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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.

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.

Transactions: October 2002

Features

Mountain property transactions for October 2002.

2003 Number 11 Resort in North America: Aspen Highlands, Colo.

Features

Just when you think one of America's great adventure mountains can't get any better, it does. Last season the dust finally settled on the new Highlands Village, with its needed dining and retail upgrades (check out Willow Creek Bistro and Durrance Sports).

Telluride Receives First Snow of the Season

Features

High peaks and upper runs of Telluride ski area are blanketed in snow as winter-like conditions blow through the San Juan Mountain range.

In Sync

Travel

Ski-area alignment centers that customize your gear.

Residence Club Details

Mountain Life

Everything you need to know about residence clubs.

My Life List

Mountain Life

Birders have their life lists, compendia of all the species they've encountered in a lifetime of watching. Why not skiers?

Not Your Father's Highlands

Features

A profile of the New Aspen.

The Hotel Jerome

The Hotel Jerome

Rates start at $450 per person (based on double occupancy). Four-night minimum stay is required. Discount will not be applied if stay does not meet length of stay requirements. Package includes stay in a Lodge Room with upgrades into higher room categories based on availability. Taxes, gratuities and parking not included. Subject to availability.
PHOTO: Hotel Jerome

Crème de la Crème.

I'll always remember the Jerome of the Seventies as an epic bar on Aspen's main drag, with three floors of attached rooms, groaning radiators, badly abused beds and bathrooms down the hall. It was a magnet for ski bums, artists, radicals and dreamers, just like the town-and full of the high-alpine energy that has always been Aspen's greatest asset.

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