Aspen Moun­tain

SKI - - WEST - — C.L.

First-timers to Aspen may won­der what all the fuss is about. The moun­tain, a mere 675 acres, has no begin­ner runs and a fun­nel-like lay­out. Ex­pen­sive restau­rants and high-end chain stores, found also in Paris and Mi­lan, seem to dom­i­nate the down­town. But scratch the sur­face and you’ll fall ut­terly un­der Aspen’s spell. Aspen Moun­tain’s small size is ac­tu­ally its strength— all 3,300 ver­ti­cal feet ac­cessed straight from down­town by a 15-minute gon­dola ride. “Ev­ery mo­ment is real ski­ing,” com­ments one reader. “If you know how to play the as­pects and ter­rain you can find su­perla­tive ski­ing al­most any day of the sea­son.” At its feet is a “clas­sic, real ski town”—ex­ud­ing his­tory in ev­ery ar­chi­tec­tural style since it was set­tled in 1879 and “with all the va­ri­ety and vi­tal­ity that comes nat­u­rally rather than by cor­po­rate de­sign.” That in­cludes a vi­brant après and nightlife scene, and din­ing (No. 2) that en­com­passes over 100 eater­ies rang­ing from ba­sic to over-the-top gour­mand. As one reader sum­ma­rizes, “it’s like a bou­tique re­sort with more than the eye can see and a party ev­ery day.”

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