Insider Tips

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• After a fresh snowfall overnight, head straight to Buttermilk first thing in the morning. Fantastic slopes and many ungroomed areas with very few other skiers.

• West Buttermilk will be the most deserted.

• Check out the Aspen Parks and Recreation website for a wide variety of activities for individuals and families (http://www.aspenrecreation.com/).

• Check out the recreation center at 0861 Maroon Creek Rd.  Get there by free shuttle bus from the central bus stop one block north of the unit.

• Not a skier?  Take the Silver Queen gondola to the top of Aspen Mountain and enjoy panoramic views and excellent food at the Sundeck.

• Snowmass offers the most variety of ski slopes for all abilities.  Many fun activities for kids and broad, uncrowded slopes higher up.

• Aspen Highlands is smaller with more challenging terrain and sophisticated dining options.  Visit Andreas Fischbacher at Cloud Nine/Cloud Nine lift.

• If you are flying in, consider driving to Aspen from Denver.  Airfare will surely be much less and you will never be stranded in poor weather.  The drive features terrific scenery, stop for lunch or a snack in Vail along the way.

• Consider a pre-Christmas ski vacation.  The slopes open at Thanksgiving with often very good snow (on top of a thick layer of manmade stuff).  You will have the slopes to yourself.

• Or come early summer or fall for a getaway.  The spring shades of green are mesmerizing and the fall colors unbeatable–again without the crowds.

• Don’t miss Little Annie’s for hearty eats and a taste of the old Aspen.

• The Aspen library is an unexpected gem.

• Nightcap at the bar of the St. Regis next door should be on the agenda35643872_s