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Aspen Highlands

If Aspen Mountain is a Cadill ac Escalade, then Highlands is a Toyota Tacoma: genuine, badass and, yes, expensive, but not on account of frills like plush leather seats. Highlands is a skier’s hill, with blood-rushing steeps (nearly 50-degree, no-fall zones in hike-to Highland Bowl), yee-haw trees (Boomerang Woods and Steeplechase) and eye-watering groomers (Gunbarrel and Golden Horn) so deliciously pitched, readers wonder why no one’s skiing them. And then there’s the laid-back vibe. Where else can you get a free hot dog, grilled by lifties, as you swing through the empty chair maze on a spring afternoon? That’s not to say Highlands lacks sophistication— it’s just the friendly, worn-in kind. Cloud 9 Bistro, for example, is one of the coziest dining spots this side of the Alps. Readers complain about a lack of, well, everything, at the base. (There’s a reason we don’t call it a “village.”) But hey, if it’s shopping you want, drive that Cadillac over to Aspen. —Kimberly Beekman

What’s New» The midmountain Merry Go Round restaurant has received a much-needed remodeling—in Highlands’ ducttape- chic style.

Must Do » Hike the Bowl. It’s 45 minutes for mortals, and the views are divine.

On-Hill Lunch » Warm your hands around a mug of glühwein and share a platter of sizzling raclette at Cloud 9 Bistro.

April Fools: Aspen Welcomes Snowboarding

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Aspen Mountain opened up the slopes to snowboarding on April Fools' Day, no joke, putting 54 years of being a skiers-only mountain into the history book.

Recent Winter Storms Pound Steamboat and Aspen

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Aspen receives 18 inches; Steamboat gets 4 feet.

Snowmass Has Epic Opening Day

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Over a foot of new snow greets skiers and riders at Snowmass, three weeks ahead of the scheduled opening.

Storm Dumps Five Feet on Aspen

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The storm system is nailing the Aspen/Snowmass area blanketing all four mountains with snow.

Snowmass and Aspen Mountain To Open Early

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Winter has come early to Aspen/Snowmass and skiers and riders will celebrate with the opening of Snowmass this weekend, Nov. 9-10, and the opening of Aspen Mountain on the following two weekends, Nov. 16-17 and 23-24.

Snowstorm Blasts Colorado Ski Country

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Colorado skiers and riders celebrate with up to 28 inches of Champagne Powder to ring in the New Year.

ASPEN/SNOWMASS

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The winter storm predicted to hit the area moved in with a vengeance yesterday dumping 18 inches of new snow on Snowmass and Aspen Mountains.

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