Other popular activities in Aspen include hiking, climbing, paddling, and rodeoing. Be sure to visit the Maroon Bells, which are the most photographed mountains in the US, before putting on those skis. And before you head off to the mountains, drop off your bags and extra gear at a suitcase storage locker in Aspen for safekeeping.
Aspen Meadows Resort is on the Aspen Snowmass, the largest of the four mountains in the area with over 3,300 acres. This is a family-friendly resort with 40 acres along the Roaring Fork River and spectacular views of the mountains from every one of their 98 luxurious suites with floor-to-ceiling windows.
Not only do you have access to the best skiing in Aspen, but you also get a health center, three restaurants with delicious cuisine, a pool and hot tub, tennis courts, and plenty of fresh powder. The Aspen Skiing Company is partnered with this resort and provides lessons as well as lift tickets and transportation.
Aspen Highlands Ritz-Carlton
At the bottom of a 12,500-foot mountain, the Ritz Carlton boasts 125 ski trails in a ski-in ski-out village with lifts just a few steps away. Most are intermediate and advanced, so this is not really the spot to go if you are a first-time skier. But they do have a Ritz Kids program and game room to keep the kids busy.
Whether you are looking for casual dining or just a cup of coffee, the Ritz has both. And the private fitness center and spa are perfect to relax your muscles after skiing all day. And don’t miss the two heated outdoor pools on the slope side of the resort where you can soak in the jacuzzi too.