3 Unforgettable Winter Days in Aspen
Collected by Holly Upper , AFAR Local Expert
The slopes that we love (Aspen, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Snowmass, all!), plus what to do, where to eat, what to drink, and more for those moments off the slopes.
115 Daly Ln, Snowmass Village, CO 81615, USA
Snowmass Mountain is the most diverse and largest of all the four Aspen Skiing Company mountains in the area and offers something for everyone. It has a great Ski School program that starts as young as two years old and goes up through adults. On...
675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
One of the best parties in Aspen is the closing ski season party at Aspen Highlands. For the last day of skiing, locals and visitors dress up in colorful costumes and crazy 1980's-styled ski outfits to celebrate the last day of skiing in the Aspen...
Aspen Mountain, Colorado 81611, USA
In both the summer and winter, if you only have a day you must take a ride up the Silver Queen Gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain. The gondola cabs are all windows allowing for fantastic views as you travel 3,627 feet to the top. Once you get up...
38700 CO-82, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
There's no better feeling than earning your turns skiing or snowboarding. Skin up Buttermilk Mountain at dawn to catch the sunrise from the top. Watching the light slowly illuminate the Maroon Bell Mountains is an inspiring sight. Then ski down...
110 E Hallam St # 104, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
In an unsuspecting venue, downstairs at the Little Nell, a local non-profit, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, presents wonderful evenings of jazz music that you can’t find anywhere else in the valley. They turn the boardroom of the Little Nell in to an...
1280 Ute Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
During WWII, hundreds of U.S. soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division trained in the mountains of Colorado to prepare for wintry battles in the Alps. It's hard to imagine how the soldiers developed a love for Colorado while sleeping in the snow...
217 S Galena St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
There is only one place in town where you can get real western wear: Kemo Sabe. As you walk through the door the distinct smell of leather hits you. Almost everything in there is made out of leather or has leather on it. One wall is lined with...
525 E Cooper Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
The Christopher Martin Gallery is tucked into the corner at Aspen Grove plaza. Surrounded by other galleries this one stands out among the rest. Christopher Martin is an extremely talented artist that is based out of Aspen and Dallas. The brush...
Cloud Nine, Colorado 81611, USA
Just off the Cloud Nine lift on Aspen Highlands, you'll find a Swiss-looking log cabin with a large patio and pristine views of the Maroon Creek Valley. When you walk in, the pungent smell of cheese may overwhelm you, but don't be deterred. The...
328 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
On the ground floor of Aspen’s historic Wheeler Opera House, the Public House dishes up Colorado-inspired comfort food. Large windows open to allow the summer breeze in but can shut out the winter chill without blocking the snow and mountain...
675 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
The Little Nell exudes understated mountain-town luxury. This five-star property has Aspen’s most coveted location, set at the base of Aspen Mountain, just steps from the Silver Queen Gondola. Interior designer Holly Hunt refreshed the rooms...
355 S Monarch St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
The Limelight has a storied past. The property was originally the Ski and Spur Bar, serving outlaws and skiers. In the 1950s, new owners dubbed it “the Limelite,” and it became a popular nightclub. In 2005, a brand-new lodge went up on...
2037, 685 E Durant Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
When I worked at Food & Wine Magazine, my colleagues and I would religiously hit Ajax Tavern as soon as we descended upon town for the annual Food & Wine Classic event. The draw: Ajax's addictive truffle fries. There are times where I...
205 S Mill St, Aspen, CO 81611, USA
First thing you need to know about Cache Cache is that you need a reservation. This is one of the more popular restaurants in town. Of course you can always try your luck with the bar menu, which is first come first serve and an excellent option....
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