With a modest population of 6,800 residents, the small city of Aspen has made an internationally recognizable name for itself by becoming a mecca for skiers and snowboarders alike. And with a vibrant downtown scene, you’re sure to enjoy your time away from the slopes just as much as your time on them.

The city’s unique skiing landscape consists of four separate mountains, each with their own distinct personality and flair. Fortunately, a single lift ticket allows access to all four ski hills, which are interconnected by way of free shuttles. After a day on the mountain, you’ll find a warm reprieve at W Aspen or The St. Regis Aspen Resort: two of the city’s premiere resorts. Make your stay unforgettable with a luxurious, 15,000-square-foot spa at The St. Regis Aspen Resort, or delight in a seamless ski-in, ski-out experience provided by W Aspen. From the gorgeous scenery to the unique offerings, either of these resorts is sure to please anyone looking for an upscale experience unlike anything else.

The Mountains

Buttermilk, the smallest of the mountains, is known as a laid-back setting that is home to several great beginner and intermediate runs. The trails are known for having great powder and the deep snow sticks are longer, due to the lower number of advanced skiers. Most notably, Buttermilk has played host to the Winter X Games for the last 19 years.

On the opposite side of the spectrum, Aspen Mountain showcases some of the most difficult trails around. In fact, 65% of its trails are rated advanced or expert and there isn’t a single novice-level run. However, the mountain’s 11,212-foot peak and convenient location right next to downtown make it a thrilling experience for seasoned skiers that want to put their skills to the test.

Snowmass is the largest and most popular, thanks to its three peaks and versatile slopes for skiers of all skill levels. Featuring 3,300 acres and the highest vertical rise in the country, you can spend days skiing or snowboarding down the mountainside and still find new trails to explore. Intermediate skiers are sure to love the mountain’s signature extra-long, extra-wide runs.

Aspen Highlands is often referred to as the locals’ mountain. For the most part, it stays out of the spotlight and allows its guests to enjoy the slopes in peace. The lift lines are short and the runs are not crowded, ensuring you can spend as much time on the mountain as you want. Its defining feature, the Highland Bowl, serves as a right-of-passage for many skiers. The bowl is inaccessible by lift and must be entered via a 25- to 60-minute hike. Once you’ve completed your journey, you’ll find some of the most gorgeous views of Aspen imaginable, as well as the best steep slopes the city has to offer.

The Resorts

W Aspen

Discover a pure, unfiltered ski experience at W Aspen. Located on the slope-side of Aspen Mountain, this ski-in, ski-out resort boasts a seemingly unending array of luxurious amenities in a compelling and elegant atmosphere. Designed by award-winning design firm nemaworkshop, in partnership with Rowland+Broughton Architecture, the resort is home to contemporary suites, some with gorgeous city or mountain views, as well as 11 apartment-style residences, each showcasing gourmet kitchens, immaculate detailing and expansive balconies.

Inspired by Aspen’s Ute Native Americans, 19th-century silver miners and ’60s counterculture, the 83 guest rooms and five suites feature rustic wood finishes and sloped rooflines. Step out onto the private balcony of select accommodations to gaze upon remarkable views of the mountain or city. Then, warm up with a hot meal delivered by the hotel’s Whatever/Whenever® service.

Experience the epitome of tranquility on its rooftop WET Deck, Aspen’s only year-round, all-weather, public rooftop bar. Sip a signature cocktail and relax in one of the comforting lounge chairs surrounding the heated pool. Grab a bite while warming up next to the fire pits.  On the second floor sits The Living Room, the heart of the hotel, featuring velvet cushions, stadium seating and a suspended DJ booth. For a change in setting, venture downstairs to 39°, an underground cocktail bar and grotto, where you’ll also find a selection of tasty dishes. During ski season, W Aspen converts their Strategy Rooms into a ski and snowboard shop run by Four Mountain Sports, so you can rent your ski equipment from the comfort of the resort. As an added benefit, the shop has partnered with Aspen’s High Society Freeride and Never Summer to create a series of first-edition snowboards that you can rent or buy exclusively at W Aspen.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort

Lying at the foot of Aspen Mountain is The St. Regis Aspen Resort, an upscale mountain manor with unmistakable Rocky Mountain charm. Suit up for your day on the mountains and meet up with our valets for help with your ski and snowboard equipment and transportation to the slopes. Additionally, the resort’s partnership with Aspen Sports makes renting your gear easy. If you ever tire of life on the slopes, this hotel also offers a variety of other activities, including sledding, snowmobile rides and horse-drawn carriages.

When you’re not on a ski run, rejuvenate your mind, body and soul at its 15,000-square-foot Remède™ Spa with 15 treatment rooms. Indulge in self-care after an exhausting day in the post-treatment oxygen rooms, heated whirlpools and steam rooms. Afterwards, there’s no better feeling than retreating to the lavish comfort of the guest rooms and suites, boasting muted colors and dark woods, as well as leather beds and desks designed by Ralph Lauren. Additionally, select rooms offer fireplaces, so you can warm up after a long day in the snow.

Delight in a delectable meal at one of the resort’s many dining options. The signature restaurant, Chefs Club, is a one-of-a-kind concept, which rotates its chef lineup twice each year to introduce a fresh group of Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef” winners. Alternatively, Velvet Buck displays classic décor and cooking techniques in honor of the Colorado settlers of the 1800s. In the evenings, you’ll find a spirited setting with live music and handcrafted cocktails at Shadow Mountain Lounge.

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