//Latifah Al-Hazza //
There’s something about skiing in Aspen that is incomparable to any other winter destination in the United States. Aspen, located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, is known for offering world-class skiing and snowboarding. With four popular mountains and an elevation of 2,438.4 meters, it’s no surprise that people from all over the world travel to experience the adventure and beauty of Aspen. Although Aspen is a ski resort town, it is also popular year-round for the various seasonal outdoor activities offered. Aspen is also most commonly known as a luxury getaway with high-end restaurants and boutiques. Overall, Aspen does not fail in being a memorable vacation destination. Get the most out of your Aspen vacation with this four-day itinerary.
Day 1: Arrival Day
Arrive at Aspen/Pitkin County Airport (ASE). Grab your luggage and head outside to look for your complimentry transportation to your luxury hotel and condo, The Gant.
The Gant – This luxury hotel and condo resort was built in 1973 and is comprised of 140 individually owned condos. Each condo has a similar layout (depending on room type), but the décor varies. The condos are incredibly spacious with ample amounts of storage and workspace. Washers and dryers are in the condo or are on-site. Traveler Tip: Book a condo with an extra bedroom for maximum storage space for equipment.
Head to Four Mountain Sports to get fitted for your ski/snowboard day. The best part is they will deliver your equipment to the slopes, so you don’t have to worry about picking it up the next morning.
Grab an outdoor lunch with a view at Ajax Tavern. Recommendation: Lobster Mac & Cheese.
Stop by City Market for any miscellaneous items or snacks you may need during your stay.
Relax by the fireplace in your condo (everything is provided to facilitate starting a fire) or soak in the hot tub at The Gant.
Day 2: Slopes Day
Stop by Local Coffee House on your way to Ajak Mountain for coffee and a light breakfast.
Pick up your equipment at the gondola at the bottom of Ajax Mountain. Enjoy your day on the mountain! Be sure to take a look at the mountain map to determine which route is best for your ski/snowboard level. The Sundeck, located at the top of the mountain, is a great place to stop for a break or to grab a bite.
Head back to the condo, unwind, maybe take a nap, and then get ready for dinner. Dinner at the most adorable, coziest spot, French Alpine Bistro, is a must! Recommendation: Bistro Bowl, Ratatouille and Crepe Suzette.
Day 3: Exploration Day
Start the day with heli-snowmobiling (can be booked through The Gant). A helicopter will take you to 300,000 acres of forested Rocky Mountain backcountry terrain where you’ll snowmobile for four hours (with a stop for lunch) before taking the helicopter back into town.
The small town of Aspen is bustling with trendy clothing boutiques, designer shops, ski wear and a variety of other stores. After a morning of adventure, it’s only right to take the time to walk the quaint streets and shop.
Head back to the condo to get dressed for and Italian dinner at L’Hostaria. Recommendation: Melanzane Alla Parmigiana, Insalata Caprese, Tagliolini All’Astice, and Zuppa Di Pesce.
Day 4: Slopes Day
Finishing off your time in Aspen. Head to Snowmass Mountain and try their runs. Again, reserve your equipment with Four Mountain Sports the day before and they’ll send it to the base of the mountain. This is extremely convenient today as Snowmass is about a 20 – 30 minute drive from Aspen.
Lounge around for lunch at mix6 where there is amazing outdoor seating and often a DJ that helps wrap up your day with great vibes. Recommendation: Vegetarian Mix Bowl.
You can’t leave Aspen without dining at Matsuhisa, by Chef Nobu. And why not save the best for last? Everything on the menu will not disappint with exceptional service as well.
Helpful Tips while in Aspen:
- The best ways to get around are by local bus, Uber/Lyft or The Gant’s complimentary guest bus.
- If you are a beginner skier/snowboarder, I recommend starting on Buttermilk or Snowmass Mountain before heading to Ajax or Highlands.
- Reserve all restaurants in advance as they tend to book up quickly.
Private Experiences booked through The Gant:
- Rocky Mountain Flightseeing
- Dog Sledding
- Snowshoe Tours