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Aspen Mountain

601 Dean Street Aspen, 81611 us 888-277-3676 website: http://aspensnowmass.com
Fabulous mountain. Fabulous town. The skiing is a wonderful challenge

Aspen Mountain

Reviewed by

Nov 06, 2008

avg. snowfall

300 in

number of runs

76

base elevation

7,945

peak elevation

11,212

vertical drop

3,267

skiable acres

675

That Aspen Mountain ranks so high in dining and après (no. 2 in both) will come as no surprise to any skier who’s visited this picturesque mining town deep in the Elk Mountains. The 65-year-old ski area looms over a town that prides itself on offering urban-quality restaurants and bars (with prices to match) steps from Gondola Plaza. But here’s the story the rankings don’t tell: This mountain offers a huge variety of terrain in a compact package. Its 673 skiable acres are misleading. What counts here is vertical, and when it tops 3,500 feet accessed via a high-speed gondola that rarely draws a line, it’s more than most visitors’ quads can handle. Intermediates entertain themselves on fall-line groomers, but it’s the experts who fully capitalize on Aspen Mountain’s offerings. —T.W.

Don’t Miss » Aspen Mountain is sprinkled with shrines to everyone from late locals to legendary musicians. Create a tour on skis at aspensnowmassshrines.com.

Après Spot » The Sky Hotel has après locked down, but if the pool scene is too rowdy, head to BB’s Kitchen, a newish joint with a second-floor patio prime for catching late-day sun.

On-Hill Lunch » The white-bean chili and homemade apple strudel (with real whipped cream) lure locals and tourists alike to the cozy cabin interior and two-tiered deck at Bonnie’s.

GO: Where to stay

Apres: Your guide to eats & drinks

  • Rock Bottom Ranch

    Environmental education, hands-on science lessons and farm tours.

  • 39 Degrees

    Where the visiting "it" crowd goes to après.

  • Hickory House

    Because it's never too early for ribs. Or too late for Bloody Marys.

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