Where skiing down 5,000-foot vertical rises gets the adrenaline pumping, and the only thing that can top the exhilaration of tearing up acres of terrain is the anticipation of taking one of the high-flying lifts back up to do it all over again.
Nestled in the mountains beside world-class alpine skiing mountains, Aspen has transformed itself from a historical mining town into one of the premier ski destinations in the United States. Lending the name to this picturesque vacation destination, verdant aspen trees line the streets and dot the mountains with their snow-white bark and dazzling golden hues come fall. In addition to its radiant natural beauty and skiing, other outdoor activities include everything from cycling and fishing to hiking, golfing and rafting. Not to mention, during every season of the year, Aspen pulses with the excitement of people – famous, infamous and the rest of us – enjoying the town's fine boutiques, art galleries, world-class restaurants and glittering nightclubs.
Snowmass – an easy 9 miles from downtown Aspen – offers visitors year-round mountain adventure and more than 300 days of sunshine every year. Surrounded by 14,000-foot peaks, aspen groves and wildflower meadows, it features one of North America's best ski mountains, with more than 3,000 acres of terrain and nearly 4,000 vertical feet, from intermediate to expert ski runs.