Equally known for its champagne powder on the slopes as for its champagne lifestyle après, Aspen’s reputation as America’s most glamorous ski resort is certainly well-earned. For the best of what this mountain town has to offer, travel writer Katherine Parker-Magyar (@KatherineParkerMagyar) has curated her guide to the town.
St. Regis Aspen (@stregisaspen): This iconic resort offers ski-on, ski-off amenities at the base of Aspen Mountain. Butler service, heated swimming pools, champagne toasts, spa appointments, and a puppy concierge await guests after a day on the slopes.
The Little Nell (@thelittlenell): The Little Nell is the best spot for après ski in all of Aspen (and that’s quite a serious business in this town). The menu is award-winning, the interior design is luxuriously chic, and the people-watching is truly world-class.
Hotel Jerome (@hoteljeromeaspen): Hotel Jerome is another elegant location to ski-and-be-seen (and the craft cocktails are divine). Dine at the historic J-Bar (a favorite haunt of Hunter S. Thompson) before retiring for fireside after-dinner drinks in the Living Room.
Aspen Snowmass (@aspensnowmass): Aspen Snowmass Resort spans four unique mountains, ensuring no lack of challenge or variety for even the most dedicated skier. Plus, physical exhaustion makes the first sip of champagne afterward that much sweeter.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center (@andersonranchartscenter): Anderson Ranch is a beautiful reminder that there’s more to Aspen than just the great outdoors. Aspen’s cultural history is documented in black-and-white photographs on the walls, and the town’s continued artistic influence is evident in the engaging, ever-changing exhibits.
Snowmass Village (@snowmass): Partake in the dizzying array of outdoor activities in Snowmass Village, which boasts expansive ski terrain in the winter and world-class mountain-biking in the summer. Whether it’s snowmobiling or dog-sledding, hiking, or hot-air ballooning, there is an adventure for all four seasons in Snowmass. Plus, unlike its neighbor to the east, Snowmass is more laid back than Aspen—just ask longtime residents, Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. We’ll have what they’re having.