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Aspen was originally a silver mining town built in the late 19th century and is one of the most charming of the North American ski resorts. This mountain town has very carefully preserved much of its rich history, but also has a fantastic selection of modern shops and restaurants which cater to the budget as […]

Aspen was originally a silver mining town built in the late 19th century and is one of the most charming of the North American ski resorts. This mountain town has very carefully preserved much of its rich history, but also has a fantastic selection of modern shops and restaurants which cater to the budget as well as the affluent traveler. In our opinion Aspen is comparable in price to Vail and other major Colorado resorts, so don’t let the glitzy reputation put you off visiting this great mountain resort!

There are many choices of accommodation in the Aspen & Snowmass area and with an efficient and free bus service connecting the four ski areas there is little need for a rental car. We recommend staying in Aspen if you want to have good access to the shopping, bars, restaurants and nightlife. Families with children may want to consider staying in Snowmass, as most accommodations are only a short walk to the ski slopes. The ski school in Snowmass has the best selection of ski lessons and programs for children and teenagers, as well as extensive terrain parks for both snowboarders and skiers. In the summer Snowmass ski lifts continue to operate to enable easy access to the mountain biking trails. The four mountains are all within 25 mins of each other and easily served by the free shuttle buses, with continous departures throughout the day.

Aspen Mountain also known as ‘Ajax Mountain’ to the locals, is located in the heart of Aspen and only minutes from many Aspen accommodations. Aspen Mountain is perfect for strong intermediate to advanced skiers and snowboarders. The Silver Queen Gondola runs from the base to the summit of Aspen mountain in 18 minutes and operates year round. Non-skiers can meet up for lunch at the Sundeck restaurant and admire the beautiful views, or even take a guided snow-shoe wildlife tour, that are available daily. There are also daily snowcat tours for powder skiing on the back of Aspen Mtn. In summer, hikers and walkers can also access the mountain-top to enjoy a ridge hike or relax over lunch and listen to the live music concerts on the restaurant’s terrace. There is even an 18 hole golf-frisbee course for the energetic!

Aspen Highlands is the ‘locals-mountain’ with its uncrowded groomers, challenging, steep bumps and the famous hike up to Highland’s Bowl for a rewarding 360 degree view and an even more exciting skiing experience on the double diamond terrain below.

Snowmass, the biggest ski area of the four, is only 25 mins by bus from Aspen. Ski the entire day and never do the same run twice. From Powderhorn all the way over to Long Shot, which is 5 miles in length and the longest run in the area. Endless Cruisers, inbounds backcountry, parks, pipes, steeps are all here. There is skiing here for all abilities, with an excellent ski school for children and adults. With a vertical drop of 4,406 feet and 3,132 acres of terrain, the sheer volume of Snowmass demands repeat visits. Perfect for families and the base village features the Treehouse Kids’ Adventure Center. In summer there are 3 ski lifts that operate for mountain bikers and hikers. Free weekly concerts take place each Thursday evening and are a great way to meet locals and enjoy a picnic with some family and friends.

Buttermilk is a family mountain and and perfect place for learning to ski or snowboard. Buttermilk also hosts the ESPN X-Games the last weekend in January. There is a superpipe and top-to-bottom terrain park, as well as many rolling slopes perfect for learning a new sport or improving your technique. Buttermilk is located 10 mins on the bus from the city of Aspen.

Our selection of properties, from great value family run lodges to beautifully styled condominiums, cater to all budgets. Aspen & Snowmass is really more affordable than many people realise due to the large selection of accommodations and extensive choice of restaurants. There are over 50 restaurants in Aspen and they offer a range of cuisine from simple dining to the finest gourmet. Some of the best chefs in the country have chosen Aspen to live and work. Aspen is also home to the annual Food & Wine Festival in June, which attracts food and wine aficionados from all over the world. There is a great selection of bars and nightclubs, as well as regular live music at the Belly Up, which often has world famous artists performing at this intimate venue. There are also two cinemas and a theatre, so there’s no shortage of entertainment off the ski slopes! In the summer Aspen Music School has a summer concert series of classical music that highlights some of the world’s best conductors and musicians.

