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Aspen, oh how I love thee! We went to Aspen to celebrate Drew’s birthday and we instantly fell in love with it. It is one of those places that you visit and say to yourself, “How come I’ve never been here?! It’s amazing!”
We decided to go to Aspen for his birthday because he loves snowboarding and Aspen has some of the freshest powder to ski/snowboard on. We had an action-packed weekend and I wanted to share all of the details with you in this Aspen Travel Guide! This post is an Aspen Travel Guide.
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Where to Stay:
We stayed at the Hotel Jerome Aspen, An Auberge Resort
No doubt, this is my pick of where to stay in Aspen for a full-on luxury experience.
This hotel is AMAZING! It’s been the heart of Aspen since 1889 and has a luxury-meets-wild-west vibe. Everything about this hotel screams LUXE, from the year-round outdoor hot tub with heated robes and slippers and mountain views, to the incredible restaurants, to the comfy, spacious rooms with awesome bathtubs. I loved everything about this hotel the history, charm, and friendliness of this place. It’s easily the best hotel in Aspen, but it doesn’t act snooty at all. Let me not forget to mention, the front desk is heated. I meannnn, they cover all bases.
Where we ate:
What we did:
Skiing/ Snowboarding on Aspen Mountain
Different Mountains to Ski/Snowboard:
This mountain was very close to the hotel and this is the one that we went to. You can see the most amazing views from Aspen Mountain. What is the best about this mountain is, there is a gondola that is heated that goes from the bottom of the mountain all the way to the top. Keep in mind, there are no greens / bunny hills, just blues, blacks and double blacks. That was my downfall LOL.
This mountain is near town and is less crowded. From what we were told, the locals love this mountain. This mountain is home to the Highlands Bowl if you’re experienced and Cloud 9 for the Veuve happy hour party. It is recommended to shuttle there vs parking. There is a great, casual apres spot at bottom, if Cloud 9 is too aggressive for you.
This ski resort is the best for beginners, with a ton of green runs to choose from. It also has the halfpipe / terrain park where you see Sean White in the Winter X-games! At the base of Buttermilk, you’ll find a ton of great apres-ski spots like Hometeam BBQ – a great spot to watch sports and enjoy some wings after the slopes. Buttermilk is very easy to get to from town – 5 to 10 mins from downtown Aspen, with free shuttle buses running constantly
Snowmass is an awesome mountain in Aspen with hills for everyone. From bunny slopes and greens all the way to double blacks. This mountain is great if you are traveling with a group of people with different comfort levels. Because Snowmass is so big, it is the busiest of them all. Snowmass has one of the best ski schools in Aspen. This is perfect for parents that want to drop their kids off while they enjoy the slopes. Snowmass is about 20 minutes away from Aspen, but you can get there via shuttle.
There are free shuttles that make it very easy to go in between mountains. Your hotel concierge can arrange this for you.
Best Apres Ski Spots:
Ajax Tavern & Chair 9 – The Little Nell at the base of Aspen Mountain
Ajax is THE best place to apres-ski in aspen. Located at the base of the Silver Queen Gondola, Ajax Tavern’s outdoor patio gives you a front row seat to all the skiers and jetsetters hanging around The Little Nell.
Cloud Nine – Aspen Highlands
This place holds the record for selling THE MOST Veuve Clicquot! The literally buy bottles of the champagne to spray it on everyone. It is a wild party in the middle of the mountain and the only way to get there is to ski there. The only way to leave is also to ski. lol
Aspen Brewing Company
Aspen’s only microbrewery, Aspen Brewing Co.’s Aspen Tap has a spacious patio that’s perfect for enjoying a flight of delicious, local craft beer (served on a ski!).
Hot hands: These are a must when doing any outdoor activity!
Heating gloves: Again, a must have for any outdoor activity. If you don’t want the heat inserts, these gloves will get the job done.
Enjoy some pics from our trip!
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This post was an Aspen Travel Guide.