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Snowmass

+Ideal family vacation spot. Treehouse Center rocks. - Limited dining options. Have to hit Aspen for good après.

Snowmass can teach us all a lesson in resort development: You needn’t turn your base into Wally World to attract families. There’s a refreshing absence of bungee trampolines and alpine coasters; Snowmass caters to the younger set with 3,132 acres of kid-friendly greens and blues, three terrain parks (no. 7), world-class grooming (no. 3), high-speed lifts (no. 4), ski-in, ski-out lodging (no. 4) and its innovative Treehouse Adventure Center, which is surely to thank for the resort’s consistently high ranking in Family Programs for the fourth straight year. The 25,000-square-foot facility boasts a climbing gym, teen activities, kids’ retail and a host of themed rooms for ages eight weeks to four years, all right at the base of the slopes. The center also brings Snowmass’s ski-school check-in, rentals and family après under one roof. But to land in the overall Top 5, a resort needs to lure more than just families, and Snowmass’s high-quality snow and varied mountain layout please the masses. “As good as it gets,” exclaims one reader. “Wonderful variety of terrain.” The whole package in one convenient place. —Tess Weaver

On-Hill Lunch » The rustic Lynn Britt cabin offers panoramic views of the Snowmass Valley and high peaks beyond, plus a tasty menu of Colorado’s seasonal best.

Must Ski » Whichever run is the recipient of the daily Noon Groom, a fresh combing that reopens the trail at 12 o’clock.

Family Activity » Kids Adventure Maps point out myriad on-slope Fun Zones, with rollers, moguls and natural obstacles.

Rock Bottom Ranch

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

Rock Bottom Ranch, run by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, offers environmental education, hands-on science lessons and farm tours. They run seasonal specific programs, so if you stop by in the later winter, or early spring, you might get to see baby animals being born. It’s open Monday through Friday in the winter.
www.aspennature.org; 970.927.6760

Aspen Art Museum

Aspen Art Museum
Aspen Art Museum
A family friendly gallery space complete with coloring supplies.

A constantly rotating gallery of local and national work, the Aspen Art Museum makes a special effort to keep their space family friendly. To facilitate learning, the museum has free art supplies so kids can paint, draw, or write if inspiration hits them. The museum is open Tuesday-Sunday and admission is free.
www.aspenartmuseum.org; 970.925.8050

Woody Creek Tavern

Woody Creek Tavern
Woody Creek Tavern
Hunter S. Thompson's old hangout.

“Fresh” and “dogs” (lime margaritas and Flying Dog microbrews, respectively) sail over the carved wood bar to everyone from old-timers in overalls to Aspen’s couture crowd. (this was Hunter S. Thompson’s hangout.) But a no-credit card no-reservations policy evens the field. Try a famous Limousin beef burger and nachos “works,” dripping with cheese, vegetarian chorizo and fresh jalapenos. Located 10 minutes from Aspen.
Woody Creek, Colorado | 970.923.4585 | woodycreektavern.com

[ Fri, 2010-03-19 18:18 ]
Models strut their stuff on Aspen's other catwalk
Aspen has always been the center of the ski-fashion world. But in case there was ever any doubt, the second annual Aspen Fashion Week sets the record straight.

Stilettos trounced ski boots as the footwear of choice in Aspen this week as fashionistas (primed with flutes of Veuve Clicquot) fawned over runway models in the latest styles from top ski-world designers. In its second year, Aspen Fashion Week was schemed up by founder/Aspenite Lisa Johnson to showcase the best of winter luxury, ski and technical designers and manufacturers.

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