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Article by Kim Hull
Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #1
Get in ski shape before you visit
To make the most of your time on the slopes, some time spent pre-ski conditioning will get your body ready for high-altitude fun and also help prevent injury.
Rachelle Edinger, a Personal Trainer at the Aspen Club & Spa, put together a ski conditioning program for getting us into top ski shape before we ever clicked into our skis.
Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #2
Leave your stuff at home
What if you just went to the airport, flew to Aspen, and then someone brought everything you needed to your hotel, condo or house? Boot fittings with a glass of wine in hand. Now we’re talking.
Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #3
The perfect spot for some zzzzs
Finding a great hotel for your Aspen ski vacation is easy – making a choice may be a little more difficult.
Aspen has a wide variety of accommodations from quaint hotels to luxurious condominiums. Things to consider – while staying in the central core, or downtown Aspen will be more expensive but highly convenient for après, shopping and dining. Staying at Highlands or Buttermilk is ski in/ski out, but can be a bit quiet in the evenings. Families love the atmosphere at Snowmass, but it is about 15 miles from Aspen (the bus is free).
Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #4
Choose the best ski gear
We all want to be comfy & warm all day on the mountain & a big part of accomplishing that lies with our ski gear choices. What makes some ski gear better than the rest?
Hear it from an expert – a former ski racer who loves skiing, owns two Aspen ski shops, and simply believes in things done right.
Bill Miller of Hamilton Sports & Miller Sports walks us through some options for the best in ski jackets, ski pants, and skis.
Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #5
Which mountain should you ski or ride? Hmm, Aspen has four.
Finding a mountain for your skill level or mood for the day is easy in Aspen – there’s four to choose from!
Whether you are looking for some green gliding or the most challenging inbounds skiing in the state of Colorado, you will find it at AspenSnowmass. Check out all four:
Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #6
You are sure to work up an appetite while in Aspen and your palate will be pleased with the variety and quality of Aspen restaurants.
From five course dinners to a bite on the run, Aspen restaurants offer something for everyone. A few of our favorites…
- Red Onion. Aspen’s oldest restaurant with a great bar and great happy hour beer prices.
- J-Bar. Always a fun crowd with a healthy number of locals.
- Matsuhisa. Best sushi in town and good bar specials.
- Ajax Tavern. Best location (base of the gondola) for people watching.
- Brexi. Good bar menu deals.
- Cache Cache. Prettiest bar in Aspen. Again, good bar menu specials.
- Mezzaluna. Guess what – great après menu! Our go-to-spot for pizza.
Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #7
A night out on the town
When the sun goes down, Aspen’s nightlife comes alive.
Dinner? Drinks? Theatre? Ballet? A concert? Aspen offers world-class entertainment in some of the finest venues anywhere.
Be sure to stop by the Wheeler Opera House, Aspen’s cultural showcase & premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events and opera performances since opening night on April 23, 1889.
The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet brings touring dance companies from around the world to Aspen in both the summer and winter seasons. The company regularly performs at the Kennedy Center, American Dance Festival, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and New York’s Joyce Theater, as well in cities around the world.
Belly Up Aspen is an intimate venue in downtown Aspen that hosts over 300 live concerts a year with musical talent ranging from Jane’s Addiction to Wyclef Jean to Seal.
The choices are yours – put together your favorite combination and enjoy your night on the town. Aspen awaits.
Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #8
Take a day off and go to the spa
Aspen is filled with luxurious spas – find the perfect place for a tranquil day of pampering & indulgence.
Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #9
Take a lesson from a pro
Ski lessons are a great way to start any ski trip, regardless of your skiing level. And, if it’s your first ski trip, ski lessons are a must.
The ski school at Aspen Snowmass is recognized worldwide as one of the best.
They offer group lessons, which can be great fun, as well as private tuition.
Best ski vacation in Aspen Tip #10
A bit of Aspen shopping
Aspen has a wide variety of shopping options, from toiny boutiques to local retailers to art galleries.
Head downtown for an afternoon stroll to discover all that Aspen stores have to offer.
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