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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.

2001 Number 16 Resort in North America: Aspen Highlands, Colo.

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Some of Aspen Highlands' biggest assets come literally out of the sky. The famously cooperative Western Slope weather produces an endless supply of bluebird days while conveniently piling up powder by night.

Inn of the Month: Little Red Ski Haus

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When Marge and Jim Babcock opened the Little Red Ski Haus in 1961, they never imagined that the historic Victorian home would become one of Aspen's legendary ski lodges.

Sharing Paradise

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When your private playground goes public, it can be like the death of a close friend. But it also might be the start of a deeper relationship.

Traveler: Cool Runnings

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Whether you're Kent Kreitler, Tommy Moe, or Joe Shmoe, standing at the top of a racecourse is a rush. Here are some events where you can prove your worth.

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.

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.

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.

SkierGuard Offers Season Pass Insurance

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SkierGuard Pass Insurance, previously only available online, can now be purchased directly from participating resorts.

<I>SKIING</I> names top 25 resorts

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Oct. 7: The experts pick their faves, and Whistler comes out on top.

Aspen Receives 16 Inches of Snow

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The latest Halloween storm dropped 16 inches of new snow on Aspen/Snowmass.

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