Hotel at a Glance: The Westin Snowmass Resort
After ski season ends in Aspen, The Westin Snowmass Resort still offers easy access to recreation. The four-star resort is a great launching point for hiking or horseback riding through the area’s wildflower-fringed mountain trails and browsing the shops of Snowmass Village. At the end of your day, relax in the hotel’s sunny outdoor pool area, where Snowmass Mountain serves as the backdrop.
- Where you’ll stay: Luxurious accommodations feature Westin’s pillow-top mattresses, where guests can lounge comfortably and watch movies on 42-inch LCD TVs.
- Diverse dining options: Savor thick cuts of filet mignon and slow-roasted free-range chicken at Snowmass Kitchen, and then unwind with microbrews and craft cocktails at Vue Lounge, which looks out onto Snowmass Mountain.
- Organic spa treatments: Rejuvenate with an oxygen facial and sink into a warm mineral soak infused with natural essential oils.
- Recent award: TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2014
Aspen, Colorado: Fresh-Powder Skiing, Upscale Shopping, and Fine Dining
Located a few hours west of Denver, the city of Aspen is home to some of the country’s best skiing and snowboarding on four mountains: Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass Mountain. Known internationally for having light, fresh powder and short lift lines, these mountains are crisscrossed with miles of skiing and snowboarding runs—and you can access all of them with a single lift ticket. Other popular winter pastimes include dogsled rides, ice-skating on outdoor rinks, and hunting snowmen for their buttons.
Aspen’s historic downtown area is lined with red-brick buildings housing upscale boutiques and fine-dining restaurants. You can find a number of art galleries and museums here, too, including the Aspen Art Museum. This gallery-like space hosts contemporary art exhibits, activities, and lectures from local and international artists. The Wheeler Opera House, situated in the middle of downtown Aspen, is also worth a visit. Built in 1889, it’s now used as a venue for movies and concerts.