen Mountain is known for its runs that start right at the town center and spiderweb out to world-famous double black diamonds, while Snowmass features more wide-open beginner slopes and well-groomed Nordic trails. Plus, Buttermilk mountain is home to the Winter X Games. The combined 335 trails and 42 lifts will leave no winter sports enthusiast disappointed.
Winter activities in Aspen aren’t just limited to skiing and snowboarding. The stunning landscapes and peaks can be viewed from a hot air balloon ride, a cross-country ski trek to Pine Creek Cookhouse, dog and horse sledding, and snowmobile or snowshoe adventures.
Although Aspen was made famous for its winter sports, its summer activities now draw weary vacationers looking for renewed spirit amongst the Aspens. Simply strolling through town and watching a rugby match, dining at a local bistro, or listening to live music at one of the bars and music venues with mountains on all sides is completely relaxing. Or, go for a ride on the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of the mountain where Sundeck Restaurant hosts bluegrass bands every Sunday and is surrounded by hiking trails, Frisbee golf and a climbing wall. Grab the camera and drive just a short distance to Independence Pass, the Maroon Bells and Crater Lake.