Aspen/Snowmass is one of the most accessible Rocky Mountain resorts, with the choice of Aspen, Eagle and Denver airports. The Aspen/Pitkin airport is located just three miles from Aspen and six miles from Snowmass Village, Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is one of the most conveniently located winter resort airports in the world. Snowmass is 220 miles or four hours from Denver. Snowmass is located 9 miles from downtown Aspen.

Resort Statistics

 

Aspen Mountain:

Season dates: November 24 – April 15, 2012
Base elevation: 7,945 ft./2,422 m
Summit elevation: 11,212 ft./3,418 m
Vertical rise: 3,267 ft./996 m
Terrain: 675 acres/273 hectares
Trails: 76, Miles/km of trails: 64 miles/103 km, Longest run: 3 miles/4.83 km
Types of trails: easiest: 0%, more difficult: 48%, most difficult: 26%, expert: 26%

Aspen Highlands:

Season dates: December 10 – April 22, 2012
Base: 8,040 ft./2,451 m
Summit: 11,675 ft./3,559 m. (Highland Bowl 12,392 ft.)
Vertical rise: 3,635 ft./1,108 m.
Types of trails: easiest: 18%, more difficult: 30%, most difficult: 16%, expert: 36%

 

 

Buttermilk Mountain:

Season dates: December 10 – April 8, 2012
Base elevation: 7,870 ft./2,399 m
Summit elevation: 9,900 ft./3,018 m
Vertical rise: 2,030 ft./619 m
Terrain: 470 acres/190 hectares,
Trails: 44, Miles/km of trails: 21 miles/34 km, Longest run: 3 miles/4.83 km
Types of trails: easiest: 35%, more difficult: 39%, most difficult: 26%, expert: 0%
Parks and pipes: 2 terrain parks: Buttermilk Park has over 100 features including a 22-foot superpipe and an X Games slopestyle course. For the beginner: Panda Pipe and Ski & Snowboard Schools Park (S3 Park)

Snowmass:

Season dates: November 24 – April 15, 2012
Base elevation: 8,104 ft./2,473 m
Summit elevation: 12,510 ft./3,813 m
Vertical rise: 4,406 ft./1,343 m
Terrain: 3,132 acres/1,267 hectares
Trails: 91, Miles/km of trails: 147 miles/237 km, Longest run: 5.3 miles/8.5 km
Types of trails: easiest: 6%, more difficult: 50%, most difficult: 12%, expert: 32%
Parks and pipes: 3 terrain parks (Snowmass Park, Makaha and Lowdown), 1 superpipe (new this year, 22 feet high!) and 1 beginner pipe

The 4 Mountain Lift Ticket includes free transport between each mountain.

 

LODGING

 

WALKING DISTANCE

 

Snowmass Inn, 2 star

Outstanding location and outstanding prices best describe the Snowmass Inn, just 100m from the Snowmass ski area and the Village Mall. These comfortable rooms are equipped with refrigerators, coffee makers and colored cable TV. The Daly Tavern Restaurant and Lounge, the local’s favorite restaurant, is also located in the Snowmass Inn. Relax in the outdoor heated swimming pool, therapy pool or sauna. On site ski storage, laundry facilities and daily housekeeping.
Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Aspen/Snowmass Airport and around the Village.

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Pokolodi Lodge, 2+ star

One of Snowmass Village’s most popular and affordable lodges. Conveniently located adjacent to the Village Mall and 200m walk to the Snowmass ski area, the Pokolodi prides itself on service and family friendliness.

Each room is equipped with color cable TV, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryer, iron & ironing board and balconies. Relax in the outdoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast each morning in the lobby.

Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Aspen/Snowmass Airport and around the Village, daily maid service, ski storage and laundry facilities are also provided.

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Tamarack Townhomes, 3 & 3+ star

Located at the base of Fanny Hill on the Village Shuttle line and adjacent to the new Village Express high-speed lift, Tamarack Townhouses provide you with one of the best values in Snowmass ski lodging.
Recent $2.4 million renovations have added spectacular improvements to this Bavarian-style Snowmass vacation rental complex. Beautifully landscaped, spruce-lined grounds surround a year-round outdoor heated pool and an exquisite hot tub with a waterfall cascading between two levels.
Choose from Studio to 4-bedroom/3 bathroom units, ranging from Bronze to Gold standard.

