One of the largest ski resorts in the world, Aspen is renowned for its excellent skiing, extensive runs and extravagant nightlife. Ever popular with celebrities, this is the place to ski the largest lift-served vertical piste in the world by day and party with Jack Nicholson by night. The resort itself is growing all the time. It is now possible to stay both in original Aspen, nearby Snowmass or Aspen Highlands. The pistes are expanded each year and new or updated lifts regularly come into operation.
All levels of skiers book flights to Aspen, as the numerous pistes cater to everyone. Some of the best black runs and off piste in the world are on offer here, alongside easy beginner’s runs and nursery slopes. Perhaps the most convincing draw for skiers used to European conditions is that snow is almost guaranteed. Though flights to Aspen take longer than the hop to France or Switzerland, the transfer time at the other end is minimal.
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The winter ski season starts earlier in Aspen and Snowmass than the lower-lying Buttermilk and Aspen Highlands. Generally speaking the two larger resorts open at the end of November and the lower ones in the middle of December. Aspen isn’t a cheap resort and prices tend to stay high throughout the entire winter season due to the excellent snow cover.
The summer months here are almost as popular as the winter ones due to the extent of outdoor activities. The best time for deals on accommodation is during the autumn period, when visitors arrive to see the changing leaf colours.
Most people fly into Aspen Pitkin County (ASE) if they book a flight to Aspen. Pitkin County is conveniently located just 5.7 km from Aspen’s city centre.