Colorado cool: a snow holiday like no other | Aspen’s dazzling snow show

Plan now for a thrill-a-minute luxury holiday in the ski fields of Colorado’s awesome Aspen Snowmass

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Rated one of the world’s top ski destinations, Aspen Snowmass is a magnet for those who love snow sports. It’s where rest and recreation brush up with nature and culture.

With four incredible mountains as its playground and a checklist of outdoor adventure, art, shopping and nightlife, a white winter here is a recharge must.

Aspen Snowmass is one of 30 major ski resorts in the western US state of Colorado. Most have excellent snow coverage and well-groomed slopes. The Colorado ski season runs from mid-November to early April, with the prime time being from December to February. March tends to be the snowiest month.

Snowmass opened in December 1967 with five chairlifts and 80km of trails. Today, it’s the second biggest ski area in Colorado, with 91 downhill trails covering more than 240km over 1,448 hectares.

As the largest of the Aspen region mountains, Snowmass offers a huge range of hotels and apartments, most of which are ski-in/ski-out.

One of the most popular packages is the Couples Retreat at the 1889 Hotel Jerome, Aspen’s original luxury hotel and now part of the Auberge Resort Collection. Over the years, Hotel Jerome has played host to movie stars and celebrities. It is the embodiment of Rocky Mountain ritz.

Hotel Jerome is located in the heart of Aspen and features a mix of contemporary and authentic Western furnishings, modern luxuries, historic charm, and elevated dining and drinking options that highlight local cuisine and an Old West vibe. The hotel pool is the perfect place to relax after a day on the snow. Enjoy an indulgent refresh at Auberge Spa and a drink at the famous J Bar.

Exclusive packages and early bird specials for the 2024/25 snow season are on offer now for a limited time. Mogul Ski World sets the bar high with its exclusive January 2025 packages, which, from $17,290, include a seven-night stay in a Deluxe King Room at Hotel Jerome, and lift passes for two adults.

Peak Snowmass

Four mountains and two towns (Aspen and Snowmass Village) shape the Aspen Snowmass experience. Here’s what the peerless peaks offer.

With an average snowfall of 762cm, Snowmass Mountain has more than 1,448ha of skiable terrain. Families and intermediate skiers love it for its wide and groomed runs while expert skiers are mad about the hike-to terrain. Snowboarders and freestyle skiers are catered to and there is a dedicated kids’ ski and snowboard school.

Aspen Mountain put Aspen on the map. It offers steep and challenging terrain for advanced skiers and snowboarders, including the famous black diamond runs such as Face of Bell, a short, steep drop off an impressive ridge. Aspen also has top-to-bottom groomed options for intermediate skiers and riders and further seduces with stunning views of the town and surrounding peaks.

The recent Aspen Mountain terrain expansion, accessible by a high-speed quad chairlift, has increased skiable acreage by more than 20%, with 372m and more than 62ha of new chutes, glades and trails, plus an extension of favourite expert runs such as Walsh’s, Kristi, and Hyrup’s.

Aspen Highlands is the mountain for expert skiers and snowboarders. With its steep and rugged terrain, it’s home to the legendary Highland Bowl, an unforgettable skiing experience that rewards the 45-minute hike to get there. Highlands also has a variety of intermediate and beginner runs.

Buttermilk Mountain is the smallest of the four mountains and is known for its beginner and intermediate terrain. It’s a great mountain for families and beginners to learn on and improve their skiing and snowboarding skills. Buttermilk is also home to the Winter X Games, one of the biggest winter sports events in the world.

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Snowmass bucket list

Mogul Ski World’s snow travel experts can curate a dream Aspen Snowmass luxury snow escape with many unforgettable experiences.

Art for art’s sake: Building on Aspen’s history of vibrant arts and culture, Art in Unexpected Places is a program that activates artistic expression in the mountains and beyond. Previous projects have included public performances, installations, limited-edition lift tickets, and participatory artworks by noted contemporary artists.

The resort has many galleries, museums, and theatres. The Aspen Art Museum is a must-visit for contemporary art enthusiasts, while the Wheeler Opera House hosts a variety of concerts, plays, and comedy shows.

Winter wellbeing: The Spa at The Little Nell is the region’s sole ski-in, ski-out spa, its holistic lifestyle philosophy celebrating active pursuits, the feel-good effects of Mother Nature, and the integration of mind, body and spirit. Treatments offer an integrated approach to wellness that revolves around those three therapeutic pathways, with remedies targeting the altitude, adventure, and high-performance living.

A slice of Switzerland: Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, a cozy, European-style cabin whose backdrop is the iconic Maroon Bells, is a highlight of any Aspen Snowmass vacation. Come for the fondue and stay for the après DJ and Champagne. Lunch service feels like a slice of Switzerland in the Rocky Mountains, what with all that fondue and raclette as well as steak tartare, caviar and daily specials. The wine list is international. The dessert is … strudel!

Aspen’s Michelin star: Last year, Aspen’s Bosq joined three Denver restaurants — Beckon, Brutø, and The Wolf’s Tailor — along with Boulder’s Frasca – as the only dining establishments in Colorado to earn a Michelin star. It’s the first time the guide has covered Aspen and Snowmass Village, Boulder, Denver, the town of Vail, and Beaver Creek Resort. The intimate eatery is run by James Beard Award-nominated chef Barclay Dodge and his wife, Molly. Hours before the official ceremony, the Michelin Guide nominated Bosq’s lobster, grilled over juniper branches with buttermilk and dill, as one of their inspector’s favourite dishes in Colorado.

Aspen Snowmass has more than 100 restaurants and bars offering everything from casual burgers to fine dining. Add to list: Element 47 at The Little Nell, the much frequented après-ski spot Ajax Tavern, and Matsuhisa.

Après with altitude: ASPENX is a rental, retail, and high-end experience brand by the Aspen Skiing Company, offering unrivalled slope-side service. Just steps away from the Silver Queen Gondola, sip an espresso, craft beer, or fine wine while a personal specialist walks you through state-of-the-art apparel and equipment from brands such as K2, Salomon, Technica, and Renoun.

High-end boutiques and glamorous galleries in Aspen sell everything from designer clothing to handmade jewellery and unique mementoes. The region’s top retail destinations include Kemo Sabe (Western apparel), PE 101 (women’s fashion) and Pitkin County Dry Goods (contemporary clothing).

Beach vibes in the snow: At 3,413m, ASPENX Beach Club offers “après with altitude” under signature red-striped cabanas and breathtaking views of Highland Bowl and the Elk Range. Featuring music by renowned DJs, a smart menu, and refreshments, this limited-capacity afternoon celebration is calling those keen to take their après-ski experience to new heights.

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