15 Reasons to Visit
Aspen Now

  1. Powder Play. Aspen Snowmass has enjoyed one of its best seasons in years! The area’s four ski resorts recently received epic snowfall, with more on the way. This translates to above-average accumulations on all four mountains, bluebird ski days, and deep powder skiing.

 

  1. Four Mountains. Endless Terrain. Access four ski mountains located within a 20-minute drive of each other. Buttermilk is known for beginner terrain and is also headquarters of the annual ESPN Winter X Games. Snowmass features wide, open glade skiing and steep descents on the Wall; Highlands is home to the steep-and-deep Highland Bowl; and Aspen Mountain has incredible mogul and intermediate terrain, in addition to challenging double-black runs.

 

  1. EMP Winter House. Downtown Aspen is home to nearly 80 restaurants within walking distance, making it one of the finest alpine culinary destinations. A buzzworthy newcomer is EMP Winter House (and in partnership with American Express), located at the Chefs Club in the St. Regis Aspen. With cuisine inspired by Chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park New York, the pop-up features outdoor yurts for unforgettable group dining.

 

  1. Aspen Snowmass Powder Tours. Given the season’s incredible snowfall, this is the year to go cat skiing with The Little Nell. Tackle the backside of Ajax (local’s slang for Aspen Mountain) on a private snow cat tour, which includes a gourmet lunch at a cozy little hut.

 

  1. Pine Creek Cookhouse. You’ll almost always hear an Aspen local say this is one of their favorite spots. In winter, it’s accessed by a horse-drawn sleigh ride, cross-country skiing, or snow shoeing. Your reward is incredible views and source-to-fork cuisine.

  1. Aspen Cross Country Center. Aspen may be famous for World Cup events and alpine skiing, but skate skiing or Nordic skiing at the Aspen Golf Course is an amazing workout, and the track frames views of Pyramid Peak and the majestic Maroon Bells.

 

  1. Highland Bowl. A rite of passage for expert skiers. Accessed at Aspen Highlands Resort, summitting “The Bowl”—a 25-45 minute hike depending on fitness level—lassoes bragging rights for visitors and promises incredible ski descents.

 

  1. Snowmass Base Village. The new base village of Snowmass Resort now features the Limelight Hotel Snowmass, a skating rink, various new and tasty restaurants, and more, making it a hot spot for families.

 

  1. Ullr Nights. Snowmass hosts Friday night Ullr parties—festive, alpine-inspired celebrations located mid mountain. Take the Snowmass gondola ride up to Elk Camp for such outdoor winter activities as tubing, riding the new Breathtaker Alpine Coaster, snowbiking, s’mores, and hot chocolate by the bonfire.

 

  1. Private Lessons. Aspen Snowmass lures the top international ski and snowboard instructors. If a beginner, or if wanting to perfect expert ski turns, private lessons (taken at the beginning of the trip) set up your ski vacation for success.

  1. Nightlife: Bad Harriet. A newcomer to Aspen’s legendary nightlife scene, this speakeasy located in the historic Hotel Jerome features private tables, chic interiors, artisan cocktails, and rotating DJs.

 

  1. Après: Chair 9. This hot spot at The Little Nell gets revved up from 3-6 p.m. The crowd? A mix of snow bunnies, CEOs, local business owners, and ski instructors.

 

  1. Spring Forward. Longer day light equals longer ski days. With sun-filled afternoons as inspiration, Aspen Snowmass ski lifts run later in the day.

 

  1. Eventful. If traveling with tweens or teens, the 19th annual Bud Light Spring Jam (March 15-31) is a top draw. Expect two weeks of competitions, downtown concerts, and Aspen Snowmass parties.

 

  1. Alpine Dining: Cloud Nine. Last but certainly not least, if you’re lucky enough to score a reservation, this elevated restaurant on Aspen Highlands is intimate in size yet huge in personality. For the late-lunch seating, expect table dancing and plenty of Veuve Clicquot.









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