Located in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Aspen is the prime spot for everything that has to do with skiing. Of course, it is a beautiful town no matter what with the Elk Mountain Range and Roaring Fork River as well as some historic spots like the 1889 Wheeler Opera House, built during the silver mining boom.
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 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.
Aspen Mountain at Buttermilk The Aspen Mountain Ski Resort is a family resort with more than 400 acres of gentle slopes and wide trails, so it is perfect for beginners. If you are just learning the sport or are teaching someone how to ski, this is the perfect place to do it with gently rolling hills to practice on. The terrain is not all easy though. You can also find a bunch of challenging trails for more experienced skiers. In fact, this is where the Winter X Games are held every January. Some of the sports they enjoy include alpine skiing and snowmobile racing as well as snowboarding and ski superpipe and slopestyle.
The Gant The Gant is a luxury ski resort with all the comforts of home as well as excellent services and amenities to make you feel pampered and special. Located in a five-acre enclave at the bottom of the Aspen Mountains, this world-class resort is a favorite with the locals as well as visitors.
And you can refuel after skiing all day at the Pepperjack’s Café, which serves amazing food including their famous Detroit-style pizza. And don’t worry about getting a ride because Gant has its own fleet of vans. Choose from any of the one- to four-bedroom condos in standard, deluxe, or premier.
St. Regis Aspen Known as the modern mountainside manor, St. Regis is just a few steps from the slopes with a ski-in, ski-out aspect that only the best ski resorts have. The superior rooms have custom furniture like a Ralph Lauren desk and leather bed, so you know you are exactly where you belong.
The valets are there to help you with your ski equipment and transportation and are there to pick you up and take you back to the Remède™ Spa where there are 15 treatment rooms to ease those muscles. And when you work up an appetite, head to the Michelin-starred Chef’s Club.
Little Nell According to the locals, Little Nell is the most luxurious ski-in, ski-out resort in Aspen with the best access to the slopes and outstanding service and amenities. In fact, it is Aspen’s only five-star hotel so it must be the best. You will find concierges both inside the hotel and at the mountain slopes.
Not only do you get a fantastic room with a stunning view, but you also get grocery and personal shopping services, on-call doctors, salon and spa services, lift tickets, and lessons. And you can see the ski lifts right outside your window so you will be anxious to hit the slopes as soon as you can.
Viceroy Snowmass The Viceroy Snowmass Resort boasts ski-in, ski-out services as well as classy ski elevators, an amazing restaurant, and a 7,000-foot spa to relax after your day on the slopes. Choose between a penthouse room, residential suite, or studio with luxurious bedding, stellar furniture, and silky Egyptian sheets.
The kitchen features a Latin American menu with a variety of delicious dishes and cocktails and there is even an infinity pool with a waterfall where you can chill and relax when you aren’t on the slopes. Or work out at the state-of-the-art fitness center before visiting the lounge for a nightcap.
No matter which one of the resorts you choose, you will be sure to have a fantastic time so make sure you grab your camera from your luggage before dropping it off. You can get some of the best shots of the summit in the Elk Mountain Range of the Rocky Mountains from almost anywhere in the city.