Everything you need to know before skiing in the upscale ski resort of Aspen


Aspen Ski Resort has had a long history before it and it will likely have a long history of skiing after it – here’s what you need to know before you visit.

Winter is coming (just without the ice zombies, hopefully) and it will be ski season soon. One of the most famous places in the world for skiing is Aspen, Colorado. It is a beautiful and idyllic mountain resort town, but one that is likely to be out of the budget for most people. But for those who think they can fit it into their budget, renting may be the most affordable option in Aspen.

Alternatively, if you are on the east coast, your best option may be to go skiing in Vermont. While the mountains of Vermont are a long way from the Rockies, the state offers the best skiing in the eastern half of the United States.

How Aspen went from Boom / Bust Town to an exclusive ski resort

The town dates back to the winter of 1879. At that time, tensions with the Ute tribe were high and there was a risk of Ute uprising. The Utes were fighting to keep their land, but a group of miners ignored the Colorado governor’s appeals and stayed there. By 1893, the city had grown and had banks, a hospital, two theaters, an opera house and a police department.

Aspen was founded during the Colorado Silver Boom (not Gold Boom for a change) and received its name from a large number of aspens in the area. It flourished in the 1880s, but its heyday ended with the panic of 1893 which brought down the silver market.

  • Based: During the Colorado Silver Boom
  • First name: Originally, Aspen was called Ute City

During the next half century, the city languished and its population declined. By 1930, its population had fallen to around 700 inhabitants. But in the middle of the century, it saw its fortune start to turn with its redevelopment into a ski resort.

As the city declined, its old commercial buildings and homes remained. Its location and excellent snow made it a tempting proposition to be redeveloped into a ski resort. The plan to transform it was delayed by World War II.

It also became a popular destination for the counter-cultural youth of the 1970s and gained notoriety for some of the hedonistic excesses of the era. Over the century it has become a popular celebrity retreat, and accommodation costs have skyrocketed.

  • John Denver: Wrote two songs about Aspen after living there
  • Culminate: Aspen peaked in 1891 and 1892

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The city of Aspen today

The town of Aspen is rather a small town of about 7,000 inhabitants. It is a remote but beautiful area of ​​the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains and the Elk Mountains.

Aspen has a high elevation of just below 8,000 feet or 2,400 meters above sea level.

Today, it remains a popular destination year round, and it has become one of the most expensive places in the United States to buy a home.

Snow mass shakes

One of Aspen’s main ski resorts is Snow mass shakes. It is made up of four ski and snowboard areas on four adjacent mountains near Aspen. Together they form one of the most famous winter resorts in the world. The four ski areas are:

  • Aspen Mountain: The oldest of the regions and is located on Bell Mountain and Aspen Mountain
  • Aspen Highlands: Located north of Aspen on Highland Peak and Loge Peak
  • Buttermilk: A family ski area that also hosts the X Games
  • Snow mass: Largest of zones – Larger than the other three combined

The winter season is back and this year Aspen Snowmass celebrates its 75th anniversary of skiing. Aspen has been a ski destination for 75 years. To celebrate, Aspen Snowmass is offering $ 75 adult lift tickets on accommodation / elevator / equipment rental packages booked through Stay Aspen Snowmass.

  • Advice: Take advantage of $ 75 offers from Snowmass this season

In addition, they also offer $ 75 lift tickets to everyone at the start of the season and again at the end of the season (from November 25 to December 21 and from April 3 to April 17).

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There are plenty of upscale accommodation options in Aspen (don’t expect anything cheap). In fact, even a hostel with a shared bathroom at St. Moritz Lodge & Condominiums costs around $ 95 per night.

  • Accommodation in a youth hostel: $ 95 per night

One can choose from down-to-earth lodges, five-star luxury hotels, full resorts, and more. A listing for accommodation in Aspen can be found at Aspen chamber.

Some of the notable accommodations include the Jerome Hotel which has been an Aspen landmark since 1889. It opened during the height of the silver mining boom as a model of class and elegance with electric lighting and interior plumbing. He managed to survive the mining crisis.

Other iconic accommodations include Aspen Street Lodge, Limelight Hotel Aspen, Aspen Meadows Resort and The Little Nell.

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