Nestled in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, Aspen Snowmass is a destination synonymous with luxury and glamour. You’ll be enticed to indulge yourself amidst the decadent mountain landscapes. While renowned for its world-class skiing and snowboarding across four different resorts (Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort, Aspen Highlands Ski Resort, Aspen Mountain Ski Resort, and Buttermilk Ski Resort) and two different towns (Aspen and Snowmass Village), Aspen offers far more than thrilling outdoor experiences.
Prepare to be enchanted by immersive dining experiences, chic shopping boutiques, elegant spas, and a selection of lavish accommodations. With a perfect blend of high-octane outdoor pursuits and refined sophistication, Aspen Snowmass caters to those with a desire for the extraordinary. Whether you’re a local seeking a touch of elegance, a prospective relocator looking for Aspen real estate, or an eager visitor, the area promises some of the most luxurious mountain experiences.
Skiing and snowboarding
Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort
Aspen Snowmass creates an incredible skiing and snowboarding experience with four different resorts in the area with their own personalities and features. Aspen Snowmass Ski Resort is the biggest of the four, with 3,300 acres of skiable terrain that offers slopes for all levels of skiers and riders.
Aspen Mountain proudly stands as the oldest of the four resorts with a storied legacy. It’s close to the hearts of many in the U.S. because it was designed and constructed by the U.S. Army’s 10 Mountain Division soon after World War II. You can catch the Silver Queen Gondola right out of downtown, and you’ll be able to explore the mountain all day without getting bored.
Aspen Highlands Ski Resort
The more laid-back of the four is Aspen Highlands. Renowned for the Highland Bowl, a hike-access-only bowl at 12,392 feet, Highlands retains snow for a longer season and has a plethora of terrain to ski. You’ll be able to explore the mountain with less traffic, and maybe you’re lucky enough to be at Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro when they’re having one of their famous champagne parties.
Buttermilk Ski Resort
The final mountain in the Aspen Snowmass quartet is renowned for hosting the Winter X Games. However, it also caters to beginners with gentle slopes and terrain parks. If you happen to be at Buttermilk during the X Games, the resort village comes alive with a vibrant atmosphere of people, parties, events, and concerts. It’s an experience that both beginners and X Games enthusiasts can revel in the energetic spirit on the mountain.
Immersive dining experiences
Nobu Matsuhisa, an acclaimed celebrity chef, has built a culinary empire with his presence felt in renowned restaurants and hotels worldwide. Among his esteemed restaurants is one situated in downtown Aspen, offering one of the most luxurious experiences in Aspen Snowmass.
Matsuhisa is celebrated for his innovative approach to Japanese fusion cuisine by incorporating Peruvian ingredients. House recommendations are his famous Broiled Black Cod with Miso and the Yellowtail Jalapeno.
Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro Aspen Highlands
This charming alpine bistro specializes in European apres-ski delicacies. After a day of skiing, you can retreat to this cozy cabin and indulge in the famous raclette or gruyere fondue. Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro offers an unforgettable dining experience in the high alpine, complemented by awe-inspiring views that will leave a lasting impression. Please note that Cloud Nine is only open during the ski season.
Pine Creek Cookhouse
The previous two selections are imports from the rest of the world, but Pine Creek Cookhouse will give you a true Wild West Colorado experience. It’s located about 10 miles south of Aspen near the town of Ashcroft, and one of the most immersive things about this restaurant is that during the winter, it is only accessible by horse-drawn sleigh or cross-country skiing.
This quaint cabin restaurant is open year-round for immersive dining experiences. Here you can embark on an Alpine culinary adventure with a showcase of wild game and fresh fish. The chefs prepare these dishes solely from local organic ingredients and seek to curate an extraordinary dining experience.
Accommodations and spas
The Little Nell
This is Aspen’s only Five-Star ski-in/ski-out hotel, and every detail is meticulously crafted to provide an unrivaled experience. The Little Nell prides itself in anticipating the needs of each guest to capture the allure of an authentic Aspen ambiance.
The hotel has two restaurants and three bars with a proficient team of chefs, bartenders, and servers for eventful dining experiences and ideal food and drink pairings. They also offer a top-rated spa with a full menu of massages and add-ons to complete the luxury experience.
Since 1889, Hotel Jerome has seen all of Aspen's ups and downs. They were there before the ski resorts, and they made it through the silver boom and bust and the Great Depression. It’s truly one of Aspen’s most historic sites, not to mention a Five-Star hotel.
You’ll get a real Rocky Mountain experience here, where they offer expert guided rafting trips, educational wilderness trips for kids, sunrise hot air balloon rides, and alpine-inspired spas.
The St. Regis Aspen Spa
Travel + Leisure Magazine named The St. Regis Aspen Spa the best spa in Aspen. It offers world-class facilities, skilled therapists, a serene ambiance, and a full menu of treatments. The spa’s atmosphere, coupled with its stunning surroundings, provides guests with the perfect backdrop to unwind.