• Ski - four mountains in the area.
• Hobnob with the jetsetters.. or not.
• Sleigh rides
• Snow shoeing
• Mountain bike
• Take chair lifts for scenic views
• White water rafting
• Fly fishing
• Mine exploration
• Hot air ballooning
• Paint ball
• Outdoor concerts
• 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-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.
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!
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.
• 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.
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.
• 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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