SKI - - RESORTS OF THE YEAR 2019 - —Jon Jay


The four moun­tains that make up Aspen Snowmass are the gold stan­dard for Amer­i­can ski­ing. Aspen Moun­tain, Aspen High­lands, But­ter­milk, and Snowmass each have their own char­ac­ter, which is why most skiers visit a dif­fer­ent moun­tain each day of their visit. The Dumps on Aspen Moun­tain or the glades be­neath Snowmass’s High Alpine Lift are a must when it’s snow­ing, while the breath­tak­ing de­scent of High­lands Bowl or the empty, per­fect groomers of Tiehack beg for at­ten­tion when the sky is blue. If the renown nightlife stretches on too long, at least one moun­tain will have a daily noon groomer on the week­ends, keep­ing the cor­duroy fresh for those who hit the snooze but­ton too many times. The world­class ski school can get the kids carv­ing at But­ter­milk or Snowmass while Mom and Dad can en­joy the deca­dent plea­sures of top-to-bot­tom gon­dola laps or the in­fa­mous 2:30 p.m. seat­ing at Cloud 9 Bistro, all be­fore a per­fect fam­ily ren­dezvous for din­ner in town. Aspen is just far enough from the ever-grow­ing Colorado Front Range that it re­mains no­tice­ably qui­eter than ev­ery ski re­sort on I-70, even dur­ing peak hol­i­days. First-time vis­i­tors who ex­pect a snobby cul­ture are al­ways de­lighted to find wel­com­ing, nearly Euro­pean hos­pi­tal­ity through­out the up­per Roar­ing Fork Val­ley, and while not cheap, the ski­ing and lodg­ing prices are at (and even below) some of its ri­val Colorado re­sorts. Add in Ikon and Moun­tain Col­lec­tive op­tions, un­beat­able events in­clud­ing Win­ter­sköl and the Win­ter X Games, plus an ever-ex­pand­ing list of premier din­ing, lodg­ing, and cul­ture out­lets, and there’s no place in the U.S. that can come close to SKI’s Re­sort of the Year. Put it on the top of your list for places to visit this sea­son, and we bet it’ll stay there for ev­ery sea­son to come.

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