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SLOPESIDE

 

The Crestwood Condominium Hotel, 3 & 4 star

The Crestwood offers condominium comfort, excellent ski-in/ski-out convenience, breathtaking scenery and unmatched hospitality. Condominiums feature fully equipped kitchens, fireplaces, two TV*s, a VCR, private balconies, free laundry facilities and two on site conference rooms. Relax in the outdoor heated pool, two therapy pools, and sauna, or enjoy a workout in our exercise room. Services include daily housekeeping, full-service front desk, grocery and liquor shopping service, and complimentary village and Aspen Airport shuttle service.
Choose from studio or 1 to 4 bedroom condos, rated Standard, Deluxe, or Premier.

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Timberline Condominiums, 3+ star

Guests of The Timberline enjoy a fantastic Snowmass lodging, located on the slopes of Snowmass Mountain. Many say it’s the best location in Snowmass.

You can walk right out to the Fanny Hill ski run. Or take a leisurely walk to the Snowmass Mall, just 3 minutes away. The Timberline is a favorite among families, ski groups and ski and board enthusiasts.
Studio and 1 to 4 bedroom condo’s are available.

Wireless internet access
Pool-size outdoor hot tub
Trailside Conference facility
Fitness Center with Steam Room
4,000 square foot Sundeck with gas grills and picnic tables
Slopeside Ski/Board Lockers
Butch’s Lobster Bar
Fireplace in units one bedroom or larger
Balconies or patios

Guests of The Timberline enjoy a fantastic Snowmass lodging, located on the slopes of Snowmass Mountain. Many say it’s the best location in Snowmass.

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The Stonebridge Inn, 4 star

Selected for two consecutive years as one of the 50 Top Ski Resort Hotels in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, the Stonebridge Inn is an intimate alpine lodge in the heart of Snowmass Resort. Offering slopeside convenience, luxurious amenities, fine dining and the warmest Rocky Mountain hospitality, it presents an ideal lodging option for a fantastic Colorado vacation no matter the season.
The Stonebridge Inn recently redecorated all guest rooms, added a new outdoor deck, fitness facility and a beautiful light-filled meeting or event room able to accommodate groups of up to 120 people. Courtesy transportation from Aspen airport, daily maid service, WIFI and a complimentary continental breakfast await you when you chose this charming full service boutique hotel.
With complementary airport shuttle service, fine dining, swimming pools and mountain streams flowing through our properties, The Stonebridge Inn offers an outstanding experience for the discerning mountain traveler.
Choose from Ridgeview or Mountainview rooms or suites.

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Snowmass Mountain Chalet, 3 star

The Snowmass Mountain Chalet is a true Colorado ski-in ski-out lodge at the base of Snowmass Mountain. This Bed and Breakfast style hotel is located directly adjacent to the Snowmass Ski School and Snowmass Village Mall.
At the Snowmass Mountain Chalet you will enjoy a full hot breakfast each morning which is served in our Breakfast Room, overlooking the sunny slope side deck. In the winter, ski in for the free hot soup lunch.
Each of the 64 deluxe rooms are tastefully decorated with Colorado log furniture and equipped with many complimentary amenities, including mini refrigerators, DVD players, humidifiers, hairdryers, satellite television, high speed internet access, iron/ironing board and telephones. Paid parking available.

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Westin Snowmass, 4+ star

Excellent deluxe hotel with ski-in/ski-out access to Snowmass Mountain and ski school (formerly the Silvertree Hotel).
Room types and Bedding: 1 King, 1 Queen or 2 Queens.
View rooms have preferred views and most have a balcony.
Amenities: 2 Outdoor heated pools & hot tubs, sauna, health club with steam room, bar, restaurant, conference & meeting space, complimentary wireless internet.
Complimentary shuttle service to and from the Aspen/Snowmass Airport and around the Village, daily maid service, ski storage and laundry facilities are also provided.

 

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