With four mountains for skiing, Aspen offers an elegant version of the altitude of the Rockies. And while prices can be higher in Aspen than in other Colorado resorts, you have excellent access to beautiful hotels, first-class restaurants and, in summer, excellent hiking, biking and horseback riding trails.
Aspen may be a popular ski destination and known for its art scene and celebrity observations, but this mountain getaway offers much more than it seems. This beautiful mountain oasis is located in the heart of the White River National Forest, surrounded by the peaks of the Elk Mountains. It is a perfect place all year round for anyone who wants to enjoy the Colorado Mountains.
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Aspen has long been considered the most international of America’s ski resorts, thanks in particular to the celebrities of the jetset who are used to spending their holidays there, but also to the worldwide reputation of some of the events that take place there every year. The four ski resorts (Aspen Mountain, commonly known as Ajax, Snowmass, Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands) each offer a distinct character but combine to offer a truly amazing ski area. The Aspen Mountain ski area (also known as Ajax) has 76 slopes, but this number does not reflect the “extra-wide” variety of experience offered by the resort’s terrain: from the meticulously groomed green slope to the treetops between the trees, Aspen offers a wide range of options for all snow sports enthusiasts. After skiing, head for the resort centre where the food and shopping offer seems inexhaustible and where nightlife continues until the early hours of the morning.
Hotel Jérôme has been Aspen’s social centre since it opened in 1889, at the height of the city’s silver boom, known as the place where all great stories were born and told. Contemporary luxury and historical heritage combine in these generous rooms ranging from 525 to 1265 square feet. The living spaces have windows from floor to ceiling to admire Aspen’s magnificent environment, while wooden deer heads, stump lamps and cowhide chairs embody its mountain spirit.
Element 47 is one of the best addresses in Aspen. The welcome is very warm, while immersing you in a refined atmosphere. You will find menus inspired by the seasons and taste the flavours of local fruits and vegetables, as well as hormone-free meats from neighbouring ranches.
A yoga class in the mountains is the best way to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul during your stay. Start your morning by taking the cable car to Aspen Mountain. At the top, meet your guide for a yoga class for skiers, snowboarders and winter sports enthusiasts. Participants from all levels are welcome. The views are spectacular and will allow you to admire the Aspen mountains from an exceptional point of view.
Through a snowshoe hike, discover the wide open spaces in the heart of the mountains, free of noise and traffic. Accompanied by your guide who will pick you up at the hotel, you will take the time to appreciate the heart of the forest, in the middle of snowfields. The routes are accessible to all, adults and children of all levels.