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Aspen Travel Guide

Aspen Ski Resort

  • Nearest town: Boulder - 121.8 miles Denver - 133
  • Resort Altitude (metres): 2420m
  • Ski Season: November to April
  • Mountain Range: the Rocky Mountain Range
  • Number of Lifts: 20
  • Highest Lift (metres): 3493m
  • Lowest Lift (metres): 2384m
  • Number of Slopes: 200
  • Snowboarding: 2
  • Cross Country (km): 80km

Aspen Ski Information

General information

If you want to take a break from all that skiing Aspen offers a number of attractive options such as paragliding, walking trails, a bowling alley, swimming pool, gym, sports centre, and an ice rink. Take a look at the beautifully restored Victorian centre of Aspen, where lovely old buildings have been given face lifts and refurbished, rather like a lot of the wealthy celebrities staying in them. There is also Aspen's beautiful Victorian theatre, the Aspen Art Museum, tours of Hallam Lake Wildlife Sanctuary, or taking a ride on a horse-drawn sleigh to keep you entertained.

  • Languages: English Spanish Castilian Native American languages
  • Temperatures: Daytime winter temperatures from 20 to 55 degrees.
    Evening temperatures from 10 to 30 degrees
    . Daytime summer temperatures from 65 to 85 degrees
    Evening from 50 to 65 degrees
  • Driving: Drive on the right hand side of the road.
  • Emergency contact numbers: All Emergencies 911
  • Population: 5902
  • Religion: Protestant (56%) Roman Catholic (28%) Jewish (2%) Muslim (1%)
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Apres-ski

Aspen is without doubt the apres-ski capital of America and is filled with entertainment opportunities, from the bars and restaurants, where live acts perform and guests mix and mingle, to top-notch festivals with full orchestras and operas.

Overview

In Aspen decent snow is a given, and is almost always guaranteed. With four mountains in its pass, (Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk and Snowmass) and 200km of runs of every degree of difficulty, Aspen offers something for everyone from beginner to expert. Aspen town has been beautifully restored to its Victorian glory days, and offers a fantastic choice of restaurants, shops, and lively nightlife.

Aspen Attractions

Aspen Shopping

Alpine Mountain Market - Find and excellent selection of high-quality foods and more at one of the busiest markets in town. Smaller is size the market makes up for it is the wonderful selection of meats, produce, dairy products and more. For those that are looking for convenience the market offers a great selection of food-on-the-go.

Snowmass Antique Show - Becoming more and more popular the Snowmass Antique Show is now offered twice during the summer. Antique dealers and peddlers from all over the company showcase everything from antique furniture and knick-knacks to heirlooms. The show is famous for offering the highest quality collectables and antiques. Conveniently located in Snowmass Mall visitors can easily find many places to dine.

Aspen Wine and Spirits Company - A wine lovers paradise the aspen Wine and Spirits Company offers over 900 wines from around the world. The beer selection is just as impressive with many microbrews and beers that are hard to find. The store is open Monday–Saturday and offers free delivery to parties and special events.

Aspen Activities

Glenwood Caverns Enjoy an exciting and educational tour of the Glenwood Cavers. The caverns offer tours of many different "rooms" in the mountain that showcase beautiful natural stalagmites and stalactites. Visitors will enjoy the tram up the mountain to the caverns and the gift shop. For those that enjoy spelunking make reservations for the Wild Tour, which allows visitors to explore many of the cave's undeveloped chambers.

H2J Riding School Located in the Cozy Point Ranch visitors to H2J Riding School can learn to ride horses in one of the two outdoor learning arenas. The school caters to all levels of riders and offers a summer camp for children. All riders are required to wear either cowboy boots or hiking shoes; tennis shoes are strictly prohibited.

Tube Town The premier sledding spot on Snowmass Mountain can only be found at Tube Town. A fairly new addition to the region, Tube Town is becoming increasingly popular to locals from all over the state. Admission is $15 and includes access to special sledding tubes and unlimited access to the sled runs. Adults must accompany children under 6 years of age.

Aspen Restaurants and Bars

Aspen Restaurants

Elevation - Contemporary and intimate Elevation is located downstairs in the heart of Aspen. Cozy and comfortable the restaurant is a nice change from the other sometimes-snobbish restaurants in tow. The menu offers great food at reasonable prices and the bar is a great place to unwind after a day on the slopes.

Renaissance - Chef-owner Charles Dale has won Food and Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs award and has twice been nominated for the prestigious James Beard award. The bright, contemporary dinning area is a terrific backdrop for the French-influenced menu selections. Diners can choose from a wide variety of single entrees or the nine-course dinner for $150 per person.

Olives - Olives an upscale, trendy restaurant is known as the place to be seen in Aspen. The menu offers an excellent selection of Mediterranean dishes prepared by nationally acclaimed chef Todd English. For dessert try the sinfully delicious smores.

Aspen children's activities

Glenwood Caverns Enjoy an exciting and educational tour of the Glenwood Cavers. The caverns offer tours of many different "rooms" in the mountain that showcase beautiful natural stalagmites and stalactites. Visitors will enjoy the tram up the mountain to the caverns and the gift shop. For those that enjoy spelunking make reservations for the Wild Tour, which allows visitors to explore many of the cave's undeveloped chambers.

H2J Riding School Located in the Cozy Point Ranch visitors to H2J Riding School can learn to ride horses in one of the two outdoor learning arenas. The school caters to all levels of riders and offers a summer camp for children. All riders are required to wear either cowboy boots or hiking shoes; tennis shoes are strictly prohibited.

Tube Town The premier sledding spot on Snowmass Mountain can only be found at Tube Town. A fairly new addition to the region, Tube Town is becoming increasingly popular to locals from all over the state. Admission is $15 and includes access to special sledding tubes and unlimited access to the sled runs. Adults must accompany children under 6 years of age.

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