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A chic heavyweight in the list of the world’s most luxurious ski resorts, Aspen has four world class mountains offering a huge diversity of terrain and on snow activities.
The combined terrain of Snowmass, Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, and Buttermilk exceeds 5,500 acres. Aspen Mountain, with long cruising blue runs and short, steep blacks, is accessed from town by gondola, while the other three are reached by free shuttle buses. Buttermilk is the smallest and least challenging while Snowmass is the most extensive with terrain for all, and Aspen Highlands has both easy intermediate slopes and the super steeps of Highlands Bowl. Glamorous and fashionable, this world famous town is filled with some of the finest hotels, restaurants and shops of any North American ski resort. It is delightful to stroll around in the evenings, window shopping in designer boutiques from Dior to Moncler and enjoy arts venues, antiques emporia and quirky bookshops. Boasting over 300 days of sunshine a year and an enviable snow record on its crowd-free slopes, it is easy to see why this fast-paced, high tech resort often tops the list of the most luxurious places to ski on the planet.
The Little Nell
The only ski-in, ski-out access hotel in Aspen, The Little Nell Hotel is a jewel in Aspen’s crown. With the city at its front door and the mountain at its back door, this Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond Relais & Chateaux property offers slope side luxury, legendary service and feted cuisine. Opened in 1989 it took the hotel just two years to win a grand slam of hospitality rankings which they have earned every year since. All of the hotel’s 92 rooms and suites are heavenly cocoons with fireplaces, and most have private balconies showcasing glorious mountainside views, while others overlook the charming former mining town. The hotel’s signature restaurant, Element 47, has fantastic New American cuisine, but the star of the show is its wine with some 20,000 bottles offered by Master Sommelier Carlton McCoy. Guests can also indulge in seasonal dishes with local meats and produce at Ajax Tavern and enjoy drinks at their popular après ski bar, Chair 9. The Little Nell’s service is outstanding and whether the guests would like their luggage unpacked, their clothes steamed or their shopping list checked off while they hit the slopes, the hotel’s attentive staff has it handled. In the winter, the ski concierge team not only stores the guests’ equipment overnight, but also warms their boots and helps put them on in the morning.
Each of these leading skiing resortsis unique, offering a wide variety of experiences for every sort of skier and extravagant luxuries for guests to be catered upon like royalty.