Aspen -

Activities

Winter
  Ski - four mountains in the area.
  Hobnob with the jetsetters.. or not.
  Sleigh rides
  Sledding
  Snow shoeing
  Snowmobiling

Summer
  Mountain bike
  Hike
  Golf
  Take chair lifts for scenic views
  White water rafting
  Fly fishing
  Mine exploration
  Hot air ballooning
  Rodeo
  Paint ball
  Paragliding
  Outdoor concerts

Golf
  10 minutes down valley of Aspen in Snowmass. The Snowmass Club's new 18-hole, par-72 Snowmass Club Golf Course. The 6,986-yard semi-private course designed by award-winning golf course architect Jim Engh includes a learning center, practice area and new golf clubhouse with Black Saddle Bar & Grille, a full-service restaurant and bar. With five sets of tee boxes at each hole and a truly unique design, golfers of all abilities will enjoy play that is as fun as it is challenging
  30 minutes down valley in Carbondale, River Valley Ranch Golf Club. Good bang for buck.

Aspen is a ski resort in the state of Colorado in the Rocky Mountains region of the United States of America. Its little sister is Snowmass Village, which is about 10 miles from downtown Aspen.

Get in

Aspen-Pitkin county airport is a small airport for small planes only. And traffic tends to stop in any inclement weather. Fly into Denver Airport for more reliable service. The drive to Aspen is about 4 hours. For those prone to altitude sickness, it is recommended that you fly into Denver and spend a day or so getting used to being mile-high and then driving the next 3,500 or so feet up.

Get around

Most major car-rental firms are located in Denver and Aspen airports.
Limo/Van Service: Scheduled and chartered services are available from Denver International Airport and Eagle County Regional Airport:
  Colorado Mountain Express - 800-525-6363 or 970-926-9800
  High Mountain Taxi/Limousine - 800-528-8294 or 970-925-8294
  Lightning Limousine Service - 888-925-7505 or 970-925-7505
  Ute City Limousine Limited - 800-754-5466 or 970-925-2674
Free buses operate within the cities of Aspen and Snowmass Village and many hotels have shuttle service to/from the airport for free. It's all about getting around on skis in the winter and mountain bikes or your own two feet in the summer!

Shopping

Downtown Aspen has a lot of quaint shops for unique and upscale shopping. Snowmass Village also has a multi-tiered outdoor shopping center where you can buy sporting goods, clothes, art and any number of knickknacks. There are regular open-air markets in each of these towns.

Dining

  The Artisan Restaurant in Snowmass in the has a fresh and many off-menu options.
  Have lunch at Woody Creek Tavern, in "downtown" Woody Creek. This is the former haunt of the late great Hunter S. Thompson. It's about 15 miles from Aspen. Go Slumming.
  A la Car of Aspen is a lifesaver! They deliver great meals all over town... even Snowmass. Delivery from the finest restaurants of Aspen and Snowmass. Grocery delivery also available.
  Crystal Palace Theatre Restaurant The is well worth a visit. They serve a gourmet dinner followed by cabaret revue of political satire which is quite a hoot. The Cabaret is fun, even for Dinner Theater Skeptics.

Drink

Head mid way up Snowmass mountain (on the 2-seater chairlifts that go from the bottom of the mountain) to the ski resort's cafe for a beer or soda. Great view of the valleys and nearby mountaintops.

Lodging

  The Gant, 610 West End, +1 800 549 0530. Aspen's finest condominium resort.
  Sky Hotel, 709 East Durant Avenue, +1 970 925 6760.
  boutique condominium hotel located right next to Gondola. 617 East Cooper Avenue, Aspen Colorado 81611.
  Silvertree Hotel, Downtown Snowmass Village hotel and conference center. Self-contained and central in Snowmass +1 970 923-3520.
  Snowmass Lodging. Beautiful Vacation Rentals right on the slopes at Snowmass ski area. Variety of property types.
  Vacation Rentals in Aspen. Condos and homes offered direct by owner.
  Five Star Destinations, 453 East Hopkins Ave, (970) 925 6638. Luxurious vacation rentals in Aspen.
  Little Red Ski Haus Turn of the Century Victorian Inn on 118 East Cooper Avenue with Apres-ski specials and a fun little wine bar. (866) 630-6119

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