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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.

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.

2002 Number 17 Resort In North America: Aspen Highlands, Colo.

Travel

For anyone unclear on Aspen Highland's best attributes, let a reader enumerate them: "Terrain, terrain, terrain." Some terrain you ski from lifts, some you hike to, some you view.

25 Top Spots: #7 Aspen/Aspen Highlands, CO

Travel

Aspen is the original American ski town, and it holds attractions far more diverse than just groomed and ungroomed snow.

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