The Ultimate Aspen Travel Guide

Organizing a weekend in Aspen this winter? I’ve got you covered with the very best locations to keep, very best restaurants, very best apres-ski spots in Aspen and additional to assist strategy your mountain getaway with this Ultimate Jetset Guide to Aspen, Colorado.

Exactly where to Remain in Aspen

Hotel Jerome Aspen, An Auberge Resort

Hands down my choose of exactly where to keep in Aspen for luxury.

This Auberge hotel is such a gem! It is been the heart of Aspen considering that 1889 and has a luxury-meets-wild-west vibe that I am Right here FOR. Almost everything about this hotel screams Jetset, from the year-round outside hot tub with heated robes and slippers and mountain views, to the outstanding restaurants, to the comfy, spacious rooms with to-die-for bathtubs. I loved the history, charm, and friendliness of this location. It is very easily the very best hotel in Aspen, but it does not act snooty at all. 

*JETSET TIP* Head to the speakeasy, Undesirable Harriet, for a drink following dark. Just ask the hotel lobby for information. It is incredible. Conveniently the very best cocktails in Aspen.*

The pool & hot tub at Hotel Jerome is open (and heated) year round, and has some beautiful mountain views in the winter.

A rundown of the diverse mountains to pick from in Aspen

If you are a skier or snowboarder, probabilities are you can not wait to get on the mountains in Aspen. Immediately after all, these are some of the very best and most prestigious mountains for skiing and snowboarding in the planet. But how do you pick which Aspen mountain is suitable for you? Here’s a rundown of all the mountains in Aspen to pick from. 

Aspen Mountain

Positioned suitable in town, about a five minute stroll from the Hotel Jerome. Aspen Mountain capabilities some of the most wonderful views and steepest terrain in Colorado, and its greatest perk is that it has a leading-to-bottom gondola (which is best for the seriously cold days when you do not want to freeze on chairlifts). It is place, mixed with the gondola, make it the very best mountain for cold days. But newbies beware! There are no greens / bunny hills, just blues, blacks and double blacks. As extended as you are not a newbie, this is an incredible, easy, cozy solution as you are suitable in town. 

Aspen Highlands

seriously close to town, much less crowded, some of the very best groomers, ordinarily the locals favourite mountain, also household to the Highlands Bowl if you are skilled. Cloud 9 for the Veuve delighted hour celebration. good resorts linked up right here (st regis i believe?), good for family members / diverse levels – newbies to authorities are delighted right here. advise shuttling right here vs parking. excellent, not also costly mexican restaurant at bottom for lunch.  great, casual apres spot at bottom if Cloud 9 sounds also aggressive for you. five to 10 mins from downtown Aspen.

Buttermilk

This ski resort is the very best for newbies, with a ton of green runs to pick from. It also boasts the halfpipe / terrain park exactly where you see Sean White in the Winter Xgames!  At the base of Buttermilk, you will discover a ton of good apres-ski spots like Hometeam BBQ – a good spot to watch sports and love some wings following the slopes. Buttermilk is extremely quick to get to from town – five to 10 mins from downtown Aspen, with totally free shuttle buses operating frequently.  Buttermilk is a best mountain for households and these who like to ski casually, undertaking it as a portion of the aspen encounter but not aggressively wanting to ski all day. 

Snowmass

Snowmass is an incredible mountain in Aspen with a thing for every person – from bunny hills and greens, to terrain parks and double black diamonds. This tends to make it a good decision if you are traveling with skiers of diverse comfort levels. Snowmass is almost certainly the busiest of the mountains but considering that it is so large, there’s a lot to discover. They also have 1 of the very best ski schools in Aspen, creating it a good spot for parents to drop youngsters off at ski college and love the day at their personal pace. This resort is about 20min drive from aspen, but there are shuttles that get you there very easily.

General recommendations for skiing in Aspen

There are totally free shuttles that make it extremely quick to go in involving mountains (just ask your hotel concierge)

The mountains can shop your skis or have them transfer to diverse mountains for you if you know exactly where you want to go

You can go verify out four mountains in four days, or discover your favourite and stick to that 1 entire trip.

What to do in Aspen if You Do not Ski

There are tons of items to do in Aspen for non-skiers. Go snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobiling, tubing, sledding, hang at the hotel, get a spa therapy, go purchasing, or just skip the ski and go straight to Apres-ski.

The Ideal Apres-Ski Spots in Aspen

Ajax Tavern & Chair 9 – The Small Nell at the base of Aspen Mountain

Ajax is THE very best location to apres-ski in aspen. Positioned at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Tavern’s outside patio offers you a front row seat to all the skiers and jetsetters hanging about The Small Nell. The French American menu is incredible and the truffle fries are a will have to, along with some oysters and of course, champagne.

Cloud Nine – Aspen Highlands

If your notion of an apres-ski is popping a bottle of Champagne in the snow and a rowdy, wild celebration in the middle of a mountain, head straight to Cloud Nine. Ideal on a sunny, spring skiing day. 

Aspen Brewing Organization

As Aspen’s only microbrewery, Aspen Brewing Co.’s Aspen Tap has a spacious patio that is best for enjoying a flight of scrumptious, neighborhood craft beer (served on a ski!). 

 

 

The Ideal Restaurants in Aspen

Exactly where to consume in Aspen this winter:

Matsuhisa 

Owned by celebrity chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, this location is hands down the very best sushi in Aspen and my favourite meal in town. It is SO. Very good. 

Clark’s Oyster Bar

There’s a thing about Aspen, champagne and oysters that just go with each other. I LOVED this chic oyster bar in downtown Aspen. The sourdough bread is actually the very best I’ve had outdoors of San Francisco, and the raw bar is to die for. Go right here, you will not regret it. 

Dwelling Group BBQ

One particular of my absolute favourite barbecue spots in Charleston, Dwelling Group has One particular other place – at the base of Buttermilk mountain in Aspen. Is there anything much better than finishing a day on the slopes with barbecue pulled pork nachos and the very best wings in the planet? Didn’t believe so. If you are seeking for a meaty, comforting apres-ski meal, this is your spot. 

J Bar at the Hotel Jerome

The often-buzzing swanky bar at the Hotel Jerome is a best lunch or dinner spot for tasty cocktails and casual-American bites and the very best burgers in town.  

Photo by way of CondeNast Traveler

Verify out my Ultimate Aspen Packing Guide right here, but right here are some essentials:

Ski clothing & gloves

I am obsessed with these HEATING ski gloves. Yes, they actually heat your hands whilst you ski. It is incredible.

I like to pack 1 pair for skiing, and 1 pair like these for when I’m just out and about town… and be certain to pack some hand warmers if you are not making use of heated gloves.

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Snow Boots

 

WARM trendy coats for Aspen

It gets cold, but you nonetheless want to appear chic. 

Cute scarves & headbands for Aspen

 

Even though most men and women go straight to après-ski from skiing, après in Aspen is something but casual. You will want to strategy ahead with a cute après outfit like 1 of these sweaters beneath, paired with your thermal leggings !

White thermal bodysuit by Free of charge Individuals

All You Want Ivory Thermal Turtleneck Bodysuit HEARTLOOM Tilda Fur Jacket in Tawny

I have been wearing this turtleneck bodysuit all winter and virtually every single day in Aspen! It was so comfy, and match good beneath my ski suits or beneath a tiny sweater or fur coat at evening. It is a will have to-obtain for Aspen or winter in common!!!

Lovers + Friends Independent Sweater in Navy   MAJORELLE Reed Sweater in Black

 

 

A further 1 of my favourite sweater finds this winter – this super cozy black shearling sweater from Revolve.

 

 

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