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Aspen Mountain

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.

Campo de Fiori

Campo de Fiori
Campo de Fiori
This restaurant is located in both Vail and Aspen, Colorado.

These restaurants are located in both Aspen and Vail and were built with attention to every detail. Muralists painted the walls and floors, the tables were hand-tiled, and kitchen counters were made from stone taken out of Colorado quarries. Stop in to try the Frutti di Mare alla Griglia, grilled seafood, or the Rigatoni Montanara, an Italian sausage dish, served to you by a friendly and experienced staff. The high-energy restaurants are open year-round, and they have outside patios that are open for warm-weather eating.

St Regis Resort

St Regis Resort
Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston frequent this luxury hotel and spa on the slopes of Aspen Mountain. You should too—at least once. It's deluxe. You only need to ski and bathe—they'll take care of the rest.
stregis.com/aspen
Photo courtesy of the Spa at the St. Regis
Relax where celebrities do.

Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston frequent this luxury hotel and spa on the slopes of Aspen Mountain. You should too—at least once. It's deluxe. You only need to ski and bathe—they'll take care of the rest.
http://stregis.com/aspen

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