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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.

Ski School Spotlight: Clendenin Ski Method Camps

Ski School Spotlight: Clendenin Ski Method Camps
Clendenin Camp Ski School Spotlight
You’re a pro at the groomers – Now tackle the tough stuff

Steeps, deeps and moguls might scare some, but not you. At least not after you’ve bumped and jumped your way through one of the Clendenin Ski Method camps.

Limelight Lodge

Limelight Lodge

The Limelight has been an Aspen institution since the 1950s, when former owner Glenn Yarbrough’s band, the Limeliters, held court there. November 2008 welcomed a new era, when the Limelight reopened after a two-year renovation. The new incarnation of the lodge brings the count to 126 rooms and suites, each with one king or two queen beds, and either a kitchenette or full kitchen. Modern is the décor of choice: In the sleek lobby, a rock fireplace dominates and a two-story wall of windows peers out over Aspen’s slopes. Evenings, guests congregate by the heated pool before hitting the après-ski party, with complimentary wines and hors d’oeuvres.

$155–$740

limelightlodge.com

 

An Aspen institution.

The Limelight has been an Aspen institution since the 1950s, when former owner Glenn Yarbrough’s band, the Limeliters, held court there. November 2008 welcomed a new era, when the Limelight reopened after a two-year renovation. The new incarnation of the lodge brings the count to 126 rooms and suites, each with one king or two queen beds, and either a kitchenette or full kitchen. Modern is the décor of choice: In the sleek lobby, a rock fireplace dominates and a two-story wall of windows peers out over Aspen’s slopes.

[ Mon, 2009-09-28 15:09 ]
KT-22 Express at Squaw Valley USA
We all ride them, but which are the tops in views, speed, vert and elevation? Here's one list. Do you agree?

All chairlifts are not created equal. Some fly you to the summit before you've had a chance to rest your burning quads. Others reveal such epic views you wouldn't care if you ever got to the top. A few have some serious historical cred—you feel part of an exclusive club just riding on them. Chairlifts may be the mechanics that make our turns possible, but they're also a crucial part of the ski experience. Can they be rated, quantified? Good question.

[ Thu, 2009-08-27 11:45 ]
Powder days aren't too far off.
Lock in savings now by purchasing your lift tickets and season passes before the snow flies.

Today’s Reminder: It’s time to do more than just dream about the upcoming ski season. Virtually all resorts offer savings—often significant—if you buy your lift tickets or season passes before the snow flies. Here are links to several of the major resort operators. Or just go online to your favorite hometown hill’s website and check out the preseason deals. Happy trails.
 

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