Aspen Ski Holidays

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Known for attracting some rich and famous clientele, the former silver mining town of Aspen lies at the foot of Aspen Mountain (aka Ajax). It is an illustrious resort with extensive slopes for all skill levels and a reputation for luxury. The town is charming, the ski schools are excellent and the pistes are notoriously quiet.

With the resort perched at 2420m and slopes up to 3490m, Aspen is a snow-sure bet for keen skiers. Visitors to Aspen can enjoy four separate ski areas, which are linked by a free shuttle bus service. Buttermilk is perfect for beginners, while Ajax and Aspen Highlands are for those with more experience under their belts. Snowmass, meanwhile, is the largest of the four areas and comprises a good blend of terrain for groups of mixed abilities.

The first three ski areas are not too far from each other in the Roaring Fork valley, while Snowmass is a slightly longer journey away.

The town of Aspen itself is attractive and lively, complete with boutiques, trendy bars and fine dining. While it’s certainly not the cheapest destination in the world, there are still some great-value accommodation options available and the resort is very popular with families.

To cap things off, there is some excellent off-piste potential to enjoy – particularly in Snowmass and Aspen highlands – plus terrain parks in Buttermilk and Snowmass.

Holidaymakers can fly from London Heathrow to Aspen via Denver or Chicago. Alternatively, one can fly into Denver, from which the resort is a 3.5-hour transfer away.

Within the resort itself, free busses run regularly.
The après scene is a little different to Austria and France, but you’ll certainly find some swanky bars and lively venues in Aspen.

At the end of the ski day, there are quite a few bars close to the foot of the slopes, but the highlight is probably the Ajax Tavern, which has a huge terrace that is very popular when the sun comes out. The music starts ramping up toward the end of the afternoon and by the time 6 o’clock rolls around there’s an incredible vibe.

For a quiet snifter in style, Element 47 in The Little Nell is a fine choice, as is the historic J-Bar at the Jerome Hotel – a popular haunt since 1889.

For live music, Belly Up is the place to go, while Eric's Bar offers 14 delicious beers on tap and over 50 malt scotches.

The hip 39 Degrees in the Sky Hotel is another great place to check out – they mix some incredible cocktails.
There are a range of non-skiing activities to enjoy in Aspen, but the highlight has to be Ullr Nights.

Every Friday night during the peak of the winter season, a winter wonderland celebration is held in honour of the Norse God of Snow, Ullr, at Elk Camp in Snowmass. From 5 to 9 pm, friends and families enjoy ice skating, tubing, snowbiking, s'mores and hot chocolate by a crackling bonfire. You can also dance to live music and enjoy delicious a la carte dining.

Otherwise, visitors to Aspen can enjoy the resort’s bountiful boutique shopping and spas, as well as snowshoeing and snowmobiling.

A trip to the resort’s tourist office will offer lots of useful information on resort activities, but here are just a few ideas to start you off.

Snowmobile Tours


+1 970-925-4614



+1 970-925-5756

Spa & Wellness


+1 970-925-2278

Aspen has a wonderful range of restaurants to sample, including some Alpine-style venues to establishments with plenty of ‘old west’ charm. Of course, many of the resort’s restaurants are on the pricey side, but you certainly get what you pay for.

The Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro is the closest thing to an Alpine restaurant you will find in Aspen. The menu is primarily French and Swiss orientated but you can find a few Austrian options like veal schnitzel as well. Later on in the afternoon, there is music and dancing on table tops – not a million miles away from an American Folie Douce!

Another good option is the Ajax Tavern, which is ski in/ski out at the bottom of Aspen Mountain with a superb sun terrace and an excellent menu of up-market Canadian favourites, including truffle fries, cheeseburgers, onion soup and oysters. As with Cloud Nine, there is a lively après scene here, so if the sun is out make sure you bring your dancing shoes.

For couples in search of an elegant atmosphere, the Element 47 in The Little Nell is an excellent choice – one sure to create a memorable experience. Families in search of big portions, meanwhile, should try Bumps at Buttermilk or the fantastic American grub at Jimmy’s.

If you’ve got a gang of famished friends, the 520 Grill is a great bet for fuelling up with cheap tacos, burgers and lots more to choose from. For an auspicious start to the day on the mountain, Poppycock’s does brilliants breakfasts – not to mention off-mountain lunches.

Below, you’ll find a few top restaurants in Aspen, as voted by our ski experts.

Good for Couples

Element 47

675 E Durant Ave


+1 970-920-6330

Good for Couples

Little Annie’s

517 E Hyman Ave


+1 970-925-1098

Good for Family

Bumps at Buttermilk

38700 Hwy 82


+1 970-920-0991

Good for Family


205 S Mill St


+1 970-925-6020

Good for Friends

Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro

On piste restaurant

Cloud Nine Lift Aspen Highlands


+1 970-923-8715

Good for Friends


665 E Cooper Ave


+1 970-925-1245

Besides the wonderful non-skiing activities on offer, Aspen has some excellent childcare facilities to keep the little ones entertained under dedicated supervision.

The Treehouse Kids' Adventure Center in Snowmass Village is a multilevel 2,300-square-meter childcare facility. It brings the great outdoors inside with Colorado-themed play rooms and supervised activities for children aged 8 weeks to 4 years old.

Meanwhile over at Buttermilk, the new $10m children’s centre The Hideout offers four interactive indoor learning rooms to foster imaginations and allow for play-based learning during breaks from skiing. It also has easy access to a gentle training slope for first turns, offering the perfect introduction to the sport.

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