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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.

Eating In Aspen

Travel

From the newest tables to the best après-ski, where to dine in Aspen.

2006-07 Season Extensions

News

If you finish out the season by wishing for an extra couple days of spring skiing, then you're in luck. These resorts are pushing back their closing days for those of us who just can't get enough.

The Other Aspen: Signpost

Features

Here's how to ski, stay and dine at Aspen Highlands.

Aspen Highlands, Colo.: Rank 10 West, 1998

Features

Long roped off as out-of-bounds, Highland Bowl¿at 12,500 feet¿is a cauldron of outrageous skiing that crowns Aspen Highlands. Last winter, to loud hurrahs, a group of spectacular drops known as the Y-Zones were opened in the Bowl.

2004 Top 100 Instructors: ROCKIES

Instruction

A list of the top 100 instructors in the rockies.

2004 National Rankings

Features

A preview of the top resorts in North America.

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